Shortly after I came out to British Columbia in early 2006 I had a case of severely high blood pressure. It wouldn't have been fair to an employer for me to work for them until I got my health situation sorted out. I was on medications to lower the blood pressure and it took until early 2007 to find the cause. I finally went to a naturopath who found that a microscopic parasite was the cause for all this.

While getting my health in order, I took up blogging to share my photography. This way I wasn't wasting time and others got to enjoy the photos, not just me and those close to me.

In May of this year I had a mini-stroke cause again by severely high blood pressure. I may end up gong to the naturopath again since the specialist and other MDs can't seem to find the cause. This has only been a problem out here. Before that in Ontario, the blood pressure was only marginally high, not severely high like in BC.

Knowledge is good because being forewarned is forearmed!

All that said, enjoy this blog and all the photos I share with you.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

UBC Botanical Gardens - Moon Garden

Last Sunday I made a trip out to the UBC Botanical Gardens on the campus of the University of British Columbia, a visit I had long wanted to undertake. The Moon Garden had to be my favourite. The photo above shows the scene just inside the main gate to that garden and the tunnel to the moon garden proper. To follow are a number of photos that resulted from this trip.

Cardoons are related to the artichoke. The ribs are edible in the case of the cardoon and the flowers (unopened) in the case of artichokes. The cardoon flower above has visitors: bees!

Then there are fruit trees on half barrels or on tied up as espalier fruit, both good for small spaces.

As I have mentioned, the moon garden has to be my favourite at the UBC Botanical Gardens. The centre focal point is the garden plantings of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. The the African garden outside this centre point is another favourite. Brad and I plan to visit later when the autumn colour is at its best. Oh, and can you imagine the scene in the moon garden on a full moon? Have a look at the gardens when you're up this way. Every season has something to offer. Have a great weekend! - Volker

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