Our gardens, tucked round the inns, are a special place. They beckon guests and visitors to wander down paths lined with sweet scented lavender and to sit and relax amid the seasonal blooms.
Springtime brings the first burst of color with a wave of tulips across the front of the inns greeting passers-by and guests. Traditional lilacs, some decades old and sweetly scented soon follow as the gardens unfold. Colorful Adirondack chairs, freshly placed, are a perfect spot to enjoy the scene.
Summer is the peak garden season. Hollyhocks and delphiniums soar above the Maine perennials while oriental and calla lilies add a touch of elegance to the garden. Early morning finds Jim (and some early rising guests) in the herb garden harvesting fresh herbs for the day's breakfast to be served on the sun dappled patio amid the hostas.
Soon it will be blackberry time and our blackberry patch will be with lush fruit. The patch is a favorite haunt for guests relaxing with lemon aid or spiced iced tea after a day's adventure!
Fall transforms the garden to a golden hue while Maine asters and mums bring another colorful splash. Colors linger late into October when it's time for planting and a final harvest. The sage and lavender are snipped and tucked away for a lovely scented touch.