An Up-close Farewell To Summer

One of the really great things about living here in Vancouver is that our summers last quite late in the year. Here we are, rapidly closing out September, the youngsters are back at school, a lot of the birds are taking off for warmer climes, and we still find ourselves surrounded by a brilliant profusion of colorful blossoms and awesome greenery. The weather is certainly a little more unpredictable, and it cools off quite a bit more substantially every evening when that old sun goes down. Where you might find yourself working up a healthy sweat after a lengthy afternoon stroll, you’ll still be quite happy that you remembered to bring a jacket with you if you should get caught outside a little later than you might have originally planned. All in all, however, it’s a great time of year in this town, and you will find people making good use of the extra days of mild weather to get out and play some soccer or baseball at the local facilities, get in one last visit to Stanley Park and the Zoo or the Aquarium, or maybe hit Queen E. Park and check out the gardens and the Conservatory. And that brings up a good point. Although Stanley Park, The Zoo, The Aquarium, Queen Elizabeth Park, and the Bloedel Conservatory are all places I have slotted for Feature articles,  the timing is off right now, so those posts will arrive most likely in the New Year. But that’s not to say that I haven’t got at least one more gift for all you lovers of botanicals before the nastier weather sets in and we have to begin that long, drawn-out anticipation of spring. 

You see, I have a friend named Ava, and Ava lives in an apartment building not too far from my place. And Ava likes plants. Now, it’s not always easy to grow a whole lot of plants when you live in an apartment due to space restrictions, and other problems that are inherent with trying to do too much agriculture in an indoor setting. Unless…the apartment block you live in has a large backyard area and a building manager who has come to be impressed enough with your individual talents that they will give you pretty much free run of the place to do as you see fit when it comes to making that backyard area a little more attractive, and pleasant to be in. In that case, you can apply yourself to doing that which makes you happy, and at the same time, you can make a lot of other people happy. And since I love to take close-up pictures of beautiful flowers, I’m one of those people that finds a lot of joy in visiting Ava’s garden. So here’s the deal: Since they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and since I wanted everyone to have one last look at some nice-looking flowers before winter finally arrives, I thought I would give the rest of this post over to a gallery of pictures, 90% of which, were taken in Ava’s garden. The lady that pops up once or twice in the pictures, well that’s Ava, and any credit for the great looking flowers certainly belongs to her, and not myself (her flowers are so nice I don’t think I could take a bad picture of them). Anyway, without any further ado, please join me as we take a look at some of the beauty to be found in “Ava’s Garden”.

So that’s Ava, and that’s her garden. I know that seeing some amateur photos of her space is nothing like seeing it first-hand, but I hope you got at least some pleasure out of it, and if you get to that point this winter where it seems like spring will never come, maybe you can come back here for another visit and refresh your spirit once again. I know I would be very happy if you did, and in the meantime, I will try to keep you occupied with enough interesting Fall and Winter articles that Spring will be here before you know it. Until next time.

An Up-close Farewell To Summer

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