Carolyne Roehm has several delightful homes and judging from her books and website I know I could move into any one of them and be very happy. That’s not going to happen, but when I had the pleasure of visiting Weatherstone, her home in Sharon, CT, for the fundraising event, Trade Secrets, I couldn’t decide whether to focus on the gorgeous gardens and landscaping, or the beautiful stone house which was rebuilt after a lightning strike set off a fire which burned it to the ground.
I’d love to take you along for a visit right now, so let’s start on this side of the house. Don’t miss the fretwork along the top and the graceful curve of the roofline.
You might be thinking of having a seat on one of these special benches. A great place to inspect those planters!
But don’t sit yet. Let’s continue around the house to the front entrance. I am seeing boxwood beauty in assorted sizes and shapes: ball, pyramids, spirals, and topiaries!
We can take one of the front door’s matching staircases up to inspect the topiaries (or that lamp!!!) …
… or turn instead into the formal boxwood and flower garden.
From the garden we have a good view of the brick surrounds of the windows,
and the interesting brick and mortar pattern.
We can get an eagle eye’s view of all the beauty.
He’s surrounded by boxwood hedges and these pink tulips. See the roses nearby — as soon as the tulips fade the roses will begin to bloom. All the gardens are designed to bloom in sequence. A flower lover’s dream!
Let’s step back and take it all in. Statuary, brick, staircase, lamp, pink, and oh, yes, that porch on the right. Yes, tear yourself away so we can head there next. See the brick column on the right? Remember it because we’ll be looking out over it later.
As we round the corner, the porch, decked out in Carolyne’s signature blue and white filled with greens, comes into splendid view.
Step up, past the lovely lady, onto the porch. Are you being drawn in, helpless to turn away, as I was? The chinese pagoda style lanterns were actually blowing in the breeze, adding a dimension of movement to the other perfect elements here.
In addition to the lanterns and the blue and white porcelains and the brickwork, I was mesmerized by the hardware. Hinges, door handles, all exquisite. I had to touch this.
Let’s go to the west end of the porch for a little look around.
This end of the porch is guarded by the foo dog on the large planter.
And remember the brick column? Looking over the end we can see the hills of New York. This part of CT is in the northwest corner and borders Massachusetts to the north and New York to the west. You can also see our friend, the eagle!
Back on the porch, another perfectly placed pot holds purple flowers. Have you noticed the abundance of purple this year at the nurseries??
Turn around ~~ there is more to see at the other end of the porch! Tiny topiaries and more blue, white, and purple.
Lilacs were blooming elsewhere on the property and the scent was everywhere. I’m inhaling as I type because my white lilacs are in bloom right now (finally), better than ever before, maybe because I threatened to rip them out! They are making up for the utter lack of blossoms on my pink tree this year. 🙁
Traveling down the porch to the east end we see more blue and white, ferns, and interesting benches.
A good landscape has something to see in every direction, so let’s not miss the view looking out from the porch into the yard. Looking past the ferns you can see the cherry trees and a marvelous sun dial! I’ll show you that garden the next time, I promise, and you will not want to miss it.
Directly below the porch is this bluestone patio. Blue and white, a touch of pink, and more interesting boxwoods. These bluestones don’t seem to have been affected by the frost heaves, unlike mine!
Opposite the bluestone patio you can see this maiden surrounded by puff balls of boxwood. Her sisters are scattered about, and I suspect she represents one of the seasons, or possible a virtue, but I forgot to ask. Oh, gee, I’ll have to go back! 🙂
Let’s step off the porch, between the patio and this maid with her roses, to the allée of trees. In the distance you can see a gazebo.
Beyond the gazebo is another statuary sister.
And looking back, you can see the bridge over the stream, the allée and the house!
During our visit my very, very patient Mr. Fun was doing his best to stay out of my photos and on the way out he said in a resigned voice, “So we’re looking for blue and white porcelain now?” I reassured him with the news that I had scads of it tucked away and all he had to worry about was buying some ferns and carting the pots out.
What are the colors of your garden? Mine definitely has more blue, white and purple this year.
Have you enjoyed our tour? I will post more of this amazing estate soon, so don’t forget to come back. You can see my visit to Carolyne Roehm’s potting shed here, or search for Trade Secrets on my sidebar to see other estates.
Thank you for your visit and your lovely comments. I live for them.
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