Wild Flowers on Canada Day

For Canada Day my husband and myself went for a bicycle ride on the Somenos Dike Trail in the Cowichan Valley.  The wildflowers are in abundance now and it was lovely.  Above is blue Flax.  Just beautiful waving in the wind.

I think the pink flower below might be a wild Mallow, that is what the bud looks like.  Not nearly as large a flower as cultivated Mallow but the abundance made up for it.

Below is Queen Anne’s Lace.  I think that it is beautiful.

I am not sure what the dark pink flower below is.  I thought it might be wild Phlox but wild Phlox is blue not pink.

It is a blessing that on the Somenos Dike Trail the Municipality of North Cowichan does not mow the sides of the dike, thus providing a home for the wildflowers and whatever insect benefits by them.

First and Last Flower

This little Cobweb Sempervivum succulent plant is putting forth its first and last flower on this stalk, such beauty at the end of its life.  You can see many little stalks coming forth to take its place.  After all the little flowers have bloomed this stalk will be removed to make way for the new little ones.

Visiting Kin Beach in Chemainus, BC

Most people come to the town of Chemanus BC on Vancouver Island to view the murals for which the town is famous for, but there is a hidden treasure that few of these visitors see.  In old town there is a lovely beach called Kin Beach.  It is not sandy at low tide as Qualicum Beach is, but it is shallow and very safe for children.  It also has a view of gulf islands in the distance and a lovely lighthouse that you can walk out to when the tide is at its lowest point.

The photo below is the view just to the west.  These hilltop homes have a beautiful view of the beach. 

The rocks and wheat grass below provide lovely textures at the entrance to the path leading down to the  beach.

I noticed the little face in the knot of this tree as soon as we parked the car.  The eyes which were brass screws were very shiny.

Goats in a Field of Daisies

Yesterday we passed by a field filled with blooming daisies and populated by a small herd of goats.  I couldn’t resist taking photos.   In the first photo you can see how tall the daisies were by the fact they reach the top of the goat’s legs.  The wire fence is barely visible by a horizontal line across the goat’s back.

Below I liked the way they walked into a line-up.

I think the goat below is a female who is either chubby or pregnant.  She would take a bite and then look at me, you can see the food in her mouth.

Just another view to show the high grass and daisies.

This field was walking distance away from the staging area for the Cowichan Valley Trail.  Yesterday we were going to ride our bicycles there but the Regional District had posted a sign warning of a cougar in the area.   I hope that if it is near to this field, the goats will not be harmed.

A Misty Rainy Day at Mill Bay

There was beauty to be found at Mill Bay on Vancouver Island on a misty, rainy day.  Raindrops on the grasses by the ocean could not be duplicated by sprinklers.  I think their design and size differences are just beautiful.  Below is a little further away view.

Below are the grasses above Mill Bay where I took the close-ups of the raindrops.  You can see that the day was misty.

Below is a view a little to the south.  The rocks are smooth, worn away by the tide and the weather.

We are expecting the weather to change, this could possibly be our last rainy day for a while.   Right now everything is so rich and green but it will change to dry and yellow once the heat of Summer comes.

Geum Mrs. Bradshaw

This is a perennial, Geum variety Mrs. Bradshaw.  It is the earliest bloomer in one of my new perennial garden areas.  Such brilliant color in sun or shade.

For information on this plant, follow the link below:

http://www.perennials.com/plants/geum-mrs-j-bradshaw.html