Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fertilizer Friday Sept 28/12

Phew! Another week has gone by already?  I've noticed all the colour coming out in the leaves as I drive to work but, honestly..... Where did this week go?
I was able to spend all of Sunday in my garden and I put in 300 tulip bulbs which I'm excited to see in the spring.. I've put in quite a few hours in the Secret garden planting in the new arrivals... Work however has been very busy and this week I really haven't had the time to do anything other then snap some very quick pictures... So, please enjoy a "silent walk" through my garden. If your looking for correct names then please refer to Sept 21st Fertilizer Friday and hopefully I will have put in both the Latin and common.

I hope you've enjoyed your walk as I do every day. Rest assured however if you were actually in the garden you would hear the babbling water fall as well as the frogs and various birds that call Frog Hollow home..

Thank you for stopping by and please do come again...Also, please leave me a comment so I know
you've been. 

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Lets walk the Labyrinth

This is the Kincardine community Peace Garden... a meditative labyrinth. A design inspiration by small group of creative women in the town. They designed it and went to the municipality to ask to use this plot of land owned by Bruce powers. One of the local businesses where many are employed in this town..  Not only is it a labyrinth that you walk surrounded by the beauty of various perennials. Its also done in what are known as Chakra's. Each Chakra is represented by a colour and referrs to a zone of the body.  The garden is maintain completely by a hardy group of volunteers. There is no irrigation and during this incredibly hot and dry summer they have managed to keep it looking this good even at the end of August. Lets take a walk.
As you walk along you will pass each Chakra...

The Labyrinth leads to the center where the goddess Erene is waiting.
That isn't her head she is holding... It is the Earth.

At the beginning each Chakra there is now a stone with a fairy for each colour... something  that was added later to the design to interest the younger visitors.

They bring in crushed rundle rock and pack down the pathways.

A closer look at Erene.. Betty used a dress form she had to create the armature of the statue. It was then re-enforced with steal rods for its legs and sculpted with a glass tile at the top of the legs to represent the wind, air, and water... Unfortunately this garden has had its vandals too.. Some one shot out the glass tiles.

While I was there I saw various people from elderly in wheelchairs and groups of families with toddlers  as well as arm locked lovers. Everyone enjoys the peace and beauty that has been created here. You feel the tension release and the calmness wash over you as you walk the path inwards...and then again outwards...

delightful stones peak out from the foliage as you enter each colour

Even here care has been given to make sure that during the times that the blooms are spent there will be contrast in leaf colours, forms and textures.

At the end of the walk you head back up the hill... calmer and smiling.
If your there on a Saturday evening you can stand along the main street and watch for the pipe band come along... see all the children joining in behind dancing and playing.. all the children from 2 to 92 that is!  Its a great town to visit with a lot to see and enjoy.

Thanks for taking this walk with me... I hope you've enjoyed it.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Last garden tour of 2012

September 19th was a chilly rainy day. Also, it was our last garden tour of the summer of 2012. This garden had been inspired by a trip to China and the great wall. 

I absolutely love this weeping tree.  The owners know absolutely no names of anything really in their garden. They plant for their enjoyment and what appeals to them.
Several of their beds are mulched with these tumbled rounded smooth stones.

I of course loved the vibrant colours in this planter.

 These large pebbles have all been dipped in a sealant to keep their wet look...and then individually placed in this bed.

Under this tree the stones are actually placed in a "fish scale" arrangement.

The wife made a comment one day that they one thing they didn't have in their garden was a water element.... She came home to find her husband was building her one!  This waterfall totally blocks out the sounds of traffic from the road.

 There is no grass to be mowed in this back yard.. Its all plants, water feature and stone work.

Both of the gardeners have parents who are musicians... this deck is inspired by a grand piano

They also have a love of dogs....these statues out on the front deck give you an idea of their breed
this is their  Great Dane.

This is their Westie

This is where one of their dogs has found its final resting place... this tree was just planted when the dog died....and a single flower came on the tree right after the dog was laid to rest.... They have made a memory stone and the stones again are hand dipped in sealant and lovingly placed one by one in a fish scale pattern.....

This Picture has hit home with me as my own dog Binx is now 15... he's lived an amazing life and has been a wonderful companion... He has cancer that is now really growing rapidly.. At this time he is "comfortable" and I cherish every day, week .... perhaps months that I have left with him.. He will not be allowed to be in pain or suffer... I have promised him that! I have already made his "Memory stone" with his paw prints in it... Its a hard thing to do to sit and prepare for something like this. Binx follows me around the garden as I work though and I know that he will have his final resting place somewhere in my garden too.... and I actually just think I thought of the perfect place!....
Thankfully.... I do not have to deal with that.... today..

Thanks for stopping by and whatever you do this weekend...
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