I had to stop to admire this fence in Sooke the other day.
The lines evoke the feeling of motion – – the motion
of water and fish.
I like the way the shadows and light shift & change, just the way they do when looking into water. My hat’s off to this artist, Renaat Marchand I’m a fan.
I especially appreciate art with a utility, as well as beauty. It’s not just art stimulating emotion – – it’s a fence serving a purpose. Cool. (My hat’s off to the folks who committed to more than a typical panel barrier, too)
I googled Renaat Marchand, and it turns out he’s made more art at Ed McGregor Park, just down the road from the Sooke Harbour Resort & Marina.
He’s even created the Mermaid Chair for the movie of the same name. It was shot around these parts a while ago.
Apparently, there’s another commissioned fence around about. The Lavender Fence. I’d love to see it, but don’t know where it’s located. Have you seen it around?
Years ago, I lived beside Beacon Hill Park’s daffodil meadow. It was the first I’d ever seen. Spring magic.
The happy yellow blooms delight me. Plus, I like the little trumpets that protect the flower’s naughty bits from the early rains.
Clever, eh? 🙂
The deer-resistant Narcissus is easy to grow in Victoria. Many varieties are even cold tolerant to zone 3, surviving -40 degrees C! We don’t get anywhere near that cold here. Actually, as our winters gradually become milder, we’re encountering daffodil woes similar to England’s.
Many of the daffs that show up in your local grocery store’s flower stand originate in Victoria. Famous for producing the largest crop of daffodils in Canada, Vantreights took an early lead in making the daffodil the Flower of Hope for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Vantreights farmed in Gordon Head before that land became a residential subdivision. I’ve even heard that our street, on the southern slope of Mt. Tolmie, hosted a farm that grew the bulbs, too.
There are some tricks to growing a spring-flowering meadow. Although daffodils bloom before the grasses start to grow strongly, their leaves are still busy collecting energy for next year’s flowers when C has the uncontrollable urge to dust off the lawnmower. Zip, there goes the meadow!
The park’s staff at Beacon Hill let the meadow grow naturally all through May before mowing. By then, the ephemeral bulbs have ripened & receded into dormancy.
Shorter growing spring bulbs, like crocus, stand half a chance in our lawn, but not daffodils. Ditto for snowdrops, tulips & camas. These I’ll leave to naturalize in our beds & borders instead.