Fling 2014: Old Germantown Garden's One Terrible Flaw

What are those lucky visitors looking at?
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And this:
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And this:
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The garden snuggles into the surrounding forest, like a kitten on a pillow.
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There are panoramas of texture.
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Plants from all over the world:  dahlias and cannas.
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Lilies and bananas.
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Sedum from Switzerland and Dasylirion from West Texas.
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Bamboo, too!
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All carefully brought together by two very dedicated gardeners.
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Two very dedicated gardeners who are masters of management.
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Masters of color and design.
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Plant nuts, too:  a monstrose conifer!
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A haven, a home.
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It all glowed.
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Can you comprehend the dedication required?
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 A labor of love.
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A dream.
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It was perfect.
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The one terrible flaw?  That we had to leave.
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  1. A garden that had everything, it was a magical gardening experience being there.

  2. You captured some nice details! How long do you think it would take you to see everything here with the level of focus that you really wanted to -- 8 hours? There was just so much to discover! (Only the heat made me grateful we had limited time there.)

    1. All day, probably two. I felt I barely saw anything. Can you imagine what the light there must be like at sunrise?

  3. ALL you photos are wonderful but the shots of the Canna and the butterfly are spectacular! As to this garden, it's magnificent. And the fact that this was somehow constructed and maintained by 2 gardeners makes me kick myself every time I whine over some obstacle I encounter in the garden.

    1. A really magnificent achievement--and the owners were so very nice about our hoard descending upon them. I was in awe of what they were able to do. The cultivated area is something like 2 acres!

  4. Well done Hoov..and yes, we barely saw anything. I wonder if they have a guest room-I really think I need to spend the night--sunrise, sunset and cookies for dessert !

    1. Wouldn't that be great? Wouldn't even need the cookies, just all the flowers.

  5. Hopefully next year it will be open to the public again, I really want to see this one!

    1. It's in the "not-to-be-missed" category.

  6. I fully enjoyed this magnificent garden, your pictures are outstanding, especially the butterfly on the Crocosmia. Your following words are outstanding: "the garden snuggles into the surrounding forest, like a kitten on a pillow" . I think you are a fantastic poet too.

    1. I was lucky to see the butterfly. Someone else saw it first, but their camera battery had gone out. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you!

  7. Such a beautiful and magnificent garden, an amazing achievement, wonderful photos dear Hoover.
    xoxoxo ♡

    1. It was even better in person. But also quite warm.

  8. Wow, that butterfly with the Crocosmia...it´s like a dream...

  9. When the 2015 HPSO book of open gardens arrives next spring I believe I'll be looking for this one first and planning my visit to arrive at opening and not leave until they kick me out.

    1. There is so much to see you will not have enough time.

  10. I loved this garden on that hot and muggy Friday when we were there, but I would love to experience it on a misty day. Can you imagine how magical it would be?

    Great photos. I love your metaphor: "The garden snuggles into the surrounding forest, like a kitten on a pillow." What a perfect description.

    1. Oh yes, a thin fog would have been awesome. (and cooler!)

  11. Like a good mystery novelist, you had me hooked with that title, wondering what the flaw could possibly be. Shoulda figured that one out before turning the last page.


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