Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Quarry Gardens

My tribute to Karen and Carl's Quarry Gardens will be less than a million words but at least a thousand photos. Actually I took very few photos compared to my normal photo outings. I will blame it on the shear beauty of the gardens and trying to keep track of everything Karen and Carl were sharing about the progress of their gardens. You may remember many of these photos from Karen's blog during my guest shoot.

A vase of lilies welcome you at the beginning of the tour.

The first urn of the tour. The color and textures begin.

Looking past the colorful riverbed I see a tease of another garden room.

Another pathway, I must be patient.

Kicking my zoom in on my camera to get a view from afar.

Layers of colors and textures.

My first view of the "quarry".

The views are amazing. It reminds me of a quarry out at the edge of a field of flowers.

The hostas appear as pillows tucked between the sides of the rocks.

Ever since I saw Joel's photo of this cherub I have wanted to get this perspective.

Doesn't she look like she is smelling the coneflower?

I am partial to windmills. I was happy to capture this angle.

This and the following photos show the great variety of color and texture throughout the gardens.

Must remember this "Stokes Aster". As I told Karen, the Fall Aster is not my favorite. This variety has definitely caught my attention and I know I can get them here in Texas.

No corner or crevice has been overlooked as moss, a flower or a rock has been placed to catch your eye.

Would you believe just past that line of trees is Wisconsin farmland?

Formal garden in the distance. I can not believe I did not get any photos of the formal gardens and the new rock wall! Kicking myself while writing this...

A variety of St. John's Wort not familiar to me. Must do some investigating... this shrub was huge, lush and full of smaller flowers than I had seen before.

The vision one gets of the gardens via the blog world would make you think Karen and Carl have just improved the landscape around them. Actually, they have brought every bit of this wonderland to its current placement.

Tiger Lilies were always in my mom's garden. These blooms brought back wonderful memories. Isn't that what a garden does best?

An entry to another garden. Inviting, isn't it?

The hosta gardens. Amazing. Something I have never grown as I have always lived on the hot, dry side of Texas.

The huge birch tree which provides some of the shade for the gardens. Beautiful.

Every vantage point in the garden gives you another focal point.

A view of the tufa wall that Carl hauled home piece by piece.

The daylily garden. The ones that did not make the cut from a daylily breeder friend of Karen's.

Cute little green frog - a different species than the ones in our Texas gardens.

Since Karen can not kill this rose, I might have a chance to convince her to actually try one in her gardens. They are pretty carefree... if you get the right one.

Man-made texture also in the gardens.

The hand laid tufa wall with the view to the road.


No side of their home is immune to the beauty.

The entry to the "distant garden rooms" at the beginning of our tour.

Looking back to the front gardens. I must remember to find those "blue" caster beans for next summer (in the bed on the right side of the photo).

A different camera and a different color balance. Hmmm.... better colors but I did not get the blue caster beans in this photo.

A great vision of textures and colors again.

Viewing back to our starting point. Walking through a lush forest setting.

The end of our tour, also the right side to the beginning of our tour. There are photo vantage points from all angles in Karen and Carl's garden.

Even from the "powder room" window.

Karen and Carl are the most gracious people you could ever hope to meet. Considering we were somewhat strangers coming to view their gardens, they opened their gardens and their home to us to spend the afternoon. We truly felt as if we were visiting old friends. It was the most wonderful day I will not soon forget.


Carol said...

Such a beautiful garden!! You really lucky to have seen it in person and generous in sharing your adventure :)

creekside rummager said...

I love the stone features and that little frog is just too cute.

Karen said...

We're so honored to be featured on your blog. And we keep talking about your visit, it was truly the highlight of our summer! We had such a great time that day.

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Love your views of Karen/Carl's garden. It is so beautiful.


Janet said...

That is a stunning garden. I especially like the stone Walls and the different levels of planting. Their hostas look perfect. Did you see any slug damage at all?
The frog is very sweet. It must be finding the weather in Texas very hot. Lovely post, beautifully illustrated by your photos and prose.

Shyrlene said...

Tufa Girl - this is a GREAT post! You have a keen eye with that camera of yours. Cool angles and comprehensive capture of your adventures!

Marguerite said...

I am terribly jealous of that garden and the trip to see it. Love the use of so much stone, that first photo of the quarry is just amazing but also really liked the tufa wall with the pine and willow in the background. Those textures are so wonderful. I can see why you took so many photos, there's simply a zillion things to look at.

Toni - Signature Gardens said...

Isn't this the most amazing garden!! I visited just a week after you did. And we had spectacular weather too. You are so right, I wish I could have bottled it up and brought it home with me. Karen & Carl's garden was almost too much to take in in one visit. I kept telling Karen to slow down; she was taking us on the garden tour too quickly. Every corner I turned I couldn't believe how beautiful it was and how much work they have put into it. Your pictures are gorgeous. I took some with my little point/click, but just didn't do the garden justice. Oh, those hostas!! And that tufa rock wall. I have a hard time getting my husband to haul one rock home, let alone having him haul literally a ton of rock every day for 60 days! I can't wait to see their round rock room built. I'll bet it will be amazing. There is nothing those two can't do with rocks or metal. Just amazing! And such nice people to boot! They have almost a constant stream of visitors to the garden. I don't know how they get anything else done! Your post was quite the tribute! Well done.

Anonymous said...

That's a stunning garden... I love the effortless distribution of rocks!