July 15, 2013
My Gardens In East Hampton
Recently, Ryan McCallister, my Bedford gardener and Gyurme, one of the farm crew, traveled to my East Hampton home for a day of intense gardening. The Lily Pond Lane gardens had been planted for many years with hundreds of roses and you may recall that last spring, I had most of the bushes dug up and transplanted at my Bedford farm, where they seem to be growing quite nicely. Many of you wondered what my plans were for the empty beds and Ryan took these photos to share with you. Keep in mind that these gardens are a work in progress and I'm quite pleased with how they're taking shape.
1 The swimming pool in the back yard at Lily Pond is adorned with aqua glazed strawberry pots which are planted with many different succulents and alocasias, or elephant ears. The tall shrubs are European hornbeam. The smaller shrubs are boxwood.
2 Gyurme was cleaning up some dried leaves.
3 Other urns on the patio are planted with trailing lysimachia and waxy leaved begonias.
4 Ryan planted these two blue bowls with agave seedlings that he started and nurtured in my Bedford greenhouse.
5 Ryan and Gyurme brought this Kentia palm from Bedford, where it was stored in the tropical greenhouse during the winter.
6 Before transplanting into a heavy urn, the kentia palm was tested in different locations. In addition to alocasias, the trees in the other urns are cussonia, or cabbage tree, a native of southern Africa.
7 Another look
8 The kentia palm was transplanted into this beautiful Chinese dragon urn.
9 Still deciding
10 The front yard has a circular lawn surrounded by four quadrant gardens. This is one quadrants. This former rose bed is now planted with phlox, heuchera, hosta, lady's mantle, fox glove, and other assorted plants.
11 The new perennial beds are really filling in nicely. This one has ageratum, delphinium, salvia, lavender, and is bordered with more lady's mantle.
12 Looking across the lawn towards the gate
13 This rounded tree is a parrotia persica, or Persian ironwood. Native of northern Iran, its leaves turn a rich purple to brilliant red. Its bark has a flaking, peeling nature, giving the bare tree a colorful and unusual texture.
14 It's hard to believe that these beds were planted less than two months ago and they're already filling out so nicely!
15 There are still some climbing roses blooming upon the trellis fencing.
16 In addition to various ferns, this garden next to the house is planted with grass-like liriope and variegated hosta.
17 To fill in some empty spaces, Ryan filled them in temporarily with small agave plants. Because agave is a tropical, they'll be dug and potted in the autumn. Other plants in this garden are foxglove, hosta, and a variety of fuzzy lamb's ear.
18 Another view with delphinium and lavender blooming
19 With the climbing roses gone, the house looks a little bare, but it's a work in progress. Climbing on the trellis is morning glory Gypsy Bride, a rather rare variety with a many petaled bloom.
20 The front porch needs furniture and more plants.
21 Another look at the pool garden
22 Looking towards the guest cottage
23 Another view with white roses blooming