Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Willowwood Arboretum, Late Summer in the Cottage Garden



Isn't there something just so happy about yellow flowers? I used to be a real English garden snob -- nothing but blues, pinks and whites for me. But that meant that there were not many choices for late summer blooms in my oh-so-genteel pastel garden.




No room for exuberant heliopsis, or the smiling faces of black-eyed Susans. No beautiful bronze chrysanthemums. Nothing to relate to the fast-approaching autumn colors.




But I have learned my lesson thanks, in part, to the many local gardens where I take my camera out for a spin. ;)

These images are from Willowwood Arboretum, which I have visited several times this year.




The cottage garden in front of the house is laid out on an axis from the front door, with a crazy paving stone walkway bisected by a grassy path.




The plantings crowd the stone path with a wonderful exuberance, softening the hard edges. The view (above) shows the house at the end of the garden.






I just love this beautiful iron gate, which leads into the garden from the lawn in front of the house. There is a wonderful combination of stone, evergreen shrubs and plantings which together make this garden a very inviting place.




300 Longview Road
Far Hills, NJ 07931-2625

22 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm sorry I missed yesterday's Mosaic Monday!!! I have come to enjoy that endeavor! I challenges me in some very interesting ways just as your pictures and others challenge me to take my photography more seriously! Thank you! Cathy

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  2. Beautiful, thanks for sharing:-)

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  3. We so seldom see homes with front gardens like this. I know of just two in all of this area. It's long been my goal to have one, but then I am reminded of the snow plow and think better of it. Still, what an amazing look! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of this delightful spot on earth.

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  4. looks like a beautiful place to explore

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  5. At this moment my garden is full of the yellows of autumn, with a sprinkling of pink from the sedums. Beautiful pictures of a lovely park. Take care and enjoy your week.

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  6. I love having yellow scattered through the garden. Willowwood looks like a wonderful place to visit! Very nice photos.

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  7. The path leading up to the cottage is just so pretty!

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  8. Yellow is my favorite color. I love the textures and shapes and heights in this garden. Just beautiful!

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  9. Thanks Mary! This morning I was thinking i should do a new post and I got my inspiration after reading your blog. You so often inspire us!

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  10. ...I have got to get out there in my yard and start weeding!!

    Gorgeous photos Mary...have you ever contacted any of these gardens you visit regarding selling them your photos?

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  11. Absolutely Stunning. I love yellow also.
    Love the path and garden.
    Have a most beautiful day. Im very blessed with this post .

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  12. Oh, Mary! I remember when you posted photos of this same garden, several months ago. It was neat for me to see because of the evergreens in the garden. I had just settled on a plan to put arborvitae "pillars" in the corners of the border so that it would have a little structure. Then, you posted the photo and it really helped me to visualize it. I JUST bought my little arborvitae, this past weekend. At the last moment, a lot of people tried to dissuade me but, they didn't have my little vision. giggle! I just needed to see this! Thank you very much. =]

    What a beautiful place! I would feel like a character out of a wonderful old novel, just from wandering around. Enriching!

    Love, Katy Noelle

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  13. Oh how pretty...your yellow photos are perfect!

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  14. What a beautiful place to visit and take photos.

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  15. Beautiful place, beautiful photos!..Christine

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  16. Just love the beautiful cottage garden and the
    house is something to die for. I am green with envy. It reminds me of English gardens.
    Just beautiful. Thanks. Lexie

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  17. Wow,absolutely stunning! What a fabulous garden.....
    Kristen

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  18. So beautiful. I love the gate, too, with all the textures around it: stone, iron, greenery. What a wonderful place.

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  19. i really like the way you have done your garden and the way it looks, working outdoors is no easy job and needs lots of patience, i admire what you have done, last week i brough two garden chairs that were too pretty and look great in my garden,

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  20. It must be so fun walking along this garden...love it.

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  21. Mary, thank you for transporting me from this office chair to these divine gardens. I have been remiss, falling so far behind, it's always a reminder to stop and breathe when I come to your place.
    hugs

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  22. You'll have to link a garden post on my Garden Party "Cottage Flora Thursday's"...xoox

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