Today is a lovely rainy day. The Garden is quiet with only a handful of visitors enjoying the damp envrions. I have spent the last few days in the Japanese Garden.
This is a great place to avoid gardeners at this time of year. Some are busy setting up lights and displays all over the Garden for the seasonal Garden of Lights that starts in a few weeks. Fortunately there is no light display in here, so I am in no danger from that staff. Other gardeners are busy changing the seasonal planting displays – pulling out summer annuals and then planting winter annuals and plants. When they do that, it is more than prudent to stay away from certain gardens – I really don’t like trowels, shovels, gardening forks and bony fingers. So I had to find a place that “those people” won’t come to work.
This is a good time of year to be in the Japanese Garden. The garden features a beautiful tapestry of green created by the formally sheared boxwoods, pines and junipers. Other plantings provide a rich variety of green shading for your eyes to explore. The dark green sasanqua camellia is full of buds. The dwarf pittosporums shimmer with deep green leaves while lighter green candles of new growth flicker across the surface of the shrubs. The fine texture and color of the mondo grass creates a luxurious carpet along the ground. In vibrant contrast, the many different types of maples and cherries stand out as their leaves turn shades of red, orange and a little yellow. More yellow comes from the pomegranates and a fringe tree turning colors along the edge of the road. With the rain, all the leaves have just a little more sparkle, thanks to the droplets of water dotting their surfaces.
The garden is obviously a favorite of many visitors. Children delight in crossing the little stone bridge. Photographers click away, taking pictures of the little stone lantern or the splattering waterfall draped with a brilliant red Japanese maple. It is a contemplative spot for some. Others are intrigued by the twisting paths and enjoy the journey from one side of the garden to the other. The café terrace provides a nice view of the garden and the canal beyond for those that like the big picture. And for me, it is relatively gardener free these days. That is certainly the reason it is my favorite garden this week.