Stone pathway through a pond in the Japanese Garden section of Butchart Gardens. In March, I took a photo of the same stones, from the opposite direction. The light here is warmer, brighter, and the foliage more lush. Oh the difference 6 weeks makes.
A thick (very thick) cedar hedge borders one edge of the Japanese garden, sheltering it from the water. Someone had the brilliant idea of cutting a small window through the hedge for a glimpse of the cove beyond.
In this photo I have the camera almost through the hedge. Isn't that a beautiful view? I love the whimsy in this idea. The sound of that word just makes me smile.
Whimsy: "Playfully quaint or fanciful behavior or humor."
I love a touch of whimsy and think I need to incorporate some in my own garden. Do you have anything whimsical in your yard?
I loved the idea of the 'window' looking through to the beautiful yard.ReplyDelete
No whimsy yet, but maybe one day!
Lovely photos, especially the one framed by the hedge. I love whimsy and have lots in my garden.ReplyDelete
Butchart Gardens look absolutely beautiful. Haven't been there for years. : )ReplyDelete
I love the photo of the cove. That scene was one of my faves when we visited there.ReplyDelete
I like whimsy in many places - many situations. In the garden there's a little face at the base of a tree. It's really only noticed by children. An iron heron, half hidden at the edge of the pond and a family of grouse among the ferns. Yes, I do like whimsy!ReplyDelete
Lovely photos - there is such a difference in the two photos. I love whimsy in the garden - I have a gnome on a swing in one of the trees in my little grove in the side yard. His name is Chompsky. I also have a glass ball, about 2" across, in a wire holder, that glows in the dark - my own little star in the garden at night. I have a wire gate - no fence -just a gate, and an old water pump, painted red.ReplyDelete
Does a gnome count? Someone gave one to my hubby and it joined our garden last year. I love the square hole in the hedge. It sure gives one a beautiful view of the harbour. Those stepping stones look so beautiful too, leading across the water. PamReplyDelete
Loved this post! how cool for someone to cut that "window." I love whimsy and I would say my closest to that is the little statue of a boy sitting on a stool, wearing a cap, and reading a book. It's been there since our youngest left home for college.ReplyDelete
I am enjoying seeing the gardens from your perspective and a different time of year from when we visited. The window in the hedge was a brilliant idea and the view is breathtaking.ReplyDelete
The whimsy in my gardens comes from the fairies that inhabit it.
So many visitors at the Butchart Gardens walk right past that hole cut into the hedge - what a shame too, it's such a beautiful view!ReplyDelete
I don't have a yard! :( But I think your photos are lovely...ReplyDelete
Lovely photos! I, too, am a fan of whimsy -- and a garden is a great place for it. We have three little not-bird-houses, in bright colours, hanging in the side shade garden, that I love for their whimsy. I also often remember my Dad's little joke, the rubber snake he left coiled in an apple tree. . . whimsy in a different key!ReplyDelete
Whimsy is a sweet concept, but with ThAt view, the hedge would go, if it were in my power. ;DReplyDelete
Like most people with a camera, I always take that whimsical shot through the hedge - it's so perfect and such a reminder of hours spent wandering through Butchart.ReplyDelete
Thanks for another great travel memory Lorrie.
Hugs - Mary
I love this Japanese garden! Can't wait to see some green around here...
I like that word,too. I always enjoy seeing photos from different seasons at Butchart Gardens. I do have a bit of whimsy in my yard...can't really call it a garden :)ReplyDelete