with the task of feeding out of the way, we started visiting gardens. what surprised me about a lot of the gardens was how big there were. a lot of houses in cambridge, you wouldn't know from looking at the front of the house that behind it might lie a vast expanse of garden. and visiting gardens is a lot like going to open houses (something i have very first hand knowledge of), checking out the map, visiting a house, getting back into the car, repeat over and over. the only difference is instead of seeing the inside of a house, we're just seeing the outside. but like viewing open houses, even though you don't expect it, after a while you become physically tired from all that running around.
the weather today was gorgeous. it might've been too hot actually, but definitely beats rain if you're going to be outside all day, blue skies white clouds, probably in the 80's. earlier this morning before i left my house, it was still raining. it was a perfect day for gardens.
my favorite garden was actually the first one we saw, 108 holworthy street. i didn't think the front garden was too impressive, your standard well maintained raised flower garden (the giant onions were impressive, massive purple globes), but the backyard was this huge hidden expansion of a professional designed shade garden, all hostas and ferns and trees. it's like having a wilderness park in your backyard!
after a while, the gardens started to look the same. everyone seems to be growing the same thing, just in different arrangement and numbers. peonies, roses, wisteria, irises of all varieties, poppies, ferns, hostas, clematises, and various other perennials and annuals. i like the gardens that try to incorporate water into the design, whether it's a small fountain, a little man-made pond, or in one case, an organically shaped below ground pool.
some gardens had themes. the last one we saw had this cutesy south of the border theme, lots of mexican earthenware and pots shaped like animals. i can also remember one place that went with an asian theme, stone lanterns, buddha statue, wind chimes, bamboos. no garden gnomes though, where's that one kitschy garden? perhaps people who enjoy kitsch aren't big on gardening (or can't afford a place to have a garden at this point in time). note to self: get garden gnome for new backyard. i think it'd be cool to have a garden but do it up sanrio style, stone hello kitties, porcelain keroppis along the edge of a bubbling pool, garden chairs shaped like purin and badtz maru. i'm sure somebody in japan must've done this before.
the secret gardens of cambridge officially ended at 4pm. i went home totally exhausted, and what do i do? take a nap? watch tv? surf the web? read a book? no, i go out running. i want to get back into running shape again, i'm not going to kid myself anymore. instead of once a week, at least 3 times a week. it was sort of a bad day to run though, 5pm, late afternoon sun, feeling a headache from lack of water. but i ran nevertheless, paced myself, didn't push it, and got as far as two miles before i walked up watson road (a steep hill) and then the rest of the way home (another mile). i was overheating and figured i'd take it easy today, especially since i was already pretty exhausted from the garden tours. when i got home i immediately hit the shower, peeling off my sweat soaked t-shirt.
the rest of sunday i spent lazily, a little bit of the usual routines. 10 more days is what's on my mind. the smell of honeysuckle permeates my bedroom. nets lost again to the lakers, 0-3 now, and the red sox got swept by the diamondbacks, 0-3.