I'm writing this at 10:30 p.m. Sunday night with thunder in the background and the sound of the TV broadcaster monitoring the weather in our area. Strong thunder storm or tornado? Not sure which one is coming our way.
Earlier this evening Mark took a number of shots of our garden using a wide angle lens. That way you get a real sense of what it looks like in its entirety, not something that is possible to see when we concentrate on plant portraits.
These first three photos were taken standing on our deck at the back of the house, facing our pond. The views are looking west to east. The big tree behind the Buddha statue is a Honey Locust. (Click on any photo to enlarge it).
The picture below is the view when standing in front of the big Locust tree (see picture above) and looking west.
Now we're walking east around the edge of the pond, standing at the beginning of the short hedge in the photo above.
Standing above the hedge with the swath of variegated sedge below it and looking back toward the hosue and deck and the big Honey Locust tree.
We've left the hedge behind us and the fence marks the eastern boundary of the garden. We're on our way to the garden in the southwestern corner of the property known as the Sacred Grove.
In the 20 years we've lived here we've lost the big trees that gave this area its name. It is the primary perennial patch in the entire garden.
A closer view of the scene above. This is now more sun than shade after losing three trees in the winter of 2012/13.
Looking back to the east at the plantings across the path with an old Austrian pine right where the path curves.
Around that curve is the upper pond and side view of the Tea House.
The view back across the garden from the top of the steps in front of the Tea House. Note the bamboo fence and big deck pot that were visible in pictures 1-3.
If you come around behind the Tea House this is the view of one of the last areas we are in the process of designing and planting. Go left and you are back on the deck.
The Patient Gardener posts what her garden looks like at the end of each month so she can follow its changes during the course of the gardening year. My garden features greens for most of the year except for early and late season bursts of color. I am not sure how much these views would change month to month if we diligently photographed the same scenes.