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Belfast Garden Tour #1

June 21st, 2014

Yesterday morning I attended the first in the garden tour series put on by my local garden club. It was the Wolfe-Cunning Garden on the outskirts of town. The lady we purchased our house from was manning the booth at the garden, so we had a chat to catch up on what was going on in each of our lives. The garden was great. It’s always nice to see a real life garden, not one in a magazine that has been staged and manicured. Sometimes seeing real life gardens make us realize that our gardens are truly wonderful as well.
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This garden is lovely, simple and lovely. There’s lots of mulch and lots of native plants. You can see that they are keen a little human cultivation but allowing nature do it’s thing. Sometimes that’s a hard balance to find as a gardener. I won’t go into too much detail about the garden, the photos speak better than it do. There are a lot of them, so get a cup of tea and enjoy a tour of this lovely garden in midcoast Maine.
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So what do you think of the Wolfe-Cunnin Garden?

9 Comments to “Belfast Garden Tour #1”
  1. Marina on June 21, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Lovely garden!
    Love the stone walls, the willow fences and twig structures, the ingenious use of natural materials.
    That is lot of straw mulch that garden… Hopefully they do not have to buy it!
    The mulch is so rewarding to the tidy gardener. Less weeding, less competition for nutrients, and better moisture retention… All good.
    This year, I realized that my tall grasses from last fall’s clean up are excellent mulch for the asparagus beds, and so easy lay down between the rows!
    I very much want to have a neat water feature some day. Until then, that bubbling urn is very tempting… I wonder if it was solar?
    Thank you, Susy, for the tour.
    Happy gardening!

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    • Susy on June 21, 2014 at 8:38 am

      It is a lot of mulch, I was thinking the same thing myself. I too have a few stands of grass that I cut for mulch, I’m thinking I need to add a few more for this very reason – such a money saver when you can make it yourself.

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  2. Jennifer Fisk on June 21, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Beautiful. I’ve never heard of it but would love to see it next year.

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  3. Rhonda on June 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I absolutely love the wattle bridge/arch. Very creative!

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  4. bonnie knox on June 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I was taken by the twig planter. Very creative.
    The neat white flower in the pot on the stone wall is so pretty! Lots of lovely ideas.

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  5. Chris on June 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I loved all the “twiggy” structures and their stone wall! I love natural materials in a garden! It makes it look…well…more natural! :)

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  6. Trish on June 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Susy – have you been to visit Helen and Scott Nearing’s place? I loved seeing their walled garden – incredible that they built the wall themselves.

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  7. Nebraska Dave on June 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Susy, Belfast garden would be a great place to contemplate the joys and woes of life, don’t you think. I find that when I’m in a garden like Belfast life sort goes on hold while I enjoy the best that nature has to offer. My back yard garden is ok but Terra Nova Garden where garden and nature blend together is the best. Little nooks and crannies where wild life peek out to see if the gardener is present is precious and when sitting quietly one or two critters may be brave enough to wander out for a closer look. Nature never seems to be in a hurry unless they are in survival mode trying not to be dinner for some thing higher up the food chain. Quite frankly I like the gardens better that are not the manicured perfectly weedless kind. None of my gardens have ever been magazine perfect weedless. The woods around Terra Nova Gardens is wild and filled with shade loving plants along with many wild life trails. Mulch for Terra Nova Gardens is as you well know fall yard waste from my urban neighborhood.

    Have a great day in the garden.

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  8. Lorna on June 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I love the wattle fence and structures! I’m slowly creating a four-square kitchen garden on my former front lawn and would love to incorporate wattle fencing–I might just have to start practicing.
    I wonder, do you know if the heavily mulched areas were instead HK beds? A friend of mine has several hugelkultur beds and they look very similar to the pictures you posted. That is also on my list of things to try!

    Thank you for sharing.

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