I know it's officially autumn, and I should be showing you foliage and fog and pumpkins, but I have these beautiful images from way back in June that I never posted. So here is Hollister House, a fabulous garden in Washington, Connecticut.
My husband and I visited Hollister House as part of The Garden Conservancy's Open Days program. Designed by owner George Schoelkopf and maintained as a Garden Conservancy Preservation Project, the garden is a blend of formal walls and hedges softened by romantic and exuberant plantings. It was inspired by the great 20th-century gardens of Great Britain, such as Sissinghurst and Hidcote. Brick walls and hedges enclose a series of garden rooms, each with a very strong focal point such as an antique urn filled with flowers, or a formal reflecting pool. Such a design provides interesting vistas throughout the entire garden, and into the rural landscape beyond.
Looking back at these photos from June makes me just the tiniest bit sad. Yes, autumn is lovely, and I do enjoy the change of seasons, but oh to have the reckless abandon of summer back again... *sigh* I promise I will get down to celebrating fall this week. Really. ;)