When Governor Brewster lived here at the Brewster Inn in Dexter Maine, he had lilacs all around the property line. When he died, the lilacs were killed off by all the trees that started growing over a period of time. In September 2010 once we had cut down a large amount of trees, we decided to start replanting the lilac hedgerows. No small task considering the size of property we have. We planted the first 24 bushes using 7 different varieties making sure that there was a sequence of different colours all along.
After a month of watering and a hard winter, we waited… and waited… and waited for signs of life and sure enough buds started appearing about 2 weeks ago. Today i took a couple of photos to show their progress and it looks like in the next 2 weeks we will get lilac smell and colour! This is especially exciting as so many guests to the Brewster Inn have commented on the lilac smell all around when they used to live here in Dexter Maine.
The varieties planted are
Beauty of Moscow
Mine have got a little way to go yet but all being well we should get some great colours and lilac smells this year before planting approx another 33 bushes at the same time this year that will cover along the back of our property.
Next post will be all about why the mechanical digger was in the garden today digging holes.
The Brewster Inn had some great national press coverage this week letting the readers of Birds and Blooms magazine know all about the gardens here in Dexter Maine. I’ve linked to the whole article here where we’re the only B&B from Maine shown!
The part where it says “Mark promises a free stay to any guest willing to turn a part of the gardens into something truly special” i just want to add what that actually means. I’ve had a few guests who have all commented just how quiet our gardens are and how great it would be to have a meditation garden within it, so i told each of them that if they designed it and wanted to come and do the work, i would give them a free stay to accomplish that. That offer still stands to someone thats up for the challenge. We’d obviously need to approve the design and dates for doing the project and would be happy to pay for the materials, all you have to do is get here and build your design and for doing that, you get a free stay!
The Brewster Inn gardens will be complete this year with some big additions inc about another 30 lilac bushes around the outer edge of the property to compliment the 24 planted in 2010, Windswept Gardens of Bangor will be adding all the “bits” to make the original fountain and pond work again as well as adding plants to the pond. I’ve always wanted to see lilly pads in the pond so the frogs we get each year can sit on them.
Also we’re finishing the flower borders this year adding about 3 more large ones around the front and back garden. One of them at the back of the property will be a large one to match one we did last year and will be a real focal point and great photo opportunity once we get the fountain back in there as the centrepiece.
We also need to crush all the slate that we took off the roof last year and use that for more landscaping around the garden which will become pathways and also will define the outer edge of all our flower borders.
Then finally in Sep when all this work is completed we will get the whole lawn reseeded using the Turf Doctor who come highly reccomended as the company to make the lawn look amazing again.
So much going on here at the Brewster Inn in Dexter Maine