1 I'm standing on the large upper terrace off of one of the bedrooms, overlooking the large terrace below.
2 The opposite side of the upper terrace overlooks the woodland and a diverging pine needle covered path.
3 Uncle Carlos, as the Frenchies call him
4 Mike, who works at Skylands, was planting giant, velvety kalanchoe plants in this square lead pot. This is one of a pair of pots.
5 Here's the other lead pot complete with an underplanting of a type of silvery dusty miller.
6 Ryan McCallister, my Bedford gardener, cared for these tropical plants all winter long. He is a very hard worker with a lot of energy.
7 Farfugium japonicum planted in a Gertrude Jekyll-style urn. Gertrude Jekyll was an influential British horticulturist, garden designer, artist, and writer.
8 Handsome G.K. loved wandering around on the terrace.
9 One of two fierce-looking cement sculptures
10 A faux bois urn planted with a lovely medinilla magnifica and another urn planted with a giant chartreuse begonia
11 The same giant begonia under-planted with silvery dichondra and purple oxalis
12 A giant Eric Soderholtz urn planted with green alocasia and a type of dusty miller
13 A sunny look at the trough of medinilla magnifica
14 This faux bois urn is planted with agave and geraniums. Ryan propagated these plants from cuttings over the winter in the Bedford greenhouse.
15 More of Ryan's propagations - Echeveria succulents
16 The terrace is really transformed with all of these plantings.
17 Agave and baby tears
18 A sunny glimpse of the western terrace with hanging baskets of Christmas ferns and urns planted with farfugium japonicum and cycads.
19 Ryan shot this agave casting an amazing shadow.
20 When Skylands was constructed, so many wonderful details were incorporated, like this built-in stone bench.
21 Another view of the terrace and the water beyond
22 The staircase leading down from the western terrace
23 Beneath the western terrace is a reclining woman called La Riviere, a 1935 bronze by French artist Aristide Maillol.
24 Another staircase adorned with wild Maine violets
25 A closeup of these plants
26 Ferns grow so well in this damp, cool environment.
27 I love the design of this magnificent curved staircase.
28 The flower of lady's mantle
29 The feathery plume of Rodgersia podophylla 'Smaragd'
30 A good look at one of two French glazed terracotta sphinxes that are positioned on the terrace steps during the summer.
31 Another urn with medinilla magnificas
32 This very accurate sun dial was built above the terrace entryway. However, during daylight savings time, it's an hour behind.
33 A beautiful purple clematis
34 This type of allium looks like fireworks in the garden.
35 The circle drive in the front of the house is lush with ferns.
36 Flanking the front door are two giant copper urns planted with kentia palms.
37 A peaceful reflecting pond in the woodland
38 Lady slippers in the sun
39 Attractive Japanese painted ferns are a soft shade of metallic silver-gray with hints of red and blue. Ryan was happy to see that his plantings from last year were spreading so nicely.