“An edifice should be constructed…satisfactory of the grandeur of the coming time … surrounded by grounds … with a beauty and luxuriousness that no other capitol can boast.”
~Governor Leland Stanford, 1863On a recent November day I spent a delightful morning with my love strolling around the grounds of the Capitol admiring the memorials, gardens, statues, fountains and trees.
Covering forty acres and spanning twelve city blocks, Capitol Park began life in 1860 as just four blocks, and from then to 1917 the remaining blocks became part of the park’s expansion projects. Since 1869 eight hundred flowering trees and shrubs have been planted, representing over two hundred native and exotic varieties.
Here’s just a glimpse of the World Peace Rose Garden in Capitol Park, still bursting with blooms in November and displaying 650 roses in over 140 varieties of colors and fragrances.In honor of Veteran’s Day two harpists played gentle melodies in front of war memorials.Many of the trees planted are dedicated to former members of staff of the California State Legislature, or to mark special anniversaries. There’s also the Moon Tree, a Coastal Redwood that began life as one seed among hundreds which orbited the moon aboard the command module of the Apollo 14 mission.
Just look at all of this tree magic.Beautiful and luxurious grounds, indeed. What a great way to spend a few hours. I think Governor Leland Stanford would be quite proud.
“Autumn, the year’s last loveliest smile.” ~William Cullen Bryant“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all” ~Stanley Horowitz“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~Albert Camus“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~Lauren DeStefano, Wither“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” ~John Donne
“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.” ~Humbert Wolfe
“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.”~Joe L. Wheeler“And I rose in rainy autumn and walked abroad in a shower of all my days…” ~Dylan Thomas“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” ~Anonymous“I am rich today with autumn’s gold.” ~Gladys Harp“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.” ~Lee Maynard“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” ~Samuel Butler“Or maybe spring is the season of love and fall the season of mad lust. Spring for flirting but fall for the untamed delicious wild thing.”~Elizabeth Cohen“There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood- Such of manner, hint of mood; And my heart is like a rhyme, With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.” ~Bliss Carmen
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ~Jim BishopWishes to all for a lovely autumn season.
“…But the Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye. For where the old thick laurels grow, along the thin red wall, you’ll find the tool and potting sheds which are the heart of all…”~Rudyard KiplingHere it is!Remember a few weeks ago I promised a post about my new garden shed? Welcome to Sunflower Cottage!
Wanting the paint and the style to match our home, but also wanting a bright pop of color for the door, I really don’t think it could have turned out any more perfectly.
Last fall I began looking in books, magazines and on pinterest for ideas for potting sheds. It was a bit overwhelming, but when our friend who built the structure for us started asking questions about how it would be used and what was most important to me, why then it all came together easily. Inside is a roomy potting bench, lots of shelving, and a pole to hang baskets and dry herbs from, and with the light from the two windows (three counting the window in the door) and a water source right outside the shed, I didn’t feel a need to have electricity or plumbing installed.
Here’s a bit of a peek inside. I’m still organizing and finding the best places for everything, but I’m already so happy to be working in this charming and cozy little storybook cottage, just as I knew I would! A gardener’s dream come true, for certain!