When we arrived at the first garden in the country, there was an audience across the road observing us. This had to be the most interesting weekend for them, too, since they got to watch hundreds of people come and go.
This garden was up on a hill a long, long way from the rural road, so they provided transportation for guests.
All too soon, it was time to move on to the next garden.
These gardeners had a chicken in their city garden:
The last garden we toured had a very unusual but wonderful garden feature:
There's Carl and I, on the right, heading into the next adventure.
But what caught my eye right away is what the homeowners did with a massive silver maple after it was destroyed by a tornado several years ago:
For the end of the day's tour, we decided to go over to the Green Bay Botanical Garden and see what's happening over there. The garden walk ticket proceeds go toward the building of the botanical garden which has been expanding nicely.
But then again, they have tiny things, too! (Hope the gigantic frog doesn't hop over to this neighborhood.)
Such a wonderful kaleidoscope in the garden:
This mosaic is what the purple ageratums and other greenery look like through the viewer as you turn:
I swear I didn't steal the entire idea from them; hey, we stole the idea from several different sources, lol.
Then there's another idea I stole (from several different places, I'm such a thief):
The English Cottage Garden at the botanical garden.
And the start (since 2005! I know, I know, what is taking so LONG?!) at our house. I wasn't intending for ours to look exactly like theirs, though. For one thing, we don't have the talent (or the money) to make it that pretty, and for another, I think we're going to go with more windows and a different-looking roof. And hey, in my defense, we had leftover stone and no place to go with it, and I had always loved little round houses since they look like silos. Speaking of silos, so many people ask if our dome roof is off of a silo (it isn't, lol) and then they ask if the stone house is a ruin of a silo (it isn't) but come to think of it, heck, why not? Yup, it's a Ruin! (It will be a true Ruin if we don't finish it soon.)
The Botanical Garden built a ruin intentionally:
But they don't need to worry, I won't be copying this one. (On second thought, I'd love to have this building in a non-ruinous state, wouldn't you?)
Ok, enough tours for one day. I hope you enjoyed the ideas and my true confessions, ha. Time to get back to work on our mess here.