Friday, April 25, 2014

escape to the garden......

  this is a 
repost
from 2011
this continues to be my all time favorite privately owned gardens...and i have seen a few, for sure...
worth taking another gander....



with most of the country facing a huge winter storm,
i thought it would be fun to escape to one of the most beautiful, privately owned gardens i have ever seen.
enjoy......


i viewed this gorgeous estate, two springs ago on a garden tour.
located on the side of a hill in Bellemeade, just outside of Nashville......
this garden highlights some of my very favorite plants.
boxwood, climbing roses and lavender.
(in my dream garden, i would have liked to see lots of hydrangea here too....not sure why it was not included?)

o.k....can you believe, it's not really lavender?!?!
i fell in LOVE with their use of catmint (nepeta).
like me, the owner loves lavender (who doesn't). catmint is a very good substitute, that grows well here, in our humid and rather stagnant air.
of course the lavender fragrance isn't there. boo hoo

notice the custom made, metal rose trellising.

in the back yard.......

new dawn roses climbing up the pool house.........


rose love!!!!
this makes my heart go pitter patter.


love, love, LOVE.


more catmint.


topiary in pots and a wispy carpet of rose petals.





back of the house with perfectly clipped shrubbery.


love the carpet of blue river stones, the medallion and twirly topiary.






hello outdoor dining table! party much?


with a MARBLE top!! hello. i wonder how much this piece weighs?
the whimsical polka dot cushions are fun!


cute grey planters with clipped boxwood's.


i can not remember the sculptors name, sorry.
more clipped boxwood's in pots on the stairs and a background of natural forest.



have you "escaped" yet?
are you dreaming?
jaw dropping isn't it?
so many photos to show, come back for more of this spectacularness (word?)
in my next post.
and......
mmm
please, please be extra careful out there in the ice and snow, my friends.


28 comments:

Pamela said...

Gorgeous!
Oh how i would love to see inside!!

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Draw dropping indeed!!!! Jealous girl here:)

kayce hughes said...

Dreaming!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

I really cannot imagine having such gardens...maybe in heaven I will. tee hee

Those new dawn climbing roses woo me.

Praying you all in the midwest are safe in these storms.

Razmataz said...

Erin....you have me longing for Spring. I do love that sculpture. And that pool.....

LuLu Kellogg said...

This was wonderful to see these photos since we are having such nasty weather here. It made my day brighter!

LuLu~*xoxo

Debra@Common Ground said...

Just beautiful, I DO love the sweetheart on the horse! te he!
xo,
Debra

Heaven's Walk - said...

I need to know what they feed their roses! How beautiful!! :) I have "Walker's Low" catmint along my brick path to the deck and I just love it! It's not fussy, does well in any kind of temp, and blooms from spring to fall. I'm still trying to get the hang of growing lavender... :) Thanks for the wonderful little mini-vacation today, Erin! :)

xoxo laurie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So Gorgeous!! So many beautiful homes in that area. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos.
Getting cold again. I left the house around 3 today and it was 55, a little over an hour later it was 38!
Stay warm.

marĂ­a cecilia said...

Wonderful garden, amazing!!!
We are melting here in Chile....
hugs

oldgreymare said...

What is wrong with me? As beautiful as that is my first thought is how much work to take care of it. my bad

I've lived with a postage stamp yard for far too long I guess.

perky music there girl. Made me want to twirl. : D

xx
z

Cobalt Violet said...

Holy cow! Incredible place! A reminder to so many folks that spring will come. And I love the Trio and Louis!

It's me said...

A lot of oo ooo and aaaa here !!! beautiful houses!! take care darling...stay inside your house plaese !! look out for the storm !!! love love Ria......come and join my give away !!...love Ria,.....xxx..

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh precious friend, GREEN and WHITE are my favorite colors for a garden. I am not a color snob, but simplicity and GREEN are my favorites and this garden is superb. DO you believe that today it will be MINUS 30 in The Twin Cities? I cannot go out, but I mUST!!!! THANK YOU FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL TOUR DEAR ONE! Anita

Rebecca said...

It IS a beautiful property! I ♥'d the view BEYOND the pool...

Surely there must be a full-time gardener! The roses WERE spectacular - and I'm going to try my hand at catnip. I'm not sure how it will do in NE Indiana.

The marble-topped table is so elegant! The whole tour was a nice respite from the storm and snow that happened here last evening.

Custom Comforts said...

What a lovely tour and how all that green is a feast for the eyes. I have New Dawn roses and catmint. I plant purple clematis to climb up the New Dawn branches and catmint around the bare bottoms. It is a lovely combination. Only one problem with catnip ~ it attracts a lot of neighborhood cats which end up fighting with my cats and my Charley cat got pretty beat up a few months ago and was really sick. Even so, I can't bring myself to part with my catnip which has become one of my favorites because I can't grow lavender very well in my climate either. Thanks for sharing.
Cindy

Drawn to The Sea said...

hydrangeas, yes! bloom size would add an extra dimension. what a beautiful place to explore & daydream.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh what a great post. We live right out of Nashville also. It is so great to meet other local bloggers!This home is awesome. Belle Meade has some gorgeous homes and gardens.I am in Franklin at least once a week since we have several retail businesses that sell our products there and I tell you there are some awesome homes and beautiful gardens there as well!

Pink Satin Sashes said...

speechless.

michelle said...

What a jaw dropping garden indeed! Oh to wander around those grounds every day and just breathe in all the nature! I bet you see something different everyday. Sigh.....thank you for that piece of Heaven to escape from all this snow!! You be safe too!

Don said...

Ah, the good life! The sculpture looks like it was done by Fernando Botero.

Jenni C's said...

so glad i stumbled upon your blog..beautiful gardens, and beautiful art...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Erin! Yep, 30 BELOW!!! The children could not go outside for their recess, leaving them to stay in the classroom and going BONKERS! Which also resulted in my not getting any work done! This cold snap is traveling east, and I think that New England, my old home, got SOCKED with so much snow! HOW ARE YOU? Missouri, Oklahoma and other states are really hit hard. TAKE GOOD CARE DEAREST, and keep dreaming of that SOUTHERN GARDEN! I know I am!!!

BISES, Anita

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh how I loved seeing this post again, Erin! :) Now that I've got a 'New Dawn' rose planted on my own arbor, I'm anxiously awaiting for it to eventually look like this one. lol Still loving my catmint, too. It's such an easy care plant! :)

Have a great weekend, sweetie!

xoxo laurie

Jeri Landers said...

Well, my place will never look like that, but one can still dream! I discovered Nepeta a few years back and am thrilled with it, since I have killed every lavender plant I ever met. Another great substitute for Lavender is Mexican sage. In fact, I think it prettier than Lavender, but alas, it has no scent either.

Debbie Nolan said...

Ah Erin - I am so happy you reposted this - it is jaw dropping beautiful for sure. Such a great idea about Nepeta. I am always struggling to grow lavender...so will give this a real try. Thanks for the lovely escape I sure enjoyed it.

michele said...

i can't even imagine. to gaze in every direction and see those sort of vistas. oh the wonder of it!

happy almost to may, friend.

michele

Cindy said...

Wow! What an amazing place. Just beautiful... But i'd think i like your little outside garden room even better...

Cindy