Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Chanticleer's Gravel Garden in Spring

Warm spring display at Chanticleer's Gravel Garden
Warm spring display at Chanticleer's Gravel Garden
More beautiful April views from Chanticleer this week at WMG. I hope you are not tired of it yet! There were just so many pretty flowers out to play in the spring sunshine last year, and I cannot bear to leave these photos sit on just my computer any longer. :)

These photos show just a small, upper section of the Gravel garden. The entire Gravel garden  encompasses quite a large area at Chanticleer as you descend to the ponds. After the lush woodland, this is a sunnier spot all in orange, red and white. The blue grass foliage adds depth to this basically warm floral palette.


The golden foliage and red seeds on this Japanese maple, Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki', is a great way to open the color scheme for this gravel garden.
The golden foliage and red seeds on this Japanese maple, Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki', is a great way to open the color scheme for this gravel garden.
 White Tulip 'Triumphator' is an excellent tulip to add some light to a warm-toned spring planting. Behind it are Aquilegias and Geums ablaze for the spring!
 White Tulip 'Triumphator' is an excellent tulip to add some light to a warm-toned spring planting. Behind it are Aquilegias and Geums ablaze for the spring!
If you are looking for this garden, it is in the upper part of the Gravel Garden. When you peek over the white tulips (above photo) you can see down the gravel slope to the wisteria-covered pergola. (More on that soon!)
If you are looking for this garden, it is in the upper part of the Gravel Garden. When you peek over the white tulips (above photo) you can see down the gravel slope to the wisteria-covered pergola. (More on that soon!)
Punches of orange are just the thing here... California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and hardy Geums. Sedums galore on the rock wall, and a Beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris) just coming in bloom too !
Punches of orange are just the thing here... California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and hardy Geum (Geum 'Starkers Magnificum'). Sedums galore on the rock wall, and a Beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris) just coming in bloom too !
Clumps of blue fescue (Festuca) add a color contrast for the orange.
Clumps of blue fescue (Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue') add a color contrast for the orange.
Hope you are surviving the last days of winter in your area of the Northern Hemisphere. The first day of spring is fast approaching!


See more of the Chanticleer Series on WMG!

13 comments:

  1. Who could get tired of this beautiful place. Warm weather giving way to winter for a short time and then spring will be fully here....the daff greenery that was peeking up just a few days ago is now sporting buds.

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    1. Thanks Donna! I have about five more posts... hope I can get them done before planting season!
      ~Julie

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  2. Love the California Poppies and Columbine. What a beautiful place.

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  3. I think I'll be running out of adjectives to describe Chanticleer very soon! Heavenly!

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    1. Thanks Angie! It is quite a beautiful place. I am looking forward to taking my family back there this spring!
      ~Julie

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  4. Amazing what can grow in gravel. I love the hot colors in this garden. And you're right-the japanese maple is the perefct accent.

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    1. It really makes the scheme in spring, I think :) I bet the gardeners used it for inspiration for their perennial planting in this area.
      ~julie

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  5. How could we possibly get tired from seeing your awesome photos Julie? I am so glad you are sharing them. I am dying to visit this garden now. The photographs are so wonderful. Thank you for sharing them. You do such a great job with your blog.
    Susan

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    1. That means a lot coming from you, Susan! Thank you for your encouraging words. :)
      ~Julie

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  6. Hello Julie! :)
    I loved the Chanticleer serie! :) Thanks again for sharing! I just placed a link on my blog :)
    Wish you all a blessed week,

    Noemi

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    1. Thanks Noemi! Very sweet of you. I hope WMG readers will take a look at your wonderful blog as well!
      http://mercurellis.blogspot.com/2013/03/chanticleer-garden-pennsylvania.html
      ~Julie

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  7. Your yard is just so pretty! I am ready for winter to be over!! Nancy http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

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