On Friday, Joe Valentine of Juniper Hill Farm took me to see many of the Monadnock Region gardens that will be open on August 7th as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days. It was wonderful to see these gardens at their best and to meet the wonderful, knowledgeable, and dedicated gardeners that created them. It was the hottest day of the year, but I couldn't have been happier in such beautiful gardens talking with such amazing gardeners.
The first garden was called Cornish Place and was created by its owner Laura Trowbridge in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The garden is designed around a gorgeous 1763 cape and the entire property is beautiful, but the show stopper is in the back yard. As we came around the house you encountered one of the most impressive borders I have ever seen against a backdrop of an incredible mountain view! The border ran along the view, had a lovely serpentine curve, and was up to twenty feet deep in some places. The plantings were terrific, textural, hot and colorful, with a wonderful mix of trees, shrubs and perennials, and every plant seemed to be thriving.
Red Crocosmia 'Lucifer' with the Rhus typhina 'Balitiger' TIGER EYES
This plant was new to me and I saw it in a few of the gardens. Senna is a genus of many species and I did not catch the name of this one.
The day was bright and it was difficult to take the perfect photograph to show off the gardens in all their splendor. So you will just have to go see them for yourself!