1 This is the view of the great terrace from bedroom number 1.
2 That bedroom was decorated with a large jade plant.
3 Two fancy leafed begonias in faux bois planters adorned the upstairs hall.
4 Another planter - Kevin made sure every bedroom and hallway was given a plant or two or three!
5 Another planter
6 This is an old faux bois plant stand with a variety of plants - very lovely.
7 This is one of the "lost pools" where Jude and Truman swam several times.
8 The driveway is lined with pink granite gravel and the children had fun making designs in it. Tio is Kevin - Uncle Kevin to Jude and Truman.
9 This old trough is planted with agaves and fiber optic grasses, which are all growing so well.
10 These giant alocasias were spattered with morning dew.
11 The Maillol - La Riviere - reclining in the moss and ferns
12 Baby Truman seeing the "cracked ice" terrace for the first time
13 For the children, there was Play Doh in many colors. However, there was so much exploring to do, the Play Dough was not used.
14 Another one of Kevin's self-appointed tasks was making all the flower arrangements and planting all the miniature forests in the faux bois planters.
15 His orderly approach is to lay down old sheets, which makes cleanup very easy.
16 Bubble wrap is used as a filler.
17 All tools are at hand.
18 The plant material was brought in.
19 Building the woodland
20 These trays of mosses, lichens, and little trees are gently taken right from my forest. At the end of the season, everything is planted right back outside again.
21 This is what the final woodland looks like - so very beautiful!
22 A closeup of the details - each landscape must be misted daily to keep it thriving.
23 I wrote a short note to Kevin for doing so much preparation for the arrival of the guests.
24 This is what the back hall looks like at Skylands. We have a no shoes policy in the house, so all shoes are lined up in the back hall or in the front hall. Baby Jude loved trying to tell us whose shoes were whose!
25 Day one lunch was stuffed peppers, baby turnips, garden vegetables, and eggplant.
26 Every vegetable tasted delicious and they were all from my gardens, both in Bedford and in Maine.
27 We had a fresh berry crisp for dessert, topped off with homemade buttermilk ice cream.
28 The foul weather gear closet came in handy, for it rained one day and everyone borrowed a jacket for the hike to Great Head.
29 Inside the flower arranging room - a random shot of some of my flower frogs.
30 More frogs
31 Floral tape, floral wire, and other flower arranging gear
32 This is the closet where the split white birch logs are kept for the fire places. The walls are lined with beautiful cypress.
34 Another day, an alfresco lunch was served to guests on the western terrace.
35 The alfresco luncheon consisted of salumi, cheeses, pickles, sliced garden tomatoes, and Maine crab salad.