Cooler fall temperatures have finally decided to grace us. It has been a warm and humid summer and the central a.c. has been running constantly. It is so nice to be able to have all the windows open and a bit of a chill in the air. You have to look hard to see any leaves turning yet, but if you look closely they are there and fall is definitely on her way!
I wanted to show you the barn terrace this year. It also helps me to document what I did (planting wise) from year to year.
Last year we added the outdoor wicker club chairs. We loved them so much that this year we added matching ottomans which really kicked up the comfort level since we spend so much time here in the spring, summer and fall. The can see how the grey cabana stripe pillows are a carry-through from the pillows in the summer barn room HERE.
I used peach verbena in the stone wall iron discs, and mixed them in with other plantings throughout the terrace. I love the color and that they bloom all summer.
Antique zinc dovecote and iron fence piece outside the south barn room french door. Antique iron urns and white-pained concrete finials flank both french doors on either side of the fireplace chimney.
This year I placed ferns in the two corner jardinieres. I have loved them and will definitely do them again next year. They were marked Kimberly Queens, but I believe they are actually Macho ferns, which were a favorite of ours when we lived in Dallas.
My photog assistants for this shoot :) Magnolia (on the left) and Louise. Ella had grown bored with the project and wanted to go inside!
Door to the kitchen mudroom. Boxwoods are overwintered in the basement.
I was expecting the verbena to be more orangey, but love how the color ended up matching the antique oil pots.
View to the back meadow.
Rosemary was planted in the large white jardiniere. It's lovely to have the scent of the rosemary when sitting on the terrace. Francee hostas in Italian terracotta pots. I've had the black umbrella for a good 16/17 years now. Small votive candle holders hang off cup hooks under the umbrella canopy. Japanese fishing floats are scattered around the terrace pea gravel (small white ball is marble.)
All this picture needs is a cocktail and three puppies to truly tell the story of evenings on the terrace ;)
Hope you have had a wonderful summer and are ready for the arrival of fall. It is, of course, the most beautiful season here- along with winter, spring and summer!!! :)
Happy fall !
To view posts of the summer terrace over the years click HERE