A Secret Garden

 

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We might be in the High Desert but that doesn’t mean nothing grows here.

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Visitors are usually blown away by the verdant gardens they see while strolling around Taos – this valley is fertile and lush, especially after a season of heavy snow, when we all benefit from the runoff.

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Tucked away behind walls and gates, many secret gardens exist throughout Taos County. Serious gardeners plant a rainbow of perennials that bloom one after the other from spring to fall, like a firework display!

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This particular garden is a prime example.

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After twenty years of hard work; digging, building retaining walls, putting in raised beds, the owners are now reaping the benefits of beauteous bounty.

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Vases of flowers fill their home and the homes of a few of their lucky friends.

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I visited last week when the Iris were on their way out and Peonies were just starting to bud. In shady parts of the garden, a few Iris still bloomed majestically but they had to compete with Poppies and Columbine for my attention.

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Two lilac bushes still full of blooms, gave off the most heavenly fragrance as I wandered along the paths taking pictures on my phone.

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Yes, I carried a scissors too.

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All images captured on my iphone

 

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