Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A White Garden on Capitol Hill
The guys that own this house a few blocks from mine are heavily into white flowers. They must have been riddled with questions as they felt the need to hang a note of explanation on the front gate.
This touch of country in the city is wonderfully blousy and particularly cool and calming given this blistering spring and summer.
The flower mix is simple enough: great sprays of white clematis with faces the size of salad plates tumble together with white roses over the black wrought iron fencing, then frolic their way through the border greenery with Dusty Miller providing a silvery accent.
Pots of white impatiens stationed along the walk can be moved here and there to fill in the inevitable gaps left by an August vacation.
There were white peonys in the spring.
At night, there's a soft glow from the lamp posts along the brick sidewalk and the twinkle of little white lights in the tree beside the front door.