Chanticleer has been on the bucket list for a very long time, and finally my opportunity to visit came with a two day Pennsylvania jaunt prior to reporting for Garden Bloggers Fling 2017 . Once I returned home I was quite disconcerted to see that my photo record of Chanticleer was incomplete. Not a single image of any of the buildings, or the iconic Teacup Garden. When I looked at my map I saw that I completely missed the cut flower and vegetable garden along with bells woodland. My excuse is that I was sucked in by the meadows downhill from the ruin garden-which incidentally was another area that I barely documented. Clearly I will have to go back and take a more studied approach.I was captivated by Chanticleer and wished I had been there first thing in the morning with the entire day at my leisure to explore. Certainly there have been many instances where I visited a garden for the first time, and then found the second visit to be less hectic, with time to absorb the details.
This was the first photo I took, as my friends and I walked the path to the Ruin garden. It was a bad time of day for photography , but this seemed to encapsulate what I might see as I moved through the garden. A simple grouping that displayed the plants involved to their best advantage,
My lone photo from the Ruin Garden.
Leaving the Ruin Garden you enter a gentle hillside venue where matrix planting has been employed beautifully. Vistas to a more park like environment can be viewed beyond, where a wide band is planted with lettuces.
Yucca rostrata makes an appearance.
The meadows had a backdrop of coniferous greenery.
Verbascum olympicum was used extensively-here it marches down the hillside. I hope you can imagine what this must look like in early morning or evening light.
Why can't I grow this ? Setting that whine aside, this photo I think displays the complexity of the planting in this area. This unstudied look is not an accident.
I am notoriously child-phobic and this wonderful pond was attracting the small-fry. I had to snap a few and take my leave.
Because I had seen numerous Eucalyptus used as an annual, I thought for a moment that this was another however it is a honeysuckle (Lonicera) and my photo of the plant tag is so out of focus that it is illegible. Would love an ID . It was shrubby and upright.
This was an area worth lingering in.The planting along this walk was stunning.