I went out to visit my friends S&J at their farm, just 15 minutes north of Baltimore, on one of the most glorious days possible, weather-wise. It was sunny, with some fluffy white clouds scudding across the sky, there was a nice breeze and it was in the 70’s. It reminded me so much of summers in England and Wales. From past visits, I knew I was in for a huge treat seeing the gardens early in the summer.
A little bit further along, there was another massive urn with a huge yucca plant in it. At this point, I should probably mention that J is an amazing gardener and he and S have an impeccable eye for how the gardens should be laid out.
As we wandered into the main gardens, J pointed out the parterres that will become the cutting garden later in the summer. There were dozens of dahlias grown from tubers that are waiting until some hedge trimming is done to be planted.
In addition to growing flowers, S&J also grow a wide variety of vegetables, including tomatoes, squash, beans, chard and lettuces. All are arranged in tidy tows with straw and hay between the rows to keep down on the weeding and to conserve moisture.
As we headed back towards the house, I captured some more images.
From the time they were cut in the garden, until I put them in an old silver champagne bucket, less than 30 minutes had elapsed. Here they are in front of an old Chinese silk painting, where you can just see a white peony peeking out from the left side. (The white paper is from where I shoot items for my Etsy shop because the light is so good!)
Thanks to J for the tour of the gardens and especially for the gorgeous peonies! The house just smells amazing from their scent.