The sequence is a bit jumbled and I apologize. The hat is Mr. Dash's gardening hat which means he is not in residence at the time,the bell is to announce one's arrival,the plaque is commemorating it as a Garden Conservancy garden. The day I went there was no one anywhere around. The main gate was unlocked but other then the guinea hens and some bunny rabbits I was alone. After Labor Day the days and hours are real erratic. I just happened to luck out that day. I saw Mr. Dash at the market a couple of days later and hoped to go back and visit but I never made it back.
We're having something of an indian summer up here. I couldn't remember if there were any Indian Summer posts but a quick search returned this one. Well, our Indian Summer is pretty nice but it's nothing like this - such a beautiful place!
I go back and look at this thread as it reminds me so much of "home" up there,with seasons. This was my very first photo posting experience and I was very excited about it at the time. I see many are out of focus. I do appreciate your kind words imec.
I have looked at zillions of gardening books in my time, including lush coffee table tomes full of fine gardens from all over the world. I don't think a single one of them could rival this garden. His vision is breathtaking. Everything is so perfectly in its place, yet so totally unexpected. It's completely original without being eccentric in any kind of negative sense. I can imagine your steps drag every time you have to leave the place!
A couple of questions: Is that tree that looks like a cypress at the approach to the door indeed a cypress? And what is that fabulous golden limbed beauty that's the first pic in reply #4?
Thanks to Imec for bringing this thread back up. I see I never commented on it, nor do I remember seeing all the pictures. They might have been posted when my internet service was sluggish, which makes looking a picture threads a misery. Whatever, I'm thrilled to see it in its entirety now and will remember to revisit for pleasurable aesthetic hits!
I think one of the things that is most striking about this garden is that it has such a magical sense of both surprise and timelessness. On the one hand, it could have sprung up overnight like something in a fairy tale. On the other hand, there is the sense of someone both planning and letting himself be led by what the terrain and extant plantings suggest. That makes a garden like this inspirational rather than daunting.
So many gorgeous gardens can be be discouraging to the neophyte gardener, because of the time it obviously took for them to reach their beauty. And gardens that look too new and just-starting-out can cause one to feel that it's too hard and takes too long to get a good effect.
But right here in the Port we have gardeners who proved that is not true. For instance, elements which don't need time to grow give weight and a finished look the the garden. Look how the urns or the chairs in the pictures above add to the whole. Now look at Jazz's wonderful garden, and her "before" pictures for one example of how a space can become a garden relatively quickly. Also look at the stellar effects achieved by Spindrift in only one year. Even though Casimira's garden has been growing for many years, note how all the small touches amid the "chaos" give ideas of how the gardener interacts with and enhances the garden.
I am SOOO glad I found this thread. What a completely sumptuous garden.......Mr Dash truly is an artist. I love the planting, the use of colour and the unfolding story of a really gifted gardener....wow! Often when I visit gardens I get cross about the unnaturalness of over designed areas and just the inordinate tidyness of everything - this garden has the balance just right - someone who obviously loves plants and lets them be themselves within a framework - gorgeous...
I shall revisit this thread often - I know I've missed loads of details....
Thank you so much Myrt. I am in this neck of the woods right now and hope to get to the garden and take some pics of it during this time of year. I hope to do so this week as a matter of fact. It is a very special place. I'm glad you enjoyed it. There are some other pics of this same garden lurking elsewhere on here somewhere.
Lucky you...........Garden Design is a big interest of mine but as I get older and crankier I find less and less to enjoy in 'show' gardens...this garden is right up my street...I look forward to some new pictures then, casimira. I hope you have a brilliant trip there
Casimira, I love your further unveiling of this beautiful garden and hope that you visit again, soon. It is a magical place of beauty and living art. Calming for you now, in a time when words cannot express the cycle of life’s changes. Time to sit with Robert at the table, have a cup of coffee, and be with him, as in your wonderful photo in the first Madoo thread, #5.
Jazz, thank you for pointing me in another direction! The lushness of the summer garden is just wonderful...especially as we go into winter here - it's easy to forget, isn't it! I think the most attractive thing for me about this garden is the soo skillful use of greenery - often taken for granted and just used as a backdrop - for me it's the mainspring from which everything else follows. I prefer the greenery to the flowers more often than not - that's the way I have developed my garden certainly. Mr Dash's use of colour, with paint, flowers or sculptural, as punctuation points rather than as the focus is a real pleasure to behold.
Thanks again good people. My plan is to go later this week,there is rain forecast for the next three days,and by then I will hopefully have conquered a couple more big spaces in the house. I admit,I've never been there this time of year,so. I am most looking forward to seeing some fall foliage,and taking some pics. Of course,also, visit with Mr. Dash,who has been out of town the past 2 weeks.