Thursday, February 3, 2011

escape to the garden part II.......

so continuing our tour of the back yard of this fabulous place.......

knot garden.

hardscaping softened with espaliered pear trees.

more custom trellising on the coach house and i believe, maids or guest quarters above.

i think this is some sort of family sundial or calendar? except it is hanging on a wall, so???? i am not sure what it is, but i like it.

orchard under planted with more catmint.

veggie garden.

oh, how i LOVE all the CATMINT!!
this really illustrates how using just ONE DRIFT OF COLOR pulls the whole garden together and makes such a huge impact.
this is catMINT ( Walker's Low variety),
which is slightly different from catNIP (also known as feline marijuana).
from what i understand.......
cat's like both, but catNIP garners a more intense response and is not as pretty of a plant as you see used here.

i hope you enjoyed this escape, but lest you feel somewhat inadequate about your own garden now, keep in mind that money is NO object here and i can assure you there is a whole team of gardeners on staff. lots of Erin's working here!
small and understated messy gardens are beautiful too!!

herringbone brick motor court (use an "English" accent when you say that, it sounds much more fancy). see.

i guess i really don't need to point out how gorgeous the house is too?!?! and like you, i wanted to see i gave a peek, just to find some of the family watching t.v!
oops......i just smiled at them and walked away. Mr. Dan scolding me all the while......
not the FIRST time I've been caught!
and thanks, follower DON, who reminded me that the name of the artist in the previous post is Fernando Botero.
and now, back to winter.......eegads.


Carolyn said...

Hi Erin,
Thank you for the fabulous tour!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

I have really enjoyed the tour of this beautiful estate. You did a wonderful job of photographing the gardens. Was the inside not part of the tour? :-D You know what is coming Fri. late and again on Mon. night don't you.:(
Enjoy your evening.

Carole said...

I don't know what to say my chin is still on the floor! You know I saw your previous post off my phone while i was away and couldn't wait to see it on my big screen. It's one of the best private gardens I've ever seen.
I can see what you can be intimidating for some....or worse yet some thinking they could have that too with just a little work.
I tell customers too that maybe lavender is not for them and nepeta is more suited for their soil.
thanks for the eye candy!

Drawn to The Sea said...

The lavender-wannabe seems to be drifting in the breeze... such a gentle touch to an otherwise formal setting, a lovely idea

Pamela said...

First off I have to say I love this song Sweet Lorraine!!!!
Okay now this place is amazing and it is so funny that you peeked in the window because I would do the same thing! I'm the woman who drives by these homes at night trying to get a peek if the drapes are open and lights are on!
Oh the gardens and home are breath
Pamela :)

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Sigh!!! I absoloutely love the catmint everywhere...reminds me of Martha Stewarts gardens...oh yes, money would be no object in the garden of my dreams plus many helpers as well! Thanks for the tour.

Candylei said...

Oh la la! The knot gardens and parterre! I'll dream of them tonight.


Fishtail Cottage said...

Beautiful! Everything about this is beautiful. You should come over & link this up to Cottage Flora Thursday's.....hope to see you ! xoox

Georgianna said...

Wow, this place really defies description, doesn't it? I love the knot garden! Thanks for sharing, dear. ♥

oldgreymare said...

AS IF i didn't feel guilty enough with my neglected postage stamp yard...

I had a monstrous bush of catmint for many years and then when i went to all drips, sans grass, it died off. Guess who is going to be buying it in bulk come spring!

Ya know I luv ya when I'm commenting at 1:00 am : D


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Erin dear, you have escorted us to paradise. I used to have catmint in my garden and I think I will plant more, now that I have a full view from my new room through the French doors! My garden is FULL of green and velvety boxwood and this is such a delight to see! HOW ARE YOU? I thank you for that photo of the sled you sent me; I may be using it and of course will link others to this most magnificent place of repose...with all my love, Anita

Custom Comforts said...

Thanks Erin for that tour and for the info on the difference between catnip and catmint. I didn't know that but now I understand why my catnip plants never survived the cats laying on them and my catmint plants do survive. I will look for that variety ~ it certainly is pretty.

Donna said...

What a gorgeous home and gardens! It is just fabulous. I wish I could just wonder inside :)
Now I am really ready for spring!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

Scott Law said...

Wow, wow & WOW!

Don said...

This does look a little bit like my yard. A very little bit.

Anonymous said...

Incredible garden tours, Erin! Thank you, thank you for sharing all this beauty with us!
~ Zuzu

Martina said...

Wow, so beautiful this garden, the catmint looks amazing! Am so in the mood for spring!

Cobalt Violet said...

I saw that (sundialish thing) on a wall in Italy. I think it's a clock/calendar thing? Maybe the season? Anyway, it's groovy and all the lavender catmint is so soft and makes it like a fairyland ... which I love. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend Erin!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

ERIN!!! THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT! I was having a hard time blogging this morning so I have a lot to keep up with, but I wanted to swing by to tell you how much I appreciate your comments and friendship! LOVE YOU, Anita

koralee said...

What a stunning place...I would so love to be there right now...but as you say...back to winter. Hugs for a great day. xoxo