3/22/10

Blake Garden

We've been here together oh so many times.

IMG_0029

IMG_0027

IMG_0038

IMG_0037

IMG_0052

IMG_0055

IMG_0057

IMG_0050

IMG_0061

IMG_0036

IMG_0042

IMG_0046

IMG_0045

The garden has three small, circular ponds. This is number 2

IMG_0067

I could be wrong, but it seems to me the gardeners have been thinning the "walls" between the garden's rooms in recent years. In general, I think the more separate the rooms the better. On the other hand, it's nice to see two water features in the same view.

IMG_0065

IMG_0066

IMG_0071

IMG_0070

IMG_0075

IMG_0073

IMG_0080

IMG_0008

IMG_0009

IMG_0016

IMG_0013

IMG_0015

It seems like they've been framing the view more lately too. It's a million dollar view, for sure.

IMG_0022

The Blake is a teaching garden for UC Berkeley's Landscape Architecture program. You find lots of interesting experiments here. I love this new flue.

IMG_0165

Water drains from the upper terraces via an ancient rusted pipe. It looks like someone shattered it with a shovel. Whoops?

IMG_0169

You know what they say--if you can't hide it, decorate it. Here's a flue movie.



Today I also realized how much I like the back stairs.

IMG_0163

Are they slightly curved, or is it just an illusion created by the planting? Well, all stairs should have a slight curve, or the illusion of a slight curve created by plants.

But what really moved me today was this eastern slope of restio and rosemary.

Rosemary and Restios

I took a hundred pictures. Let me show them to you.

Rosemary and Restios

Rosemary and Restios

Rosemary and Restios

Rosemary and Restios

Rosemary and Restios

It looked good from the top too. I'm this close to ripping out my whole garden and starting over with restio and rosemary.

IMG_0144

6 comments:

Ann flower said...

What a beautiful garden! I would have loved to walk there, and see all the gorgeous flowers! Thanks for sharing

Bonnie Story said...

I am euphoric at the sight of all that euphorbia thriving by the stairs. Big fan of the stuff now, here in deer country. That view is amazing... I agree that an occasional sense of enclosure within a big garden space is very important, a shot of intimacy to rest the brain and soul amid so many details. The flume pipe is the coolest!

Ilona said...

What luxury! To have all this richness of pictures in one post! There is so much in this garden that could be the garden of my dreams. Always loved the mystery of the grotto type of opening in a place. But all is so, so beautiful- you captured it so well with your camera. Thank you :)

CiNdEe said...

It is all beautiful! I love lavender too! I have a few plants and love when they bloom!!!(-: Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Andrew said...

I ALWAYS love your blog and photos. Just wanted to point that out. That's it!

Pam/Digging said...

I'm always drawn to that circular pond. So much great structure in this garden. Thanks for the tour.