Folks in Maine like their gardens, and from early summer through mid fall the landscape is dotted with color that my daughter describes as brave and outspoken. Sometime during this period I enjoy going to Northeast Harbor to visit Asticou Azalea Garden.It’s a treat to begin the adventure with lunch at the historic Asticou Hotel.
No lunch there would be complete without a popover, a trademark here and at the Jordan Pond restaurant in nearby Acadia National Park.
Lunch over, it’s a few steps to the garden which is as peaceful as the sign suggests it should be.
This time of year there are no azalea or rhododendron blooms. Rather there are layers of calming green textures and the beginning of fall color.
Listening in the quiet, I could hear the soft trickle of water passing beneath the lily pads, a few of which still wore their flower.
This day there was a light blanket of fog which created an air of mystery and contributed to the garden’s tranquility. On a sun filled day, there is an entirely different energy here.
Other than a half dozen people the only visitor was a bee sipping nectar from one of the few remaining flowers.
Moving through this beautiful garden was like a walking meditation and for a few moments it was possible to just be. That’s a special gift.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind