Monday, March 1, 2010

Captain's Farm

Am running very late today, as I've had a stack of chores left over from the weekend to finish before heading back to work tomorrow! This 18th-century farmhouse in Connecticut is one of my all-time favourites. The Owner uses it as weekender, commuting up from New York every Friday night. He's spent the last 25 years developing the garden, & I am totally smitten with this vision of bucolic loveliness.

Brick walks define areas in the main garden. Apple trees, climbing Hydrangeas & old Roses along with other blooming perennials, create the effect of an English cottage garden.

Low clipped English Box hedges enclose the vegie garden.

Here a herbaceous border of Irises, Daisies and clover spill over an old wooden rail fence.

A fabulous contrast of silver foliage plants, along with more English Box hedging, Geraniums & Peony Roses line a meandering garden path.

Laurels trees stand beside the three 19th-century barns that join to form the guesthouse.


  1. Wow! What a paradise to come home to on the week-end. It's breathtaking.

  2. Oh how fabulous, ever so slightly envious!

  3. les petites maisons comme je les aime.

    bonne semaine


  4. Ohhhh...I want to move in now!

  5. Heaven ...that garden is truly inspirational Millie. Have a great week...xv

  6. It's just lovely Millie. Sorry I havent been around much lately ... but I'm back on track now.
    Have a great day.

  7. Millie, love this post! I am doing the brick thing in my garden this summer (if we ever get summer, NY) last year I put in a dry river bed and although finding, carrying and placing a gazillion river rocks was a killer, I did it! Love the smoothness of river rock. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. I love capes and this is a beauty! And those gardens, and that barn... very New England. I think you and MOTH need a sweet cottage in NE for special holidays.
    Have a wonderful week Millie.

  9. Yes, a real garden. Rarely seen in magazines the past 2 decades.

    Good design with hand/heart/eye of the gardener.

    This garden wreaks of which is most important.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  10. Just when I thought I was thoroughly enjoying all this snow.

  11. What a gorgeous garden! The perfect hide-away from city life. Like a fairy tale! Heavenly.

  12. to your gardens. It's so hard to create a garden that looks like it has a history. I've been working on mine for 8 years and it still isn't close to yours!


And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
~W.H. Auden

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