Perhaps I put “the cart before the horse” in posting the rose chain before a story on Parterre’s roses overall, but I was just so excited about their beauty this year…such a dreamy color and full to capacity, individual shrubs with long trailing garlands. Just the vision I harbored when I decided to create this statement approximately fifteen years ago.
So the lead for this post will be another “climber” that also shares the back courtyard with the rose chain…the luscious ‘Eden’ (or ‘Pierre de Ronsard’) that is well on its way to cloaking the iron arch. Of course I have to remember that one winter about five years ago we lost the left side and had to start again from scratch (sometimes all is not rosy in the rose world). Given this reality, I hope you’ll permit me a bit of “sharing” of the images of this feature over it’s best times, from different perspectives…like this side angle from my second floor studio.
The guest suites’ tower as a backdrop.
A close-up of the lushness of this climber in season, which fortunately lasts all summer.
The arch’s neighboring planting schemes which include the ‘Abraham Darby’ roses on the pair of iron tuteurs on the side wall of the separate garage and the voluminous clematis ‘Betty Corning’ that shares part of the arch’s column.
And I couldn’t resist a vision of these divine additions to Parterre on a foggy summer day.
More news! A much-anticipated addition to Parterre is the elegant wooden lattice fence along the western-facing edge of the Cutting Garden.
Custom-designed and masterfully crafted of kiln-dried red cedar by Trellis Structures of East Templeton, Massachusetts, they have been two and a half years in the works. The five panels now complete a nexus in the garden that had been awaiting a resolution after many different options (i.e. copper beech, yew) proved unsatisfactory.
Their scale and strength will support two of the most admirable climbing bloomers I’ve ever seen…’Deelish’ and ‘ Sweet Mademoiselle’.
We had a wonderful time selecting just the right shade of deep green stain (Flood’s “Copper Verde”).
Have a glorious and safe Independence Day celebration…and I’ll see you next Thursday.