1 Here I am with Bunny and her husband, John Rosselli, in front of their beautiful northwestern Connecticut home.
2 It was an honor to see Bunny and John's colorful vegetable and cutting garden. Everything looked so well-tended, and the potted fig tree in the center of this bed was a nice addition.
3 The vegetable garden looked so healthy. Bunny and John will have a lot of delicious vegetables to eat and share with friends and family this summer.
4 Here, Bunny and John planted lettuce and onion plants. Lettuces and onions are cool season crops that grow best between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit in loose, fertile soil. The receptacle on the far end is for compost.
5 The vegetable beds were planted so perfectly with straight rows and foot paths lined in straw.
6 Tulipa 'Sensual Touch' - such a unique tulip variety resembling roses with its bowl shaped flowers. The bold apricot color is so beautiful. Tulips perform best in full sun and in rich, fertile, well-drained soil.
7 Here is Bunny's greenhouse. It was her greenhouse that inspired Trade Secrets 15-years ago when she decided to hold a sale in order to downsize the plants in her collection. It has been a huge success ever since. http://www.tradesecretsct.com
8 Bunny overwinters a lot of beautiful exotic tropical plants and succulents in her greenhouse.
9 Bunny has two cold frames on one side of her greenhouse. In agriculture and in gardening, a cold frame is a transparent-roofed enclosure that is built low to the ground and used primarily to protect plants from inclement weather.
10 The windows let in sunlight and prevent heat from escaping, keeping spring seedlings warm and protected until it's time to plant them outdoors.
11 Don't you love the chicken aviary? Bunny and John's chickens are completely enclosed and protected, and have access to their coops.
12 Chickens are not difficult to keep, but they do require time and commitment. They also need enough room to roam outdoors. Chickens are wonderful foragers, and enjoy eating insects, grasses and weeds. I allow my chickens to roam free in my vegetable gardens before planting season begins.
13 A lovely border of hostas and white alliums. Alliums are easy to grow and come back year after year with little maintenance. Even better, most animals, especially deer, find their taste unappealing. Hostas are herbaceous perennials that add nice, dramatic foliage to landscapes.
14 The large stone border gives this pool such a dramatic and beautiful touch.
15 The woodland path leads to the pool house and pool.
16 For entertaining, Bunny created this classical Greek temple-style pool house. It looks as if it has always been there.
17 Look above at the area just under the eaves of the roof - the entire dark brown space is filled with pine cones.
18 Bunny created a rambling pathway through her woodland.
19 The pathway looked so inviting and serene, I just had to take a stroll.
20 The pathway led through a parcel of lush green ferns.
21 On the side of the path, a large ornamental ball.... it was a nice artistic surprise during the walk.
22 Bunny's formal garden was breathtaking. The placement of the urns provided texture and color to the green and white parterre garden.
23 This garden was patterned after a design by legendary English gardener, Rosemary Varey.
24 These white tulips were stunning to see all in bloom. Tulips come in virtually any color, but there is something so exquisite about pure white. Tulips do best in areas with dry summers and cold winters. The upright flowers may be single or double, and vary in shape.
25 Bunny has two Miss Kim Korean lilac standards in this garden. These are among the most fragrant of all the lilacs. The compact and upright rounded form makes it perfect for a focal point of this parterre garden - simply beautiful.
26 Pots of colorful pansies lined the walkway between the house and the formal green and white parterre garden. Pansies are one of the most popular cool weather annuals. They grow well in sunny or partially sunny locations. And, like their cousins, the violas and violets, pansy flowers are edible.
27 On one side of he green and white parterre garden was a border of beautiful large hostas.
28 On the other side of the green and white parterre garden, was a seating area covered by a rustic wooden pergola.
29 The boxwood hedges were stunning.
30 Pansies are hardy annuals whose distinct flowers have "faces". They come in a wide range of colors and color combinations. Pansies should be planted in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil.
31 Bunny also has a beautiful koi pond. Koi are a group of ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp. Koi varieties are distinguished by color and pattern. Some of the more common colors include white, black, red and yellow. Koi are hardy, cold water fish that do best in waters ranging from 59 to 77-degrees Fahrenheit.
32 Bunny's boxwoods looked beautiful in pots - the evergreen shrubs with rich green foliage and dense, rounded formal shapes were grouped together perfectly on the doorsteps.
33 A planter containing ferns and begonias was flanked by potted ivy.
34 More alliums, ferns, and boxwoods in this formal garden.
35 This perennial garden was full of texture and varying types of foliage.
36 Bunny and John's home is an 18th century New England manor house that they've lovingly restored, renovated and brought back to life. The arbor on the right leads to the sunken perennial garden on the other side of the house.