Monday, February 22, 2010

The 2010 Olympics... in Bloom

Yes it is February but the garden city has created a buzz to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Stepping off the plane, the first thing tourists will notice is the newly planted green wall at the International Airport in Vancouver. Obviously brand new but very cool.

Downtown the Cherry trees are in full bloom.... how did that timing happen? It is a gorgeous welcome to the tourists that were thinking winter - not spring- when they were thinking Olympics.

A drive through Stanley Park ( Vancouver's large urban park) had me scratching my head. A small white Hellebore was in bloom - it did look quite dirty from the car but a walk by inspection later included a label. This is the new release Candy Love Hellebore (Helleborus x nigercors 'Candy Love') and it has been introduced by the Vancouver Garden Club just in time for the Olympics. Unlike the cherry, this is a plant that normally blooms late winter so it was designed to be in bloom for the games. For drive-by viewing it probably would have looked better with a dusting of snow but close-up it is a pretty little flower ideal for cheering up the Vancouver tourists on their way to the events!

PS The non-gardening themes at the Olympics were fun as well.

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