Perched just above the canal, with a magnificent view of the valley and Mount Baldy in the distance, sits the Sorensen’s home and garden. Enjoying their third summer in Oliver since moving from Calgary, Ann and Dave are loving the difference in gardening between the two provinces.
“In Calgary it’s more, let’s go to the nursery and pick some plants and stick them in the ground,” explained Ann. “Whereas here I find it amazing, you know you put something in the ground and within weeks you’ll have a flower.”
In Calgary they were unable to grow roses or a vegetable garden – features that they are both excited about in their current location.
“The roses are a bit of a passion, I have to admit, I wasn’t able to grow them in Alberta, so it’s amazing to me,” said Ann. “And we’ve never had a veggie garden, although I’ve always had a herb garden. We change what we grow every year, we started with potatoes and things like that, but now we think, oh, we can get those inexpensively at the store. So this year I’ve put in a delicata squash, it’s really yummy, and it seems like it’s taking. My husband does the veggies; I told him I have my hands full with the flowers.”
Another feature in their expansive garden that the couple is proud of is the pond, which Dave built himself and is home to their 19 koi fish. Ann admitted she worried about them while travelling this last winter, but they fared well; and the couple continues to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the pond, which they can see while on the deck or in the house.
As any gardener knows, the activity can be both labour intensive and time consuming.
“I can go out there at 9 o’clock in the morning,” said Ann with a smile, “and when I come inside at three it feels like noon to me. I find it hard to keep a nice garden and a clean house; you kind of let the indoors go in the summer,” she laughed.
Ann is also a member of the local garden club, and expressed her gratitude to the other members, who have been so generous with advice and plant clippings. She said her favourite part about gardening is “just the fact that you put a little spindly plant in the ground, and the next thing you know, you have something gorgeous . . . I just find it amazing!”
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