Celtic Dreams distractions
We were off in search of more distraction today (things are going to be long-drawn-out on the medical front...) and today's journey took us to an interesting garden on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment.
Celtic Dreams was a bit wild and overgrown but really interesting. We'll have to aim to go back next year in peak flowering seasons.... (There were about a dozen or so wisterias draped over outbuildings, trees and shrubs - while they could use a heavy pruning, they would, no doubt, be spectacular in bloom in mid-late May!)
There was a large collection of greenmen (and a few greenladies) in various places in the garden. I particularly like this guy's grape earrings!
This one seemed to have a calmer personality!
The center of this trellis was more feminine. I would like to build a trellis like this one for the end of a path in the woodland garden area in our garden.
Another feature of the garden was 'sanding stones', many with carvings on them like this one with a unicorn
Or this one with Yggdrasil the World Tree or Tree of Life:
There were also various objects made from concrete, hypertufa and willow. We particularly liked this mosaic toadstool:
The weathered teddy-bears on the twig bench had a certain poignancy:
There were lots of rare and unusual trees. The garden was only open by appointment so we got a personal tour from the owner. He named all the trees for us - but we immediately forgot most of them! This is a leaf from a Paulownia tomentosa (Foxglove Tree. When we saw it, I thought it would be a perfect leaf for Saucy to do a cast of...
I can't remember what this one's name was - a Japanese something-or-other! But we liked how it billowed against the sky and the lighter ends of the branches were very attractive. It was quite tall - 20' or so I'd guess. I'm not sure how tall it would get eventually.
The borders were in autumn-aded state but still quite attractive. There were quite a few areas with lots of grasses. The borders below would have been very colorful earlier in the summer but were fading gracefully.
As we left the garden and headed for home the road ran along the edge of the escarpment. The view was nice but I'd hate to drive the steep, narrow switchback road in winter!
I've attached a link to the website for the garden but it looks like it hasn't been updated since 2006 or so!
Here is a link that might be useful: Celtic Dreams