Inspiration from Blithewold

I came away from a recent trip to Newport with ideas swirling around in my brain so fast I could hardly keep up with them and I definitely got some serious inspiration from Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum.

The mansion today was built after a disastrous fire in 1906 claimed the original…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

At the outset of our tour the perfectly groomed beds had my attention.  In particular, I noticed the attractive mulch they were using…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

see how pretty it is – the color of roasted coffee beans – and so subtle…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Buckwheat hulls!

Well, you know that I got to looking around and found some in Waterville, Maine!  Ordered that right up!

here is how it looks in my garden…

buckwheat hull mulch

it is light as a feather, keeps moisture in and weeds out…

buckwheat hull mulch

I love the color and it can be incorporated into the soil as you add dirt or plants…

buckwheat hull mulch

back to the inspiration point…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

You enter the property through the Rose Garden and pass through the Moon Gate…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

and on to the Great Lawn…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

there are specimen trees throughout the property…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

the Bosquet, woodland garden, provides a cool spot during the summer months where it is notably ten degrees cooler than the rest of the garden…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

summer house where the family enjoyed afternoon tea…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Shrub Walk leads to beautiful Bay view…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

I loved the retaining wall in the Sunken Garden…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

and the trellis in the morning room…

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

Talk about inspiration – I could go on and on about Blithewold!

all of us here OPP hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful weekend…

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