The Potager

The Potager

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Garden Tours, part 2

My friend Sheila and I have birthdays separated by one day.  On that one full day, when we are both the same age, we go on a garden tour.
This year it poured. I'm talking buckets of rain, relentlessly driving rain, rain that washes dirt away.
But we had scheduled the day off so we headed up to Deep Cut Gardens in Monmouth County and were the only people in the garden that day.  :)

The vegetable garden was amazing - the plants were very small as it was mid June, but it was a true potager, with a mix of herbs and flowers and vegetables. It was huge! It was done in a circular pattern with slate raised beds and a pea gravel path. In the back were compost demonstrations. They were flooded, so we didn't get to see them. 

We ducked under a tree for a view of the rose garden and gazebo from near the library.

The rose garden was stunningly beautiful, but the rain had beaten down most of the roses.
Still it was so pretty and fragrant!

Sheila and I asked a worker what the half round structure was behind the rose garden and gazebo. We were told it was where there was once a swimming pool. He added "that may be where he buried some bodies, you never know." We were thinking he was strange, but found out in the library that the land belonged to a notorious mobster before the park department got it. It would have been good to know that before we asked the employee about the land! LOL!
They were working on the rockery, but what they had done looked very promising. I would like to come back and see the vegetable garden in full bloom and the rockery finished.
These flowers made me laugh! They are like fireworks!I'm guessing some kind of allium.

This is a county park and it is just beautiful. I highly recommend stopping in if you are in the area...
but maybe while it's sunny.

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