Bellavista Gardens Resort Combating Coronavirus

Walking benefits your heart, lungs, eyes and mood. Vince and I hiked around our home resort which we’ve named Bellavista.

California poppies with contrasting ground cover.

It wasn’t long until the man with the photographic eye took over my phone. Don’t you love this piece? For years Vince had drooled over our friend’s stove lying half buried in her field. When he asked if he could dig it out of its burial place at her house, she gave it up. It works perfectly now.

The snapdragons never died our from a planting two or three years ago.

The hike continued to the columbines I planted last year and thought they were duds. Vince thinks they look like aliens.


From there we headed south through the cat sanctuary to the winter gardens which I planted last fall.

Lazy snapdragons, lush mini-pansies, hollyhocks that haven’t ever bloomed set in aromatic cilantro

The cats from all around think this is their oasis, complete with a climbing pole. We moved through the garden quickly to avoid seeing any chores.

Can you see the giant ant that devoured the spinach in one area?

Taking one last look at the garden, we walked west into the true front of our resort lawn.

The onions are resting. Gophers don’t bother them in this bed.

Two weeks ago I bought an azalea to remind me of the beautiful Northwest where I spent my teen years. Vince ignored and focused on our cat, Moji’s favorite hiding place.

Her toady therapist is always ready with advice.
Toad’s office enter at your own risk

From there we hiked across the flatland through the iron gates to the east garden. Vince started designing it last year, but water was a problem. I gave him an ultimatum- no water and I would give him the garden back. We had water back there before the week ended. The good news is that now it is our joint garden.

Mostly strawberries. Yum!

I took out my compost piles and he built some steps down to the next level as you look toward Cottonwood Creek. “It’s hardscape, Marsha.”

That is Vincespeak for a new seating area to look out on the creek, which is running right now.

Cottonwood Creek

In a few years the weeds will be replaced by a path down to the creek and probably more hardscape. For now it’s amazing to have the garden ready to grow tomatoes and other summer plants.

It’s our work in progress.

So now you know how we are fighting the Coronavirus. What have you been doing? Stay safe and healthy.

Bellavista Headquarters

11 responses to “Bellavista Gardens Resort Combating Coronavirus”

  1. Sally Pace Avatar

    I love these photos – I am so lucky to get to walk around Bellavista almost every day!


    1. Marsha Avatar

      And I’m so glad we can! We’d go nuts inside all day.


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  3. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    What a gorgeous property! Spring is certainly being kind to you! Speaking of photo challenges, Marsha, this post would have been perfect for this week’s Sunday Stills Challenge! Feel free to link up!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for the invite. I will definitely do that!!! Thanks for the comments. It’s been a labor of love. We love living out here.

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  4. Norah Avatar

    What a beautiful place to self-isolate. Stay safe.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Norah. We love it. You take care as well. Strange times!

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  5. the eternal traveller Avatar

    It’s beautiful to see your garden all in bloom now.


    1. Marsha Avatar

      I wish you could have been here when it was really pretty.

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        But seeing snow on the mountains in the distance was special too.


        1. Marsha Avatar

          The snow is still there. The park is closed now due to the virus. You actually came at just the right time. Any later and the pandemic scare was already starting. You might have been quarantined in the USA!

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