Saturday, August 09, 2014

Casa Tipton-Kelly Garden Tour August 2014

By popular demand, here is the complete video tour of the floral extravaganza that is Casa Tipton-Kelly.  Actually, one blogger suggested that I post such a video but you know me, I jump on any opportunity to show off our wonderful home here on the coastal plain of southern Delaware.

We live on a lot that is just under an acre.  We are surrounded on both sides by wonderful neighbors and across the street by another wonderful neighbor.  He live in a development called Covington Chase, a grouping of thirty-seven houses with 3/4 acre lots.  We purchased one of the bigger lots that is bordered by a farm field in the back and our aforementioned fantastic neighbors on either side.  I purposely was looking for a lot that did not border houses in the back.  Bill and I need that privacy in back of our house.  

Casa Tipton-Kelly August 2014

We moved here in November of 2006.  We had the house built from scratch.  We are the only ones who have lived in this house.  We also built out house in Pennsylvania from scratch, on a 6.875 lot.  We couldn't quite afford a "lot" that big here in Washington D.C.'s summertime capital, AKA "Gayberry" because of the large lesbian and gay man couple population.  Lots of us Old Gays down here folks.  

So enjoy the tour while I go and take a shower.  It's hot and humid this morning, a typical August day here on the Delmarva peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Chesapeake bay on the left.  We may be uncomfortable sometimes in these temperatures folks but the vegetation and flowers love it!  We do too.  Bill often sits on the back deck and just soaks in the colors and sounds of our wonderful, living back yard.  

Enjoy!

14 comments:

  1. having visited said house, the back deck IS a delight! no traffic noise, just bird sounds and the wind. pull up a comfy chair and a glass of lemonade and just relax.

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    1. Anne Marie,
      Yes you did visit Casa Tipton-Kelly. Three years ago. Many changes since then. Your observations are right on, so peaceful in here. That was the idea. I did a lot of looking before I found the perfect spot. Our place in Pennsylvania was isolated and beautiful. As I got older I didn't want to be as isolated in case I had a health emergency, which I did last year (kidney stones) and my neighbor accompanied me to the ER. Here, we have enough space to have private but we're not isolated. I love it!
      Ron

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  2. Anonymous2:28 PM

    Hi, Ron. Thank you SO MUCH for the tour! I LOVED IT! Not only does it show your love of your home and grounds, but I really enjoyed seeing all your plantings. I had no idea that the hummers liked salvia; I will pass that on to my parents. You are correct that they will dive bomb people! Freaks my nieces out! Which I guess I shouldn't laugh about, but they never hurt them (my nephew wants to shoot them, sadly). The bees/wasps are a different matter, and we have to be careful for stings. I really like your blog and hope you keep it up. Much love to you and Bill. ~~~ NB

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    1. NB,
      Glad you liked the video of "the grounds." I've always wanted to have a palette of flowers and shrubs in my very own backyard that I could experiment with and enjoy. Having lived in apartments for the first twenty-four years of my life, my goal was always to have my own plot of land that I could do with as I please. It took a long time and a lot of planning and continuing work but I do enjoy it so much. Almost as much (and sometimes more) than blogging!
      Ron

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  3. Anonymous2:56 PM

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I thoroughly enjoyed this video, thank you for posting. Some observations / questions:

    The hydrangeas are real showstoppers, I'd love to have them myself. I couldn't quite hear what you were calling them, though: PG hydrangeas? Can you clarify?

    Your alyssum has filled out nicely. I myself tried starting some alyssum from seeds this spring, and all I seem to have gotten are long, long stalks/ leaves. Started the seeds indoors in the Spring and transplanted them outside at the end of May. Only now have some of the white flowers blossomed but the stalks / leaves themselves are almost 9 inches. Oh well, it was an experiment.

    I love the little 'peephole' / entranceway at the back of your property that you showed at the end of the video. Gives a great view of your property and it's almost like a secret entrance.

    I see that Bill has repaired your mailbox after the unfortunate flyswatting, out-of-control driver smashup.

    I daresay you've invested as much financially into your landscaping as you have the actual house itself! :) Just a thought, if you ever decide to throw in the towel at the hotel perhaps the owner of the garden center where you shop would consider taking you on for a shift or two per week and hopefully he could offer you a discount when shopping there! Although I don't know how much manual labor / lifting would be involved in a job like that.

    Your hostas are beautiful. They're one of my favourite features in any garden.

    Everytime I see a gladiola it reminds me of Dame Edna.

    Thanks for the tour, Mr. Greenthumbs!

