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