So I jumped at the invitation to get a good, long look at things, and take pictures. Unfortunately, it was a very sunny day in a very shady garden, not optimal conditions for good photos, but you'll have to suck it up and bear with me.
|"You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of
sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose
boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop -- The Outlaw Garden"|
Just behind that handsome fellow was a large Romneya coulteri in glorious bloom.
|And just past our Rod Serlingesque host on the right is a small bed at the foot of the stairs to the front door, with a blooming orange daylily and blue Salvia ('Black and Blue'?).|
|And the only patch of lawn (I believe) in the entire garden, with this combo of Sedum, Yucca and Agave ovatifolia.|
|And this abundantly flowering smoke tree|
Do we dare to proceed further, through the gate?
Inside is a veritable labyrinthine warren of brick paths, full of intriguing leafy combos and dappled shade.
|Overhead the sun sparkles through Tetrapanax leaves high above|
|Whose shape is mirrored in the Fatsia polycarpa 'Needham's Lace' below|
|Inset into the path at various points are these daisy shapes with stepping stone centers|
It's important to look back once in a while to make sure you haven't missed anything.
|This monolithic column holds the first of many face planters|
|A bench to the left of the column|
|My attempt to take a photo of Peter's pond -- can you even see the water?|
|This simple combo of golden creeping jenny and black mondo grass which edges the pond is lush and charming|
|Peter's koi swam lazily about in the deceptively deep pond|
You may have noticed the wire in the shot above of the koi. It's part of an electric fence, to deter raccoons from eating the koi. Peter shared a heartwarming story of hearing raccoon screams the night after installing it.
|A rose flowers in a rare patch of sun|
|The path, and a glimpse of royal blue, pull you on through the garden|
But first, a distraction:
|At your feet, a hand (Snow White?) reaches out from below a pot|
|An array of glass insulators line the right-hand side of the path|
|A blue stained glass flower amongst variegated bamboo(?)|
|A hand holding a heart, another head pot with black mondo grass, and an array of glass crab figures|
|It's a lovely shady spot. Do we sit?|
|To the left against the fence is the first of several visual puns -- the Old Man and the C (Sea)|
|The path continues to the right of the blue table, past a ferny stumpery on the left and a timber bamboo grove on the right -- and ahead, a wall with an illusion-inducing mirror|
|Broken porcelain crockery mulches the bamboo|
|The ferny mini-stumpery and another enormous mirror (and me, in the upper right)|
|An about-face leads you through a series of shady arbors|
|Watch out for hatching dinosaurs!|
|A trio of "eggs"|
|In this one, two fish and Artemisia 'Seafoam'|
|If I remember correctly, that patch of bright sunlight is the "Danger Gardenette"|
|But the greenhouse is on the left, and it's calling|
|There's a surprising number of plants still thriving inside, despite today's heat|
|Faces stare at you as you examine the plants and props|
Outside again, you head to the "Danger Gardenette."
|A bubbling fountain, colorful Bromeliads, and an obese mermaid|
|The pots are as fabulous as the plants growing in them|
Of course, I didn't get any photos of the Agaves growing in full sun, getting pics of the most well-lit plants would have been silly.
|Along a path, around the corner, you meet another dinosaur, this time, much bigger|
|Heading back toward the house, it's hard not to miss the color coordination of this glass flower, swath of lilies and the curtain across the back door.|
|Some of the newest garden art -- flowers made from cutlery|
|He's got the whole world in his hand|
|And more visual puns -- a handrail|
|A bird in the hand|
Sigh. So much beauty and cleverness all at once. Peter's garden is one of a kind.