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The Potager

July 23rd, 2018

This time of year, the potager is stunning. It’s a drift garden of sorts, full of things that spread and seed down. There are all different heights, textures, and the color schemes is predominantly dark pink/purple, greenish yellow, and white, with a few pink flowers thrown in as well.

Some of the key plants in this garden are: marjoram, creeping thyme, bronze fennel, asparagus, monarda, hollyhocks, limelight hydrangeas, and dill. There are also hostas and some tiny roses planted here, which will eventually be moved to other spots around the garden. This garden looks best at about 6-7 in the evening, when the low sun casts golden shadows across it and backlights the flowers and textures. You will find me looking at it most evenings during this time.

What’s your favorite time of the day to be in the garden?

Clearing Space

March 7th, 2017

Well, I’m still having some computer problems. I took all sorts of photos this weekend for posts this week and I can’t get my photo program to even open on my desktop. That means you’ll have to make do with cell phone images until I can get the problem figured out.

This weekend marked the official goodbye to the red maple that was overshadowing the potager. It was a nice tree, though it was planted in the wrong spot. It wasn’t filling out properly because it was being crowded by a few large white pine trees and it was sucking up nutrients and water from the lettuce and other things growing in the potager. The good thing is, the tree will be used to keep us warm next winter. It also makes way for me to finally get the potager hedges, walls, and other things finished.

Are there any projects you’re finally getting around to completing after years of having them on your list?

E.I. DuPont Potager at Hagley

August 24th, 2016

After going through photos to find one of the compost pile in the potager at the Hagely Museum for my post yesterday, I realized I had never shared photos of my visits to this garden from last year. I was able to visit the garden in mid-June with my mom and in mid-Sept with Mr Chiots. On my second visit, I didn’t take my camera, so all of these images are from my earlier visit.
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I’m always happy to see gardens being restored at these old homes. The potagers and edible garden spaces are of particular interest to me. This is one is quite lovely, they have done a fantastic job making it both beautiful and useful.
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I especially loved the formal walkways in this garden, I’ve been thinking of adding something similar in my main vegetable garden once I get the size finalized. The espaliers, trellises, pruned fruit trees, and other high features provide so much interest in the garden. I’d love to see this space in the winter to really be able to appreciate the interest they bring during the dormant season. This is one area I need to work on in my garden space, especially the edible space. Just because a garden is a working garden providing food doesn’t mean it can’t be a beautiful space both during the productive season and during winter.

What’s your favorite feature in this garden?

Friday Favorite: Spring

May 27th, 2016

Things are growing and blooming here at Chiot’s Run. Spring is in full swing. The potager is starting to burst forth with greenery, lettuce, spinach, violets, and so much more. The lilacs are blooming along with many other beautiful things. Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on just around the house.
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The birds are singing and flitting about, the bees are buzzing and pollinating flowers, I’m busy planting and watering as well. It’s a beautiful time in the garden and I’m trying to enjoy every second I can.

What do you love most about spring?

A Good Start

April 19th, 2016

This past weekend it was beautiful here in the Maine. The temperatures were in the 60’s & 70’s and the sun was shining. I spent the weekend getting loads of things done in the garden. I planted onion, lettuce, and broccoli raab seedlings. I also seeded tomatos and planted dahlia tubers in pots, along with loads of other chores I’m completely forgetting.
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It’s good to once again be feeling the sun on my back and my hands in the soil. I’m hoping to accomplish a lot in the gardens this year. They are slowly expanding and hopefully the final sizes will be achieved this summer and layouts can be finalized.

What did you do in the garden this weekend?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.