September 26, 2014
Winterizing my Terrace in Maine
Summer seems to have flown by so quickly, as it does every year!
It's been just a short four months since we planted the terrace at my summer house in Maine, called Skylands--at the end of May.
But now it's getting cold there, so last week we completed the big job of removing all the plants from their heavy stone planters and bringing them back to the greenhouses at my farm for the winter.
It was a huge task, but worth it to preserve and protect so many large and beautiful plants.
1 A planter with elephant ears (alocasis), golden lysimachia, which had already been trimmed back, in the afternoon sun.
2 This is a bi-colored agave waiting to be removed from its planter and taken back to Bedford for the winter.
3 Some more agave plants enjoying the afternoon sun before being removed from their stone planters.
4 A view of the terrace before the plant removal.
5 This is Mike Harding, my Skylands gardener, removing a velvet elephant ear--which is a type of giant kalanchoe. You can see pink anemones blooming in the background.
6 This is a large lead planter minus the ponytail palm, just removed.
7 Mike taking down Boston ferns on the western terrace. The heavy concrete bowls below are by Eric Soderholdz. Soderholdz was a pioneer in American garden pottery. Here is a great article about him: http://goo.gl/oQpsSR
8 Kalanchoe and Boston ferns on the flat bed ready to be moved.
9 Wendy Norling, my assistant gardener, and the crew, preparing to remove a large silver-blue agave from the giant, heavy 1920s Soderholz planter. Understory plantings of echevaria and dichondra had already been removed.
10 Out of the planter.
11 Success! The agave is put into a container and positioned onto a dolly.
12 On the move!
13 Here the crew has removed a spiny agave from its planter, put it into a plastic container and are putting it onto the dolly.
14 Mike with alocasia from the lead planter. In the background, to the left, you can see the last of the summer lilies in bloom.
15 Loading the flatbed.
16 Here the flat bed is getting filled up.
17 Here is the trailer that will be filled with the plants.
18 The crew is preparing to load the trailer with plants. You can see artichokes growing in the foreground.
19 The spiny agave being loaded into the trailer.
20 Heavy lifting!
21 Here one the palms from the front door is being loaded in.
22 Wendy with a Staghorn fern.
23 Loading the spiky agave into the trailer.
24 Hay, shavings, and packing blankets protecting all of the plants.
25 Another view of the protected plants.
26 The back porch now looks rather empty without all the ferns and plants.
27 Here the planters have been removed from the front of the house, but the gorgeous Dutchman’s pipe vine, ferns, and moss still look beautiful.
28 I love the kiwi vines on the back of the house facing the terrace.
29 This is my fire pit, we call it the council circle.
30 One of the many woodland paths on the property, covered in pine needles.
31 This is a giant planter on the edge of the woods.
32 This is the front circle drive with smokebush, Skylands spruce, and ferns.
33 A view of Seal Harbor through the trees, from my terrace.
34 Another view of Seal Harbor from my terrace. Maine's natural beauty always amazes me!