Phyllis Entis

Award-winning mystery writer and food safety microbiologist


Suddenly It’s Summer

The weather has been glorious these past few days in Victoria and my secret garden is bursting with blooms and fresh growth.

It seemed appropriate to share these harbingers of hope with everyone on Mother’s Day.

This young lacy leaf Japanese maple is nestled behind a flowering shrub and backlit by a flowering rhododendron that forms part of the floral boundary of our garden.

This bed of shrubbery is a study in shades of green. Hydrangeas form the backdrop to my gingko tree, some hidden heather and a border of something I don’t know the name for. I’m hoping the hydrangeas will gift me with their floppy giant heads again this year.

If you must give Mom a broom on Mother’s Day, be sure it’s a flowering variety, like this one. I was told (by a landscape architect) it’s a weed, but I choose not to believe him.

Don’t ask me the name of these flowering shrubs (except for the rhododendron, of course), and I won’t tell – because I can’t. I just enjoy the beautiful splashes of colour.

Here is the view from my kitchen window. More rhododendrons, and that spindly thing on the left is a fig tree, which is just coming into leaf.

Another white rhododendron, this one just outside the dining room window.

For those of you who have been following our geothermal energy saga, the new front lawn is coming along nicely.

Finally, no Mother’s Day would be complete without a greeting from Shalom to all mothers everywhere. Each and every one of you is a hero.