The Garden Tour - E - The Central paths

Meanwhile, back at the gate… The little building is our Tool Shed, constructed in July, 2011.
2011.10.08.tour07If, upon entering, you turn to the left, you would have, at your left of the path the Welcome Cottage Bed which has a small tub of spearmint but has, primarily a large area of foxglove. You can see the Hollyhock Bed at the side of the Tool Shed.

2011.10.08.tour08Coming around the Tool Shed you can see the Welcome Gardens, including a lean-to storage area which holds educational materials in the south half and canning jars in the north half behind its two large, sliding doors.

2011.10.08.tour09 In this view you see the fronts of the Tool Shed, greenhouse, and the framework of the nursery. These two trash cans hold the organic potting soil used to transplant garden stock into the new pots (in the lower left foreground) for the annual plant sales, begun in 2009 ce.

2011.10.08.tour10At the far right, the Patio Gardens and then a bed with flax at the near end and a large rosemary at the far end called The Narrows.
At the left is the main Iris Bed where our best species are kept. When I constructed this bed I weighed one of the core samples (an unbroken ‘beam’) and kept count. This bed alone has over 2,000 pounds of cement. As you tour our gardens, you’ll see the paths lined with broken beams and cylinders. We have moved many, many tons of concrete!
Immediately beyond The Narrows is the dwarved apple tree, looking shaggy until this year’s growth is pruned.

2011.10.08.tour10aAt the right, the Upper Bush Gardens (which begin at the chamomile, just past the kitchen compost container). At the left, the south edge of the Dwarved Apple Bed, along with the apple and, below, thyme and germander.

2011.10.08.tour10b And, past the dwarved apple, the Cherry Hill Garden at left (red ribbons hang from the cherry), and the feverfew and tansy in the lower right corner are at the end of the Upper Bush Garden and, just past them, the Forsythia Bed. The forsythia is tall now, cut back in the spring when it finishes flowering.
Ahead, the path splits to accommodate the Lily Bed. The teeny red sphere in the center is a gazing globe atop Strawberry Hill.

2011.10.08.tour10cTurning left, just past the Lily Bed (which holds Asiatic and Trumpet lilies as well as valerian at its west end), we see the east end of the Kiwi Garden, the Garden Barn (constructed February 22nd in 2000), and the signs of autumn labor: tubs of moss and liverwort to take back into the Memorial Grove where we’re creating a solid foundation for a hemlock; and four stacked, large black nursery tubs by Strawberry Hill holding our hoses for the winter.

2011.10.08.tour10dBacking up, you can see the east end of the Lily Bed. Between the Lily Bed and, at the right the Lower Bush Gardens, are several small, raised beds made of core samples (will anyone count all of them some day?). These are known as the Rosemary Island Beds although climate change means less rainy nights in the winter leaving us without cloud cover are far more nights below freezing than we once had. And that means we no longer always have a rosemary able to survive in this exposed site.

2011.10.08.tour10eMoving even further to the south, in the lower left is a Baptisia, that small bed considered part of the Plum Thicket. Above to the left of the photo, some of the South Bush Garden blueberries are showing their autumn color.
This angle provides a view of the south west gardens of the Dancing Circle.

2011.10.08.tour10fAnd then, The Dancing Circle itself, taken from outside the Dancing Circle Gardens from the southwest.


The only true way to experience Hermit's Grove is to walk the paths and the separate gardens. Click on any photo in these pages to see it full size!

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