Putnam's Garden in Late Summer
It was during the Great Virgo Birthday Party
(all of my male friends were born at the end of August)
that I realized that Mr. Putnam is a garden maniac,
well... so is Mrs. Putnam,
but himself takes it a few steps beyond
where enthusiasm dares to venture.
this year he planted 60 trees,
though, since he likes miniatures,
none of them will ever grow more than 18" high, if that.
.. and then he will spend a hour pruning each tree,
or, maybe just a few branches on that tree,
or maybe just one side side of one branch
There is, of course,
also an aquatic side to this madness
and some unusual garden sculpture
but mostly its about the contrast of textures
Here is one of those 60 new trees.
The roots are pot-bound,
so it's going to get much bigger
There's also some traditional Japanese rock gardens,
in various remote corners
and places appropriate for water meditation
(especially if you're the size of a grasshopper)
The rock on the right is a fountain,
believe it or not
For some reason,
the plantings at the front of the house are on a larger,
more magnificent scale
like the one in "Dream of Red Chamber"
like to re-create an entire,
with mountains, rivers, lakes etc.
What I'd really like to see
are train tracks, suspension bridges,
and train stations,
but Mr. Putnam says
these features are too modern for him
As soon as I was finished shooting,
and chatting on various topics,
the setting sun broke through the trees,
providing an entirely new light,
so I had to start all over again.
The closer .. the better
Mr. Putnam insisted on shooting these branches,
as examples of "Chinese cloud formations"
One of the goals of the miniature gardener,
is to have little tree with big trunks,
and then to trim those trees
so that fellow aesthetes can
(note: I've got about 50 more pictures,
but I'm going to wait until mid-winter to post them.
That's when the memory of this late Summer greenery
will really be enjoyable)