    "The Canuck"

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    1. The Canuck,
      So glad you liked the tour. The Pee Gee hydrangeas are one of my favorite shrubs. The official name is "Hydrangea paniculata 'Grandiflora'. Ironically this was a plant that I had not sought out. Years ago, at our Pennsylvania house, I received a "Pee Gee" stick (literally) in a mailing of fruit trees. I stuck the stick (I'm a poet and don't know it) at the corner of our house. That "stick" grew into a magnificent, lime green flowering shrub. The original fruit tress I ordered had long since died. Ever since then I've always loved the "Pee Gee". Nothing bothers it, you can cut it back or shape it into a tree. It blooms all summer long, doesn't need to be fed. It is just a wonderful plant. I love it.

      Alyssum is another one of my favorites. It will also bloom all summer without bother. In fact I just finished transplanting more about an hour ago. Hostas are another favorite, especially the variegated ones. I used to have a lot of them at our Pennsylvania house until the deer discovered they made a great salad treat for them.

      Ah yes, the gladiola, reminds me too of Dame Edna who I love! Possums!

      As for working part-time at a garden center, I had thought of it but couldn't do it. We have a "plant person" at the hotel where I work, Carrie. Coincidentally she is the same age as I am. She keeps the plantings at the hotel in tip top shape but she works hard. All that stooping over in hot and humid weather. I do almost all of my garden work in the late afternoon or early morning, never during the height of the heat and sun during the day. In fact I should be out there now (it's 6:53 PM right now) tidying up a bit but I'm keeping an eye on some potatoes I'm boiling on the stove for my potato salad.

      Glad you liked the tour Canuck and thanks for the suggestion.

      Ron

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  4. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, Ron, and your property is absolutely wonderful. I've seldom seen anything so beautifully maintained and delightfully landscaped. It's perfect. The flowers are all beautiful. The hydrangeas remind me of my childhood - - there were lots of them in my grandmother's yard.

    My main goal is to get out of Texas and live in a green place where I can grow things again. It's so depressing to live in a tumbleweed-infested wasteland.

    Thanks for your recent comment on my blog. The kitten is definitely a male, but his mother is a calico. She had a litter of five. Two were black, one was orange, one was calico, and this one is a rather odd, mixed color. He was the runt of the litter. I gave all of the other kittens away to good homes, and I kept this oe because of his extremely sweet personality.

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    1. Jon,
      I understand. I have to live in a part of the country where I can grow things. My father was like that too, he had to plant and grow. I too would be depressed if I lived in a part of the country where I couldn't grow things.

      Hydrangeas have also always reminded me of my childhood. I think my great aunt Grace had hydrangeas in her hard. Many of the plants and flowers I choose are because they bring back fond memories of my younger days.

      I'm looking forward to seeing the progress of Scruff growing up. I'm sure he will be a loving companion to you. Oh how I wish I could have a cat but Bill won't hear of it, maybe someday I'll have the opportunity to rescue a sweet creature like your Scruff and give it a loving home.

      Ron

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  5. Gorgeous house, beautiful grounds. This tour was fantastic! Thank you!

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    1. You're quite welcome Nadege! When I'm at Pa's place I'll take a video tour of his back yard. Should be much shorter (he has a small back yard) but just as delightful. Pat has an artist's eye.

      Ron

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  6. Well, if that's not idyllic I don't know what is! Quite taken my breath away, it has. I can't see how it could be improved on (apart from the presence of a few pussies roaming the grounds in complete safety - but you don't want to hear that.) It's the kind of place one would want to spend a lifetime in, never leaving. Why would one want to? So pleased that you've got somewhere like this to treasure and linger out a hopefully very long sunset. I'm feeling ever so envious, yet so happy for the two of you.

    I'd never have the inclination to do any work on it myself. Can just see one hiring a small gang of personally-chosen beefcakes to come round weekly to give the lands a tidy and a trim (working topless in Summer, of course - when even bottomless would be permitted!)

    Lovely, Ron. I'm lost for more words.........

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    1. Ray,
      Our little oasis backyard is indeed idyllic. I would love to have a few "pussies" roaming around the backyard (which would take care of the baby birds) but Bill won't have it. More's the pity. I'm always working to improve our little Garden of Eden. I tried hiring one of those "personally -chosen beefcakes" once to edge our backyard but his price was way too high for me. Now I use my Mexican immigrant (I'm assuming he's an immigrant and not an illegal) Miguel. He's not my type but he does a helluva job. Next job for him is trimming my holly bushes, which should be interesting because they are approaching seven feet in height and poor Miguel is only about 5'3". That "beefcake" that I almost hired a couple of years ago was a good six feet, but as I say, his price was out of my budget range. Many of my neighbors also use Miguel and his crew for occasional help in maintaining their landscaped backyards. I too need occasional help these days but I still do most of the work myself.
      Ron

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  7. Green things? Grass? Where are the cacti ?

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      We don't have cacti or scorpions here in the Diamond State. Mores the pity, or not.
      Ron

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