While we were away, good friends stayed here several times, and the garden shows the results of their knowledgeable care. As well, Oldest Granddaughter took the responsibilities of her first job seriously, and except for the fig tree, most plants came through the weeks of drought in good health.
I suspect this photo isn't as coherent or legible to objective eyes -- to me, it shows the glory of early morning sun shining through the rose-tinged feathery fingers of the ornamental maple. . . .
pleated leaves, that wine-coloured leaf-sheath (botanists, help me out here? There's probably a specific term for this) against the new leaves' sweet golden green. . .
So that although it claims a large sprawl of terrace space, it's found a forever home with us. . . .
If you've read this far, you're probably keen on gardens. If you're a relatively new visitor here, you might not know about a Series of Garden Visits I facilitated here the summer before last -- some very generous readers with wonderful gardens invited us to tour (virtually) their gardens and they answered my questions about how they developed and maintain those gardens. Have a peek if you haven't seen those already (even if you have, I found it a joy to revisit those gardens). . .
And leave a word or two if you'd like, in the comments below. I always enjoy knowing you were here.