Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Autumn in the Japanese Garden

Autumn is fading fast on the US East coast as we head into Winter. Japanese gardens have a special beauty in all seasons because of the mix of natural features as well as plantings and architecture. I was looking around the web and wanted to capture a few pictures of the beauty of Autumn in the Japanese garden before it all disappears into the silver and white of Winter.

This beautiful shot was taken by Sarairachel in Capitol Hill, Seattle.        Sarairachel

So enviable...
most glorious 
Contemplating death
~ Shiki ~

Kimubert in Tenryuji, Arashiyama, Kyoto Japan

The winds that blow -
Ask them which leaf on the tree 
Will be next to go.
  ~ Kyoshi Takahama ~ 
Theothermonalisa at the Eastman house in Rochester, NY
Autumn wind
in Ise's shrine cemetery
even more lonely.
~ Matsuo Basho ~ 

 Nancy Qian

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Creative Garden Paths

I love making creative use of whatever materials you have at hand. If you have shells, create using shells, if you have wood, use it. If you have rocks use rocks.  Here are a couple of beautiful pebble paths I'd love to have in a garden. The one above is courtesy of The Garden Balcony Company .

Here is a more formal swirl pattern pebble path through a patio. Also from The Garden Balcony Company. I don't really have a lot of pebbles in my local area, but I really like these.  You could even do concrete stepping stones with whatever you have on hand impressed into them in a pattern. I must create one of these in the Spring.