When I went out for last pics of the Upper Garden this morning, an azalea had out-of season blooms.
In spring, the Upper Garden sports a long row of azaleas and dogwoods in bloom. The rest of the year, they are evergreen foliage that hold the rest of the garden together.
The paths curve, not a squiggle or an S but a slight curve, more pronounced at the end so there's something to follow, not a visible destination except for a rough bench at the end of one.
Now look in the other direction:
By way of History of this place, He-Who-Mows was learning to walk when the house was built and they moved here. The original house was four rooms. It was added to twice in its history, in the 1950s and again in 1963 and what remained of the white cypress picket fence was taken down. We used to pick butterbeans in a garden right in the middle of the photo above. Cows were all around the house. The fence coming up the south side of the Front Garden was moved twice that I remember, each time to satisfy an eye toward improving symmetry.
There are Crinums, Cannas and Lycoris here that were here before me. Once in a while something shows up that we've not seen in years, or was never seen here before in my memory, like yellow Corydalis that commenced to bloom with Daffodils in the spring. Three ancient trees fell during or after storms in the past 20 years. Things change. Life goes on.
If you'd like to see the Upper Garden in all its Pink Glory in Spring:
Upper Garden in Spring Pinks -- last spring.
Azaleas Upper Garden 2014