Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘brick paths’

Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Garden 7: Southard Garden

DSC01656

On this one, I used the owners’ surname because he had a business card out.

DSC01681

at the front entrance

at the front entrance

I had to find some creative routes around this garden to avoid railing-less stairs.  I think I found enough alternate routes that I did see most of the garden.

DSC01657

overlooking some stairs (lower left)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

doggie in the window (Allan's photo)

doggie in the window (Allan’s photo)

DSC01658

I did not achieve that lower level.

I did not achieve that lowest level.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

white on white

white on white

roses spilling over

roses spilling over

boxwood enhancing greenery

boxwood enhancing greenery

a large greenhouse

a large greenhouse

DSC01665

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

with a chandelier inside

with a chandelier inside

and a seating area inside and also out the other door

and a seating area inside and also out the other door

and a swingset outside

and a swing set outside

sit spot

sit spot

more lower level that I did not visit

more lower level that I did not visit

DSC01671

Slices of freshly made pizza were served to garden guests, a kind and generous and welcome meal.

outdoor pizza oven

outdoor pizza oven

delicious wood fired pizza

delicious wood fired pizza; Thank you!

wide path down a slope

wide path down a slope; I could have managed that and I wish I had made the effort.  Anxiety re seeing 9 gardens in one day was giving me time pressure.

Allan made it down to the lower level and a stone arch that I asked him to view close up.

I would like one of these!

I would like one of these!

DSC03797

DSC03798

kitchen garden, lower level, Allan's photo

kitchen garden, lower level, Allan’s photo

lower level, Allan's photo

lower level, Allan’s photo

Allan also found the work area, which is something that my friend Sheila and I always liked to look for on a garden tour.

pots galore (Allan's photo)

pots galore and an old wheelbarrow (Allan’s photo)

returning to the gardens around the house

returning to the gardens around the house

DSC01676

DSC01684

DSC01677

A garden guest is signing the guest book.

A garden guest is signing the guest book.

DSC01685

DSC01686

I would like a bubbler like this, please.

I would like a bubbler like this, please.

sit spot with guest book (in which I thanked the hosts for the pizza)

sit spot with guest book (in which I thanked the hosts for the pizza)

DSC01683

 

By now, it was 1:30 and we only had two more gardens to see, so I realized we no longer had to feel rushed.  It would be good to be done a little early as we still had to check into our hotel and find some dinner before the evening event.

Next: My favourite of all the 25 gardens we saw on our long weekend.

 

Read Full Post »

July 19th and 20th, 2013

from the program:  Cottage gardens wrap around this 1896 home in a succession of outdoor rooms, each filled with breath-taking color and whimsical garden art.  Flowers and feeders provide a sanctuary for birds, which you will surely hear as you meander on the brick path.  The welcoming deck is a haven for friends and family.  This exquisite garden will be a great inspiration to those who garden in small spaces.

The garden tour was on the 20th, but I have included some photos from the 19th when we did our last check up on this garden, one we have been working on, with owners Jo and Bob, for 19 years.  I knew it would be crowded with people on tour day so wanted to get some clear photos of the garden from one end to the other the day before.

This photo, taken by a friend on tour day, shows the driveway approach to the home.   You might not guess what a lavish garden lies beyond the gate.

photo by Kathleen Sayce

photo by Kathleen Sayce

Looking west at the entry arch, photo by Kathleen Shaw on tour day

Looking west at the entry arch, photo by Kathleen Shaw on tour day

On Friday, Jo agrees the garden is ready.

On Friday, Jo agrees the garden is ready.
through the arch on tour day

through the arch on tour day

Just inside, along the wall of the garage (which has been turned into a garden shed on one side and a darling guest cottage on the other) are containers and windowboxes featuring plants from The Basket Case Greenhouse.

along the guest cottage wall (a north facing wall)

along the guest cottage wall (a north facing wall)

The annual geraniums, alternating pink and red, thrive even though one side is at the base of a north wall.

geranium (pelargonium) walk

geranium (pelargonium) walk

For the windowboxes, Jo buys flats of assorted annuals from the Basket Case and then I figure out an arrangement with what she brings home.  Every year we do her ground level arrangement of pink and red geraniums with alyssum so the window boxes echo that pattern.

guest cottage windowbox, north wall

guest cottage windowbox, north wall

At the northwest corner of the guest cottage (formerly a garage), you get the first good look at the 1896 house.

beach house

beach house

Meanwhile, on the other (north) side of the geranium walk, raised up with a railway sleeper wall (railroad ties to non-anglophiles) is a bed of mixed colourful perennials and annuals.  Inspired by visiting my garden last summer, Jo had us tear out some shrubs and some dull perennials (big yellow daylily, for example) and plant thickly with our favourite plants, especially the ones she had pointed at as we walked through my garden.

sunny bed on north side of entry walk

sunny bed on north side of entry walk

Above: I see Salvia viridis (painted sage), Nicotiana langsdorfii (chartreuse flowering tobacco), snapdragons, salpiglossis, Eryngiums, Cosmos, Agastache, backed with Lavatera ‘Barnsley’.  The rugosa rose at the right is so fragrant that it was allowed to stay during the re-do.

another view of new mixed bed

another view of new mixed bed

Back to the northwest corner of the guest house:  If you look south, you will see a shade bed planted against the house deck.

