Phyllis Entis

Award-winning mystery writer and food safety microbiologist

My Secret Garden


It’s official!

Those of you who guessed Victoria are correct. You may pat yourselves on your collective backs. To claim your promised Audible download code, please drop me an email.

In the coming weeks, I’ll share a few stories about our new home town. Today, however, I thought to welcome you into my new backyard.

It is fair to say that we now live in a park. Deer roam at will (although not while I’ve had camera in hand), squirrels scurry and robins search for worms. Shalom and I even encountered a peahen (that’s a female peacock, for the uninitiated) on one of our evening walks.

I took these photos today of our garden to share with you. Please come on in.

The trunk of a Garry Oak surrounded by flowering shrubs (not yet in bloom)


The Garry Oak is native to southeastern Vancouver Island and some of the Gulf islands. It is a protected species. We are fortunate to have a spectacular specimen in our garden.


A lush corner of the garden


The entire backyard is deer-proofed and hedged with mature rhododendrons.


Shalom thanks you for visiting, and invites you to stop by and play with her.


6 thoughts on “My Secret Garden

  1. Phyllis, your garden is beyond beautiful…it’s magical. Am sure that your home is just as lovely. Congratulations on the relocation!

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  2. Hi Phyllis,

    Chap and I miss seeing you, Michael, and Shalom on our daily walks. Photos of your delightful garden help me adjust to your move in that I know you’re all enjoying yourselves in your spacious new setting. I enjoy your posts and look forward to reading more about Milly and Damien. Sincerely, Pat Handler


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    • Hi Pat. So nice to ‘see’ you here on my website. We miss seeing you and Chap and all of our other friends and neighbours (note the Canadian spelling) in Carmel. On the other hand, our garden is lovely, we have already met a couple of our neighbours, and the weather couldn’t be better for outdoor living. Now that we are mostly unpacked, I have resumed work on the next Damien Dickens mystery.

      Give Chappie a special slurp from Shalom.



  3. Dear Phyllis,

    We would love to! What a beautiful garden to grow in.

    Sahra Cohen


    • Dear Sahra, how lovely to ‘see’ you here, and how wonderful it would be to see you in the flesh!
      Shalom was just outside in the garden again, playing with our robot lawn mower named Otto.


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