This is the month we all celebrate in Newport, September. While rain has played its part (along with two storms in one week), we end this month with an (almost) full week of glorious sun. Not only is it a softer light, lower in its angle, but at just this point in the fall it is dramatically playing up the shades of green that are a signature of Parterre. Think Parterre Green (and the Parterre Bench, above, which wears it so well). I couldn’t appreciate when we customized this shade of sage years ago just how satisfying it would prove to be.
At this time in the year, shadows also become an imperative part of viewing a garden, creating a mood from the juxtaposition of soft light and dark (bringing to mind that old design note about the positive in “negative space”).
And on the sun porch, where I can study plants up close and personal, I treasure the variety of leaf shapes and sizes, the shades in a begonia (that pick up the verdi gris in the antique bronze grates), the chartreuse seed pods of the tall blackberry lily with its dramatic “swords.”
As well as the so-happy mother fern’s gracefully sweeping fronds as a contrast to the simple, variegated ivy twining among the ribs of the metal topiary.
When butterflies alight…I couldn’t help but close with this colorful image (which has not been photoshopped) from the Cutting Garden. These treasured pollinators love this spot and we love having their company.