The Gardener's Eye
Gorgeous, Michael. I love the serpentine path, all the new life, the orderliness.
Thanks, Faisal,I love order juxtaposed to disorder in the garden.
I'm enjoying the thought of your New England weather (muggy to cool) in that morning light your pics convey. The serpentine path, the axis, and the blue bench patio are so soothing and well-laid out.
Dave,There are many times I have enviously looked at your climate. It would take me a long time to figure it out, but boy, would it be fun to try to build a garden there! The cactus is always greener....Thanks. I always appreciate your comments.
Michael, Please share your secrets re:Bergenia! I am sure my better half thinks I am spraying battery acid on them. Yours always look so lush and shiny. Do tell....
Paula,They seem to like sharp drainage (it is sandy slope) and a fair amount of sun. Some sweet woodruff has made its way into the plants on one side of the steps and needs to be tamed because the bergenia can't compete. BTW, your garden, Juniper Hill, is looking lovely this morning's post.
Thanks, perhaps too soggy where we have them. I am ready to lift them, but not during this heatwave.
Wonderful, Michael! I love all the different textures and foliage sizes / colors. What is the plant growing on the arch? Framing the granite pillar? Everything looks very lush and happy. I just came home from Sweden, and our garden is a bit parched. It's going to be in the upper 90's this week. Thanks for sharing photos.Loi
Hi Loi,The vine is a variegated (not so much this year, not sure why?) kiwi vine, Actinidia kolomikta. Last year, it had pink tints on the tips of the leaves. Apparently a sunny location helps the variegation. Did you visit any gardens in Sweden?
I still love the Bergenia by the blue benches--something about that area I can't put my finger on.
Thanks James, you have quite a memory!
Dear MichaelYour garden looks enormusly (don´t know how to spell this) How many squaremeters? I´d might read a description on another side, but have not found that yet. Whom could not be imposed by your garden...Sommergreetings from DenmarkKjeld
Hi Kjeld,The garden is actually quite small and intimate: about .33 acre or 1335.462 sq meters. It is on a steep hill and has three levels on terraces which are divided into gardens rooms so it seems much larger than it is. It is a good size for one gardener. Thanks for commenting. Did you have a garden party last weekend? It looked like a great success.
Hi againThank you Michael. Yes indeed it was a overwhelming day in all one can imagine. More than 800 guests visited my garden that day, plantcollectors, special invited salesmen and -women, the local brewery with exelent bear. luxury sandwich, sweet cakes, coffe and the and other drinks, and speakers corner for specialists. I had garden-hangovers to day after, but stand right up again.Michael; DO make a site or a place for the map of your garden. It deserves it!! :-)Nice dayKjeld
I wish I could have been at the garden party, Kjeld. Garden hangovers are the best kind. I hadn't thought of a map of the garden. Thanks for your kind words.
Good morning Michael! So nice to meet you recently, I hope you enjoyed your visit in spite of the rain!
Nice meeting you too, Bertie. Hidcote was perfect. I think the rain helped the photography. Thanks for your hospitality!
I like the formal layout of your garden, it gives it a clean, but chaotic look. To me it is like a tame jungle and the archway really exhibits this. I am sure that there is more to your garden thatwe have not seen yet. Keep up the good work
Kayster, I tend to like a clear design combined with lush plantings. The archway has really filled in and creates an effective transition from the formal lower garden to the informal, wild woodland garden. Thanks for commenting.