Spring weekend in Vancouver, B.C.

Submitted by Lori S. on Sat, 04/30/2011 - 18:22

Fed up with this never-ending winter, I arranged a spur-of-the-moment trip out to Vancouver for my mom, sister and myself over the Easter weekend! As luck would have it, it was a late spring out there too, but we enjoyed walking around a couple of gardens, in one day of sunshine and one of rain.
Here are a few photos from Van Dusen (excuse the water drops on the camera lens - this was the rainy day!)

Primula elatior (or so I assume); young Sequoiadendron giganteum; Camellia japonica 'Dewatairin' syn. 'Hatsusakuru'; birches:

The view; Primula vulgaris; Anemone blanda and Leucojum; cyclamen and saxifrages; Erythronium:


Submitted by Lori S. on Sat, 04/30/2011 - 18:38

A few more from Van Dusen...
Camellia x williamsii 'Brigadoon'; cyclamen; Fritillaria imperialis; view (actually an apartment block bordering the garden).

View; Umbrella pine (Sciadopitys verticillata) and bamboo; Erica; Fritillaria persica; view.

Submitted by Lori S. on Sat, 04/30/2011 - 23:43

And a few from UBC Botanical Garden...
Magnolia; cherry; camellia; Kerria japonica
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Espaliered fruit trees:
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Rock garden; Azorella trifurcata; Iphaeon uniflorum
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Submitted by Lori S. on Sat, 04/30/2011 - 23:54

More from the UBC Rock Garden...
Cistanthe(Lewisia) tweedyi; Coprosma petriei; Tulipa linifolia; Nothofagus antarctica 'Benmore'

Narcissus bulbocodium; Rhodanthemum hosmariense; Talinum teretifolium (trough)

A very succulent-looking Shepherdia rotundifolia; Dianthus 'Gordie Bentham' and Rhus heterophylla (trough)

Submitted by Lori S. on Sun, 05/01/2011 - 00:09

More from UBC Botanical Garden...
Plectritis congestus - close-up and en masse; Primula juliae

Petasites japonica(I think);

Viburnum cinnamonifolium; unknown - Edit: Corylopsis sp.; rhodos

Submitted by Hoy on Sun, 05/01/2011 - 01:49

Very interesting, Lori!

Some of the plants are quite familiar and some are not! The spring there seems to be as advanced as here this year (or the other way - the spring here is more advanced than usual). The unknown yellowflowering shrub in the last row is a Corylopsis. Corylopsis is a very nice genus of spring flowering shrubs/small trees.

Submitted by Mark McD on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 04:46

Beautiful photographic exposé Lori; it conjures up good memories, I visited these gardens when I lived in the Seattle Washington area back in the early 1980s.  Just caught up with this topic, but not enough time to comment properly (I have to rush off to work), but did want to mention the Shepherdia rotundifolia; what a wonderful looking plant, appears extra succulent as you say, I wonder if it is a special form.  Not sure if the Talinum teretifolium is actually a Talinum, I think it's something else, but what could it be???

Submitted by Lori S. on Sun, 05/08/2011 - 10:17

Thanks, Trond and Mark!

McDonough wrote:

Not sure if the Talinum teretifolium is actually a Talinum, I think it's something else, but what could it be???

Yes, I wondered when I looked at it.  It was the only plant in the trough, and there was just the one marker... but who knows, perhaps a plant died out and was not replaced, or the signs were not updated?  Hmm, I think I'll post the photo on the UBC site and inquire about it.

Submitted by cohan on Sun, 05/22/2011 - 20:49

I'm late seeing this-- I've just barely had time lately (especially with some very poor internet days!) to view the topics I've already posted in, haven't got to many new ones..
Nice way to get a jump on spring--some great plantings--love the big swathes of single/similar species, such as the primulas etc..

Submitted by Boland on Sun, 06/19/2011 - 16:25

Just saw this...vancouver is a different world for sure!  It is late may to early June before we see similar flowers blooming here.