Seasonal Page: Late
Marianne's Romantic Garden
I had the privilege of meeting Marianne while I was working at a
local nursery (Furney's... now closed). I think she came on the
second year I worked there part time. She LOVES anything that has
charm, history, color and style... and her garden is a very soft and
romantic one, with an eclectic mix of planting material. This is
really the "off" season for most of our gardens (compared to the
spring), but I finally got myself over to her home for a visit and
took a few pictures. Hers certainly still looked much nicer than
mine! :-) Sorry I didn't take another roll of film along. I thought
you'd enjoy a few views of her garden and the chickens. They really
add atmosphere... wasn't able to capture the cute little chicks
though. There was a small fuzzy brood and another adolescent sized
one that was ready for sale to a new owner. I'm sure they think they
own the place!
When they are out during the day, the chickens
have the run of the garden. Once in awhile they get into
mischief, but do pretty well with established perennials.
The large pale pink clump toward the back of the greenhouse
is a fall blooming Anemone japonica cultivar (not
sure which one). The deer took a fancy to many of these in
other parts of the garden... leaving a glorious mass of
headless stems on top of the plant. They can be SO
irritating! The purplish clump to the left is a low growing
aster and the red-orange on the right is a
snapdragon (pictured again below).
Since I'm a new person in the garden, I was
getting the wary eye from this fellow! The back of the
greenhouse you just saw is peeking out from the right side
of the photo and this is the "rear" portion of part of the
garden. Marianne thought her hydrangea was past its prime,
but I love them when they develop all those muted jewel
tones... eventually becoming a mix of jade and veridris
green. The white to the left foreground is more lamb's ear.
This grouping in front of the toolshed (I think
that's what it is) is a purple aster (left), pink
phlox (right) and lamb's ear in the foreground. I
think there are a few apples on that tree. :-) Too high for
the deer, I guess.
This was taken near where Marianne posed for the
picture at top. One of these daylily clumps had a
nice juicy proliferation or two on it and I took a couple
home to get a start of this cultivar. It looks like a nice
old fashioned, well behaved variety and the color is red,
but a nice hot one (this picture looks a little more orange
than I remember these being). The pink clump in the
foreground is Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and is had a most
wonderful sweet fragrance.
A nice pairing of a hot snapdragon and
what I think is probably dill (or could be fennel), growing
near the greenhouse.
Near the house (which I never photographed... you
should see the INSIDE! Looks like a spread from House
Beautiful), are some roses. This small one is
partnered with an Aster frikartii 'Monch'. (One of my
Another shot from the driveway, looking down into
the back garden where the greenhouse is located. This would
be a butterfly heaven with Rudbeckia, Purple Coneflower,
Sedum, Lavenders, etc. There is much more to this garden and
you only saw a tiny bit. I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks to
Marianne for letting me post the pictures for you!
This page last updated on October 3, 1999.
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