I loved this small sitting area that was beside the last home we toured. The centerpiece is an old VA mill grindstone with a statue in the center. It is surrounded by purple pansies, candy tuft, and other various shades of blue and purple. The tulips along the borders were not ready to come up yet, but I am sure when they do it will be lovely. The homeowner also had cobalt blue pottery around the side area of the yard with coordinated flowers inside. The effect was peaceful and serene, and this wasn't even the main garden!
This Japenese maple tree marks the top of a custom made water feature that was designed and commissioned by the owners of the third stop on the tour. The man made creek bed was filled with pebbles, no black pastic here, and began at the far right of the yard, running the length of the home over varying levels with several curves and ending in a lovely Koi pond next to a small sitting area. The sound was amazing, and we were very surprised to learn that the entire thing was only 2 years old!
Because this homeowner did not open their home to the tour, the garden club made these whimsical topiary fish to "swim" along the edge of the waterfeature. At first glance, they just seem to be droopy and bulky flower arrangements, but very quickly your mind adjusts and you realize that it is, indeed, a Koi! How cool is that!?!
I have loaded all of my garden pics to flikr, and you can click on the flikrbadge on the right to see them all if you wish.