A labyrinth is meant to increase peace and serenity. What a lovely shift in perspectives.
It looks like creeping thyme is a fine choice for separating the pathway. It’s tidy, low growing, deer resistant & smells lovely when disturbed. I think it’ll be striking in bloom. The bees should love that.
Down a long, narrow, brick-encased passageway, I leave Victoria’s chinatown behind and explore Dragon Alley.
It’s a townhouse complex built inside the shell of a big-old, historic building. It’s a funky maze of teeny, ground-floor businesses with living spaces above. This builds on the trendy ‘tiny house’ theme, creating a hip, ‘tiny town’.
And what does any tiny town need?
Woo hoo! Another public book exchange.
Take a book.
Leave a book.
Imagine the adventures we can find inside a book we find inside the tiny library of tiny town…
I like the friendliness of this community. I also like the whimsy. Check out the spin on the classic “No Trespassing” sign on the stairs.
Snowdrops are the wonderful winter blooms that last through the dark season.
Their January promise pulls me outside again & again to delight in their tenaciousness. Each year I plant more bulbs around our garden to extend seasonal interest. In my dreams, I imagine a meadow like the one Dad & I just came across in real life.
Originally home to a tea house, but better know as Maltwood Manor estate, it’s no wonder the attached garry oak meadow inspired art.
Who knows when these snowdrops were planted? (Maybe 60-70 years ago?) Happily, they’ve naturalized, spreading through at least 1 of the 3 acres of property at the Fireside Grill.
Now I’m curious to see the seasonal progression of this meadow. What other bulbs are planted here? Do any of the native wildflowers of the garry oak ecosystem remain? And – – what’s the name of that cat who so obviously enjoys this garden??