Salem Witch Day Lily and an Artists Retreat

The Salem Witch Day Lilies bloomed this past weekend.  Countdown to Fall has begun.

 I've  started the design on the artists retreat I am going to have built here.  The old gazebo will be taken down and these stones will be relaid as a patio for the building.  It will be built back in the space behind where the gazebo now stands. My goal is to have a charming little house in the woods to sit and read a book or listen to music. It is right next to the creek and it's very private.  It will have electricity in it and there is a full bathroom in the garage which is just up the path.

 Speaking of the path, we have to walk through a beech tunnel to get to the lower garden now.

 This is such a weird summer.  We have had tons of rain but in the last rain-free week, my perennials are wilting.  Look at my sad baptisia.  However, the weeds are growing like...weeds!  I have weeds I've never seen before.

 My hellebore's are still popping up all over the place. I want to transplant them but I am afraid they will pop back up where I dig them up.  Here they are growing in my pachysandra.

Hey Teddy...did you find any bad kitties.

Not yet mama...I'm still looking.

The fish were happy to get some food.

This garden is not doing too good.  The beans are reaching the top of the trellis but have not produced one bean.  No lima beans either. The celery is great as is the fennel and parsnips but the peppers and beets are a bust.

I have about a dozen apples on the espaliered tree. The one next to it has no apples at all.

A shady place to sit on the way back to the main house.


Jan said…
It sounds lovely...I cannot wait to see your beautiful space. Please post lots of pictures :)

The Salem Witch Lily is gorgeous!
Cottage Tails said…
droool your studio sounds wonderful!
Some years gardens just don't perform but there is always next year.
Anonymous said…
I want Your garden and thatb retreat sounds great!

Have You been too generous with fertilizer when it comes to the beans? They don't really need any and grow like h... and produce very little if one fertilize them.

My two big apple trees will give no apples at all this year but the seed sown I have and the crab apple tree will give some. Late frost destroyed most flowers.

Seems the thunder miussed us, so we have strong winds, 86F and the humidity is sinking. It's almost possible to move a little now :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Susan said…
What a wonderful idea - I had had a vaguely similar thought but, of course, mine involved a tent. Your retreat sounds so much better. It has been a very odd season, indeed. That lily is completely beautiful.
Jim said…
Ah summer! Who doesn't love this time of year. Your 'little get-away' house sounds lovely....perfect in fact!
We are lucky to get two apples and a few pears from their espeliered branches.
Is there a lack of bees in your area? Is that the problem?
Guillaume said…
I am no export so cannot tell from these pics that the garden is not doing good.

I love your artist's retreat. I'd love something like that here.
Sunnybrook Farm said…
Sounds like a neat plan, it will have a fall theme I assume.
Barb said…
Watching your little private place grow will be exciting!! Do you think it is the weather that has the garden inconsistent?
You have such a lovely piece of property and I love how you've organized it! I'm looking forward to your new project!
Patty Woodland said…
I'm sure it will be lovely. Our garden is behind this year too
Loli said…
Hello Teddy! Long time no see! How is your paw?
The Salem Witch daylily is new to me. I love daylilies and am going to add this variety to my shopping list. thank you for sharing
wendywoo said…
I see a lot of shade in your gardens... could it be that your vegetables are not getting enough sun?

Love that daylily!
That spot for the artist retreat looks picture perfect.