Friday, January 7, 2011

Dean and Jonathan's Gardens (Part 1)

 The proud owners Dean (left) and Jonathan (right) in front of their 1941 Cape Cod revival in Long Island, New York.  Selecting Columbine with red petals and pink throats was taken into account to accentuate the burgundy trim on shutters and doors.

To lead the eye to the point of entry, the lawn and beds are strategically placed.  A combination of Pacific Blue Hostas and red Columbine make a beautiful combination.

 Verigated Hosta and tropical plants such as the Sabre Ficus are moved from the greenhouse in early Summer to add interest amongst the perennial plantings.  A Colonial lantern and fishermans' bait basket used as a mailbox are whimsical notes that add interest to the Colonial architecture.

 A Porte Cachere was added to the side of the house to add balance and connect the gardens and architecture.  New Dawn Roses were planted to soften the trellis and a terra-cotta sculpture was placed in the perennial border as a focal point from the side of the house.

Old-fashioned Purple-Bearded Iris are dug up and replanted each Fall with the anticipation of their beautiful blooms in Spring.  A purple ornamental Plum was planted at the far end of this garden to give interest amongst all the green foliage.
Roseum Elegans Rhododendron is the star in this quiet corner of the garden, punctuated with Japanese Painted Fern and Jack-In-The-Pulpit.

Classical Orangerie Boxes were built in our workshop and placed in the borders to accomodate climbing plantings.  Sterile Purple Loosestrife (Robert) crowds the back corner as Arborvites tower overhead.

 A pair of early-19th Century French ornamental gates frame the entry to the back lawn while Arborvite act as structural columns in the distant background.

A large terracotta Fu Dog stands under Golden Shower Hybrid Tea Roses and the combination of giant purple Allium are pleasing to the eye.

Pets are always welcome in the garden.  Max takes a nap.

Gert turned out to be a male Silver Spangled Hamburg Rooster after all.
Nestled in to the perennial border is where our chicken coop was sited.  It's a magnet for interest of all kinds.  Children and adults both love chickens.

A mature specimen of Roseum Elegans Rhododendron in the foreground frames the combination garage and greenhouse located at the back of the property.
The greenhouse utilizes the garage and a back wall as a heat sink to maintain temperature in the cold winter months.

Phalaenopsis, Burro's Tail and Kangaroo Paw Fern bring Summer into the garden during the cold Winter months inside the greenhouse.  Songbirds also bring Spring into the bleak cold season.

Early June



Potted fibrous Begonia accentuate the burgundy trim of the house.

A Victorian urn fountain creates another focal point from the house.

Dean's old Jag.

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