We have a wonderful garden tour in our community in June of each year...sponsored by one of the local rotary clubs. My sisters and I reserve the date on the calendar well in advance...and spend the day meandering about in the most beautiful local gardens. That is coming up on the weekend...and I was quite disappointed when I realized I had a conflict this year...and would not be taking in the garden tour.
But the community of Ryder Lake has their own little garden tour in June...and that took place just recently...and so I talked hubby into joining me on the Ryder Lake Ramble this year.
Ryder Lake is a sub-alpine hamlet in the foothills of the Pacific Mountain Range...and just a ten or fifteen minute drive from our farm. Our heifers know it well...since we send them to pasture (summer camp) in the Ryder Lake area for the summer months. It is a community of small and medium family-owned farms...
...surrounded by beautiful mountains. We toured on a cloudy day (as most days have been here this spring)...and so the peaks were shrouded in the mist.
Since this area is at quite a high elevation...spring comes a little later than on the valley floor. The lilacs were in full, fragrant bloom!
We quite enjoyed strolling through the gardens of the homesteads situated in the valley bowl.
Some had many acres of gardens...and kilometers of woodland trails. And these are gardens of retired folk. I don't think they are finding retirement one bit boring!
For years I had heard of a plantation of Siberian irises up in these hills...and was delighted to find the iris garden on the tour.
We strolled through old growth forest to the secluded plantation...which features irises in every colour of the rainbow. So they say!
Because we have just had the coldest spring on record over here...and because Ryder Lake is at a higher elevation...the irises were just beginning to wake up to spring. The little bit of blue poking out above...was about all the colour we saw. But we met the colourful gardener...who was a pleasure to chat with!
He retired twelve years ago...to a life of farming flowers up in the hills. It is far removed from his career in the medical profession...and he loves every minute of it. He seems to have found a way to do all the work from his tractor seat...and that to him is bliss!
We enjoyed our ramble through Ryder Lake...where their theme is 'a community worth caring for is a community worth sharing'. So true!