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.
Her sweetie Tommy made this birdhouse in the back of the house.
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.
Suzi is an artist, and her work blossoms forth in the garden.
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.
Hydrangeas are my favorite flower and Suzi has sent some stunning photos of the ones lucky enough to be in her garden.
I was in Victoria in 1987, and remember the beauty of Vancouver Island. Suzi has added immeasurably to the beauty.
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.
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.