Beautify home with plantings
This is a task I really look forward to: challenging myself to come up with slightly different ideas each season. I like finding plants ahead of time that will create a different look from the years before and mixing in some old favorites or recently grown specimens from my greenhouse in Bedford with new selections.
I also spend a good deal of time planning what to grow at each property to ensure that I’ll have a sufficient number and variety of flowers to fill the indoor vases and vessels. Guests appreciate a charming bedside arrangement, and a dining or coffee table should always have something from nature on it.
In Maine, because the scale of the place is so large, I’m free to indulge my creativity. Great moss-planted bowls are a favorite. I like to place these on the piers of the great stone balustrade that surrounds the terrace.
Fortunately, the deep woods on the property are verdant with carpets of many types of mosses. Pincushions and tuffets of haircap, rock cap and cushion moss that have been carefully lifted from behind trees and ledges can be used to create a landscape in a bowl that is fascinating and very long lasting. (Of Everyone who loves to design container gardens has a few tricks; many of them are probably similar to mine.