Brent took these photos the other day, just before dusk. These are exactly as it was, no ‘photo shop’ – just an amazing foggy dream ! When there is less to see, you see way more……
‘WITCHIE-POO PARK’ is an amazing part of our property. Wind-shattered elm trees create a haunting landscape….. a small stream gurgles at the bottom of the slope. You couldn’t pay me to go there at night.
A solitary Spruce tree decorates our main meadow. There is no way to tell in this picture, but this tree is at least seventy-five feet tall, and there is a six foot teak garden bench sitting under it…..barely visible in the fog.
Brent finds it ‘cathartic’ to mow acres and acres of grass…. I love the smell ! The hills were already there, but ‘an artist with a caterpillar’, the late Ed Anderlini, sculpted and smoothed out acres of mess into this vision.
Rolling hills are so important to create vistas and visions. Lucky,lucky.lucky!
We used a peach-tan gravel for the driveway, and a split-rail fence guides the eye around the bend. I have planted a few scrambling vines on it at random spots. The purple-leaf grape (Vitus vinifera ‘Purpurea’) has always been one of my favourite plants and has room here to do its thing.
A very large Oak tree was probably planted by the original homesteaders at this farm. I added a grove of Katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) in front of it. Some of these new trees are more than twenty feet tall and were ‘pre-trained’ with a clear trunk. Others were never pruned and retain all their lower branches. These trees are renowned for their fall colour and the lovely scent (which I cannot smell at all) of their dying leaves. Brent didn’t know about this feature, and wondered how our closest neighbour could be baking so many apple pies day after day !