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After our big February snow last year, spring came in swiftly as it does on this wet, west coast. Here are some photos of highlights from Spring 2017:

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From snow to snowdrops, an early sign of spring.

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Lots of spring-time walks, urban, rural. This one with J in some lovely woodland in Royal Oak.

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The city comes alive with cherry and plum blossoms from late February until early April. This beautiful tree is in the Gardens at Government House.

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Continued love affair with our beautiful neighbourhood.

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In May, dear friends visit from Colorado.

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Made time for a treat at my favourite coffee establishments. Hey Happy on Johnson Street (left), and Hide + Seek on Oak Bay Avenue.

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As always, we spend time with the cats! Miss Bunny Drummond really loves GJ.

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One of my favourite designers opened a new shop on Johnson Street in June. No stranger to Victoria, John Fluevog opened an early store here in 1972. I’m happy he’s back!

Big fat cherry blossoms cover the boulevards like a pink frost; native camas engulf the wild places; rhododendrons and azaleas create walls of beauty – these are more of the colours of a west-coast spring in Victoria BC.

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Saw this most amazing vine of wisteria on the fence and gate of one of my favourite houses in the neighbourhood of Fernwood. This variety has the largest and most luscious pendulous racemes I have ever seen. The wisteria was intertwined with lovely pale lavender-coloured lilac and delicate pink clematis. Love.

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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.

Poppies are everywhere right now, spreading their colourful joy to all! I especially love the California variety.

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A lovely May day was perfect for a stroll through the grounds at the home of the Lieutenant Governor of BC. There were some baby ducks in the pond, but they wouldn’t stay, or stay together, for a photo.

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Had a wonderful walk yesterday with our friend M. She lives very close to our beautiful city park. We walked all around the gardens admiring the plantings this year, saw some turtles and baby ducks, and ended our visit over delicious beverages at Heist Coffee Co. on Courtney Street.

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Our long walks in the summer often include the neighbourhood of Fairfield. It’s a quiet, pretty part of Victoria with some very nice beaches, shops and places to walk.

So many gardens have alliums right now, especially these bright beauties.

So many gardens have alliums right now, especially these bright beauties.

Also, daisies.

Also, daisies.

The lovely Fairfield Market on Oscar near the corner at Moss Street…

The lovely Fairfield Market on Oscar near the corner at Moss Street…

… specializing in local produce and products.

… specializing in local produce and products.

Fairfield Bike Shop, Moss Street at Oscar.

Fairfield Bicycle Shop, Moss Street at Oscar.

The place I buy all my felting and knitting supplies: Knotty By Nature.

The place I buy all my felting and knitting supplies: Knotty By Nature (on the right; Lillian near Fairfield Road).

Here are some shots of our beautiful corner of this magnificent planet…

Big fluffy pink blossoms near the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Big fluffy pink blossoms near the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

The gardens at Government House are coming to life.

The gardens at Government House are more colourful every day.

Little neighbourhood path in Oak Bay.

Little neighbourhood path in Oak Bay.

Very pretty shooting stars.

Very pretty shooting stars.

We walked through Oak Bay in beautiful sunshine down to the beach at Ross Bay. The view to the east was blue skies and warm…

We walked through Oak Bay in beautiful sunshine down to the beach at Ross Bay. The view to the east was blue skies and warm…

… and the view to the west, cold and stormy!

… and the view to the west, cold and stormy!

Camas and bluebells.

Camas and bluebells.

A lovely group of yellow tulips growing in the long grass of a Garry oak meadow at Beacon Hill Park.

A lovely group of yellow tulips growing in the long grass of a Garry oak meadow at Beacon Hill Park.

Mallard duck couple foraging at Beacon Hill Park (she has her head down, just in front of the male).

Mallard duck couple foraging at Beacon Hill Park (she has her head down, just in front of the male).

It’s been a pretty nice spring so far! Some April showers for the May flowers, but a lot of sunshine too. Here are some random pics from a recent walk:

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