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Pam’s English Cottage Backyard: Innisfree Backyard

“I’ll come up and go now, and go to Innisfree”

— W.B. Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (1888)

On a cool, cloudy, October day, Duane and I visited lovely Innisfree Backyard at Millbrook, NY. We had been on our approach residence from a quick get-away to New England–a great journey with Innisfree as the proper climax. This was the personal backyard of artist Walter Beck and his spouse heiress Marion Burt Beck. They collaborated with panorama architect Lester Collins to create a backyard with an Asian affect exemplified by the weather of water, stones, bridges, and vegetation. Walter Beck named the backyard Innisfree after the island in an Irish loch immortalized by the poet, W.B. Yeats. From the second we entered the grounds, we had been in love with this serene place.

As we approached the backyard, we drove via a gate subsequent to a beautiful stone constructing; then traveled down an extended, slim, winding lane

Alongside the best way we handed a small lake the place Duane noticed turtles sunning themselves on a log. He took this image of them.

The centerpiece of Innisfree is the gorgeous Tyrrel Lake, 40 acres in measurement. Water is pumped from this deep glacial lake right into a hillside reservoir to feed the backyard’s water options.

I took photos of the lake from a number of spots as we went round it. Each view is gorgeous.


There are bathroom gardens full of water lilies. I’d like to see them when the vegetation are blooming. The second we noticed had lotus that should be gorgeous in bloom.

Bathroom Gardens. You’ll be able to see the leaves of lotus within the image on the precise.

As we walked beneath a pointy, vertical cliff, we noticed mist rising above–small waterfalls flowed down the sheer cliff wall. The Mist Waterfall is without doubt one of the most dramatic sights at Innisfree. It appears to be like very pure however its creation required a particularly elaborate development.

The Mist Waterfall

A few of the vegetation embrace, on the precise, foxglove and columbine. The sunshine inexperienced foliage on the left is primula.

Lip Rock Waterfall

We climbed the Stone Steps by Tiptoe Rock then I rested close to the Stone Slab Bridge

I consider that is the Water Sculpture with the Hillside Cave on the prime
5 pear bushes within the Meadow with one vertical rock
On the sting of the Meadow, bees had been visiting Joe Pye
One of many terraces with swimming pools and streams

 There are various magnificent bushes at Innisfree together with ginko, hemlock, and pine.

At first I believed this was a daybreak redwood however its root’s ‘knees’ present that it’s a bald cypress. I want my daybreak redwood developed knees. Duane stated that if it did he would paint faces on them.

I’ve proven just a few of the areas we visited. Innisfree is a big backyard (185 acres) that feels very open but supplies
intimate spots referred to as cup gardens. I really feel that we have to make a number of
visits to assimilate all of it. It did not assist that I wasn’t sporting
strolling shoes–this was a spur-of-the-moment go to. Most undoubtedly we’ll  return–I’ve to see Innisfree when the flowers are blooming.

Again at Astolat Gardens, my very own pricey enterprise, we now have had extra nasty storms with at the least 5 inches of rain, plus very excessive winds. There has not been a frost but however one is imminent. I plan to start out placing the backyard to mattress over the approaching week–never this late earlier than.  

The Serenity Backyard from the backyard room window. The asters had been flattened by the storms and the flagpole lies on the grass. The golden leaves of hosta and climbing hydrangea are fairly however wont be right here for much longer.


I introduced the houseplants inside. I positioned a few of them within the French window going through west and a few within the south-facing dining-room window.

The cactus on the precise had quintuplets this summer–see beneath
Have a look at the 5 child cacti.
A final view of the pond and herbaceous border earlier than leaves fall and we put it to mattress.

Fall arrived at Astolat eventually

Though this posting shouldn’t be a full evaluate of my October backyard, I’m nonetheless linking with Sarah, Down by the Sea, in Dorset, England for her Via the Backyard Gate meme. To see my October blooms, please click on HERE.

I am unable to consider tomorrow would be the first day of November–this yr is passing quicker than another. They are saying the years go faster as you get older–well, that appears true since I’m now an octogenarian. Thanks pricey associates for the birthday needs. My great husband and kids gave me a shock social gathering that I’ll always remember. It’s gardening that retains me young–I like to recommend it.

Have an ideal November!


Pamela x


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