crown jewel of Victoria for me is the Butchart Gardens. My friend
Liz wrote and said that place is the closest she's ever been to heaven
on earth and I couldn't agree with her more.
flowers are so brilliantly colored as to seem unreal, the fragrance
that fills the air change from the heady aroma of the rich roses
to the light sweet blended scents created by the unending variety
of blooming flowers and trees.
there is just so fairy book flawless - even the insects must feel
the perfection is not to be disturbed by them - you never even see
a worm hole on any of the leaves or faded flowers. The guide said
the soil and climate in that area is particularly favorable, but
I can't imagine the human work that must go into keeping that large
an area so meticulously maintained.
fountains and ponds were among my favorite resting spots.