There is however, no tennis court; "Once the scene for matches between the Rosengarten family members and their guests, the Tennis Court Garden was the first garden to be developed after Mr. Rosengarten’s death in 1990. The garden now retains its namesake purpose in its rectangular outline and the arc-like shapes of the beds suggestive of a racket’s strokes. Curvilinear yew hedges partition the beds and pathways, prompting an inquisitive sense of adventure." (source)
The stone walls that border both sides of the steps have built in space along the top to plant the entire length of the stairs. This was my favorite feature of the TCG...
Now that's a grand garden staircase.
In last week's walk through the Tea Cup Garden I linked to a video, one of a weekly series on Chanticleer's YouTube channel. As I've been working my way through all the videos I've come to the conclusion that the magic of the tennis court garden is best seen from above, a bird's-eye or drone-eye shot. They seem include them in most of the weekly videos.
I do love the anemones; A. × hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' I believe.
And the BIG colorful red bananas, Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii'.
They beg to have their photo taken.
Since the pathway led out into the lawn I wandered that way, off to explore the border along the far side (small oval in the map at the end of the post)...
There were several nice variegated comfrey, Symphytum × uplandicum 'Axminster Gold'.
But this spiky leaf is what I liked best of all, it belongs to Argemone mexicana.
Common name, Mexican prickly poppy. Evidently it's highly toxic and has escaped cultivation to become a pest in many parts of the world. Oh well.
Heading back to the TCG...
Where I decided to sit for a bit and take it all in. I vowed to do that repeatedly during my visit, I didn't sit in every chair I saw, but I managed quite a few.
The view from the sit-spot.
Those bananas again!
Here's what we covered in today's post. Next Friday we begin our exploration around the Chanticleer House.
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