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      Text and photographs are © by Ellen Spector Platt & Ellen Zachos, all rights reserved.

      Tuesday, June 24, 2014


      The first day of summer finds me, Ben and Jen in my new all time favorite garden, Bedrock, in Lee NH. Turns out I'm not so jaded from 20 years of touring gardens with the Garden Writers Association that I can't be moved by this idiosyncratic wonderland. Mowed spaces and meadow intermingle.
      The creation of the wife and husband team Jill Nooney and Bob Unger,  Bedrock Gardens is on their home ground and open to the lucky public 5 weekends a year and by appointment to groups.
      Jill's garden art in combination with perfect plant selection makes the garden a joy to stroll.
      I restrain myself from peeling the paperbark maple to use in a collage, but just barely.
      In the White Garden allium wait to pop, look like 'White Giant' to me. This isn't a botanic garden but a pleasure garden, so no signs.
      The white fringed Papaver are at peak on this cool day.
       Nooney's sculpture 'Julia' looks exasperated; perhaps she's thinking of all the work to keep up this garden. Those cooking spoons will never do it.
      Munger, a retired physician, designs walkways, water features and other satisfying architectural elements.
       In the All-You-Need-is-Balls garden more giant allium are on the verge of popping.
      In the shed and barn, rusty metal elements await transformation.
      Just when you think 'I could never do that'...
      you spy the home patio with myriad containers featuring circles and foliage plants. Yes you can 'do that' even in a small space.

      Sunday, June 1, 2014


      of the year, maybe the decade, had three elements; chive flowers just beginning to open, blue star amsonia (Amsonia tabernaemontana) in that ethereal color so hard to find in a garden, and chartreuse new foliage of spirea. The trio came from daughter Jen's garden in Canterbury NH, and welcomed us to the guest room on our Memorial Day sleep-over. All are stuffed casually in a bud vase from the swap shed at the town dump.
      The amsonia grows casually in Jen's garden, befitting a native wildflower.  I've never grown it, but now I have to. On sale from many sites on line.

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