Last weekend marked a year since I toured the gardens of the Salem Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend. After this post I still have over a half dozen gardens to write about. And people wonder why I write 5 times a week...so much material to share!!!
I can't remember exactly why I knew this garden would be fabulous I must have heard about it somewhere?
The description does make the garden sound enticing but my interest was not based on it alone: "Deerly Missed is the 2+acre garden surrounding our 1891 home. The garden is 25-years old and like your own, is ever changing. This past year an infestation of lacebug caused us to remove over 80 rhododendrons; consequently, we are in the throes of hunting for new treasures to fill in the gaps. We have integrated art with plants throughout the garden. Also featured is a large pond and a small seasonal creek. The garden is on flat ground with easily accessible pathways. Most of our plants are labeled. You can view images of our garden at: www.deerlymissed.smugmug.com. The Eckerdt’s garden is frequently included on major garden tours: Deerly Missed is a plant-collector’s paradise."
Anyway, let's have a look around....
Hmm, variegated Aralia...
Arisaema of some sort?
I think I may have shared photos of this trellis in a previous post. While I wouldn't copy it exactly I find it extremely inspiring.
I've heard Rhododendrons with indumentum and tomentum are less susceptible to lacebug infestation. Perhaps that's why this beauty was allowed to stick around.
Blechnum chilense, I believe this was the first time I really "saw" this plant. Now I have one in my garden.
I overheard a group of ladies talking about this Clematis before I laid eyes on it. Their conversation included statements like "rare"..."hard to find"..."nobody can keep it alive"..."so striking"...so of course when I rounded the corner and saw what they were talking about I was suitably impressed.
And knew I had to find one and try my luck.
I'm already on my second plant and not willing to give up.
I have to admit in my memory the plant was so much more "substantial"...I was surprised when I started editing these photos just how small it was.
This bit of border wall runs perpendicular to the bits shown in the first two images, such a great old wall.
That's the house visible over the trees.
The walled garden was so much fun to explore.
The poppies were absolutely covered in bees. I stared at them for quite sometime, not realizing someone had walked up near me and was watching me watch the bees. "You're not afraid" she said when I turned to acknowledge her.
I suppose if I were allergic to bee stings I might have been. But thankfully that's not an issue.
The walls around this section of the garden not only utilized brick but also laser cut metal.
All kinds of fabulous!
This couple was wonderful. I started to take a photo of the covered pathway and they hesitated to continue, not wanting to "ruin" my photo. I encouraged them to continue and asked if it was okay to shoot them. "He" hammed it up a bit pretending to discover some plant gem.
I fear most people didn't look up and notice they were being watched.
The path around the "pond" (which really seemed more like a small lake)...
Cornus sanguinea 'Compressa'
Eryngium some something
Poppy seed heads and Peony foliage (?)
Back at the front of the property and the "exit" gate. We saw the "entrance" gate at the top of this long post.
Just a few plant close-ups and then we're done...Quercus dentata 'Pinnatifida'
Daphne x houtteana
And Daphne x burkwoodii 'Briggs Moonlight'... such a wonderful garden!
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