From time to time, we like to check in with our neighbors. Victoria, BC is such a beautiful area to enjoy and there are plenty of amazing bed and breakfasts here. One of the most unique bed and breakfasts here is called the Gingerbread Cottage Bed.
Yep, it is as unique as it sounds! But, only images and videos can do it any justice:
Taking care of a bed and breakfast, it can be really hard to maintain both the inside and the outside. However! I have been planning to plant some flowers in my backyard for some time now. Finally, when I bought a lawnmower last week, I felt that the time had finally come to do so. The idea was to use the mower to clear up the bushy grass before proceeding to make a flower garden along the yard’s fence.
Now, this is more of a boring, personal post, but stay with me. (By the way, if you own a bed & breakfast, feel free to reach out and say hi! 🙂 )
Maintaining the Outside of a B&B…
Thankfully, the mower made my work quite easy since it was very efficient. The Sun Joe MJ408E electric lawn mower is one of the newest brands in the market that are environmentally conscious. Since the mower is electric, it felt good mowing the lawn with a silent and fumeless machine. Some of the features I loved in the machine include the safety ignition button, the easy gathering of the cut grass with the collection bag at the back, and the almost 20-inch cutting width. There are plenty good options you can read at Mow Like a Champ, which is all about electric lawn mower reviews.
Soon, I was done cutting the grass and it was time to pick the ideal place for the flower garden. My chosen spot was along the fence, but a few inches from the shade. Then I proceeded to clear the ground that had become filled with grass and debris over the months. It was time to give the lawn a new look.
Next, I dug up the ground and then spread a 3-inch layer of compost on the fresh earth. Mowing the lawn beforehand proved very beneficial because all the fallen leaves and cut grass would serve as mulch for my new plants.
I did not want to plant the garden a new every year and so I decided to go with the perennial types of flowers. Since I had been planning about the garden for some time now, the flowers I settled on were the Peruvian Lily, the lavender-blue Catmint, the Coreopsis, and another favorite, the Forget-me-not.
I decided to start off with a few shoots and expand the garden with time. This way, I would have the chance to test what works best for my farm. Putting the plants in the ground was quite easy since the soil was soft and moist from the long-term grass cover.
Next, I connected a pipe from my backyard tap and sprayed the new plants with water. Now, this would become a daily routine until the plants take hold and start to flourish. Next I picked the grass that I had cut and spread it beneath my young plants as mulch. Soon, the grass would decompose and create another layer of compost for my flowers.
A word of advice to would be flower gardeners, always start small in making your backyard flower farm. It is better to grow at a slow pace rather than fail in a big way. Secondly, it is wise to know the type of flowers you want to have in your flower garden. Are they annuals or perennials? In what climate do they do well? These factors will help you avoid suffering losses caused by planting flowers that will end up failing.
If you are planning a trip to British Columbia in the coming months, why not stay in Victoria’s Earle Clarke House?
While it is located just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of busy streets, it oversees a peaceful and picturesque residential neighborhood. Those who decide to spend their vacation at Earle Clarke House will be able to boast about staying in one of the most historic buildings in the entire city of Victoria.
Read on to learn more about the history and ambiance of the Earle Clarke House in Victoria BC!
Earle Clarke House History
Construction on Earle Clarke House began in 1911 and continued on until the following year. Once the house was completed, it was inhabited by Earle Clarke – surprise, surprise – and his wife, Ella. Clarke was a teacher by profession but was also an accomplished sculptor. In fact, Clarke so impressed the Victoria elites with his artistic prowess that in 1926 he received a scholarship to study in Rome. Though he accepted the scholarship, the home remained in his family’s possession, as it would until 1954 after Clarke’s death.
For the final decade of the 20th century, Earle Clark house was owned by William Oscar and June Dawn Hedemark. Oscar and Hedemark made a number of changes to the house, replacing old furniture with something more contemporary models. However, certain parts of the mansion remained practically untouched, including Earle Clarke’s art studio.
After the occupancy of Oscar and Hedemark, Earle Clarke House fell into the hands of Joyce Kline and Peter Such, who made the bold move of turning it into a B&B. While some criticized the conversion of such as historic building into a bed and breakfast, others praised Kline and Such for opening its doors to the public. Their investment proved a wise move and Earle Clarke House, once the most enviable residential home in all of Victoria, is now one of the city’s premier bed and breakfasts. Sleek and modern interior decorating blends perfectly with the quaint architecture chosen by the original occupants to give guests of Earl Clarke House the best of both worlds.
Why Choose Earle Clarke House?
There are a number of reasons to spend your vacation in the historic Earle Clarke House, among them are:
Although Earle Clarke House is almost gargantuan in size, the B&B contains a total of just two guest rooms. This means you won’t have to worry about the building being overcrowded or too noisy. Furthermore, each room is located on a separate floor of the house, ensuring you have absolute privacy. Couples looking for the perfect spot for a romantic and relaxing getaway will find the offer of perpetual alone time particularly alluring.
When you book a room at Earle Clarke House, you’re not just getting a place to sleep, you’re getting unwavering hospitality from some of the most obliging staff in the world. The B&B really goes the extra mile to make sure your stay is as pleasant as possible, offering in-room facials, pedicures, and even couple’s massages. Each room is fitted with a fireplace, a bath, and cable television. Foodies will rejoice in the bountiful breakfast, which Inn Traveler Magazine has voted the third best breakfast in all of Canada.
At Earle Clarke House, you’re never far from the action. The building is less than ten minutes removed from Downtown, Victoria, where you can shop to your heart’s content. As well as boasting a vibrant shopping scene, Downtown is also a culture hub and offers some of the finest food, drink, and entertainment in all of British Columbia. When the night is done and you are ready for bed, you can return to the quiet neighborhood in which the B&B is located and enjoy a blissful night’s sleep without fear of being interrupted by car horns, sirens, or unruly passersby.
If you want to familiarize yourself with Downtown, Victoria before your trip, you can get a comprehensive tour of the area at the link below:
The amenities at Earle Clarke House go above and beyond what you would expect to find at a B&B. In fact, the amenities are so copious and well-managed that they could rival the amenities of a five-star hotel. Some of the things those who stay at Earle Clarke House can look forward to are: