Sunday, October 11, 2009

Garden Lake In the Fall

One of my absolute favorite places in the world is just 20 minutes from my house...Garden Lake. If you have been following me for a while, the name Garden Lake should sound familiar to you. I have done several posts on it. A lady in my Garden Club lives here at Garden Lake with her husband, peacocks, geese, ducks, swans, and I am sure I am leaving a few others out! They did have 2 turkeys and 2 white swans, but something had them for dinner! So sad! Garden Lake sits on 30+ acres, and is surrounded by 100's more. The driveway takes you deep into the woods, where you eventually come to the house. The house faces a huge pond. It is an amazing place! The oak trees provide ample shade for the front of the house. This path leads you to the front door. I never know which door to come to when I visit! There are 2 doors at the front of the house, and then 2 doors on the side of the house! I usually just knock on all four until I get an answer!
As I mentioned earlier, the house faces the pond. There is another path that leads down to the pier. if you look closely you will see one of their feathered friends on the pier!
The old oaks are draped in Spanish Moss, and it is beautiful.
Some more feathered friends. Again...look closely and you will see that the geese have eggs.
A view of the lily pads from the pier (its a bit blurry)
One of the peacocks walking up the stairway, trying to get off the pier and away from me!
Looking up at the house from the stairway. At night some of the peacocks roost on the house!
I believe these are swamp sunflowers. I just picked some of these up. They grow wild in certain areas. Makes for a nice view.
The sun was beautiful peaking through the trees.
If I lived here, I would never would have to tote me out! I am trying to get Liz to hire me as their grounds keeper! (Hint, Hint Liz!!! She reads my blog...LOL!)
I noticed a few of the hydrangeas were still blooming.
I don't know what these are...I know she has told me before. They grow in several places on the property.
This little arbor is on the side of the house. It is usually covered in a Passion Vine, however...someone else decided to move in and take over....
It has even attached to a tree above the arbor, and continues to grow up into it!
There were several Firespikes around
Then I noticed something.....the white peacock! There were several regular peacocks...and then this one! Very pretty!
I noticed when I downloaded this picture that they all have their heads tucked in the same way! Camera shy maybe?
The peacocks are a bit shy as well.
Their are TONS of camellias on the property. They are loaded with buds. Some of them have already bloomed.
I got to cut this trifoliate orange in half and taste it....well ya'll don't waste your time! It puckered me up! Whew was it sour!
Ginko tree....a big one at that! You don't see many Ginko trees here at all!
The leaves are fan shaped.
Once I finished walking around, it was time to go inside and have our meeting. She had the place decorated so cute for Halloween, and ya'll know I LOVED that!
I loved the candles! We all got a little goody bag as well.
She had tons of Halloween decorations...but I decided to narrow it down for you.

You can see my other Garden Lake posts by clicking on the link below...and you should really check them out! Enjoy!

Garden Lake


Sunweeds Secret Garden said...

What a beautiful place, youre lucky you get to visit.

Susie said...

That is a beautiful place to visit. Couldn't blame you for never wanting to leave. Lovely pictures DP!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

DP...I wouldn't leave either!!!!
That place is gorgeous! I got my 2 Pagoda Bushes last week! :)
OH....LOVE the new header!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a pretty place to live. I'd love to live on a lake one day. The trees with the Spanish moss are so pretty. I picture that being the way a lot of the trees in the south look. To have peacocks as pets would be so fun.

Darla said...

Looks like you found a piece of paradise here!!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a beautiful and peaceful looking spot to visit. The white peacock is fantastic.
Two peacocks showed up at my neighbors house and she is trying to figure out where they came from since none of the neighbors seem to have peacocks.

Joanne said...

What alovely place to have on your doorstep

Becca's Dirt said...

Those pictures look like a painting you would see in a gallery. I know you enjoyed yourself checking out everything to photograph. Good job DP. What beautiful camellia's. Have a good evening. Becca

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

What an amazing place!! The peacocks are beautiful! I've never seen one in person. Thanks so much for the tour. Wish I was there. -Jackie

Dirt Princess said...

Sunweeds...I wish I could take all of you to vivist!

Carol I know you are soooo excited! Mine is doing great!

Catherine, you are right...alot of trees in the south are like that! I want to live on a lake/pond oneday. The peacocks are really neat! They make the funniest noises

HHG that is so just have peacocks show up at your house! LOL!

Becca you should see it when all of her camellias are in bloom

Jakcie I had never seen one in person until I visited Garden Lake...they are gorgeous

Phillip said...

How beautiful! If I lived in the country, I would love to have peacocks!

Anonymous said...

Gosh what a grand place she has and she seems so sweet. She's got cute halloween pretties.

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