The MapQuest directions were not that bad but they were not the best either. We made a few wrong turns but managed to visit 4 out of 6 gardens and finished before noon and before the sweltering heat became unbearable. I do have another item for my wish list - I want a GPS device for trips like this. If you have any recommendations, let me know.
We then drove across town to visit our friend Joann, had lunch at PF Changs (yeah!) and stopped at a few shops. Michael's aunt and cousin drove up from Mississippi and we all had a good visit. Got home around 8pm totally exhausted and slept till 8am this morning. Unheard of!
On to some garden photos. The first garden was very small and charming - a lush patio/courtyard area. Not too many hydrangeas at this one. I think this is "Ayesha".
Doesn't this look like a great place to relax?
This beautiful hydrangea was at the second garden and I'm kicking myself because I didn't write the name down.
This one is "Angel Song", one from the "Halo" series that I wrote about earlier.
I love this archway made from terra cotta pots - clever!
My favorite garden was this one. This is a narrow pathway along the side of the house which leads to the beautiful garden in back.
Looking back in the opposite direction toward the front lawn.
The back garden featured this adorable potting shed.
A patio area. I love the rock work and the way she integrated architectural pieces into the borders.
A long view of the garden. This garden had a Mediterranean feel with manicured grassy areas and lots of stonework and gravel. Loved it!
I don't know what this groundcover is but I like very much.