Her garden is not large. I expected all the properties there to have similar size gardens, but we were both surprised to see some very large gardens on our tour. Here are some pics and comments.
First let me tell you what I expected to see. Perfectly manicured lawns, lots of concrete patios, minimal upkeep. I was in for some surprises.
Most of the gardens on the tours had very elaborate water features, running streams, cascades, waterfalls, rockery and alpine plantings. The sounds were delightful and perfect on this very hot day. Most of the gardens are freshly done. Many have been there less than a year, so the plantings are still small. When the trees mature it will block part of the fencing and make them feel more private. The fencing is actually very beautiful, compared to my beat up old faded wood. I loved it. And I loved the choices of plantson this first garden in particular.
We were given a little booklet with the owners names and pictures, a description of their gardens, and the names of landscapers. I left mine behind, but now wish I had it for reference.
This particular garen used a lot of stone and dry landscaping. I'm from the high deset in Nevada, so I felt at home in it. I didn't see any sage brush though.
But massing them into these gardens, I can't help but wonder what they think will happen in 25 years. This seating area is on a raised area. The garden is huge and making an intimate seating area in the corner, raised up like this is something I would not have thought to do, but I loved it. I'd want to take my friends out there for a snack and cold drink. Or sit and pet the dogs there.
Here is another rose. And a little staute. I was expecting a lot more statuary in these gardens. Some ohad quite a few decorative things like rusty plant stakes, and other ornamental things, but not as much as I expected.
That's all for the tour folks. Did anything surprise you? It sure did me.