A trip to Coronado Island during spring bloom is like a jaunt to Disneyland for flower peepers such as myself. I’ve been super lucky to demo and teach there during their annual flower show, one of the biggest in the nation. This year is the first time since World War II the flower show was cancelled due to the COVID outbreak, but something tells me the flowers didn’t notice. Just around the corner from my favorite cottage on Star Park Circle is Wizard of Oz Avenue, once home to L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Magic abounds!
The most beautiful roses I’ve ever seen bloom here on the island, carefully tended by those who live in the cottages in this community just off the coast of San Diego, California. The competition to win a blue ribbon for each block of homes is fierce, and the gardeners are justifiably proud, leaving garden gates wide open and inviting visitors to come in and take pictures (I’ve wandered through many open gates here, much to my hubby’s chagrin!). The roses grow to the size of dinner plates, and foxgloves and delphiniums crowd white picket fences backlit by sunlight. After years of painting and visiting here, my library of Coronado garden flowers is formidable.
Since visiting in person isn’t possible this year, I’m taking you with me social distance style, with a photo tour of some of my favorite spots. Are you ready for something beautiful, flower friend? Grab your sun hat, comfy walking shoes, and those cute sunglasses. Don’t forget a light scarf to block the wind. Those ocean breezes do sneak down the lanes, and even on a sunny day it can be a bit brisk! One thing’s for certain, the flowers love this weather. When we’re done, we can get a scoop of ice cream on Orange Boulevard. After that we’ll shop the Coronado Flower Girl stand for a bundle of blossoms as a memento of our day in the sun. Are you ready, intrepid flower aficionados? Your chariot awaits!
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