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We are having a deliciously warm May in Victoria. Yesterday was a bit cooler, perfect for a cycle. I rode for a few kilometres along our Galloping Goose regional trail to run an errand, and discovered that I almost missed the blooming of the wild roses which line a section of the trail near downtown. I smelled them before I saw them, their intoxicating sweetness calling to all who came near. How remarkable is nature to give us such delights?

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I don’t know enough about bees to identify any of these busy ladies. There were so many bees it was almost impossible to take a photo without one. They make me so happy.

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So many pretty flowers, and happy bees! Summer is in full swing on the west coast.

Phacelia and bee.

Phacelia and bee.

Fragrant lavender.

Fragrant lavender.

Lovely alliums at Playfair Park.

Lovely alliums at Playfair Park.

This annual event is close to my heart. GJ and I rode our bikes, as we usually do, getting to 11 of the 14 gardens. The weather was just perfect. Here are some highlights:

Our first stop, a perfect little garden in Fairfield very near the ocean.

Our first stop, a perfect little garden in Fairfield very near the ocean.

Happy bee.

Happy bee.

A lovely water garden in Fairfield.

A lovely water garden in Fairfield.

Mirrors create depth and highlight a lovely collection of blue and white pottery.

Mirrors create depth and highlight a pretty collection of blue and white pottery.

Such fun! An outdoor train set, all decorated for the Garden Tour.

Such fun! An outdoor train set, all decorated for the Garden Tour.

Obligatory perfect rose. This garden in Fairfield was full of them, so many varieties.

Obligatory perfect rose. This garden in Fairfield was full of them, so many varieties.

Several gardens on the tour this year had prominent potato vine. So pretty.

Several gardens on the tour this year had prominent potato vine. So pretty.

One garden in Oak Bay had an amazing bed of lavender, probably at least 12x5 feet.

One garden in Oak Bay had an amazing bed of lavender, probably at least 12×5 feet.

A garden in Oak Bay with a steep slope allows for layers of plantings and many beautiful vantage points.

A garden in Oak Bay with a steep slope allows for layers of plantings and many beautiful vantage points.

Keeping bees in a  beautiful garden in the Oaklands neighbourhood.

Keeping bees in a beautiful garden in the Oaklands neighbourhood.

Foxgloves and mock orange blossoms; some to the food for those Oaklands bees.

Foxgloves and mock orange blossoms; some to the food for those Oaklands bees.

A little secret path to nowhere.

A little secret path to nowhere.

A magnificent eucalyptus tree.

A magnificent eucalyptus tree.

Sunlight makes these poppies glow.

Sunlight makes these poppies glow.