I was sure my friends would be tired of seeing posts of Weatherstone, Carolyne Roehm’s lovely house in Connecticut, but so many requests for more photos have come along that I decided to take you for a last little “wander” through the grounds. Walls, fences, and vistas are so glorious! Please sit back and imagine strolling about this lovely property.
The extensive grounds, while all carefully designed by a landscape architect, feel very natural. One area flows seamlessly into another. Even the water features are man made, and they provide a haven for numerous birds and other creatures.
The vistas are all carefully planned to create little teasers of beauty ahead and pull us onward through the fields. Long before we reach the house it peek-a-boos out through a break in the trees. You can imagine I was very excited at this point, and I thought of running straight to it.
But as I walked along I soon forgot about doing that as I was captivated by the “outdoor rooms” unobtrusively delineated by walls, fences and plantings. Would you be more likely to spend some time weeding in your cutting garden if you could rest at its entrance with a glass of cool tea?
Rest a bit, but let’s go through to the cutting garden, where tulips were blooming. Carolyne said we had missed most of them, but I was content to see the remains. (!) And while we are here, don’t miss the bamboo stakes, the fence (we have lots of deer up here!), and the trellis for clematis.
This fencing around the beds fascinated me. You can search google or pinterest and see more of these “wattle” fences. Do you want some in your garden now? My answer is yes!
The head gardener told us she only uses bulbs from Colorblends, and was raving about them. I’m going to try them this fall too, and they have a huge selection of tulips and daffodils which they claim will grow well in the South!
This white clematis had just starting climbing a beautiful trellis.
How many types of plantings can you find here? A gorgeous, huge weeping willow, espaliered fruit trees on the fence, a boxwood hedge, roses in the far bed, and various annuals and perennials in the foreground, all surrounded by a beautiful brick edge.
It was so hard to leave this cutting garden, but more was beckoning through the opening in the fence, so let’s go onward.
A large lawn (perfect for a summer evening garden party!) is bounded by this stone wall with raised beds and antique statuary on the corners.
I know the pool was near this lawn. Where are my photos?? Let’s console ourselves by continuing on, through the trees, some of which are very old. And what is that in the distance?
Can you guess?
It’s a clay tennis court, guarded by a pair of stags. The black fence helps the court blend into the shaded grounds and cuts down on glare for the players ~~ no excuses about sun glare and the ball!
And speaking of the sun, as we continue around the house and past the porch with all of its blue and white beauty (see it here), a sundial surrounded by a perfect circle of cherry trees comes into view.
At this distance I was overwhelmed by the scent of the blossoms.
But I managed to press on with my camera, knowing you would love to see it.
Even if the sun was not disappearing behind fluffy white clouds I don’t think I could tell you the time, but I do know that time flies when you are having fun, so let’s move on!
I took you to the gazebo last time, so we’ll just gaze from afar.
We have a gully at the top of our property which is forever running over its banks and causing lots of damage to the surrounding plantings, carrying mulch and dirt to places it is not supposed to be. So I am thinking of trying to do this…stones, some small perennials, and ferns! What do you think?
This is almost the end of our tour, but first we can pass through these very old gates, original to this property which first had a house in the 1700s.
I hope you have enjoyed this little stroll! During my actual visit my guardian garden angel must have been watching over me, because the rains held off until we were leaving, when these clouds came rolling in and the skies opened!
I found so many things to inspire me on this tour! I was especially impressed with the way the different gardens, the porch and the potting shed, blue and white ceramics mixed with these pieces of iron, wood, wicker, stone and marble, all coordinated beautifully without seeming to be out of place. I can’t wait to go again!!
joining Rattlebridge Farm
and don’t forget to go to my last post and comment for a chance to win an LLBean tote!
and one more little bit of news: MacKenzie-Childs noticed my post with my tote and a picnic at Gillette Castle, and added one of my photos to their Facebook page and their Instagram!! Very exciting for me! Now I must learn to use these social media platforms! You can visit them and if you are so inclined you can click the “like” buttons! But I won’t take it personally if you don’t…I still like you and I haven’t figured out how to do it myself yet…but I’m going to see my son next week and he WILL teach me! 🙂 Thank you, my friend Sarah from Hyacinths for the Soul, for letting me know!
Now will all those distractions, don’t forget to tell me what you liked from our stroll through Weatherstone!