I’ve got several deadlines on tap, a chipped filling that has exposed something that should not be exposed, and a bad case of writer’s block, so today’s post will be nearly wordless. These photos were taken on a trip to Shelburne several weeks ago to visit Brian Bixley’s garden, Lilactree Farm.
Brian and his wife purchased the property, a former cattle farm I believe, in the late 1960′s. They’ve divided up the land nearest to the house into garden rooms that are surrounded by tall hedges and filled with trees. It was open and treeless originally. Many of the rooms radiate from this bird bath.
They’re waiting for me to stop taking pictures and catch up. We haven’t even entered the property by this point. I could have spent my life exploring the flora on that road!
Perennial sweet peas and geraniums have self-seeded alongside the road just off of the property.
Gorgeous and easy to maintain, but they don’t have that signature sweet pea scent.
When the country road was expanded, Brian tossed seeds of thyme and other drought tolerant plants into the ditch. That ditch is nicer than my street garden. If I had it to do all over again….
On the way out of town, I was told about how Brian underplants his apple trees. Hardy pink blooming geraniums live there until late summer when he mows it all down to make room for a mass of fall blooming colchicum. Smart. Wish I could be there to see that. I only have space for one plant — I look forward to it’s wispy blooms every fall.
Hard to gauge scale here but this is actually a woodland lily with very tiny blooms. I just caught the tail end of its season. Brian had a white flower as well.
They have several large pieces of art on the property, including this light reflecting piece.
There were more clematis than I could count. But that’s another post. I leave you with these two.
And on the way out…. Not the best for the environment, but a stunning view none-the-less.
Thanks for your hospitality Brian.