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The China Terrace in Autumn

October 6th, 2019 | 9 Comments »

The China Terrace is my interpretation of history … a room in the garden at Glen Villa where I have recreated parts of Glen Villa Inn, the old resort hotel that once stood on our property.

Towards the end of summer I wrote about the new ‘walls’ that we installed to mark the division between the different rooms in the hotel: a reception area, bedroom and dining room.  (You can read that post here.)

The ‘walls’ are now covered with autumn leaves, and the grass we seeded over a month ago has grown so well that we may need to mow it before the snow falls.

Colourful leaves are just beginning to fall.
Colourful leaves almost hide entirely the pattern on these new walls, a combination of slate and  bricks inset with pieces of broken china from the old Glen Villa Inn.

 

The dining room table and rug are also covered with autumn leaves.

 

The 'door' to the dining room is near the bottom right -- that bit of open grass.
The ‘door’ to the dining room is near the bottom right — that bit of open grass.

 

The shrubs I planted at the terraced entry to the ‘hotel’ are colouring up for autumn.

 

I chose the shrubs for their resistance to nibbling deer. So far the long-legged rodents have ignored them, thank goodness.
I chose the shrubs for their resistance to nibbling deer. So far the long-legged rodents have ignored them, thank goodness.

 

The approach to the China Terrace shows that autumn colour isn’t yet at its peak. By next week it should be.

 

I like the way the white posts at the entry to the China Terrace mirror the white birch trunks along the path leading to it.
I like the way the white posts at the entry mirror the white birch trunks along the path leading to the China Terrace.

 

We are well into the fall work… mowing grass in the fields, dividing and moving plants from one spot to another. The Miscanthus sinensis we planted on the bank of the lake about ten years ago has grown so much that we’ve dug and divided enough clumps to create a new feature along the path to the China Terrace.

 

I hope that when I walk through the birch trees, with tall grasses growing on either side, I'll feel like I'm enclosed by beauty.
I hope that when I walk through the birch trees, with tall grasses growing on either side, I’ll feel like I’m enclosed by a different sort of wall, a transparent, leafy and lovely one.

 

Chopped back, the clumps don’t look like much but next year they should grow enough to make this section feel like a tunnel, with the sky overhead.

Meanwhile, in another part of the garden, the colours are vibrant.

 

Snakeroot has passed its best but some blossoms remain.
The snakeroot, Cimicifuga racemosa, has passed its best but some white spires remain.

 

And boy, are the bees ever happy!

 

Dozens of bees were fighting for space on the snakeroot... it was fun to watch them crawl into and over each other.
Dozens of bees were fighting for space on the snakeroot… it was fun to watch them crawl into and over each other to find the sweetest spots.

 

Soon we’ll be closing up shop for the winter but there is still a lot of work to do. More on that in posts to come…. so stayed tuned!

A Colour-full Summer

August 28th, 2017 | 10 Comments »
Even while summer is coming to an end, the garden continues to make me happy. I'm really pleased with the gravel garden.  Early in the summer we adjusted the slate border; now it steps rather than slopes down, giving a firmer definition to the edge. While the yucca didn't bloom this year, it did produce dense clumps that should bloom next year. The sedum 'Dazzleberry' is growing well and the small islands of sandwort (Arenaria verna) that I added offer good colour contrast.   [caption id="attachment_5567" align="aligncenter" width="705"] Although it doesn't show

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Fibonacci numbers in nature

October 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Ever since writing in a recent post about Througham Court and how Christine Facer Hoffman, the owner and designer, incorporated Fibonacci numbers into the garden, I've been noticing photos of plants that illustrate this natural sequencing. Deborah Lee Baldwin showed this one in a recent entry on Gardening Gone Wild.Apparently this plant is euphorbia gorgonis.Who would have known? Not me.And I saw this one in my own garden, in a gravel section I'm playing around with.sempervivum arachnoideum 'Cobweb' This sempervivum is named 'Cobweb.'  A close look at the central white portion tells

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Living with the Land

August 19th, 2013 | 3 Comments »
I like the idea of living with the land. Or rather, with the wildlife on it. Last week's post about defeating the deer made me think about how many animals I live with at Glen Villa, either occasionally or on a regular basis. I'm happy to share real estate with the ducks who nest annually at the skating pond. A few years ago, there were two separate families, and ducklings galore. I count ten ducklings but I think there were eleven. Occasionally a merganser drops in for a day or two. He

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