Idylling in Maine

  Idyllunion 6 took place in 2008 , in southern coastal Maine. This was an exciting prospect to me; though I had traveled to Atlantic places a number of times, it was usually on business and featured mostly the inside of convention centers , meeting rooms and taxis. My childhood obsession with Rogers and Hammersteins'  'Carousel' bubbled to the surface as I envisioned lobsters, clambakes and sail boats.
 Our gathering began with a kick-off party in my friend Deannes garden , strategically located in New Hampshire to provide a good jumping off point for a journey to Maine.Viewing  photos of Deannes' driveway garden posted on Gardenweb was what led me to the Idylls in the first place, so an 'in person' visit was especially  meaningful . Readers in New England might wish to keep an eye on the Garden Conservancy web site, as this garden will be open this summer ; it is well worth a visit.

Our next stop was the Fuller Garden on the NH coast, which included for me the rarity of experiencing summer rain..

From here we mosey up the coast into Southern Maine where lobster joints are as plentiful as taco trucks in my town. Our gracious hostess welcomed us to her home and garden in Cape Neddick, and escorted us to some splendid gardens in the neighborhood.

 The high rent district...we gawk through the mist. I wish I had taken better photos at this garden, though the weather was a challenge. I was impressed at how well the garden preserved the integrity of it's seaside location..This homeowner clearly did not have many budgetary restraints.

Another private seaside garden at Braveboat Harbor.

One of the highlights of this trip for me was the visit to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. This garden was just over a year old at this point, yet it seemed quite mature. I am hoping for a return visit this summer..

 This beautifully designed vegetable garden at Stonewall Kitchen added considerable enjoyment to our lunch in their cafe.

   Seems like it took me forever to write this post, the weather here has been incredibly pleasant and spring is revealing herself in my garden. My computer workstation is only steps away from the back garden, and distractions have been numerous. Today as I continued 'fall cleanup'  I saw tulip leaves up, blooming Pulmonaria, and my roses (which I have not finished pruning) are pushing out foliage. The weeds are triumphant.


  1. What a great IU! Of course all have been unique and fabulous. Where's the view shot at Braveboat Harbor? If given the option, I would pack up and move onto that property tomorrow even if it meant living in a tent.

  2. Lobster joints vs. taco trucks--good analogy. I wonder how the rest of the planet manages without Mexican food--I couldn't.

    What a place that seaside villa is. Whew!

    Yeah, weed city here too. :(

  3. Yes, I too remember fondly the vegetable garden at Stonewall Kitchen ...


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