Category Archives: Cape Cod Home

A Place in the Shade, CAPE COD HOME

To cover the demise of early spring foliage, plant lots of hostas in all their many foliage shapes, from heart-shaped to cupped and wrinkled.  As the hostas emerge, their leaves will fill bare spaces.

To cover the demise of early spring foliage, plant lots of hostas in all their many foliage shapes, from heart-shaped to cupped and wrinkled. As the hostas emerge, their leaves will fill bare spaces.

There are many varieties of ferns for the shade garden including the delicate maidenhair with black stems supporting finely cut bright green fronds and the Japanese painted fern with burgundy red veins radiating to a pale whitish gray-green.

There are many varieties of ferns for the shade garden including the delicate maidenhair with black stems supporting finely cut bright green fronds and the Japanese painted fern with burgundy red veins radiating to a pale whitish gray-green.

At one end of their courtyard,  white paper birch rises from a base of gray-green hostas, ferns, and euonymus.<br /><br />

At one end of their courtyard, white paper birch rises from a base of gray-green hostas, ferns, and euonymus.
While Betsy and E.B. Wilson work with a peaceful palette, it doesn't mean that all places shady need to be tempered.  Foliage plants for shade can be a cacophony of color.  Coleus are exotic annual clowns with leaves splashed in daring combinations of burgundy and chartreuse.

While Betsy and E.B. Wilson work with a peaceful palette, it doesn’t mean that all places shady need to be tempered. Foliage plants for shade can be a cacophony of color. Coleus are exotic annual clowns with leaves splashed in daring combinations of burgundy and chartreuse.

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Garden Accents, CAPE COD HOME

Hanging baskets, garden gates, terra-cotta urns are some of the many accoutrements you will find in Pat McLoud's garden.  A hammock is strung between shade trees for a relaxing nap on a hot day.  Spheres grace pedestals and all around beautiful plantings backed by arborvitae, conical white Hydrangea paniculata blossoms mix with deep purple tubular cones of a butterfly bush.

Hanging baskets, garden gates, terra-cotta urns are some of the many accoutrements you will find in Pat McLoud’s garden. A hammock is strung between shade trees for a relaxing nap on a hot day. Spheres grace pedestals and all around beautiful plantings backed by arborvitae, conical white Hydrangea paniculata blossoms mix with deep purple tubular cones of a butterfly bush.

To McLoud, accessorizing a garden is similar to accessorizing a home.  it is accessories which delight the eye, with their repetition of structure and shape - even when the garden is in full bloom

To McLoud, accessorizing a garden is similar to accessorizing a home. it is accessories which delight the eye, with their repetition of structure and shape – even when the garden is in full bloom

With a few strong structural elements -- boxwood, arborvitae, and gravel -- McLoud has provided bones for her gardens to rest on and against.

With a few strong structural elements — boxwood, arborvitae, and gravel — McLoud has provided bones for her gardens to rest on and against.

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The Birds and the Bees, CAPE COD HOME

The wild honey bees arrived and kept arriving.  What a pleasure to be in the presence of their happy humming, little legs overloaded with masses of pale yellow pollen.

The wild honey bees arrived and kept arriving. What a pleasure to be in the presence of their happy humming, little legs overloaded with masses of pale yellow pollen.

Sunflowers of all shape, size, and color sprout up in the arugula bed and in borders outside the confines of our fence.  Some are planted by us but others are volunteers dropped by sunny goldfinches who come looking for treats as soon as the flower heads mature.

Sunflowers of all shape, size, and color sprout up in the arugula bed and in borders outside the confines of our fence. Some are planted by us but others are volunteers dropped by sunny goldfinches who come looking for treats as soon as the flower heads mature.

 

Of Bulbs and Boughs, CAPE COD HOME

Winter is rough on the gardener's soul.  Instead of getting gloomy, I bring the outside in.

Winter is rough on the gardener’s soul. Instead of getting gloomy, I bring the outside in.

Forcing bulbs is another must-do task to ease days of gray.  Paperwhite narcissus are also easy to grow and well worth it.
Forcing bulbs is another must-do task to ease days of gray. Paperwhite narcissus are also easy to grow and well worth it.

 

Leslie Baker Island Palette, CAPE COD HOME

Oxeye daisies, perennial sweet peas, and dogs dogs dogs greet me when I arrive at the West Tisbury home of artist, Leslie Baker and her husband, Dr. David Gorenberg.

Oxeye daisies, perennial sweet peas, and dogs dogs dogs greet me when I arrive at the West Tisbury home of artist, Leslie Baker and her husband, Dr. David Gorenberg.

Leslie and David have created ordered edges in the home landscape.  At a friend’s suggestion they built a dry field stone wall.  It slices through the meadow delineating wild places from kept spaces.  Just as Leslie’s landscape paintings evolve around her placement of a horizon line, the wall allows for the same formal framework waiting for a painter’s palette to shape the kept spaces.

Leslie and David have created ordered edges in the home landscape. At a friend’s suggestion they built a dry field stone wall. It slices through the meadow delineating wild places from kept spaces. Just as Leslie’s landscape paintings evolve around her placement of a horizon line, the wall allows for the same formal framework waiting for a painter’s palette to shape the kept spaces.

A Living Tapestry, CAPE COD HOME

Julia Mitchell might be known for her fine tapestries but she also excels as a self taught gardener

Julia Mitchell might be known for her fine tapestries but she also excels as a self taught gardener.

You can find Julia Mitchells tapestries on the web, www.juliamitchelltapestry.com

You can find Julia Mitchells tapestries on the web, http://www.juliamitchelltapestry.com

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