Over 130 varieties of plants and
not a single marigold or geranium in sight.
What started as a few flower beds of common
plants has slowly grown over the years to what might be
considered overkill. Bored with the traditional offerings at
garden centers, I've added and expanded gardens to contain an ever
growing collection of plants. About 85% of
the gardens consist of annuals and will be different every year-- a
feature many returning guests have come to enjoy.
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The idea for the most recent garden, the
tropical garden, came up in 2009 and was tested in 2010.
Surprisingly, it was not the disastrous failure you'd expect upon
hearing about a tropical looking garden in New Hampshire. It
features towering bananas, purple castor beans, sago palms,
amaranthus, many types of elephant ears, datura, and even three
colors of bougainvillea.
Nearly everything is grown on site in the
greenhouse that you'll see when pulling into our driveway. Weather
permitting, planting begins May 15th and blooming peaks around mid
July. The tropical garden is impressive by the same time,
but unlike the flowering plants, it continues to get taller and
more impressive right up until the end of the season.
Pictured above is our ten foot
tall southern magnolia which blooms over 6 weeks each
summer. While not tropical, it's a rare treat for people who
live this far north to be able to enjoy the wonderful scent.
You'll find me outside most
every evening pulling weeds, watering, and stressing out over
nibbling insects and deer. Feel free to ask me
any questions about what is what... I can talk about this stuff