My visit with my friend was short but it was made extra special by an unplanned garden tour. We were taking a walk together along the residential streets of the small town when we came across this beautiful sight along the street. It was so picturesque it took my breath away. I thought that someday it would make a charming painting.
I could hardly step away from the spectacular hydrangeas (I rarely see them in those pink colors!) then I started looking at the continuing hedge of chaotic perennials and realized it was actually quite special. The plants were tightly packed together, growing in a kind of controlled chaos to heights of twelve feet with nary a weed in sight!
This is how the corner looked from the street-
Not a house in sight! The beautiful gate was on the far right side in the shaded area. (See the street corner stop sign?)
We walked around to the left where you can see the back of a car peeking out and there was the house, painted in colors that the creative gardener's mind must have thought necessary so that it would not be lost in all the green.
The lady of the house was just stepping out, leashes in hand, to find a couple of dogs that had strayed. I complemented her on the spectacular garden flowers we had just observed. She asked if we had gone into the garden, no, we had only seen the street perimeter and were very impressed. She graciously invited us to go inside and see the whole thing while she went after her dogs. Also impressive was that this lady gardener was at least in her late sixties, if not into her seventies.
We eagerly stepped inside---
This sign was on the gate-
The theme plants of the garden, because they were repeated over and over again, were these amazing pink hydrangeas! They were several shades of pink (probably influenced by the acidity of the soil in each particular spot) and the shrubs were often as tall as me.
The lot of this garden was not very big but it was densely planted. There were paths that wound around and through, intersecting, and the plants were just barely open to let a body through.
I have been on many garden tours in many, many gardens. The most creative gardeners strive for elements of mystery or surprise with whimsical artworks, fountains, sculptures, etc. so that a stroll through the garden brings smiles and laughter and enjoyment beyond the observation of beautiful plants. This garden could win prizes for the extra thought and planning that went into the numerous vignettes throughout.