1 This year, I got new varieties of Alocasia and Colocasia. These black purple leaves are from a Colocasia esculenta 'Diamond Head'. I got it from Dennis Schrader of Landcraft Environments, Ltd., and they look so beautiful outside the kitchen door. http://www.landcraftenvironment.com/
2 This is the new garden surrounding a Ginkgo biloba tree. Luckily, all the Ginkgo trees I planted 25-years ago in East Hampton were male, so they do not drop all the billions of berries that the Bedford tree does. I planted this garden with red Japanese maples, hostas, ferns, and boxwood.
3 The ferns and hostas do well in East Hampton especially when the garden is in partial to full shade all day long.
4 The circle and round turn are planted with three pink saucer magnolias, many ferns, and white lilies. I keep thinking of changing the plantings, but then I look at it and decide it's beautiful.
5 In East Hampton, boxwood also thrive. These were one-quarter the size when I planted them about 15-years ago.
6 i just planted this fastigiate copper beech, Fagus sylvatica, at the corner of the large front porch. This tree has an upright growing habit and will allow me to plant underneath more unusual hostas and epimediums.
7 This is the large lawn that was once my large rose garden. Do you remember?
I now have several types of white hydrangea planted here - all are doing well.
8 My next door neighbor's property has some beautiful, tall specimen trees growing on it - I wish they would prune and feed the trees and trim their side of the hedge.
9 Charlie Marder of Marder's Garden Center and Nursery in Bridgehampton, found me matching stewartia trees, Stewartia pseudocamellia - they're excellent medium-sized deciduous garden trees. http://www.marders.com
10 The new electric driveway gate meets a wire fencing system that protects the whole property from the troublesome deer population. Francesca and the other dogs are always sitting at the gate waiting to go to the beach. In East Hampton, dogs are allowed on the beaches after 6pm and before 8am.
11 Looking across the circle lawn everything is thriving and healthy and well-maintained. From my driveway, my house looks beautiful. I love the new tan colored woodwork - it is such a change from the teal blue.
12 Here is another view of the lawn with all the beautiful white hydrangeas.
13 My old pergola looks very much at home facing the giant front porch of the house. Along the street there are four magnificent sycamore trees, Platanus occidentalis, the signature tree of Lily Pond Lane.
14 I planted four of these Parrotia persica trees, also known as Persian Ironwood.
They have grown magnificently and have become great conversation pieces.
15 From the center of the circle lawn, you can see my neighbor's trees and how they enhance the skyline.
16 This photo was taken early in the morning as the sun was rising. In the east, another large magnolia and the large Ginkgo to the left of the house.
17 Here is a good frontal view of Lily Pond after the exterior renovation. Hurricane Sandy broke off many of the house shingles, and most of the roof shingles. It looks beautiful once again.
18 This photo was taken from the east side of house. You can see the front two quadrants of the circle garden. When the roses were removed from the trellises and all the other gardens, I planted lots more hydrangeas and strong perennials.
19 Epimedium seems to do very well in all parts of the garden - here, we need a few more.
20 Charlie Marder put in these round top metal edges on all the paths - they make a nice finishing touch to the walkways.
21 The old vibernum hedge on the east side of the property was way too large to move, so it was severely trimmed and as a result, it is thicker and more beautiful than ever on the right of the walkway. On the left of the walkway are myriads of hydrangeas.
22 Looking down the path from the opposite end, see how big the hydrangeas have gotten. There are also bare branches of a vibernum - not sure yet if I have to remove this shrub.
23 Japanese maples and hostas look so beautiful together with the lilyturf, Liriope.
24 Around the porch are shrub hydrangeas and on the trellises are young, white clematis - they will eventually grow full and fill the trellises with cheerful white blooms.
25 In one garden, another stewartia tree surrounded by hydrangeas.
26 Along this path, Japanese maples, lilies, shade loving plants and lots of large Cimicifuga.
27 Another bare spot... but the garden is still very young, only one year old.
28 My new neighbor put up a solid board wood fence, and it has worked out well.
29 Two large compact spruce trees were planted in the shade garden. These trees are loving their new home.
30 Here, another large Ginkgo tree near the kitchen window, as well as a weeping katsura tree, Cercidiphyllum japonicum.
31 The Japanese maples have done very well also, and I expect they will thrive for years to come.
32 These are late blooming formosa lilies, Lilium formosanum - my new favorite flowers. Tall and elegant, these lilies can be grown easily from seed.
33 In the back, a remaining yew, Taxus baccata, partially alive - I'm hoping that with careful pruning we can preserve it. The foreground is a wonderful tapestry of what the shade garden has become.
34 This unusual lady fern with narrow pinnae that crisscross from each side of the stem, look pretty with the Japanese maple.
35 More beautiful hostas and Japanese maples.
36 I am so pleased with how well my shade garden is doing.
37 A privet hedge was put up in front of the pool machinery and air-conditioning units. It has done very well to conceal the equipment.
38 More formosa lilies, lots of Alocasia, ferns and hostas were planted in the new hornbeam garden.
39 I planted climbing hydrangea at the base of the triple yew tree.
40 All the giant pots were planted with beautiful trailing ground covers.
41 This is one of two antique "fern and berry" patterned metal and wood Coalbrookdale Foundry garden benches. It dates back to the 19th century.
42 Here is a view from the east looking down the beautiful swimming pool towards the guest cottage.
43 Here is a closeup of formosa lilies and alocasia.
44 Beautifully planted pot with alocasia, Helichrysum petiolare or licorice, dichondra, and trailing lotus.
45 These are the back steps to the house planted with more beautiful pots.
46 A black stemmed Alocasia - sometimes, the leaves are more beautiful on the back side.
47 Here is my old pool furniture which dates back to the early 20th century - all sitting in front of the wooden platform.
48 There are many large beautifully planted pots which surround the pool. The entire pool area is surrounded by 12-foot high trellises original to the renovation of house I did 25-years ago.
49 Every potted plant is green and lush - all the plants are doing so well in East Hampton this season.
50 Here is one of the massive hornbeams that line the brick path. All are doing well. My garden is thriving this year.