Introducing the Garden

Here in Vermont, winters are long and harsh. But that makes our short summers all the sweeter. Our gardens aren’t anything spectacular but they give us an enormous amount of pleasure. Here’s a first glimpse at the yard.

Little back garden
Little back garden

This little garden is our quiet spot. It’s the only area that the deer don’t visit (at least haven’t up until now) so the hostas and phlox grow and actually bloom! The lean-to looking structure on the left serves as a bird feeding station in winter and a grill shelter in the summer.

Grapes on the pergola
Grapes on the pergola

In the heat of the summer, this is a spot where the grapevines provide the coolest spot in the yard. Bill built the pergola, on which the grapes are growing, as well as the Versailles boxes, those big yellow boxes. He puts an ever-changing array of potted shrubs in them for constant blooms all summer.

Early garden
Early garden

Finally, here’s my favorite bench, a Lutyens bench, in front of the main flower garden. Notice the pale mulch? I call it the starving artist mulch – it’s sawdust from the mountains of the stuff Bill produces in furniture making. The vegetable garden is off to the right. In the past 5 years, our garden has changed considerably because of the influx of pesky deer. Gone are all the tulips, phlox, and several other plants that the deer love. They let the hosta get just big enough to bloom, then chomp them to the ground. Day lilies aren’t even immune.

So we’re slowly adjusting and discovering plants that those pests won’t touch, like marigolds, blanket flower, roses and iris. We’ve fenced in the vegetable garden otherwise we’d never get any vegetables, but haven’t done the same with the flower garden…yet. But I still have to admit, I love to see those pretty deer!