The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, located near Victoria on Vancouver Island. The gardens receive close to a million visitors each year. The gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to their international renown. (Source)
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Summary: you find out your childhood crush is looking after your parent’s garden as you housesit.
A/N: aha I needed this request ive been missing by baby. aslo not sure if i should continue this idea…
The drive to your parents’ house was peaceful, as you left your busy city and got to the suburbs. The houses became larger, more spaced out and the faces became friendlier. Although you loved the city, where you university was, there was always room for the suburbs in your heart.
With one hand you turned the radio up, singing along to the summer tunes as the wind caught your hair whipping it away from your face, a wide grin made the long journey begin to shorten.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might remember I moved to Scotland from northern Italy almost three years ago, and left a top floor flat with a large terrace and excellent sun exposure for a first floor flat with only 3 windows suitable for most plant growing. As you can imagine, I spent the first year quite upset about being suddenly so limited by space and weather and unable to grow much, or at least feeling that way.
Then I decided I was going to at least try, and slowly started introducing plants, (mostly through propagation of material I would collect over trips) changing spots periodically to learn more about the limits of my own place throughout the year. I don’t only grow cacti and succulents, but they ended up taking most of the space on my windowsills, currently 44 pots of different sizes, which I had never seen all grouped up like this before!
So this is a bit of an odd post for my blog now, but I wanted to show that regardless of where you live or what you are used to, if you try with plants you will probably succeed and learn something new.
In my case, the general observation I’ve been able to make is that Scotland seems to put a spell on the plants that manage to survive here. During the long summer days, growing under light often filtered by clouds, all my plants gorge on water and get as green as they could. There’s virtually no risk of sunburn, and the greener the more efficient, so I rarely get to see any of the beautiful colour variations caused by high light exposure, only to a lesser extent in winter as the cold approaches. They are also often at risk of becoming etiolated, or elongated due to lack of light, so I need to constantly check the new growth and adjust their position. Maybe I’ll buy a light for them later on this year.
A Dutch study asked two groups to complete a stressful task. Afterwards, one group gardened for 30 minutes, while the other group read indoors. Not only did the gardening group report better moods than the reading group, they also had measurably lower cortisol levels. Cortisol, “the stress hormone”, may influence more than just mood: chronically elevated cortisol levels have been linked to everything from immune function to obesity to memory and learning problems and heart disease.