Monday, July 11, 2011

Delaware Gardens (part 1 of 3): Mike's house

So here's a story... many months ago, my friend Grace tells me about these garden tours she signed up for through Brookside Gardens and encourages me to join her. We've done these bus trips before and they're great - you get to chat with a friend for hours in coach transportation and everything is taken care of for you - from admission down to bottled water and a boxed lunch.

A week or so ago, I remark how excited I am because we have a trip coming up. What trip, she asks. Turns out she cancelled and forgot to tell me! If I didn't love her so much, I would have killed her. In the end, I enjoyed an amazing day solo, reading the new Franzen tome and visiting several gardens on the Milton Garden Tour.

This first stop (not officially on the Milton Garden Tour) was Mike's house. I wish I could say I was on first name terms with the guy because he seems really nice and supposedly throws some great garden parties, but I'm not. I've lost the guide that describes this tour and all about Mike. All I know is that his name is Mike and I believe he used to be one of the head honchos at Brookside Gardens before moving to this gorgeous pond-side space in Delaware.

I love the fescue in the window boxes below.

As you can tell, Mike describes his garden as a walking garden. Plants are spaced very closely together and he has few weeds. He walks the garden year round, so he looks for year round color and has about 50% evergreen plants.

In the photo below, you see the bed that borders his property with his neighbor's. He likes to add diagonal paths that are utilitarian but hidden.

Fruit tree above and vegetable garden below.

The backyard view!!


  1. That an incredible garden area. It's got a little bit of everything and utilizes every piece of space. Chris Las Aventuras

  2. Such a beautiful garden! It have everything well arranged! Interesting agrden to visit!

  3. Wow! What a great backyard view! I like that he walks his garden daily, and I bet he weeds it daily, too. I also like that he's put in so many evergreens. I bet it is pretty any day of the year.

  4. It must have take many years to lovingly produce a beautiful garden like that. Very nice combination of plants.

  5. This garden looks like a lovely respite from daily cares. I could spend hours meandering.
    Thanks for sharing this,Wendy!

  6. I'd love to go with someone but I wouldn't mind going solo for such a beautiful garden. The picturesque views are just like what I see in the Hollywood movies. They have a US show garden in Floria 2011 now but it looks nowhere like these. I'm now looking forward to your 3rd instalment.

  7. What a beautiful garden. I could look at these photos all day. Thank you, Wendy dear!

  8. Oh my goodness. I'm so proud of you for going anyway. I might have been tempted to not go. Good thing you can read in a moving vehicle.

    Mike's garden is just amazing. Can't wait to see the other gardens. (Yes...I am reading these in the proper order.)


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