1 Jul 2011

Second Heaven – Part Two


If you choose to bypass the gated entrance, the gardens shift towards sun. The central kidney shaped border is a plant lovers dream: Ligularia, Allium, Hydrangea, Delphinium, Digitalis, Alchemilla, Iris, Petasites, Aconitum, Astilbe, Aruncus….. and these only account for a third of its overall inventory! 

DSC_0702Specimen Hosta and Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ exemplify the careful attention to shape of foliage and colour contrast that is at work throughout the property! 


Garden adornments are scattered near and far, many hand created by the owner’s artist friends! 

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The lower gardens evoke a rustic country charm, and the addition of hand made wooden furniture is a complimentary touch that also adds a sense of whimsy and fun! DSC_0703 DSC_0704

Few are afforded a luxurious view of the river, and in maintaining a clear view, the lower bed along the shore of the Grand is kept to a minimum with various perennial grasses!


Like me, this gardener loves to fill her borders to brimming with interesting and exotic plantings!

 DSC_0712 DSC_0713  DSC_0724   The Mediterranean theme is continued with the presence of this magnificent marble outdoor sink. I feel guilty every time I was my hands there!

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A wonderful pond feature provides a pleasant surprise to unsuspecting visitors, as it is neatly tucked behind a stone wall that separates the dining area from the central lawn. A single jet of water provides the perfect sense of water movement.

 DSC_0763 Wonderful stone steps lead you back to the formal woodland garden, which sadly denotes that we are back where it all started!

1 comment:

Barbarapc said...

What a wonderful garden. It's the sort that you can stroll through and enjoy as a whole, or crawl around in and enjoy every little plant. Isn't that marble sink gorgeous!?