Today’s photos come from Harriet Robinson. She shared her beautiful garden with us several times before. This post shows some amazing before and after shots of creating her garden.
When my son and his fiancee gave me a month’s notice that they wanted a small wedding in my western Maine garden on October 19, I got to work pulling ugly daylily leaves and hoping the asters and other fall bloomers and the peony foliage wouldn’t disappoint this year. I knew we’d be a week past peak hardwood foliage, but I hoped for the best. A little snow the day before and the freeze that killed the annuals were minor challenges. I borrowed two urns from a friend to help stage the area. I bought a couple of blueberry plants for them, the only thing the nursery had that looked like it would fit a fall wedding (evergreens are too Christmasy, as is winterberry), so that they could be planted at the couple’s home afterward. The sparse blueberry plants needed help from wild blueberry foliage and pine I cut from our field, as well as sugar maples leaves. The wedding day was clear, with gorgeous views, and the asters and peony foliage did cooperate.
Asters and armillary (they were behind the bridal couple).
The bride came down these stairs, string players were seated in the white iron chairs, and the guests stood on the cement patio. The deck above provided balcony seating for elderly grandparents.
One of the urns.
Across to Mt. Washington on the wedding day.
These water features and the sundial were behind where the guests stood.
Persicaria Darjeeling (Persicaria affinis ‘Darjeeling Red’, Zones 3–9) with snow. The bride and groom stood on the cement walk just behind and to its right.
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