Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chanticleer House in Spring

My visit to Chanticleer House & Gardens in April.
Welcome to the end of my Chanticleer series! It has been nice to finally post these photos from my visit last April with my garden blogging friends, Pam and Carolyn. Chanticleer is a beautiful garden throughout, and it was a very enjoyable visit. Keep and eye open for roosters statues (like on the pillar above), as chanticleer is french for rooster.

If you are interested in reading more about Chanticleer, I recommend looking at their book that was new out last year, Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden by Adrian Higgins. For me, the real thrill of this book was the beautiful garden photography by Rob Cardillo. His photos cover many seasons of the romantic garden, and there is a bit of information for the plant and garden history lovers as well.

So here we are, at Chanticleer house...


In the West Bed, waves of tulips and potted cycads take center-stage in April.
White, dark red, and pink & white tulips are combined for a beautiful spring display!
 This pool house, covered in climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) would be a nice place to rest in the heat of summer.
The terrace on Chanticleer house looks out on the Croquet lawn.
Seating on the terrace, and everywhere at Chanticleer, invites you to take a rest and enjoy the view!
A row of pots along the terrace are filled with brilliant green curly parsley and purple-flowered Erysimum linifolium ‘Variegatum’.
This stone path brings you down from the side of the house towards its proper frontage. These pink tulips with white edges work work perfectly to combine the colors of the white-flowering trees and the purple Heuchera and barberry foliage.
A large section of pink tree peonies bloom around the corner of the house.
This side of the house is called the "Overlook", as it does provide a view of many different areas of the garden at once.
Once you follow the stone walkway, you find the Gravel Forecourt. Blue-glazed containers planted with magenta and cream Stock (Mattiola incana) and vivid blue Cineraria (Pericallis 'Senetti Deep Blue') stand at the center.
It is easy to imagine the Rosengarten's receiving their guests in this forecourt. It is grand but still welcoming because of the shorter plantings surrounding the door, which give it a more human scale.
It is still welcoming for visitors today! But now, there are even more acres to explore than in the old days - currently 35 acres.
Chanticleer gate with another pair of roosters.
Blue lawn chairs coordinate with the blue grape hyacinths in the grass beside this outbuilding.
Blue Muscari armenicum in the grass on the east-side of Chanticleer house.

Read the rest of the Chanticleer Series on WMG

Thanks for coming along for the tour.
I hope you will get to visit Chanticleer in person someday!
~Julie

12 comments:

  1. What a thoroughly enjoyable series it has been!
    A credit to all who contribute towards these gardens - I truly feel like I've visited in person through reading your blog. Thank you.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Angie! Thank you for all of your nice comments along the way... they helped me to keep looking for time to get these post done :) It was fun to share it!
      ~Julie

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  2. You captured the beauty and romantic atmosphere of Chanticleer beautifully, Julie. Thank you for this lovely series that brought back happy memories! P. x

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    1. Thanks Pam! It was wonderful to spend that time with you all! I hope we might do it again someday. :)
      ~Julie

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  3. What an AMAZING garden... thanks so much for sharing your tour with us! I really love the unusual color combinations throughout this garden. Especially love the deep red tulips with the brighter red - stunning.

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  4. Did I tell you that I ordered that book after reading your posts? And Cardillo's photos are amazing, but there aren't nearly enough of them to do the garden justice :-) So yours are greatly appreciated.

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  5. Plants everywhere! But the gates are what I like best. It would be worth having a large house specially to have ones like it at the end of the drive.

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  6. Love those grape hyacinths growing in the grass! And those containers, wow!

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  7. Perfect muscari and that gate is lovely but you would find me forever on that terrace.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the series Julie!:) Your photos were amazing and really captured the beauty around you.:) I especially love the tulips in this post!:) so pretty!

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  9. Hi there. I just bumped into your blog via 'All about my Garden'. Lovely lovely photos you have. I was looking through the list of gardens you want to visit (I have a similar list). I live in the England and spend a lot of time tripping around gardens, which I've started putting in an online diary, so you might be able to visit the UK gardens virutally via me: http://visitinghousesandgardens.wordpress.com/
    All the best,

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  10. Too bad linifolium Erysimum 'Variegatum is frost susceptible.
    Erysimum of these planters and parsley are lovely!
    I do not like tulips .. which, for me, a little too colorful

    thank you for the wonderfull reportage

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