January 09, 2024
Each time I go to Chanticleer’s Gravel Backyard, I get a well-known feeling. Many vegetation we develop in Central Texas seem on this Pennsylvania dry backyard, and it’s enjoyable to see them in a brand new context. Though the backyard bristles with yuccas, agaves, and cactus and sways with grasses and ethereal perennials, the backdrop of tall timber and plush gardens exhibits that it’s located in a most un-Texas panorama.
That is Half 7 of my go to to Chanticleer in the course of the Philadelphia Space Fling final September.
From the Pond Backyard, a slim gravel observe winds up a steep slope by way of meadowy plantings.
Wanting again on the ponds beneath
In late September, the autumn perennials have been in full flower, alongside maples beginning to flip.
Pines — not one thing you’d see in Central Texas
However Yucca rostrata? Oh yeah! How shocking to see it rising on a Pennsylvania hillside, no?
A dwelling bouquet at my ft
A tucked-away seating space within the Gravel Backyard
View from the benches
A pruned-up agave, which has little doubt been moved indoors for the winter.
Stone steps result in a bench alongside one aspect of the hilly backyard.
Past the bench, Minder Woods affords a shady woodland backyard to discover. However let’s soak up extra of the sunny Gravel Backyard.
So fairly with diaphanous grasses and bobblehead yuccas and meadowy perennials throughout
A vine-shaded arbor curves alongside the sting of the hillside, overlooking the ponds and different gardens.
A tall boxed cactus stands out amid low flowering vegetation.
And mouse-eared prickly pear
Looking forward to the Break Backyard — subsequent put up!
These cone-like seedpods charmed me. They appear like little chocolate roses.
Gulf muhly and eryngium gone to seed, together with glowing white flowers
One other look
Russian sage and that cactus
Past, I spy Chanticleer’s well-known stone-sofa front room.
As I discussed earlier on this collection, I visited Chanticleer twice on this journey, as soon as earlier than the Fling started and once more throughout a day soiree Chanticleer hosted for us. Drink tables and a bar have been arrange simply past a stone armchair.
Angie Lueschen (Minnesota) discovered a snug spot on the stone couch. Discover the stone distant perched on the couch arm.
Angie was joined by Natalie Carmolli (Michigan), Margo Rabb (Pennsylvania), and Amy Ellsworth DeWald of Decolonize the Backyard (Maryland) — all new Flingers, I consider, besides Natalie. It was nice to fulfill them!
Margo launched me to Joe Henderson, one in all Chanticleer’s extremely artistic horticulturists.
Looming within the background, the half-shrouded Break calls to you with open doorways and home windows. Let’s discover that subsequent time.
Up subsequent: The fairy story Break Backyard at Chanticleer. For a glance again at Chanticleer’s lush Pond Backyard, click on right here:
To examine my previous visits to Chanticleer’s Gravel Backyard, observe these hyperlinks:
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