|I never looked better! Pink boots & all
|Mother/Greeter. And Bloody Marys!
on to the Arbor - a gateway to the back or water-side gardens.
The design hallmark of the arbor is the color red. In the summer the red Knockout roses bloom vociferously, bordered by Lady in Red hydrangeas.
The mainstay of the arbor is the tree Coral Bark - Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ with its happy bright green leaves in summer (and yellow in autumn) growing over the arbor frame - that Bill made for me.
|The winter arbor - with a little sugar dusting!
|Winter Arbor side view. Good bones make for a great garden in every season
The garden tour continued…
the Potting-Up and Secret (hosta) Garden,
the Farm-ette - Garden Guests could not get over the asparagus or the peas - and their just-picked taste!
|Asparagus in right back side - billowy grass-like, peas border fence
and Orchard, and back up through the Terrace and Herb Garden out to the Water Garden & Fountain with its Lavender and Boxwood Parterres, urn, fish and evergreen Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) shrubs and Liriope spicata.
|Bill, in the Old Navy shirt (& that's not just a brand - he IS Old Navy! ha - Bill explaining edible Farm-ette garden
|The Water Garden bones make it so pretty in the snow, too
Then on to the front “foundation” bed of native New Jersey Blueberries -- also great red color in autumn Selecting Blueberry Varieties for the Home Garden and Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) that I positioned right under the kitchen window. Its showy white flowers are the first to bloom in spring - even before the leaves come out -- and the blooms are wonderfully fragrant wafting their scent up to the house through that window. (Working at the sink is never so good.) In the winter, the magnolia’s pussy willow-like jackets shimmer in the sun.