Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A magical tunnel of roses


Okay.  You're going to have to do some work here.  Please put your hand over the blindingly bad camerawork in the upper left of the photograph.  Now you are able to make out the beauty of this rose-covered pathway.

Once again, we're in Dan Cleveland's cottage garden on a very bright day in May.  It was probably high noon when I took this picture, which never works.  Add in that this is my old camera which is not as forgiving as my new one, the latter actually getting quite elderly now.  

This tunnel of roses runs along the side of Dan's house.  I went from his sunny front yard, where foxgloves, poppies and roses grew in great profusion and walked under a wooden arch into this secret passageway.  The fragrance.  The cool feel of enclosure.  It was magical.

You can make out the bent rebar that is used as a frame for the climbers.   On the right side is Dan's house.  The lot is narrow and long, so his neighbor's yard is not far away on the left, but is screened by a line of narrow conifers.  

Often, we don't think of the area on the side of a house as a potential garden.  But here's a great example of what can be done with a space that otherwise might not hold much charm.  And, for those of us who don't have the time or wherewithal to tackle the front or back yard on a big scale, a narrow strip such as this might be a good place to start.