Last weekend, the Garden Conservancy held an open garden day in the Boston Area. There were two gardens on the tour and after visiting them both, I have so much to share about each of them with you. I need to get my images organized for more posts, but first I wanted to show you my favorite idea and images of the day.
The Clock Barn Farm and garden in Carlisle, MA was truly one of the best gardens I have ever seen. It was a place that made me both completely envious and inspired to create the same feel at my own home. The site was truly a haven for a gentleman (person) farmer-gardener.
The Drying barn was my favorite place. The drying racks (tilted presumably for better drying) were filled with statice, celosia, baby’s breath and other dried flower and seeds. Standing in this barn surrounded by all the rustic implements of of a good and long standing gardener and the harvested fruits of the labor — really could turn anyone into a farmer.
All sorts of garden fertilizers, feed and seed, were stored in these aluminum garbage pales. In my own barn I use recycled cat litter containers that I have painted brown so as to not be so ugly, but I have to say, while I love my recycled boxes, there is something about the beauty of aluminum against the patine of an old barn that is so charming and pretty, that I already bought two small cans today at my local hardware store.
This antique seed drying rack was full of bits of flowers and plants waiting for next year.
My own barn has a dirt floor and I had thought I would have a concrete pad poured to clean it up, but now I think that would be simply blasphemous – it really needs a wood floor. I am not sure how to go about this…adding a floor that is….but I just want nothing more than to re-create the ambiance of this barn at my own home.