There are paths through most parts of my garden, or there were.
As the roses have filled out and grown up, so many of these pathways have essentially vanished. Sometimes the gardener has no choice but to fight through, but usually it is just easier to find a different route.
There is still a path here, if you want to crawl through to the other side.
You would start your crawl from the open area in the center of this photo.
If you had crawled under ‘Numa Faye’, you would emerge in the open area in front of the spruce.
Walk west from where you emerged and find this view
Ah sweet relief – finally a nice wide open pathway.
The reason for this wide pathway is rather simple: the original garden property consisted of a half acre of rocky land with a house. At the time these roses went into the ground, they were planted along the lower property line. Since then, the adjacent half acre of bare land was added to the garden. Because plantable space was so limited, the little roses ended up being crowded together. Then they became big roses.
Tucked up behind ‘Mary Rose’ and ‘Cardinal Hume’ is this little secret, and all but inaccessible, scene.
Along with the difficulties of access, there are some advantages to the way the garden has evolved.
1. The garden provides a sort wildlife refuge, particularly for Mourning Doves and California Quail, and also for the less welcome bunnies which like to dine on buds and young growth.
2. Privacy … It is an easy matter to work unseen and unnoticed.
3. Shade … Staying out of the full sun is always a possibility.
4. Protection from the wind …Windy days are really just not a problem.
5. Being surrounded by beauty and fragrance.
Imagine yourself here.