July 7, 2012, 12th Annual Garden Tour
The Tchinnis Garden
We moved to this house four years ago after having renovated our former home on Roe Boulevard and completely restoring the garden there. We hated leaving that garden but have undertaken the new challenge that this house presented! One of the things we loved right away was the way the trees created shadows on the lawn (or weed bed might be more correct).
There was really only the remains of a garden; the two large azaleas, a couple of lilac bushes, the very large PeeGee hydrangea near the front porch and the really huge Hicksa yew in front of the porch. We have weeded non stop since the weeds really felt that they had found a safe home! They keep coming back but we are finally getting ahead of them. Mulch and constant vigilance help.
The garden against the side of the house, which you see from the driveway, is all new planting, except for the aforementioned bushes. We really love the knockout roses which bloom all summer long into almost winter. We have tried to create an English garden which lends itself to the style of our house which is a Tudor /Arts and Crafts house. To the right of the back door is a really giant Weeping cherry tree. It only blooms for two weeks, but what a show when it does bloom! We think it must be original to this house which is over 90 years old. When we first moved in there was an existing patio made of cement paving stones. The area it covered was around ten feet in any direction. While cleaning up the property, John started uncovering more and more of the patio until it became the size you see today. It has become a very pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the garden and trees.
Our latest project is the garden around the dinghy behind the house. When we moved in there were three dinghies behind the shed so we thought it would be good to use one as a centerpiece for a garden.
We hope you have enjoyed your tour of our garden. It really is a work in progress and we mean to keep working on it as long as we can.
Happy gardening, Mary Ann and John
The Demaio Garden
I have lived in my house since 1972. In the early years I had all to do keeping the lawn cut.
When I retired in 2006 a friend talked me into planting a few hydrangeas and it all took off from there.
For the last few years I have lost my mind about the yard. I just keep adding, two hosta gardens, hydrangeas all over the place, knock out roses. I went to Lowes Garden Center once a week for their sale items. LOTS OF FUN !!!!!
A few years ago I hired a professional landscaper to maintain it all.
The Deede Garden
Welcome to my gardens. Enjoy a stroll around while being greeted by my “Kids and Critters”.
People are always asking me what got me started in creating all this beauty in our backyard. It’s an easy question to answer; I wanted to create a beautiful yard for my Mom to enjoy.
I always remember back to when we would take drives out East. Along the way my parents would admire the beautifully landscaped homes, creating my gardens has given Mom her own yard to admire and enjoy while only having to look out the window.
My “Dahlia Garden” was the first; riding around Patchogue one summer evening we noticed a house with umbrellas attached to polls behind a fence. The yard wasn’t much to look twice at but the umbrellas really caught our interest. After many rides by trying to figure out what it was all about I finally stopped and asked. The umbrellas were covering dahlias; the owner grew them for show and needed to keep any drop of water from damaging the petals. That was the start of my interest in dahlia’s but without the umbrellas. The dahlia garden was soon enclosed with the picket fence and arbor. The beds around the fence were next.
Each year a new garden has been added or extended; the original “Butterfly Garden” started as a small circle near the back fence; my first butterfly bush (one of 40) still stands there but has lost many branches to storms. This garden has been very much extended and now stretches from the pond to the cottage. At the time my vision for the extension was a bird sanctuary type garden but the whole yard is basically a bird and butterfly paradise. The bird houses around the yard have several “tenants” each year giving us much to watch and listen to. We also have a resident turtle named “Groovy” who roams the yard and a frog named “Rocket” who swims around with the fish in the pond.
The pond was incorporated into the yard by a gift from Mom; I wanted a statue I saw not realizing it was a fountain! Mom’s guess of a pond was right. That spring I dug the pond, Mom and I went on a scavenger hunt for the rocks around it; creating the pond was easy, keeping it clear, not always easy. I hope to renovate the pond this fall to make it bigger and shapelier.
The first island garden toward the west came about to better an area where the lawn never did well, at that time I named it the “Purple Garden”; everything in it was purple, It now has various colors and is much bigger. The center island garden is the “Rose Garden” but since I haven’t had much luck with roses there is more of everything else there. We call the east island “Donna’s Garden”. There was a beautiful red maple there that didn’t make it over the winter of 2009. Our dear friend Donna, with a little help from us, cut it down with her trusty little fold up saw, she was determined. Not wanting the stump in the lawn I dug up a new garden to hide it, of course this was no surprise to Mom.
