Our friends live “across the pond” from us.
We could reach their garden much faster by canoe than by foot or car.
When I stopped in one morning recently, I was left speechless by the beauty of their Mountain Laurels.
It was the first time I had visited during this beautiful time in May when our community lights up with the blooms of Mountain Laurels, Rhododendrons, Ligustrum, and Hydrangeas.
Our friends invited me to return this week to take photos of the Mountain Laurel before they fade in our early summer heat.
The back garden drops steeply towards the pond in a series of terraces.
Mature Dogwoods, Hollies, Mountain Laurels, and Hydrangeas gather under the taller hardwood trees to thickly carpet the bank.
Wild grapevines trace patterns across the tops of the shrubs, basking in what sunshine may be had.
Ferns grow in dense shade near the house,
but a deck, overlooking this beautiful bank, and the pond beyond; holds a variety of beautiful potted plants which thrive in partial sun.
When the Mountain Laurel bloom, their white and light pink flowers billow like waves; white water crests rolling down the hillside.
Towering over my head, these mature shrubs have grown to become more tree than shrub.
Their tops reach towards the sky as their trunks remain cloaked in shady undergrowth.
This is a true woodland garden, inhabited by wild things.
The deck feels like the deck of a ship.
It offers a secure place for the human inhabitants to view the constant activity of all the wild things scampering through the garden below.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014