A Walk in the Woods

 My forest fills in quickly once the warm weather arrives.

 The irises are blooming by the lower pond.

 After walking down the path to the lower garden and passing through the doors, you can see my raised bed.

 As my trees have grown, this garden is too shady for some vegetables. I grow things that can handle some shade.

 Like beets, I have 3 rows of different types of beets. I dug my rhubarb up last Fall and transplanted it but it looks like I missed some roots.

 Broccoli rabe and broccoli.

 I thought my grapes were done for after the winter we had but sure enough, they are growing again.

 Garlic, leeks, peppers and nasturtiums.


 I've turned this area into a berry garden.  There are gooseberries, currants, raspberries and blueberries planted here.

Morning Glories.

Notice that there are no roses on top of my potting shed?  All of my 'new dawn' roses died because of the freezing temps last winter. I've planted new ones but it will take several years for them to grow over the roof. I also have carpenter bees living in the eaves and they are very aggressive when I am working here.  They don't sting but they sure are annoying.

Baptisia about to bloom.

Strawberries and weeds.

On the way back to the upper garden.

Lily pads.

I am filling in the perennial beds with annuals.

I love my Japanese Maples.  We have had next to no rain here and are dryer than a bone.  I am hoping for rain today.  It seems that all I do is water.


You must find such solace in your woods. It looks so lovely. Peaceful and serene. Beaming with nature at every turn. And your gardens are delightful.
dindin said…
carpenter bees will eat your haouse down.
Anonymous said…
oh Joyce you have created such an amazing haven , the fact you started with a clean slate and built this forest is wonderful and you did so in such a natural manner, it looks like it was created by Mother Nature, you aren't Mother Nature in disguise are you?
Cottage Tails said…
Totally love seeing photos of your work - I bet you are going to all enjoy the berry garden once it starts producing too.
Susan said…
What a beautiful, peaceful place. I could wander around for hours.
Guillaume said…
Your pictures make me long for a walk in the woods.
Barb said…
What a lovely garden and forest. I'm sure you (Teddy too) find great joy in the time you spend there.
Loli said…
The forest is splendid! But I kind of missed it's guardian... Is it too hot for her?
Patty Woodland said…
You'll be busy when it all comes in ;)
c. Joy said…
Thanks for the walk. What a beautiful world you live in.
Danni said…
Your space is SO beautiful! I had no idea that you had a wooded path to walk through to get to your lower garden. It's like something out of a fairy tale. :)
:) If you think it is dry there...then just imagine what it is like here with not even any "muggy" in the air. Your garden property is like a Fairy Tale garden. Danni above hit it right on!
Reminds me of the song "What a Wonderful World.." I cling to that..even with the evening news..
Kay said…
Oh my goodness! You are such an incredible gardener. I wish I had your knowledge and green thumb. It all looks so beautiful.