Walking to and from my church job on Sunday, I pass the back of a garden that intrigues me because of the many interesting and mature plants. The place has a bit of a natural feel to it and at one point in the last seventeen years, had largish compost piles on this back side of the garden. The house, a smallish Victorian with faded paint, has much more stained glass than would have been original to a dwelling of this size. Much of the glass appears to be from the same time period as the house and may have been collected and installed by some owner of the place or constructed to look old. This is a dwelling and garden that have been well loved, perhaps by the same loving owners, for many years.
During the spring, large drifts of a naturalized species tulip dance beneath these bushes; in the summer, the roses in the hedgerow are lovely. In the winter, a strong backbone of evergreens provides a perfect backdrop for these brightly colored rose hips making a pretty holiday greeting.