Sunday, 9 July 2017

Gardens

Saturday dawned dull and grey with a threat of showers, but by noon the sun came out. A $20 ticket bought me a tour of 6 lovely gardens in the hamlet of Claremont, and a stop at the Claremont Masonic Hall for freshly baked scones, home made strawberry jam and a cuppa tea served in elegant bone china cups and saucers.
The gardens varied from grand and exquisitely manicured without a single blade of grass out of place, to small and humble and obviously a work of love.

This garden on a 2 acre lot featured a magnificent six tier waterfall and pond. Lots of mature trees, and at the top of the slope was a fire pit surrounded by comfy Muskoka chairs and a grassy labyrinth to walk around, which of course I did!

Across the road was an enormous house with a spectacular back garden. A large pool with a cabana surrounded by stone walkways, a flagstone outdoor living room, a pavilion, an outdoor bar with a huge flat screen TV (Blue Jays were playing!) and a fireplace with a roof, all beautifully landscaped..... everything you need to spend the summer outdoors, no need to go into the house at all! I didn't take any pictures, sorry, it was all a bit overwhelming and more like visiting an expensive resort and spa than somebody's private back yard. I prefer simpler living, but I certainly wouldn't say no to a swim in their beautiful pool! More gardens to come......

7 comments:

  1. What a very enjoyable way to spend the day Shammi, very much worthy of the 20 dollar ticket and made more pleasant by the sun shining down on you.. perfect!

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  2. It sounds like a wonderful experience, Shammickite. Love to visit oher gardens!

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  3. Ooooh.
    How I would have loved to join you.
    Loved these gardens (even if I couldn't recreate them) and am looking forward to more. I know what you mean about simpler living - but I do like to see how the other half (more like 1 percent) lives.

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  4. Gardens, tea and scones--perfect!

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  5. Sounds like a perfect Summer Sunday afternoon.

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  6. I wish someone would landscape our garden. They look beautiful. Glad you had fun.

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  7. It sounds like you really enjoyed your day. Nice photos!
    I've done a couple of those in a nearby town. It was pretty obvious that I don't know much about gardening.

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