~One of many window boxes~
The grand Tudor had several window boxes! The truth is, there were about 18 for this one home!
There were approximately 24 for the main house and 14 for one of the other homes. Then there were stone walls that were planted with more impatiens and bright geraniums.
During the winter months I spent days pouring over seed catalogs, ordering all of the seed for the annuals. Then there were the bulbs and perennials. I grew all of the seed at the gorgeous glass greenhouse and conservatory that had been shipped in pieces from England many, many years ago. It was a haven during the fall and winter. Once spring arrived it was tending thousands and thousands of seedlings.
There was a huge rock garden, a formal fenced garden, a formal rose garden, a cutting garden and many other smaller gardens. It was a huge job. I arranged flowers for the main house three times a week, watered, fertilized, dead-headed, clipped, picked, sprayed, weeded and always kept the greenhouse and conservatory in good order for visitors. There was one room in the greenhouse that was just orchids... no wonder I was in such terrific shape back then. Such worthwhile and satisfying work.
My son and I lived in one of the houses on the estate. During the quiet times of the year we would head to the bowling alley on the property and during warm weather there was a beach for us to use.
When I married my husband, we all lived there. It was an adventure- a wonderful atmosphere in which to raise my son and to start a new life.
~Stay tuned for the final phase...