On Friday — the day before the Conifer Society tour — Mark noted the garden was pruned, polished and weed-free. So he went out between rain showers and took 207 photos to document what it looks like at the moment. He suggested everything looked so good, we should put a "For Sale" sign up immediately. So this is a photo-heavy post but only includes a fraction of the pictures he took.
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Stepping out the back door onto the deck.
The stone path that is parallel to the deck leads off in either direction. The pine needles are marking what used to be a grass square. It's in transition to another look or maybe just to new sod. We're undecided what we want to do here.
This view is standing at the front edge of the deck and looking right.
You've stepped off the front edge of the deck, turned left and walked on the stepping stone path going east.
You could have stepped off the east edge of the deck and taken a different path to the get to this same spot. This is the view looking back as you get to the east side of the garden.
Take the bridge across the dry stream and start up the path going under the spreading limbs of the old apple tree.
Stop half way up the gravel path and turn right to look across the length of the pond. This is the view you get if you sit down on the bench we put under the apple tree last summer.
Follow the path as it curves to the right between the Turtle Mound (left) and the Buddha Mound (right).
Looking left at the backside of the Turtle Mound . . .
and looking right at the side of the Buddha Mound that slopes down to the pond.
The same view just a few steps further on. I love how woodsy this looks.
Now you've turned right and the back of the Buddha Mound is on your right and the fence marking the back property line is on the left. Straight ahead is the area I call the Sacred Grove, though the original trees that made it a grove have almost all succumbed to old age.
You haven't moved — just glanced over your shoulder at where you've been. The path on the left will take you over the stream while the one on the right will lead you back between the two mounds. The fence and back gate is on your right.
The gravel path leads you to the stepping stones across the stream while the Grove is "paved" with needles from white pines.
Looking back at the Grove path. You are now at the west side of the garden where the path runs along the fence line.
Those big green leaves are growing in the upper pool
You've just walked behind the Tea House and are going toward the west end of the house.
Looking back towards the Tea House. For the tour, the doors and windows were all open and a big Japanese textile banner hung across from the roof across the front. We let people go inside the Tea House but they have to remove their shoes.
If you continue along the west side the path between the house and the fence, the path surface changes material and brings you out to the circular Moon Garden in front of the house. There are four locations to access this central garden. Two of them are visible in this view.
Following the gray pebble path as it curves to the right.
Looking back. Our neighbor's property is just on the other side of the sculpture and the hedge.
If you look at the image of the circle garden, you've just walked down those stone steps on the left which lead you to the front edge of the garden. This path goes across the entire front of the property.
Just before you reach the driveway on the left, you see another path that leads to and from the Moon Garden. This was designed as a wheelbarrow access path; one of many without steps or stepping stones so we can easily bring tools and whatever we need anywhere in the garden.
The view to your right as the front path curves down to the driveway.
The view along the opposite side of the driveway.
The long driveway border has box, yew and Barberry spheres as well as a row of specimen trees — both deciduous and evergreens.
There you more or less have it. I don't know about you but I'm exhausted after all that walking.