1 A beautiful example of reindeer lichen growing amidst moss in the Skylands woodland
2 Another form of lichen living on the pink granite ledge that makes up the hill Ox Ledge on which my home called Skylands is built in Seal Harbor, Maine
3 A mossy floor in a black spruce forest and fir forest that comprises the seventy or so acres that is Skylands
4 A pink granite pathway lined with moss-this path is one of many strategically placed by Jens Jensen the landscape architect who laid out the plan for Skylands, the vacation home of Edsel Ford in the 1920's
5 The reflecting pool near the main house at Skylands- this is a recirculating pool that is lined with pink granite
6 Another view of the pool and the path that descends from the house to the guest house and playhouse.
7 Near that reflecting pool is the council circle, designed by Jens Jensen as part of the original plan but never built. with the help of the original drawings i had the circle placed in almost the same location as mr, jensen desired. the fire pit is the perfect place for ghost stories and s'mores.
8 Velvety moss framing the cracked ice stones on the terrace
9 The vegetable garden and cutting garden at Skylands. What looks like an empty patch is actually planted with 200 dahlia tubers.in august, when i spend the most time in Maine, the house is filled with the flowers grown in this garden
10 The peonies in the cutting bed are much further behind than in Bedford.they bloom in june, instead of may.
11 Another view of the cutting garden. the soil is great, comprised of lots of red granite, loam and is well drained and fertile
12 The cold frames are filled with vegetables to be planted out in the main garden when the weather warms- the growing season is very short in Maine- generally late may to early september
13 Feathery moss with emerging spore heads
14 The exterior of Skylands abounds with naturalized ferns of many types.
15 A moss-lined rain drainage ditch. it is an art form in Maine to attempt to grow moss everywhere and some spectacular formations occur as a result
16 Japanese painted ferns grow beautifully in this area - this is the frond top.
17 And unerneath the bottom of the frond where the spores form
18 More ferns
19 And more ferns
20 The soft, inviting texture of lamb's ears. i plant these plants for the children who visit the gardens- they love touching the soft, furry leaves
21 Their fuzzy, pale, silvery gray-green foliage really captures water droplets.
22 Pink bleeding hearts - lovely! spectabilis grow well in the gardens and are one of the earliest flowers to bloom
23 A very colorful euphorbia polychroma (Cushion spurge). i like planting bright colors in the flower beds to contrast with the somber granite of the landscape
24 There are lots of robust clematis Montana Rubens growing around the terrace.
25 A view of the Skylands pergola which covers the Western terrace. many fine lunches are eaten here and the terrace faces west so there are also many sunsets to enjoy
26 Another view of the Western terrace from the large house terrace which faces east over the islands and ocean
27 Beneath the pergola is a 1935 bronze of a reclining woman called La Riviere, by French sculptor Aristide Maillol - she looks magnificent lying on the moss.
28 More of the woods and a bit of one of the many reatining walls that hold the mile of driveway around the property
29 A view from the back entrance into the woods
30 Amazing granite stonework- the walls remind me of the monumental walls at macchu piccu and the tokyo walls surrounding the imperial palace.
31 Those granite uprights sit atop the wall and warn of the drop-off. the stones are called bear teeth or Rockefeller teeth and are used as demarcation for steep dropoffs throughout Acadia Park
32 Moss and lichen growing on pink granite
33 The front entrance of Skylands with a circular "round drive" as Jens Jensen called it. I added the Skylands picea trees in the circle of hay fern
34 one of three reflecting pools which we call the "lost pools"- they are lined with the same 'cracked-ice' stone work as the terrace. these pools were lost for a long time until i uncovered them and rebuilt them
35 Foggy woods
36 A spider web with droplets
37 The pink gravel drivewaywhich require a lot of maintenance- the stone is picked up every fall and stored for the winter of mud and ice, and relaid in the spring
38 A pincushion?
39 A planter with moss and lichen
40 A closer look - so many textures and colors
41 Moss and lichen grow all over.
42 What looks like a paint spill, is lichen!
43 A foggy view from the terrace. oftentimes there is no view at all and then within moments, the fog lifts and the sparkling ocean and myriad islands appear as if by magic.
44 More foggy woods
45 A foggy beach in Seal Harbor.
46 This stretch of beach is quite rocky, but the stones are smooth from being constantly tumbled.
47 A great view of the water with an exquisite white birch tree