The rear garden in May

Several readers have asked, so here it is. At the bottom of this page is a lengthy video of the rear garden, taken with the assistance of a marvelous gadget called a gimbal stablilizer, that allowed me to walk without the video jumping up and down. I can’t hold the camera still standing still, much less walking and going up and down steps. Going from one pond to another I step several feet down on boulders. I can hardly tell.

The video was edited a bit to cut out some of the dead spots, but I couldn’t figure a way to make this shorter and show everything. So, if you’re properly motivated to watch for ten minutes, you’ll see most of what I see when I’m rambling through the garden.

I decided against background music. but you’ll hear plenty of noise from water and birds. The video was taken just before a downpour, so there are no sounds from neighborhood lawnmowers in the background, and only a short session of a dog barking. You will notice the variety of birds. When dogs aren’t barking and lawnmowers roaring, this is what we hear.

I’m not able to see the video on my phone without going to YouTube, for some reason, so I hope you can. I can see it on my desktop just fine. This is the link to the YouTube page just in case

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Bonnie C. says:

    That’s absolutely lovely Dave! You’ve produced quite a slice of paradise there.

  2. Ruth says:

    Hi Dave! I just watched the video on YouTube. The garden is absolutely beautiful, and I loved how you focused in on some of the plants. For example, I knew the one teee was a dogwood, but not a “Cherokee Sunset “ dogwood. Wonderful! The birds sounded so happy! I loved the paths, but I was expecting them to be a little more overgrown as you’ve told us your wife is very particular about that, but I saw everything was perfect. I loved the koi pond…can you feed the fish by hand? And it’s just so peaceful. How many acres is it? Loved the visit. Thank you so much for sharing! 😀

    1. Dave says:

      The paths aren’t overgrown because my wife has been chopping. The total property is 1.2 acres. In the past, the koi have come to greet me as I walk near, but the past few years there have been too many predators, herons and snakes, so they surface to eat, but they’ve become too cautious to come close.

      1. Ruth says:

        Hi Dave!
        That is a shame the Koi are a little bit shy -perhaps you could feed them in a more protected spot like under an overhanging stone? Anyway, thanks again for the video tour. It was magical! 😀💞😀. Tell your wife, I thought it looked good! 😀

      2. Dave says:

        I think I’m gaining back their confidence. A few years ago the koi would flop onto the rocks at the pond’s edge. Now, they’re coming close as I approach instead of staying deep.

  3. Lynn says:

    Thanks Dave, it was great. I have a better feel for the garden now that some of it has been seen. It’s easier to relate your musings when one has a feel for the site! So much beauty and nature.

  4. Cheryl Sherman says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your little slice of heaven with us. I love all the different plantings, the babbling water sounds and the bird songs. It was an inspiration to me.

  5. tonytomeo says:

    I was just explaining how my colleague in Mid City Los Angeles uses fountains to obscure the sound of the nearby Santa Monica Freeway, but that I would like to be able to turn down the volume on my ‘water features’ when Zayante Creek gets to flowing too loudly. I lack a freeway to obscure the sound of the water.

  6. Tom Mack says:

    Lovely video. Thanks for sharing. As one person said, it’s easier to picture you other musings after seeing this. Do you ever allow visitors?

    1. Dave says:

      We’ve hosted a few garden clubs, and occasionally other visitors.

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