June 19, 2012
My Gardens in East Hampton and Places I Walk
The past two blogs were devoted to Skylands, my home in Seal Harbor, Maine. I received so many wonderful comments and many of you were asking to see pictures of my home in East Hampton, New York. Well, I was in the Hamptons this past weekend with camera in hand. The gardens are looking lovely and the roses are blooming away. East Hampton is also a great place to walk and I took some photos during one of my jaunts.
1 This is my home in East Hampton.
2 I have many, many roses in these gardens and they were all just starting to bloom.
3 When the climbing roses are in full bloom upon the house, sitting on the front porch is quite a fragrant experience.
4 I started to plant these roses more than twenty years ago, and they continue to thrive in the Hampton's salt air.
5 Look how many blooms!
6 This climber has reached the second story balcony.
7 The wrap-around front porch is such a relaxing place to sit.
8 Or to recline
9 And even to rock and swing!
10 The boxwoods around the swimming pool have gotten so tall.
11 I have a sizable collection of aqua-glazed strawberry pots, which accent the aqua-colored pool and also the aqua trim on the house.
12 Those strawberry pots have all been planted with tropicals, like this vibrant alocasia.
13 The pockets of this pot are filled with lysimachia, or creeping Jenny.
14 Lysimachia is a trailing plant that is great for baskets and containers. It also makes an excellent ground cover.
15 A view of the front lawn and gardens
16 This is the shade garden on the far side of the house.
17 Giant farfugium japonicum grow excellently here.
18 Climbing roses upon a wooden arch
19 The fence surrounding the swimming pool is also covered with roses.
20 I love walking the dogs in East Hampton. The streets and lanes are so beautiful.
21 This particular lane is lined with American sycamore trees.
22 Sycamore trees are recognizable by their mottled exfoliating bark.
23 The bark appears greenish-white, gray and brown.
24 The bark of sycamores yield to a growing trunk by stretching, splitting, or infilling and shows this process more openly than many other trees.
25 The rigid bark tissue lacks the elasticity of the bark of some other trees, and is incapable of stretching to accommodate the growth of the wood underneath, which is why the tree sloughs the bark off.
26 Sycamores are fast growers and are often planted for shade.
27 This tree can grow to massive proportions.
28 A sycamore tree is often divided near the ground into two or more secondary trunks, like this one.
29 And the trunks of large trees are often hollow. I love how a shamrock plant made a home in this hollow.
30 Privet hedges, like the one on the left, are ubiquitous in the Hamptons as natural fencing.
31 Another common shrub in the Hamptons is the hydrangea, which thrives in the ocean climate.
32 Very shapely trees lining a private driveway
33 My makeup artist, Daisy Schwartzberg, enjoyed this Sunday walk.