Archive for the ‘Gardens’ Category

The Garden has Settled In…

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
New gardens look like they belong

New gardens look like they belong

Many new landscapes take a while to meld seamlessly with their surroundings.  I am not a fan of this gardening technique.  The three years it takes for most perennials to mature seems too long to realize your vision.  Either way, the plants hardly ever behave exactly as you expect.  For instance, why did every ‘Overdam’ grass turn brown soon after planting?  They flowered just fine, but something seems strange.  I never used this grass before, so it will be a lesson that encompasses several growing seasons.  I have to learn the nature of this plant.

It is almost mid-September, and soon it will be time to cut back and get this new garden ready for its first winter rest.  After a brilliant birth it needs to garner strength for its juvenile season.

 

 

Garden Update

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Today I gathered the first flower bouquet of the year from our gardens.   No more flowers from Shaw’s until frost!  That means more time moseying, gathering, and arranging.  It is so easy with flowers from your garden, because they all look good together.  I love, love, love homegrown flower displays.

First flowers from the garden for the inn.

First flowers from the garden for the inn.

The new gardens are still a work in progress.  At this time we are waiting for several more plant groups (Eupatorium ‘Little Joe’, some asters, and perovskia).  I also have to fill in the vegetable section.  All in all, it is coming along very well.  Many, many thanks again to Equinox Valley Nursery (www.equinoxvalleynursery.com) for searching for, gathering, and delivering plants on my list, even though it is their busiest time of the year.  They are some of the best people you could ever meet.  I hope you stop in on your next visit to the inn.

Here are a few photos Yoshio took last week of the labyrinth and new gardens.

Pathway to labyrinth connects the gardens

Pathway to labyrinth connects the gardens

Planting in progress

Planting in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mostly green labyrinth, with lots of dandelions

Mostly green labyrinth with lots of dandelions

 

If you are not interested in gardens, please excuse me.  After almost two years at Ormsby Hill, my true nature has finally found its way home.  Indulging my passion will help me honor myself, the inn, and you too.

 

Let the planting begin…

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Between now and our last blog, Yoshio and I went to San Ramon (Jesse, Lisa, and Owen’s house), Mendocino, and Napa California.  I ordered plants from Equinox Valley Nursery in Manchester for the new gardens, plants arrived at Ormsby Hill, and plants went in the prepared beds.  While we are still awaiting more plants, and have several full days of planting left, my dream garden is a reality.

Special, special thanks to Equinox Valley Nursery (www.equinoxvalleynursery.com), located just south of the inn, for their amazing support in providing all the plants for this garden within our budget.  They have very big hearts!  Also, Jim Colvin, a local lawn care business owner, shared my vision for this field, starting with the labyrinth.  He is an expert at working the land and we are happy he is part of the Ormsby Hill family.  Yoshio, Christine, Amanda, and Nicole have spent hours planting.  I am so grateful for everyone’s help.

 

First load of plants delivered by Equinox Valley Nursery

First load of plants delivered by Equinox Valley Nursery

Setting plants in place

Setting plants in place

After first day of planting

After first day of planting

 

Snow, Please Go Away

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The snow in southern Vermont has been around long enough. Today is the first day of SPRING! It’s time to measure for my new garden and and mentally place plants here and there (fun stuff). It’s time to order additional seed for the wildflower labyrinth (more fun). It’s time to call Jimmy to remind him he promised to help me remove sod, and prepare the new planting beds (not fun, but necessary). It’s time to call Craig at Equinox Valley Nursery to schedule the installation of irrigation for the new garden (not fun, worthy of procrastination). So why am I not doing any of that? The field is still buried under a foot of snow, and a glacier blocks my entry.

Parking lot glacier obstructs new garden site

Parking lot glacier obstructs new garden site

On Our Second Year of Inn Keeping

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Our first year of inn keeping went by neither too slow nor too fast. It was just right. We now have, under our belts, some very important information for this business: the seasons with their respective number of visitors. Foliage season brings the most visitors, while mud season in April seems the least attractive to our guests. Winter is called stick season in Vermont. I always thought of trees in winter as skeletons; a bit more dramatic than sticks.

A list of changes we made in the last year, big and small, would fill a sheet of paper, I’m sure. Each and every change was made to either improve your experience at the inn, or to make it easier for us to help you feel welcome and at home. Most projects are ongoing, inherited from the previous owners, and will probably have no end, like painting, and stacking wood. Other projects have been thought up and realized, like our upgraded patio and porch seating. Bigger projects, like our labyrinth meadow, are still evolving. This area is now slated to incorporate most of the area beyond the parking lot. I’m dreaming of a garden with perennials, vegetables,and pathways which will flow beautifully into the wildflower labyrinth. I do go on and on about this labyrinth; it has become very meaningful to me for reasons yet unknown.

Labyrinth on July 13, 2013

Labyrinth on July 13, 2013

Wildflowers growing amongst the grass

Wildflowers growing amongst the grass

Seat in the labyrinth center

Seat in the labyrinth center

Yoshio and I, along with our amazing staff, feel a tremendous responsibility to honor Ormsby Hill with love and care. We feel this is the best way to honor you, also.

Our Garden Projects

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

This time of year I am full of inspiration for garden projects. I know I have to edit and prioritize, but it is fun to be full of ideas. Here are some changes (I hope) you will see this year at Ormsby Hill.

Pick a sweet strawberry on the patio

Pick a sweet strawberry on the patio

'Rebecca' clematis, moon flower and morning glory near the patio doors

‘Rebecca’ clematis, moon flower and morning glory near the patio doors

The patio is getting two more sets of Adirondack rocking chairs, along with pots filled with edibles like mini tomatoes and strawberries. New perennials will border the patio, including a few new varieties, like the ‘Oso Happy Smoothie’ thorn-less rose.

Our labyrinth is in year two of its existence. Jimmy Colvin worked his magic getting the field ready for the wildflower seed, which will transform this unused space into a tranquil spot for serenity and contemplation.

Labyrinth meadow ready for wildflower seed

Labyrinth meadow ready for wildflower seed

We love the outdoor spaces at Ormsby Hill, and hope you will find a spot to call your own while you are here.

Tomato Garden

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

About two months before we purchased the Inn at Ormsby Hill, the former owners suggested I plant something in two raised beds near the meadow. This is one of many instances of the collaborative effort between Ted, Chris, and us. It was a win/win situation – they would not have unsightly, empty garden space, and we would have garden bounty for the summer. I planted five varieties of cherry tomato and two varieties of slicing tomato. Yesterday the cherries began their prolific, productive dash. These will be put to immediate use in our small side salads served with our savory breakfasts; yummy, healthy, and unexpected.

Garden bounty