Exotic Gardening with Rare and Strange Plants

Today I decided to take a walk through Beacon Hill Park, and on my way I took a peak at the Vancouver Island┬áRock and Alpine Garden Society’s “Garden In The Park”. It had all of the expected spring colors (Crocus, snowdrops, daffodils, and hellebore) and a couple extra surprises. The website says the garden was created in 1967 and although I’ve walked about Beacon Hill Park since I was a child I’ve only recently taken notice of it. ( the clouds are gone, I can see clearly now, show me the plants!). Anyhow in keeping with the theme of this blog, I snapped a couple shots. Alas as this obsession further takes over my life I’m finding it harder and harder to get stumped IDing plants, still I’m not quite familiar with these. A little help?


Omphalodes – creeping forget me not (Thanks for the ID Jim)


Mounding moss / groundcover. It’s pretty neat and has an interesting texture. Sagina family, saxifraga?


Whipcord Hebes (Thanks to Jim for the id)


Later to be identified as a maiden hair fern in it’s early stages of spring click here for recent photos.


A closer view. So strange…

No matter how educated I become in this horticulture thing I’m happy to run into new challenges. I’ll know them all one day right? Any help on these would be much appreciated.

3 Responses to VIRAGS – Plant ID Curiosity

  • Jim says:

    For sure one of the “Whipcord Hebes” perhaps Hebe armstrongii. Blue flower is Omphalodes, need to double check the spelling though.
    Would love to see you out at one of the VIRAGS meetings, check their website for dates and location, we always are looking for new members, especially plantsmen like yourself. It is very inexpensive and you will learn heaps and meet some great folks.

  • Dirt Gently says:

    I’m sorry I can’t help, and doubly sorry because I’d seriously love to try my hand at growing those amazing red fiddlehead-like plants if they’re appropriate for my zone (probably not). Perhaps an email to the VIRAGS?

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Mr Nat. Gardener, Plant Nerd
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