But enough of that. Let's ignore getting older for a while and take a look at some pictures I took.
This first garden was amazing. It provided me with an idea of what my garden could look like if I had lots and lots and lots of money and an artist's touch. This house has a current market value in the neighborhood of $1.8 million so that should give you some idea of what I'm talking about. Anyone want to fund my efforts to see if I can duplicate this? No?
|This wooden garage door is a piece of art by itself.|
|The pathway from the driveway into the backyard|
|This was one of maybe a half dozen fountains in the garden. It was one of the first things we noticed when entering the garden. There's nothing like the sound of water on a hot day.|
|Areas like this helped this garden not to feel like it was all about the hardscape.|
|A narrow pool in the foreground with the owner's art studio/guest|
house in the background.
|Amen to this, right?|
|It's not every day that I get to stand UNDERNEATH a Japanese maple. I can only imagine how old this beauty is.|
|I loaned my daughter a small camera for the day. |
She took more pictures than I did and kept herself entertained in the process.
|As you can see, this one bed dominated the entire landscape of the front yard. But I like the retaining wall.|
|The pillows are a nice touch of civic pride.|
|I'm a sucker for fountains, river rock, and pavers. But this still didn't work for me aesthetically.|
|I was intrigued by this iron display but found it hard to capture with the camera especially|
since the space was cramped and I was trying to be respectful of other people on the tour.
|Another view of the iron work. The wall on the right is part of the detached garage.|
|Given the newness of this garden, I can only assume that this Japanese maple|
is one of the unnamed seedlings which generally grow faster and are much
cheaper to buy when they are this large. Cultivar name or not, it's a nice tree.
Our last garden for this post had it's fair share of charm. Unfortunately, this house was on a corner lot and I didn't get a chance to see the front yard since the entrance to the garden was on the other side.
|An old chandelier is given new life as whimsical plant container.|
|Mason jars were painted blue and pink and hung from chairs.|
|There's no lawn and plenty of shade in this garden. If it were my space, I'd want a little more room to|
plant things, but it also seems like a nice place to entertain friends in the evening.