THIS MORNING I had the pleasure of meeting with several of my fellow garden gals for a formal tea and tour of the Deepwood Estate in Salem, Oregon. First we enjoyed tea and scones in the formal parlour. Afterwards, we took a tour of the house and then outside to the gardens.
|The Hellebores were amazing.|
|Deepwood is located in the heart of Salem, as evidenced by the hubbub of traffic surrounding it.|
|The house, a Queen Ann Victoria, was built circa 1898.|
|Isn't it sweet?|
|Just off the porch is a to-die-for conservatory.|
|I love the spindle work of the veranda and the view, even in winter is fabulous.|
|The only photo I took of the interior of the house itself was this fabulous stained glass window|
in the master bath. It's actually a lot more PINK than it looks here.
|The formal borders, near the house, were lush with broadleaf evergreens. |
The Skimmia japonica were about to burst into bloom.
|The Daphne odora was in full, luscious bloom.|
|Hellebores dangled profusely behind a neatly trimmed Boxwood hedge.|
|Camellias were also few weeks away from a colossal floral display.|
I loved the structure of the tree rising up behind the Camellias.
|Winter Aconites in full bloom, were dotting the lawn...|
(I've been alerted by Ricki of Spig to Twig that this is not Winter Aconite
but Lesser Celendine and highly invasive. She's right and I stand corrected.)
|While in other areas, big bunches of them bloomed in profusion.|
|Croakies were abloom in an obscure corner.|
|Love, love, love!!|
|An Ivy-lined allee borders one of the open lawn areas.|
|I can imagine how wonderful this area looks in high summer.|
|Annie, on the left and Cate were enjoying the nooks and crannies in one of the formal parterre.|
|A happy grouping of Snowdrops just begged for a photograph!|
|Isn't this a lovely lattice fence and gate...|
|and brickwork walkway?|
|Blooming pink Bergenia looked sweet next to yellow Winter Aconites.|
|This is one of the woodland pathways...|
|...juxtaposed with a more formal walkway.|
|Tree roots were causing a little upheaval here.|
|Beautiful now. Can you imagine it in a few months?|