My newest garden is the “Cottage Garden”. The old playhouse was knocked down in October 2010 to make way for my cute little cottage, I wasn’t sure what I wanted around the outside, I thought of various shrubs but as I got digging the vision of more colorful flowers with a walkway came to mind. It’s not yet quite the way I want it but in time that will change.
The very fragrant lavender around the patio makes it a very relaxing place to sit and look out at the all the color after a long day of gardening.
I hope you have enjoyed the gardens as much as I’ve enjoyed creating and showing them. I am proud to say I have dug them all and maintain them myself.
Thanks for visiting
The Silver Garden
We bought this house and property almost 7 years ago and since then we have poured our hearts and souls into creating a peaceful, tranquil setting.
Although it seemed like such an overwhelming task, we instinctively saw the property’s potential for a lush garden and wildlife sanctuary and set our sights on making our dream a reality.
It started with the razing of numerous dead and overgrown trees and shrubs that had robbed the property of its grand & stately appearance.
Next came the creation of our pond, which we chose to be the focal point of our garden.
We painstakingly dug out the pond and placed tons of rocks to create a natural, aquatic landscape. It continues to be a work in progress of trimming, pruning and primping, but one that we cherish to this day.
In an effort to preserve the history of our yard, we chose to retain a number of its core elements. Lily of the Valley, laced with tiger lilies, which adorn the northern perimeter of the pond, and yellow daisies, which border the driveway, are the link to the past beauty of this property. We then created a hedgerow of red azaleas on the south side of the house to introduce a dramatic color contrast and offer a hearty welcome to our quests. A beautiful Crepe Myrtle, planted in memory of my dad, sits atop the waterfall and produces beautiful red flowers late into the season.
Construction to the front yard made it necessary to remove the old, overgrown shrubs and trees which, upon removal, provided us with a blank canvas to create a more traditional, formal façade. With the help of our friend Tom from Daisy Gardens, our front yard was “reborn”.
All summer, we enjoy sitting around the pond, watching the fish and all of the beautiful wildlife it attracts to our yard. Darting dragonflies, numerous types of birds including hummingbirds, herons and egrets visit our pond frequently. Bird feeders, birdbath and birdhouses provide our feathered friends a reason to visit often and to stick around well past the summer month’s end.
We hope you enjoy visiting our gardens as much as we enjoyed creating them.
The Toplitz Garden
I bought my home in 1994. Never having a garden before, I waited a year to see what was growing, and to think about how I wanted to design it. Only some poppies, lavender, peonies, crabapples, and the large holly are what remain of the original property. The lot is laid out like a bowling alley and goes through the entire block to Chapel St.
My garden has become a creative and restive retreat for me. I hope you enjoy the tour of it.
The front fence, wheelbarrow on the porch, and the planters are annuals for continual color throughout the growing season. The remainder of the garden is evergreens and perennials. At the front porch there are mostly evergreens used for the foundation planting with some perennials for color.
Along the side of the house is a kitchen/ herb garden overlooking the sunken terrace. There are edible, medicinal, and ornamental herbs. Next are perennial beds filled with sun and shade plants. Yellow corydalis happily reseeds in the rock crevices as well as the feverfew, foxglove, and coneflower. There are seven different phlox, orange coneflowers, silver leafed huchera, four different sedums, a miniature balloon flower, and about 30 other plants in these beds.
Behind the garage is a two seater outhouse. Always a conversation piece!
The next room is the cottage and shade garden. One of the first flowers of the year to bloom is the hellebores, which open around February. There is a rare variegated leaf rhododendron, native NY ironweed, some of the seven different iris I have, the giant blue sieboldiana hosta, azaleas which bloom until the end of June, and an azalea which produces 3″- 4″ diameter flowers.
Behind the cottage are a Japanese red maple and some crabapples which attract Orioles every spring when they bloom. I left this area park like for low maintenance.
I decided to break up the property into “rooms” to make it more manageable and interesting. I also wanted privacy, four seasons of color, attract birds, and a cottage style to fit with the age of the home. The home was built in 1900 and was part of a huge dairy farm composed of 500 acres (so I have been told).