Wednesday, April 15, 2015

a fairytale garden

I have often lamented to my friend, Mary, that there are no grand gardens to visit in Vermont (that I could discover, anyway.) Nothing artistic and creative as far as public gardens go.... I guess that I just chalked it up to the hard winters. I have often had to bite back my extreme jealousy (heh, heh), as I've watched dear Madelief visit some of the most precious gardens in England - places that I've only ever dreamed of seeing in person. And so it was that I became an armchair traveler - living vicariously through my blog friends who share so generously. Until, that is, when, one fine day last summer, Mary asked me innocently if the Garden Conservancy's featured garden for the weekend was in MY Chester.* What?! What is the Garden Conservancy? Where in the world is this grand home hidden? I had no idea! (Though, I suspect there are many corker estates hidden up secretive dirt roads on posted land all over these hills.)

As it turned out, it was, indeed, MY Chester - fortunate me! And so it was that I found myself, one sparkling Sunday afternoon, walking in a dream. Tom had heard rumors from builders and craftsmen in town of a home being built that employed imported German craftsmen and stone from an old castle in Scotland. Don't know if it's true or not but this home and garden had such a fairytale vibe that I truly do believe....

What I loved best were the layers of texture and color, both in the outside build of the house and the garden which worked beautifully in harmony together - and all of the details.... down to the last wooden peg and herbs and moss planted in between the stones. Oh! It was all so lovely!

My deep gratitude to the owners who offered us their hospitality.... so kind! It was a dear pleasure!

*Every New England state seems to have a Chester - not to mention the original in 'Ye Jolly Olde Englande'.


Jane and Lance.... their garden bothy - really, more like a garden hostel!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring has not sproinged!

We've had a little bit of thaw but everything is still white - just a bit of mud around the edges of the parking lots and roads and, despite the frigid temperatures, this morning, the birds were singing.... then! They're quite still now that it's blustery and snowing. Brrrrr!!

Apparently, spring is still just a twinkle in Mother Nature's eye!

Happy Hope of Spring, though, and Happy Vernal equinox! ;)


Sorry for the ridiculous title. What can I say...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

garden in review

Oh! Hahahahahaaa! Just kidding! There is no 'garden in review' from this past year because... well, last year, I hardly had a chance to garden. Weeds ran amok, sensitive plants seem to have disappeared and, yet.... and, yet....

When we lived in the parsonage, in town, I had a lovely little kitchen garden directly out the kitchen door. As I cooked, baked, simmered, stewed away, if I needed herbs - pop! Out the screen door I'd leap and, kapwing! I'd be right back in adding it to whatever was steaming away on the stove. If I needed tomatoes or cucumbers or salad or, even, a small bouquet for the table, I could just zip right out to those two long raised beds and be back in with the ingredients as quick as a wink. Then, we moved up here, on the hill, and didn't have any garden - let alone any fresh produce - and, to be honest, I considered raiding a 'certain neighbor that I know of's' garden more than once. I was that desperate for a REAL tomato and fresh veg! (yes! I know about those farmer's markets in town but.... no vehicle, alas, and... I'm talkin' about needin' a garden of one's own, here!!!)

Finally! The moment came (to cut a long story short) and, just before the infamous operation, my husband was able to build a lovely little plot with raised beds!! I bought my seeds and hopped to it! Never mind that it was 'too late' to plant seeds!! (and too hot that day to be doing anything, really!) I planted them!!! and, then, went under.... I don't remember much more from the summer. I kind of think I really woke up in September and lo & behold..... I had a GARDEN!!! (Sort of.) In all of the chaos of my other beds (and my house, too), I had one little corner of my world that was blooming and fruitful and beautiful. Okay! So, I never staked the tomatoes and I thinned the carrots too late... it didn't matter. It was weeded and lush and.... a lovely kitchen garden!

As for the rest? Well, there were some very pretty surprises because I didn't weed - a few things reappeared that I thought had gone forever. Our compost pile spit out a couple of cute pumpkins and, now, winter is giving me a lovely restart button. Time for fresh dreams and plans!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter Postcard

The epic and historical storm that buried Boston, yesterday, swerved and totally missed us in the night, alas. Happily, in anticipation of the whopping blizzard that never happened, they cancelled school; so, we had a lovely day at home, anyway - lazing about in front of the fire and eating sticky, cinnamony monkey bread.

These pictures are from a few days before the floundered event when the snow behaved and acted like picturesque Vermont snow should! and that's enough of that! Back to a warm place under covers I go! It's been cold and windy enough for any proper winter!!

Cozy thoughts to you!


(If you click on this one, it will get a titch larger.... )