The Albion Manor Garden in January

 

Without putting too fine a point on it, we in Victoria like to brag about our weather and the fact that our gardens are beautiful year round.  The cliche is that the proof is in the pudding: below are a few photos of what’s happening in the garden today, January 31.  Read, look and come and visit.

Daffodils

Heather

Heather

I can’t remember the name of this one, but it blooms in the pond.

There is also a water lily bud just pushing its nose above the water in the pond, and the fish are starting to come out of their winter hiding places.

Pansies

Winter pansies, even though there really isn’t a winter.

Penstamon

Penstamon

Primulas

Primula

Rose buds

And of course the roses!

The grass is green and there are buds on the trees.  Lots to see and do.

Albion Manor Bed and Breakfast

Scenic Drive to Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

It is difficult to add any more to what has already been written about Butchart Gardens: they are spectacular but what’s more, they can be enjoyed at any time of the year whether it’s mid summer or mid-winter.  Obviously there is more to see in the summer but you won’t be disappointed by visiting at any time of the year.

One thing I often tell guests when they are deciding whether or not they should visit Butchart Gardens: visiting Victoria and not seeing Butchart Gardens is like visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower.

The fastest way to get there is up highway 17 going towards the BC Ferry terminal at Swartz Bay.   Turn left when you see the signs.  The following map though is the scenic route from Albion Manor Bed and Breakfast which is located in downtown Victoria to Butchart Gardens.  The scenic route winds along the coast, through some very lovely, expensive neighbourhoods with lots of trees and gardens, and up through lovely countryside.  The trip will take about an hour, probably less, depending on how often and how long you stop along the way and there are lots of places where you will want to stop and enjoy the scenery.

When you get up to Butchart Gardens, you will want to take the opportunity to visit the Butterfly Gardens and Church and State Vineyards, both of which are close by.

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