I love a garden on a cloudy day. Maybe it’s the atmospheric look of mist drifting over dark green foliage, or droplets of rain, like little crystals, clinging to a leaf. Or maybe it’s the soft light that mutes the bright colors of the flowers while bringing out the subtle shades of green and delicate, prickly textures of the leaves and stems. Forgive my waxing poetic, but gardens are definitely better on a cloudy day. And if there’s a chance of rain, well then, you’re really just going to have to wait until tomorrow to weed. There’s always that.
The garden in question is beautiful. Enchanting, charming and lush. Regrettably, that does not describe my garden, but a lovely nursery and display garden I visited recently, tucked away in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, called Perennial Pleasures.
It’s a little slice of paradise – beautiful perennial display gardens, tea garden, herb gardens and greenhouse are all available for wandering. They serve a classic english cream tea outside in the tea garden or in their small conservatory- with scones and really good cucumber sandwiches (and not the soft floppy kind) -these are made with horseradish, mint and nice, crisp cukes. It reminded me just how much I love the pinkies-up custom of cream tea and scones. If wine were involved it would be perfect. Just kidding.
You can buy perennials, annuals, herbs, shrubs, small trees and garden ornaments among other things. They specialize in Vermont-grown heirloom plants and have a special collection of phlox. In fact, they host a “Phlox-Fest” in early August, so if you’re a “Phlox-Fan”, you can see hundreds of phlox in bloom. Here’s the contact if you want to check it out- Perennial pleasures
If there’s anything better than a beautiful garden on a misty day, it would be visiting that garden with friends, (especially ones that can name all the plants in Latin..) having tea, and then stuffing the trunk full of plants and driving home together in the rain. Perfect day.
Here’s my photo-journey through the gardens.