Monday, March 4, 2013

Chanticleer ~ Oak Bed Woodland

Chanticleer's Oak Bed filled with spring delights!
Chanticleer's Oak Bed filled with spring delights!
I had lovely weather and lovely company on the day I visited Chanticleer last April. The sunny, warm spring excited hundreds of plants into bloom on the estate grounds all at once. It was a beautiful time to visit!

Here are my photos of the Oak Bed. I found the planting in this area captivating; so many woodland treasures were all nestled together. It had the effect of a patchwork quilt which the gardeners had been knitting together these past years.  Each plant so quietly beautiful, supporting one another. I hope you enjoy the view!

The Oak Bed sits just to the west of the entrance house at Chanticleer. The yellow tulips are part of the "West Side" and "Lower Courtyard" gardens.
The Oak Bed sits just to the west of the entrance house at Chanticleer. The yellow tulips are part of the Lower Courtyard gardens (see more here).
White Anemone sylvestris (the "snowdrop anemone") are beautifully dotted around this area. All of these plants together create a patchwork effect under the oak: Heuchera 'Montrose Ruby', Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice', Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum', Phacelia bipinnatifida and dozens more!
White Anemone sylvestris (the "snowdrop anemone") are beautifully dotted around this area. All of these plants together create a patchwork effect under the oak: Heuchera 'Montrose Ruby', Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice', Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum', Phacelia bipinnatifida and dozens more!
Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple' blooming along the sidewalk with some small-leaved, chartreuse Hosta 'Emerald Tiara'.
Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple' blooming along the sidewalk with some small-leaved, chartreuse Hosta 'Emerald Tiara'.
White Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum' with Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple' and a double green Helleborus hybrid by the walk.
White Epimedium x youngianum 'Niveum' with Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple' and a double green Helleborus hybrid by the walk.
The venerable oak tree, Quercus x saulii, gives a cathedral canopy to this area.
The venerable oak tree, Quercus x saulii, gives a cathedral canopy to this area.
Paeonia emodi, or Himalayan peony, naturally grows in the Himalayan mountains. Here in the Oak Bed, it has a much more comfortable setting, surrounded by Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple', Hosta 'Emerald Tiara' and Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa aureola).
Paeonia emodi, or Himalayan peony, naturally grows in the Himalayan mountains. Here in the Oak Bed, it has a much more comfortable setting, surrounded by Phlox stolonifera 'Sherwood Purple', Hosta 'Emerald Tiara' and Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa aureola).
Oh, to look out such a balcony upon such a scene! Or just to sit here for an afternoon tea... swoon.
Oh, to look out such a balcony upon such a scene! Or just to sit here for an afternoon tea... swoon.
The young seedling shoots of the oak added delicate tinges of copper throughout the sea of purple and white.
The young seedling shoots of the oak added delicate tinges of copper throughout the sea of purple and white.

A view of the Oak Bed from the west side of the house. Pink chairs on top of the hill invite visitors to enjoy the lookout.
A view of the Oak Bed from the west side of the house. Pink chairs on top of the hill invite visitors to enjoy the lookout.
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ all in bloom with forget-me-nots (Myosotis), spring snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum) and Helleborus hybrids in various shades. A patchwork of spring indeed.
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ all in bloom with forget-me-nots (Myosotis), spring snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum) and Helleborus hybrids in various shades. A patchwork of spring indeed.

While researching for these articles, I came upon the complete plant lists for the entrance gardens. It can be viewed as a PDF from Chanticleer: Tea Cup and Entry Gardens Plant List 2012


See more of the Chanticleer Series on WMG!

    16 comments:

    1. What an outstanding spring garden! So many blooms and combinations!!! Stunning! Beautiful pictures lady!

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      1. Thanks Nicole! It was such a beautiful time to visit. We are looking forward to another visit this year!
        ~Julie

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    2. Oh, what beautiful colors! I love the blues and purples mixed in with the whites. So fresh and sweet. I can't wait for April to come around again!

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    3. Wow, what a lovely Oak Bed, a beautiful mixture of spring colours. I think it is not so easy to make such a beautiful united carpet of springflowers.
      Very nice you have met your virtual friends and visited this garden together.

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    4. Really lovely! The golden tulips especially. Also I love the white epimedium, though I am not very fond of epimedium in general. The white anemone and that cute little white peony also.

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      1. Thanks Jason! So surprised to hear that you do not like epimediums... what is not to like?
        I am definitely a shade plant love though. Glad you have enjoyed the series - epimedium or no epimedium. :)
        ~Julie

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    5. Oh gosh, that place is so pretty! I am going there in my mind...as we await another major snowstorm on the 4th of March. Patience, patience... ;-)

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    6. How beautiful! I love Chanticleer

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    7. Hi Julie! These pictures got me very excited because in a week I will be going to Cahnticleer to volunteer for a week. I won't quite get the April show, but I am sure to experience much more springtime there than here! Thanks for these pictures, there are beautiful.
      -Helen

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      1. Helen,
        That will be really fun - And nice to have one of your friends there to work with too! I wish I could come work with you all!!! I am impatiently waiting for our snow to go away for good.
        Glad you enjoyed the pics.
        ~Julie

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    8. I may never have the opportunity to visit Chanticleer in person. Thank you for letting me see it through your eyes.

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      1. So pleased to be of help to you, Ricki! It is a beautiful place!
        ~Julie

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    9. That is a stunning garden...just great!

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    10. I can't get over what a thing of beauty that oak bed is.

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    11. Julie these are gorgeous...at first I thought the pictures were your lovely garden beds...they are as beautiful as those at Chanticleer.

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