Monday, July 11, 2011
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!!