I've not made good use of the Hardy Plant Society open gardens book this season. There are pages and pages of member gardens open virtually every weekend from April until October, I've only visited a handful, and by that I mean 4, 3 of them on the same day...
This was our first stop that day, Old Hurlburt School Gardens - named for the historic school which (I believe) is now the owners home.
It was my birthday weekend and because of that I managed to cajole Andrew into joining with me to visit the gardens, which were a bit out of town. A drive in the "country"...sounds nice doesn't it? Lilies seemed to be a specialty, they were gorgeous.
And tall, and by the looks of their support, growing even taller.
Rosa glauca is another of those "if I had room" plants...
It does get big.
I wonder if it responds well to a hard cutting back, like a Cotinus?
The house, as seen from the back of the sizable veggie garden.
A long open lawn abuts the veggie garden, at one end of which is a platform....
That launches this swing on a cable. What a fun ride! (tempted, but I didn't try it)
A shady spot from which to view the bountiful harvest.
Some of which was for the eyes, rather than the stomach.
At the end a garden "shed" which looked more like a studio.
Blue was a constant through out the garden.
Erica arborea? Perhaps 'Albert's Gold'?
I asked the owner about it and she mentioned having learned how to prune it to control it's size.
I love it.
Perhaps the original stairs to the school?
There was an adorable puppy in the garden. I imagine that fence is to keep him contained.
Is that a Fothergilla, the powdery blue number in front?
Blurry flower photo but I love the variegation.
Something you rarely see, a Roscoea...
And a huge one at that. Now I know why the one I had finally disappeared, I was growing it in too much shade.
Time to leave, bye bye cutie pie...
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