I saw a sea of green, perfect for garden fairies to hide in on brightly lit days at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
The docent at the garden saw Oxalis oregana redwood sorrel, which she said can be somewhat invasive. It is a native plant found in the wooded areas of the Pacific northwest, but it is only hardy to USDA Hardiness zone 7, so it is off limits for my garden.
Perhaps the closest we could plant to this would be the much larger leaved mayapples, Podophyllum peltatum. Though perfectly hardy for my garden, I lack enough shade to grow it in big swaths beneath tall trees.
The garden fairies will just have to make do in my garden by resting in the shade of the zucchini plants or toughing it out in the corn rows.
I saw a door, quite unexpected in a woodland garden.
This clearly is the door to another world, one where perhaps giant garden fairies go to seek shelter from the rain or the sun or the people, though it is really hard to say for certain what was on the other side.
The docent tried to explain it away as the door to a root cellar put in by the original residents of the property. The door was padlocked and closed, so I could not verify this. I just know that if the garden fairies back home see this… well, let’s just not tell them about it.
As I walked out of the forested area of the garden, I saw one more curiosity– a path that went right under a tree.
Though it was much too small an opening for me to get through, it appears to be a well-worn path that someone is using regularly.
I don’t want to conjecture too wildly, so I’ll stick with the explanation of “garden fairies” because that is clearly the most logical answer for anything that has no other explanation.
I don’t know what others saw or thought when they saw this, or if they even saw it at all. Perhaps they just saw a tree raised up by its roots.
In any garden, you’ll see whatever you came to see… So what not see something enchanting, mysterious, or inspiring?