At first I had no idea what this caged plant could have been, and then Linda told me: It’s an oak sapling (or maybe technically it’s still in the seedling stage). A giant Bur oak (which a local historian believes is from a time before Wisconsin was a state) marks Linda and Mark’s driveway and last year three seedlings made it through winter. This one made it through the following winter as well.
These pinecones caught my eye from 25 feet away. They were absolutely gorgeous. I’ll have to ask Linda the name of the tree again, as I have forgotten.
Linda’s ‘Golden Shadows’ dogwood is so lovely. I struggle so much with growing these.
The fence along the back of the property is one of the first things I fell in love with on Linda’s blog. It was designed and built by Mark. The property behind it is for sale. What a bonus for new owners to have a back yard that shares this lovely feature.
I loved this apricot foxglove that stood by itself among a great selection of foliage plants.
This weeping Japanese katsura, Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendula’, was so lovely in a back corner of the garden. They prune it to be able to walk under and it was such a charming moment. I intend to add one to my garden some day.
Unless I missed, I don’t think there is any grass on the property. Everything is connected by a series of paths, some rock stepping stones, some mulched, but all wheelbarrow accessible. When you walk around to the back of the house, the most phenomenal (and large) pond fills your view. A waterfall leads into it creating a lovely sound.
There are upper and lower areas to the pond.
Linda and Mark took great pains to select appropriate rocks for around the water feature. The result is a completely organic feeling. Sometimes ponds feel a little contrived (which is not always a bad thing) but this one really feels like it was always there.
I so enjoyed meeting Linda in person and touring her beautiful garden. What a treat to see a garden I’ve been admiring for so many years. You can see more of Linda and Mark’s garden at their blog, and I highly recommend the “My garden odyssey” category of posts that detail the making of this great garden.