Today my nephew and I head up to the University of British Columbia to take in two gardens there, the UBC botanical garden (which I have seen in a previous visit) and a Japanese garden next door. It should be quite stimulating.
Everything in Vancouver is so lush, given the 60 inches of rain the city normally gets. And clean. It's a beautiful city, one I enjoyed living in for two years many a moon ago.
By the time I return it will be August, which I know is disconcerting for many of us gardeners, as it seemed like we never quite had a spring and summer is just now starting it seems. Our local nurseries are already beginning to stock some early fall plants like rudbeckias and toad lilies and there are many salvias available. Going on vacation is always invigorating but there will be so much work to do when I return. For now, though, the bliss of amnesia.