The views from these gardens are breathtaking but come with garden woes of hostas (roses, evergreens, etc.) vanishing into deer tummies in an instant, most likely just before a scheduled garden open, and hill stabilization (mudslides, you know.)
Scott's garden, which is right next to Lavonne's is meticulously tended.
Not a single leaf on the ground. So clean was this garden that when we walked down from the back deck I felt compelled to pick up the couple of leaves that my shoes left behind.
The neighborhood deer have not found this hosta yet. I understand that gardeners spray hot pepper sauce, bitter apple, and a variety of things, unpleasant to deer, on susceptible plants but don't know if that's what Scott did to keep this beauty from being someone's salad. Notice the fresh zinnia and dahlia.
Reminiscent in form of an African Thorn Acacia (Vachellia tortilis) this Acer shows great pruning technique.
The juxtaposition of controlled and coiffed gardens with the wild abandon of nature makes these spaces especially interesting.
Thanks again Camille for being my tour guide and thanks Bob, Kristi, and Scott for allowing us to tromp through your beautiful gardens!