Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Ornamental Gardens Sunday
Having far too many veggies already in the fridge, and more in the garden, I didn't make my weekly trek to the farmers market on Saturday. Instead, on Sunday, my friend EcoDiva and her lovely girls took me to the ornamental gardens a few towns over. Set on acres of land atop a hill, this gorgeous area is carved out of a forest of pine and fir trees and planted with flowers, shrubs and even herbs & veggies!
When we arrived, just after 9am on Sunday, we saw a group doing Tai Chi. A nice way to start the day! (Clicking on the photos will give you a somewhat larger view if you want to see more detail.)
Lush planting beneath old growth trees:
A charming building on the grounds:
A stunning, multi-petal sunflower that I am coveting:
It was nice to see so many happy bumblebees on the flowers here. In an area that is so highly agricultural (we were known for our orchards, but now mostly for our grapes) it's so important for us to have healthy, happy bees!
An amazing, feathery shrub filters sunlight through it's pink clouds of foliage:
Here is a close up of that shrub:
This massive pine had it's own stone circle around it, and has a place of honour at the entrance to the gardens. The pictures I took don't do it justice - it was enormous!
It was a wonderful day spent with sweet friends!