1 Here is a view of my terrace. The thick vine growing on my home is kiwi, or Actinidia. Kiwi vines can tolerate a lot of different light conditions, but more exposure to sun brings out better colors in the leaves. And look at the sky - when I took this photo, I noticed the wisps of fog rolling in.
2 Here was more kiwi growing behind the faux bois bench. The area looked so inviting. Through the trees, it's hard to miss the breathtaking view of Seal Harbor.
3 Here, large silver-blue agaves planted with Echeveria. Agaves are exotic, deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants that make wonderful container specimens. And, the urns are reproductions of one of several designed by British garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll.
4 Echeveria is arguably one of the most attractive of all succulents - I love all their amazing colors and variations.
5 Creeping thyme is one of the best low-growing drought tolerant ground covers for sunny, dry spots. Woolly thyme was perfect for planting around stepping stones, and in the cracks of my cracked ice terrace.
6 The green-gray foliage has a woolly texture and is soft to the touch. It adds such a pleasing, unexpected color to the terrace cracks and crevices.
7 Earlier this year, in the large trough you see in the middle of the photo, I planted several graceful Norfolk Island pines, Araucaria heterophylla. Unfortunately, they didn't thrive - they burned in the sun, so my gardener, Mike, replaced them with yellow and green variegated agaves.
8 The large Lunaform urn looked wonderful with the agave and Helichrysum. The pink flowers are from a Rodgersia plant. There has been so much growth in everything this season.
9 Pretty clematis - a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup family of Ranunculaceae. Clematis is a popular perennial. It may take several years for the vine to mature and begin flowering, but it's well worth the wait.
10 I love clematis, and grow a lot of it. If you recall, I have a clematis pergola at my farm in Bedford.
11 Lots of true lilies and hostas in this corner of the terrace. Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs and all with large, prominent flowers. They are also tall - some grow in height up to six-feet.
12 The flowers are often fragrant, and come in a wide range of colors including white, yellow, orange, pink, red and purple. Those with markings often appear to have spotted or brush stroke patterns.
13 Pollen is an important part of a lily's anatomy, but it is notorious for staining flesh and fabric. Also, if the pollen gets on the flower petals, it can eat away at these delicate flower parts, leading to a shorter life for the blooms. To prevent pollen staining, just cut off the pollen tipped stamens.
14 Lilies emerge in umbels at the tip of their stems with six tepals, which eventually grow to either funnel-shaped or tight blooms as in 'Turk's cap'.
15 Lilies look great out in the garden, but also planted in containers or gathered and displayed as cut flowers.
16 Lilies do not require daily watering, but when watered, be sure it's enough to get down deep to the bulbs.
17 When planting, seek out places with soil that is well-drained. The area should also get full sun - at least six to eight hours of sunshine per day. As flowers fade, deadhead to encourage more blooming.
18 Here was one of the two glazed terra-cotta sphinxes watching over the terrace and guarding its entrance to my house. These sphinxes were designed by Emile Muller. She looked so pretty with the blooming lilies surrounding her.
19 Here was the other, with some more colorful lilies.
20 On this ledge, were peppermint scented geraniums. I've had these plants for at least a decade, and every year Mike takes cuttings from the same plants and grows them.
21 These magnificent red spruce trees frame the glorious view of Seal Harbor from my terrace.
22 More red spruce, and the bright reddish pink flowers in the foreground are from Rodgersia. Rodgersia is a genus of plants in the Saxifragaceae family. They are herbaceous perennials that originated from east Asia.
23 This view is from the upper terrace. Sutton Island is in the distance - a small, private island south of where I am on Mount Desert. One never tires of seeing this out the window.
24 I took this photo of the red spruce trees as more fog rolled in.
25 At the front entrance circle, purple smoke bushes, hay-scented ferns, and yellow spruce trees filled the garden bed. The spruce trees are Picea orientalis 'Skylands'. When I found them, I got many to plant at my Skylands.
26 There are also several Cotinus - or smoke bush - which are large shrubs or small trees, native to the warm temperate northern hemisphere. They are best known for their long, fluffy flowers that resemble clouds of smoke over the plant.
27 The eye-catching "smokey" inflorescences appear in early to late summer. Varieties include green or purple foliage that change to shades of orange, red or purple in autumn.
28 The orange flowers are 'Turk's Cap' lilies, Lilium superbum, a wild type lily that can grow up to eight feet tall.
29 A lotus vine, Lotus berthelotii 'Parrot's Beak' - a tender trailing perennial that can grow to eight feet tall, and spread about two to three feet wide or more. I love the sharp contrast between the silver-gray leaves and the pea-like crimson flowers.
30 And, of course, lying beneath the western terrace is the lady - La Riviere by Aristide Maillol - resting so comfortably in her bed of ferns.