Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tour a Charming Pennsylvania Garden


        Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects and Landscape Designers: Dear Garden Associates, Inc.

Tucked away on a farm in Bucks County Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia, you'll find a charming historic property. Lush gardens and paths lead to a European-style guest cottage.

The main house sits on a hill, overlooking the peaceful Pennsylvania countryside. The outbuildings were lovingly restored--and one building was turned into a guest cottage.
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.


The exterior is composed of several elements--stucco, old stone, shake roof, farmhouse windows. Blue French doors open onto a Juliet balcony.
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.

An iron balcony overlooks a purple-and-green themed garden. Salvia and catmint flop over the stone steps. It must be magical at night when the outdoor lanterns are casting a cozy glow.
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.

Romantic details abound--climbing roses, natural stone walls, crushed stone paths, old bricks, and another blue door.
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.

From the main house, you can see the guest cottage. Wonder what it looks like inside? Maybe a bed and a small bath? A loveseat? A bookshelf? A gourmet coffee machine and a tiny fridge? I don't see a satellite dish, so this cottage would be the perfect place to unplug from the world. Sometimes it's important to slow down and think about where you've been, where you are, and where you're going.


Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.


Shall we walk down the stone path? Weeding would be a full-time job; but a little Round-up would keep the path cleared. Deep weeding would be good for the mind and body, right?
A gentle curve in the path keeps the "eye" moving.
There's so much to learn. Are these hostas, I wonder?
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.


A path leads away from the guest house. It's also illuminated at night.
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.



Another view of the guest house. You can enjoy coffee and croissants at a small table, which overlooks a forest.
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.


And yet another view: from the cottage, a stone path leads to the main house. Here, we have little
bursts of color.
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.

Path gardens are enchanting, aren't they? They connect the main house to outbuildings, inviting you to take pause...to live fully in the moment. This path has a controlled wildness, something that is, for me, difficult to pull off. As a  novice gardener, my work is either skimpy or crazy-wild.

I tried to study the different elements.

1. The Colors:

While roses are sprinkled in here and there, two colors dominate--green and purple--yet it's never boring because of the many variations.

2. Texture:
Ostrich ferns add a wonderful, lacy texture. They are deer resistant, prefer dappled light, and thrive in moist soil.


3. Beauty in Numbers
"Walker's Low" Catmint has been planted in large clumps and rows, offering unbroken (and calming)
views, allowing bits of color to surprise and enchant the visitor.

3. Old Fashioned Charm
Hand's down, roses are the quickest way to add charm and color to a garden.
Don't you love the buttery color of a Graham Thomas rose?

Ruffled pinkness is the signature feature of old English roses. This one, "Abraham Darby,"
adds color and texture.

A New Dawn Climber reminds me of debutantes in ball gowns--all of them clumped together, whispering and giggling, slightly flushed from dancing. On a more practical note, in addition to adding color, a climbing rose brings vertical interest to any landscaping project.


Neon yellow yarrow at the edge of a lush green lawn. Love the old wooden bridge in the distance.
Farmhouse Landscape by Pipersville Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dear Garden Associates, Inc.



Meadow Sage (Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’) is found in all of the gardens.

Planting season is over, but the dreaming season never stops for gardeners. I hope these photos lead to many wonderful dreams. Have a great weekend.

Sources:

Dear Garden Associates
Guest Cottage Project on Houzz

Shared at Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

12 comments:

  1. What a lovely garden, house and guest house. I bet even in winter it is stunning.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Mary

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  2. Thank you for this delightful garden tour. The stone cottage is calling out to me, come stay here, and the main house looks tranquil too.

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  3. Makes me want to book a flight to Pennsylvania and spend a night or two in this little guest cottage. Totally enchanting!
    I tend to use a lot of purple in my garden for the fall season. The weather has recently turned here in Austin, so planting for fall and winter is happening now. '-)

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  4. What an amazing location! That is the kind of house and garden I dream of. If only I would win the lottery!

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  5. What a dream-come-true place. I love everything. I would be happy just living in the guest cottage!

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  6. What a gorgeous property. Captivating gardens and a beautiful stone farmhouse with charming guest house - a perfect property. Bucks County is certainly a lovely part of the world.
    Sam

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  7. What a pretty place to roam around, and relax. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

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  8. What an incredibly gorgeous garden...so enchanting that I look for the "fairies" to come peeking around the roses...I love your beautiful descriptions...especially the New Dawn Climber...I shall always remember that when I see one...I will imagine the debutantes in their ball gowns!...Wonderful estate!..thanks for sharing this with us!

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  9. Goodness, what a gorgeous landscape and home as well. I love old style climbing roses and the blue catnip is so pretty throughout the gardens. Such inspiration for all especially we garden lovers!
    Miss Bloomers

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  10. Oh my word, that is positively DREAMY - wow wow wow - there isn't a single thing - including that sweet kitty cat that I wouldn't love to have. It's magical.

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  11. What a wonderful garden,love everything about it.I would love to move into the little cottage <3. Thanks for sharing
    Hugs
    Caroline

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  12. I find a trip through a garden the best, quickest therapy a person can do. Thanks for the therapy. :)

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