(left) more windowboxed (right) shade bed

(left) more windowboxes
(right) shade bed

a view looking north from beside the shade bed, photo by Kathleen Shaw

a view looking north from beside the shade bed, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Above, shade bed would be to your left and the guest cottage window to your right.

Up we go to the next level.

Up we go to the next level.
to the right, an old bench with containers

to the right, an old bench with containers

Fat little birds like to sit on the rail above that bench.  A friend told me the birds were there even on tour day.

friendly bird

friendly bird

A wooden arch and metal gate lead into a narrow path in the new mixed border.

the day before tour day

the day before tour day

Honeysuckle grows over the arch.

Honeysuckle grows over the arch.

Inside the arch, people could walk one by one on a narrow brick path through the newly planted colour beds.  Jo calls it a “one butt path”.

path

narrow path, east to the white entry arch through which we entered the geranium walk.

looking west back to the honeysuckle arch

looking west back to the honeysuckle arch

looking west back to the honeysuckle arch

looking west back to the honeysuckle arch

just inside the honeysuckle arch where the garden comes to a narrow corner

just inside the honeysuckle arch where the garden comes to a triangular corner

North of the honeysuckle arch on a small patio at the north side of the deck is a water feature with a tipping bucket.

This is a favourite spot for the birds.

This is a favourite spot for the birds.

on the deck the day before tour day

on the deck the day before tour day

on tour day, photo by Kathleen Sayce

on tour day, photo by Kathleen Sayce

tour day refreshments including Bob Fitzsimmons' home made cookies.

tour day refreshments including Bob Fitzsimmons’ home made cookies.
Jo serving lemonade

Jo serving lemonade

Jo and Bob have a wonderfully arranged deck, sheltered from south and west winds and with a roofed nook by the back door.

Tom Trudell was the musician at this garden and played in a cozy corner of the deck.

Tom Trudell was the musician at this garden and played in a cozy corner of the deck.

northeast corner of deck

northeast corner of deck, looking over the garden; hanging basket at right is on guest cottage

Just west of the tipping bucket water feature, we walk through another wooden arch into the center patio.

just past that arch....the day before tour day

just past that arch….the day before tour day

Above, the guest house is marked by the hanging basket, and the tipping bucket water feature would be to your right if you walked back through the wooden gate.  You can see the metal gate to the left, and the plant bench below the rail where the chubby birds like to sit.

just west of that gate, photo by Kathleen Sayce

just west of that gate on tour day, photo by Kathleen Sayce

Here is the center courtyard, on the north side of the house, looking west.  Next year, Jo wants to remove the old rhododendrons and make a new, no doubt colourful, shade garden on the north wall.

center courtyard

center courtyard

When we first started working in this garden in about 1995, all that was here was a line of rhododendrons running along the fence and a straight gravel path down the middle.

center courtyard with bird feeders

center courtyard with bird feeders

looking west; to the left, stairs to the house.

looking west; to the left, stairs to the house.

looking west over the fence

looking west over the fence

Jo demands that every plant provide lots of colour; if it is not colourful enough, she says a plant “doesn’t have enough bang for the buck”.

colour

colour

This garden view was one of my main inspirations to move from my old shady garden to a sunny one in 2010!

through the gate

through the gate

just past the windmill

just past the windmill

birdbath where the path curves to the west

birdbath where the path curves to the west

turning south at the west side of the house

turning south at the west side of the house

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' that Allan fenced in with rebar and bamboo

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ that Allan fenced in with rebar and bamboo

looking south

looking south; the path to the right leads to a west gate, below

west gate

The west gate opens onto a big lawn that is also part of the property.  When Jo said she wanted part of her garden to look just like mine with all her favourite plants that she saw when mine was on tour last year, I never thought to say we could make a garden exactly like mine by doing great big beds out in this lawn!   We are contemplating the idea, I’m not sure how seriously on Jo’s part!

daisies and monkshood in southwest garden

daisies and monkshood in southwest garden

looking south: the garden ends here

looking south: the garden ends here

Let’s turn around and walk back to the center courtyard, admiring the plantings from a different angle.

looking north from the end of the brick path

looking north from the end of the brick path

the northwest corner of the old porch steps

the northwest corner of the old porch steps

The house had a west and north facing wrap around porch that has been enclosed into a wonderful L shaped sitting room.

looking east, swinging back around the corner

looking east, swinging back around the corner

Years ago, my former partner Robert Sullivan laid this path for Jo and Bob.  Originally, the beds were straight and edged with railroad ties and the whole impression was not soft and flowing like this.

around the corner, looking east to the center courtyard

around the corner, looking east to the center courtyard

daisies and Lavatera 'Barnsley'

daisies and Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

from the garden, looking over Knautia macedonica to center courtyard

from the garden, looking over Knautia macedonica to center courtyard

the day before the tour:  Coco went to "doggy spa" on tour day.

the day before the tour: Coco went to “doggy spa” on tour day.

looking east in the center courtyard the day before the tour

looking east in the center courtyard the day before the tour

guests in tour attire

guests in tour attire

pointing at a hummingbird

pointing at a hummingbird

It was an enormous pleasure to help Jo and Bob get this garden ready for the tour.  For more history of their garden, just put “Jo’s garden” into the search box on this blog!

Read Full Post »