Now completed gate posts. The garden has been named, according to the plaque on the right post, Paradeisos, an ancient Persian word meaning enclosure, garden, park.
Here are some other interesting definitions for your edification.
- among the Persians a grand enclosure or preserve, hunting ground, park, shady and well watered, in which wild animals, were kept for the hunt; it was enclosed by walls and furnished with towers for the hunters
- a garden, pleasure ground
- grove, park
- the part of Hades which was thought by the later Jews to be the abode of the souls of pious until the resurrection: but some understand this to be a heavenly paradise
- the upper regions of the heavens. According to the early church Fathers, the paradise in which our first parents dwelt before the fall still exists, neither on the earth or in the heavens, but above and beyond the world
Looking down from outside.
The center spot with the phormium was occupied by a spiral trimmed topiary just a week ago. Must have found a different home.
One of my favorite things in the garden is this simple aged bowl of Iris.
The main focal point of Paradeisos is this fountain-centered cruciform planting with gravel paths and arches and statuary in the background. The lush green grass really makes a difference.
I love the way the naturalistic elements contrast with the highly formal and structrued garden.
Side staircase leading to the "secret garden" (straight or to the side of the house (left.)
View from side stairs
Looking back down from the other side.
Looking up the side staircase.
I'm getting a little close to the house. You'll bail me out of jail if I get arrested, right? Do you suppose there'll be a fence around this? Will it be equally wonderful as the fabulous gates?
Everything is looking so finished and cleaned up. The memory of heavy equipment mucking around is fading. With the huge number of plants and various areas to explore, it's really starting to feel like a garden.
Looking back down at Paradeisos.
Hope you enjoyed our Italian jaunt.