The Garden Tour - L - Leaving the Memorial Grove
Leaving the east end of the Memorial Grove with the Overlook and original site of the Stone Circle, I am always amazed at how different the woodland appears when heading back.
This is at the intersection where the newer path heads over to the south side.
Between the trees (over the core sample corner) you can see the Stone Circle.
We’ll take the southern path.
Here we move along the ‘south path,’ walking directly south. The tree on the right has a ribbon. Many of the trees throughout the gardens have ribbons, most from past Beltane celebrations, some from the XII Annual Garden Blessing celebrated in the spring of 2011 ce.
To the right of the path is a large patch of woodruff.
Ah, look to the right. Here is a lovely view of the Stone Circle.
This central area of the Memorial Grove, reaching from path to path to the Sumac Garden beyond the west edge of the woodland. This area will come to be known as the Avalon area.
The sword ferns glow joyfully in the sun!
But it doesn’t last long. We turn back into the woodland, a hazel showing leaves at the right, a rowan with just its slender trunk at the left.
A short distance later we again turn to the south, just past this large Douglas fir. Off to the right, unable to be seen in this photo, is a large rhododendron, taken from layered cuttings from the Blue Peter growing in the Treewalk Garden at the west end of our gardens.
Another turn and we walk parallel to the fence, a huge cedar waiting for us.
On either side of the path are Mahonia (Oregon grape) which thrives in our gardens.
This is our ‘Triple Goddess’ cedar. From this view you can see two of the three trunks which are all conjoined as one at the base.
She is a magnificent cedar and was one of the primary reasons the south path was installed.
We are soon leaving the Memorial Grove. A huge compost area, held in place by recycled wire fencing, is at your right.