1 We brought a great selection of plant material for all of the urns on the Skylands terrace.
2 The majority of these plants were grown by Ryan over the winter in my Bedford greenhouse. Propagating this way saves a lot of cost.
3 The west terrace is sheltered with a Dutchman's Pipe vine covered pergola. It's a wonderful place to share a meal in the summer. These Boston fern wintered over in the Skylands greenhouse.
4 This is one of two giant Soderholtz pots - Ellis Soderholtz was a pioneer in American garden pottery at the turn of the last century, turning concrete into magic.
5 The creeping thyme I planted last year around the terrace is doing very well.
6 I planted it in all the empty pockets. It adds a pleasing, unexpected color.
7 The peonies at Skylands are always amazing.
8 Mike and Chelsea, Skylands employees, were there to help.
9 To protect these rather porous and fragile pots, I lined them with garbage bag liners so they wouldn't soak up too much water. The garbage bags have drain holes at the bottom and are neatly tucked inside the pot and after planting, so they are no longer visible.
10 We used moistened potting soil to fill the plastic-lined planters and pots. The pair of glazed terra-cotta sphinxes are designed by Emile Muller and guard the entrance to the house.
11 A better look
12 A glimpse of the fantastic view of Seal Harbor
13 These alocasia wintered over at Skylands.
14 A broad view of the terrace
15 The vines growing on the house are kiwi.
16 Ryan and I started placing the plants around the terrace.
17 Victoria, hard at work
18 Victoria and Ryan filled this Soderholtz pot with alocasia, or elephant ear.
19 Carlos also joined in.
20 I was checking on the height of this senecio to determine a proper location for planting.
21 Making progress
22 Alocasia and helichrysum
23 Posing for Ryan
24 Cheryl and Chelsea did a nice job with these Soderholtz pots.
25 A closeup
26 Gretchen was enjoying herself.
27 Ryan planting one of my Lunaform planters with crassula and succulents - Lunaform is a coastal Maine studio producing handmade, all weather garden containers. http://www.lunaform.com/
28 An amazing trough before planting - It still had last years chicks and hens growing.
29 Cheryl and I cleared out the chicks and hens and planted the trough with agave and fiber optic grass.
30 A closeup
31 These urns were planted with chicks and hens, both newly purchased and the ones from last year.
32 Planted in this square lead pot is kalanchoe beharensis - Velvet Elephant Ear - a slow growing succulent tree-like shrub with large, undulating leaves which has a soft, velvety texture. This is one of a pair of pots.
33 The other
34 This urn, a reproduction of one of several designed by British garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, is planted with alocasia and lysimachia.
35 This iron planter contains begonia parviflora.
36 More chicks and hens and alocasia
37 These hanging ferns wintered over in the Skylands greenhouse
38 This button fern is underplanted with baby tears.
39 Beneath the western terrace is a reclining woman called La Riviere, a 1935 bronze by French artist Aristide Maillol.
40 A Gertrude Jekyll-style urn planted with alocasia and lotus - Gertrude Jekyll was an influential British horticulturist, garden designer, artist, and writer.
41 The planter on the left contains senecio and ornamental grass. The one on the right has agave and succulents. All the pots are set upon wooden shims for good drainage.
42 A fern underplanted with golden oxalis
43 This one is underplanted with dark red oxalis.
44 A beautiful faux bois pot planted with agave and lotus
45 Remember that pink granite trough I was contemplating at Trade Secrets?
46 I bought it!
47 It will sit here temporarily until we can move it to the terrace.