For both sentimental reasons (it was a surprise Christmas gift from my husband) and aesthetic reasons (it is in the middle of the garden), the Orangerie plays an outsize role in our life at Parterre. So I cannot let summer finish without affording her the respect she deserves.
Truly a centerpiece of the garden, one set of doors opens onto the north, facing the pergola.
A treasured 2 pairs of ‘Hally Jolivette’ cherries, which provide the first blooms of early spring, are right outside these doors.
The other set of doors let onto the Green and White Garden’s herbaceous borders to the south.
Throughout the year, the Orangerie plays many roles — in the winter, she shows off the first reason she was gifted to me, as a green house. Her glass roof opens and closes, providing the perfect layover spot for plants…and a sanctuary for the Parterre Bench. In the spring, seeds are started and plants repotted within her sheltering walls, as we enjoy that Newport ritual of “opening the garden for the season.”
But it is in the summer when she is at her “party best.” Pink clematis in containers grace the front entry.
Roses twine around the antique leaded glass windows.
Hydrangeas are massed in the metal urns in the 4 niches.
And purple clematis on the Fountain Garden wall provide a picture-perfect frame for another view of the Orangerie.
Summer is also the time when many entertaining opportunities present themselves…
Is it any wonder that the Orangerie brings out my romantic side? I’m always looking for occasions to wear floaty, feminine pieces…like my Newport/New York friend, Ala von Auersperg, designs…chic and comfortable at the same time.
Enjoy these final days of summer…