Gardens in Fall

Gardens in Fall

Many plants thrive when cooler temperatures arrive.  Interesting and beautiful things were happening in the gardens all the way until frost and after, as the monkshood and montauk daisies seemed to be unaffected by freezing temperatures.  Much of the Fall has been Streambed garden with phlox, clethra and cleome Our last Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon bloom The path to Paradise Cottage with sedum, cleome, impatiens,and anenome in bloom Morning glory on the trellis. Just a few blossoms opened for us; this is the truest blue flower in our garden Anenome shapes Anenome and bumble bee In this photo are clethra, cleome, persicaria, impatiens, lamium,fern and rhubarb The lobelia was new this Fall; still in search of blue blooms. Monkshood, montauk daisies, cimicifuga on November 1 in the Studio garden. By now the firewood is covered to keep it dry. The fall gardens along the path to Paradise Cottage were sumptuous! Anenome, phlox, clethra, sedum, impatiens marvelous for us too; it has been long and mild – with no bugs into the...

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Vignettes in our summer garden

Vignettes in our summer garden

A garden would not be “normal” without a lot of redoing. Much digging up and replanting went on in the Studio garden all summer, yet there were plenty of highlights — and more to be done! In search of the elusive blue flower, but this Blue Satin Rose of Sharon is more purple than blue. Nicely fragrant lilies added another dimension to the impact of the echinacea This is no ordinary orange daylily, combined here with Southern Charm mullen Early harbingers of Fall: crocosmia Lucifer and goldenrod Pale yellow, such a delicate color! Daylilies and sweet fern. Our oasis of calm in early...

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Highlights of our June Garden

Highlights of our June Garden

Leaves and blossoms are much anticipated and celebrated here as spring takes a long metamorphosis.  Our garden delivered.  The display began in the Studio garden in May.  In June rhododendron at Paradise Cottage were spectacular.  The Hawthorn tree covered itself bountifully.  Armeria, or sea thrift, decorated the path to the Studio from Paradise Cottage along with sandwort and a few johnny-jump-ups.  The walk to the cove was embellished by Iris, daisies and lupine in addition to centaurea. Bountiful blooms on the Hawthorne tree with rhododendron behind Armeria, sandwort, & purple johny-jump-ups Lupine took over the daisy garden Tulips and marsh marigolds in the Studio...

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Spring arrived suddenly

In a matter of a week we switched from nighttimes in the single digits and windy days in the 20’s to early morning lows in the 30’s and daytimes above 50 degrees!  Our neighbor has already taken down his sap buckets on the maple trees, a sure sign of Spring. We are busy finishing up winter projects, doing outside painting, cleaning up in the gardens, and dreaming of the flowers to come. There is one boat on the bay now, and the wonderful sunsets persist.  ...

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Winter in Paradise

Winter did not arrive here in earnest until mid December.  Then we had two major snowstorms in one week.  It took us a day to dig out from each. The descent of the Polar Vortex, though not as deep or lengthy as in other places did result in a good coating of ice on Linekin Bay.  This was followed by a heavy, wet snow with no wind as it fell.  The result was magical. At the end of the storm we had a brief period of rain.     The sun shone through as the clouds began to dissipate. Winter sunsets here are always...

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Contrasts

A 45 degree grey day of steady 35mph winds out of the southwest with whitecaps and the few remaining boats bouncing on the bay, was followed by a perfect 63 degree sunny day with only light winds.   We take each as it comes and enjoy each in its own spirit.  So for the first we marvelled from the inside, snug by the fire; for the second we revelled outside in its balmy attitude.  The moon also lined up correctly so we were able to take in the float and ramp, just the two of us, with minimal effort, and then proceeded repairing the dock and shoring up under the lower deck.  What a great day!  It was followed by an equally gorgeous sunset portending rain for tomorrow’s...

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