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Garden Gate from Suzi's Secret Not so Secret Garden, Victoria, BC.

V is for Victoria, BC and Suzi Beber’s Secret Not So Secret Garden, A to Z Challenge 2013

Garden Gate from Suzi's Secret Not so Secret Garden, Victoria, BC.
Garden Gate from Suzi’s Secret Not so Secret Garden, Victoria, BC. Photo by Suzi Beber.

V is for Victoria, BC, and Suzi Beber’s Secret Not so Secret Garden.  Although I have never been to this place, I feel part of it, since our Nutmeg Designs art is there, starting with the sign on the garden gate.  Suzi made the gate with parts of an old headboard.  It is magical.

Wood Ducks -- outside the bedroom window -- This is the birdhouse that Tommy made from a tree that was partially cut down by Saanich. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Wood Ducks — outside the bedroom window — This is the birdhouse that Tommy made from a tree that was partially cut down by Saanich. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Her sweetie Tommy made this birdhouse in the back of the house.

Smiling Blue Skies Mosaic Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Smiling Blue Skies Mosaic Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Suzi commissioned a mosaic bowling ball, and it travelled all the way from Pennsylvania to Victoria, to a beautiful welcome from the flowers.  This is its one year anniversary in the Secret Not So Secret Garden.

One of Suzi Beber's Paintings Come to Life in the Garden.
One of Suzi Beber’s Paintings Come to Life in the Garden. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Suzi is an artist, and her work blossoms forth in the garden.

It's always nice to watch Tommy and BB go for "A Walk in the Park." Photo by Suzi Beber.
It’s always nice to watch Tommy and BB go for “A Walk in the Park.” Photo by Suzi Beber

Suzi is the founder of the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund to help end canine cancer, in honor of Blues, her Golden Retriever who died of lymphoma in 1991.  Blues was a companion to Suzi as she dealt with chronic illness, and the human-animal bond was part of her healing.

Amazingly Blue Lace Hydrangea. Photo by Suzi Beber.
Amazingly Blue Lace Hydrangea. Photo by Suzi Beber.

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower and Suzi has sent some stunning photos of the ones lucky enough to be in her garden.

It's always nice to hop on the bike and go for a "garden ride." Photo by Suzi Beber.
It’s always nice to hop on the bike and go for a “garden ride.” Photo by Suzi Beber.

I was in Victoria in 1987, and remember the beauty of Vancouver Island.  Suzi has added immeasurably to the beauty.

Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund

My previous A to Z posts.

More images on my A to Z Challenge 2013 Pinterest Board.

A to Z Blogging Challenge April 2013

orange and red paisley gazing ball

Orange and Red Paisley Mosaic Gazing Ball: New Life for a Bowling Ball

orange and red paisley gazing ball
Orange and Red Paisley Gazing Ball by Margaret Almon.

A friend commissioned this gazing ball, using her father’s old bowling ball as the base.

Jump over to Wendy Edsall-Kerwin’s Hammermarks Blog on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, around 10:00 am EST when the post will be up, to read my mosaic bowling ball guest post
about the process of creating this mosaic.

The Kaleidescopic Beauty of Lantana Flowers

Orange Lantana Flowers and Mosaic Bowling Ball
Orange Lantana Goodness, Photo by Wayne Stratz

I hankered after Lantana after seeing the flowers at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, and at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.  Stratoz planted one small pot of them this spring, and they have burst forth into a kaleidescope of colors.  It’s like watching the sun set, as the colors change from red to orange to pink, a surprise every morning.  One plant has spread out to surround my mosaic bowling ball, which makes a fine backdrop to all this orange delight.