Through The Gates and Into The Secret Garden

It rained all night and I could not wait to go down to the lower gardens early this morning to see how everything fared.   Open the garden gates and come inside.
 The dogwoods were weighted down with wet blossoms.

 The upper pond was bubbling and flowing.

 I put 2 feeder fish in the upper pond and they were nowhere to be seen.  Did they take a ride on the water slide to the lower pond?

 The Weeping Beech covers the walk and you get quite a shower walking under it when it is wet. The puppy turned into a pussy and would not go with me this morning.  She preferred to stay dry.

 Heading down the steps to the middle pond.

 No feeder fish here either.

 The hostas and ferns by the lower pond have almost opened entirely.  Someone left a hose out.

 These irises crack me up.  I originally planted them by the upper pond.  After the first year they replanted themselves by the lower pond.  Now I never know where they will pop up or what color they will be.  They started out being purple and it looks like this year they will be yellow.

 The zucchini enjoyed the rain.

 A happy garden...nothing like a good rain.


 A row of eggplant.

 My one lone artichoke plant.

 Bats dripping with rain.

 The peppers are ready to bloom.

 The little area on the lower right is still empty.  It does not get as much sun as the rest of the raised bed and I am not sure what might grow there.  Any suggestions?

 Click to see my one lone spear of asparagus. 

 I could find only 2 feeder fish.  I added 8 of them down here last night.

 I wonder if the big fish had a sushi snack last night?

 I just planted a bunch of phlox amongst these rocks.  Hopefully it will be pretty and bloom next spring.

 Back up and under the huge Beech for the second shower of the morning.


Anonymous said…
I guess that those feeder fish did regret the move to the lower pond :-)

Everything looks so beautiful after a rainfall, especially in the middle of summer. No rain here but strong winds once again but this time they're warm :-) almost 70 here today, summer temperatures :-)

Something in the back of my head says that I know some vegetables that doesn't need a lot of sun but I can't remember anything at the moment :-)

Have a great day!
Ash - Lynn said…
Absolutely Beautiful!!!!
Patty Woodland said…
Maybe the fish were hiding....
Yeah, listen carefully at the pond and I bet you'll hear a big hearty "buuurrrp!"
Nellie said…
Beautiful garden! I'm glad you received the rain you were needing.
very go stroll through the gardens. lush is the word that comes to my mind.

love the willows.
Here is California we have Cranes that fly in and eat the fish..even the BIG Koi. It's frustrating.
What is better than a freshly washed by rain garden. It's beautiful...BEAUTIFUL!
I missed the chili recipe yesterday but caught it today..can't wait to give it a try! I LOVE chili and this one sounds fantastic...
My son dreams of having his own hotdog place. How is that for ambition. He is a natural born chef and just one first place in a chili cook off..but I am turning him on to this chili. Can't wait to see what he thinks! Thanks for sharing everything... :) Makes me want to cheer after I visit you!
Much love,
Anonymous said…
amazing , such a beautiful sanctuary! Volunteer plants are always the best!
Everyone should have a beautiful, gorgeous secret garden like yours!!!
Tomatillos? That is so great. They are not that common but you can find them if you try (at markets), how bout more asparagus in your spot?
It looks so peaceful, is that where you and Teddy go to get your Zen?
Just crazy about those gates. AWESOME. Everything looks lush and beautiful.
My Grama's Soul said…
Oh Jaz.......just lovely.....from one gardner to another.


chickpea678 said…
My gosh Joyce, gorgeous. So green and verdant. You made a paradise in your backyard.
Dog Trot Farm said…
A magical garden indeed. Simply lovely Joyce.
Carole said…
Absolutely lovely! And thank you for your testamonial re your garden hoses...mentioned it to my husband who had seen the commercials, but thought "yeh, right!"...mentioned your being so pleased, so he ordered a couple and loves them." so our thanks!
Joyce, did I tell you I went zooming back to the store to buy one of the pocket hose's and they were gone??? LOL Snooze, ya lose! :)
Guillaume said…
Love the garden. It would be a great setting for a horror story.
jody said…
i love the freshness of rain and the walk in the gardens to see what magic the rains brought! my hostas are barley poking thru! everything is beautiful Joyce!