Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Best gardens continued
As we continued our tour of Denise Best's gardens we walked around to the back past very beautiful and lush plants, trees, shrubs and flowers.
Denise led us into the gate on a large patio.
On one side was an herb garden with a very large rosemary bush.
And other spices that Denise uses for cooking.
In the center of the patio is a pergola with a table underneath and an outdoor fan overhead.
Denise said they spend quite a lot of time on the patio and I will admit it was a very pleasant area with the woods behind and beautiful landscape and hardscape all around.
Under the windows were several pots of mint.
One of the dogs seemed interested in the waterfall and pond beneath the patio but I think he was really looking at our club members walking around in the garden.
Below there are many steps and even a sitting area or two.
On one side Denise has planted ferns.
The pretty water feature was below.
While some of us were up on the patio admiring the view.
As we walked down to the bottom level we admired the pond which was one of the only thing the Bests didn't make themselves.
Mike Christie admired the dogwoods on one side and the native azaleas on the other.
At the back of the property on the right side there is a fire pit with multi-colored chairs all around. This area is a work in progress but Denise hopes to add hostas to this area.
Denise explains about her oak leaf hydrangeas.
And the new area behind the azaleas where she intends make an area with a fountain in the large pots and it also is a work in progress.
Walking back to the front of the garden, we saw Denise's composting area.
I couldn't help but notice the birdhouse on a tree.
And walking further, the vegetable garden has a gate inspired by Prince Charles' gardens in England.
At the front of the potting shed, a pretty patterned patio.
A large and pretty hydrangea is on a garden corner.
Her vegetable garden contains pretty vegetables planted in a lovely hard scape of brick boxes.
And one of the nicest features are the apple trees
The tomatoes were very good. Denise asked us to try a ripe one and we did. They were delicious and organic.
As we left the vegetable garden, we saw the pretty potting shed.
And here is a look at the opposite side of the garden.
Denise was very enthusiastic about the perennial garden we came to next.
The flowers here were lush and beautiful.
And I really loved this hydrangea.
This is a caramel coral bell or heuchera.
With flowers in pots, all around.
A question about the pond.
And we reluctantly had to say goodbye to Denise and her gardens.