The Garden Tour - M - Back toward the cottage

2011.10.08.tour19kDespite our best work, we have this sumac. The staghorn sumac was originally growing near the Lower Bush Garden, planted in a large, buried nursery tub. After some years, one spring I discovered that its roots had escaped the drainage holes and were coming up in nearby beds. Major work was at hand.
Despite surrounding it with 36” deep bamboo retainer, you can see some at the left. It constantly escapes but, after all, the bed to the right is the ‘Sumac Garden.’

2011.10.08.tour20As we walk out of the Magnolia Garden and around the Mound House, the camera looks north to have another view of the Magnolia Garden. At the right is the Redwood Gap bed, at the left the Pyramid Bed.

2011.10.08.tour20aThe Gladiolus Bed at the left, you can see the Garden Barn in the distance.

2011.10.08.tour20bHere we approach the Catalpa Bed on the right, named for the Chinese catalpa with its huge leaves. At the left is the Boysenberry Bed. Beyond these are the Dancing Circle Gardens.

2011.10.08.tour20bbAlthough out of sequence for the ‘walking tour’ this photo is for perspective, looking across the Dancing Circle from the other side so you can better see just where we are.

2011.10.08.tour20cAs we pass the entrance to the Dancing Circler at left, we return to the bustling area of activity, where the Garden Barn is the center for garden tools as well as the wooden houses )seem attached to the SW corner of the Garden Barn) for our Mason bees.

2011.10.08.tour20dAt the lower left is the northwest area of the Dancing Circle Gardens. Above them we see Strawberry Hill with the hose containers placed for their winter wait.    Above the hoses is the kiwi trellis.

2011.10.08.tour20eHere we look to the left (the three photos above were taken from that spot). The Rosemary Island Beds at center, the reddening leaves of the Lower Bush Garden blueberries above those, even the plum trees in the Plum Thicket Gardens… this is a view which truly shows the gardens.

2011.10.08.tour20fNow we’re nearing The Narrows, with the two sliding doors of the storage area easily seen, as well as the Gravenstein apple which is just outside the main window of the classroom.
I trust you enjoyed your tour.

As it says in The Holy Books of the Devas, “all life upon the Earth was good…”

All photos and text by Rev. Paul Beyerl

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