Disappearing ‘Mile’ saddens reader

Dear editor,

It deeply saddens me to see the creeping loss of Courtenay’s Mile of Flowers.

Little by little the colourful annual borders are being replaced by unlovely evergreens, dry grasses and gravel. I understand the cost of replanting and caring for annuals is considerable but there are many perennial choices that would give colour over the growing year. Why not bulbs, rising every year with hope in spring? Where are the skimmias with white flowers and red berries against green? Scabiosa? Day lilies? Heuchera? Why not pieris with bright pink leaves against white flowers?

Even carpet roses, tough little soldiers, provide colour and scent.

Geometrical, soulless evergreens are not care free. To keep their largely unexciting shapes requires pruning. Does our city gardener not remember the ’70s when we all planted juniper bushes that grew to engulf our public spaces? Perhaps blocks could be cared for by different public service groups or even private citizens. Perhaps a competition in beauty and care could involve children’s groups. Let us keep our city gardens bright and cheerful. Evergreens, dry grasses and gravel provide a poor welcome to our city.

Heather Flint

Courtenay

 

Just Posted

Valley secondary school salad bar launches at Isfeld

Although there isn’t a formal cafeteria in the school, students at Mark… Continue reading

Comox considers plastic bag ban

Council has taken one step closer to banning single-use plastic bags and straws within the town.

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Comox Valley Cycling Coalition AGM upcoming

The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition will have a couple of special guest… Continue reading

Update: Early morning shooting in Courtenay

Reporter at taped-off scene outside apartment complex

NIC hosts high school students

North Island College hosted a High School Open House Thursday at the… Continue reading

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

NIC Comox Valley to add student housing

168 units expected to open in 2022

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

Most Read