Just a short trip and we were at Carolyn's garden, the huge trees making it feel as though the trip from Mike's should have taken much longer than it did - it felt as though we should be in a national forest. The curbside view didn't provide a clue that there was a woodland wonderland only a short walk away.
Carolyn gave a brief overview of how the garden evolved into what it is today, and then, the journey began. Off we went, rounding the corner of the house where ferns and foliage gave the first hint of what we were about to experience. First, it felt as though we were in a park, then in a well maintained forest.
Who could keep such a large place in such pristine condition? The answer is Carolyn. She maintains it all herself.
It was just about lunch time when we arrived. Carolyn provided drinks and had the patio and gazebo set up with tables and chairs.
Many of us sat down right away and ate our sack lunches while others still had enough energy to start the tour before succumbing to hunger pains.
Once our energy was restored, we were eager to get going and enjoy the scenery. Everywhere we looked, there was beauty to behold.
Many plants called for a closeup encounter.
We were fascinated by Carolyn's "Mystery Plant" and maybe one of these days, someone will be able to put a name to it.
Sometimes, we just stared into the distance, trying to soak up every morsel of the view.
Beautiful pathways under huge trees invited us to continue exploring. Imaginations could run wild in this magical setting - I expected to see seven dwarfs, or maybe Little Red Riding Hood, or Hansel and Gretel...............
But the most memorable feature for me was the pond, so natural in its setting - making it difficult to believe it is man-made.
What a glorious day it was!Thank you Carolyn and Mike for opening your gardens to us and to Diana for making the arrangements.