Leaving the Garden for a Moment


Last nights table with my wonderful variegated tulips in simple tin splatter ware.


So Hard to Leave the Garden in Full Bloom!

Normally I try not to leave Connecticut in May, June, and July because it is when my garden is at its best. Because  I spend late summer in Aspen, I have focused the Westbury garden on spring bulbs and early summer flowers. I still plant a few annuals(and I cannot bear to give up dahlias), but the burst of bloom is early on. Still, once in a while, something comes along that is so interesting or fun that I  (not without a sigh) say, “See you soon, flowers!” and kiss the pups goodbye. As I write this I am off to NYC to catch a plane for Rome with some friends to take a six day watercoloring class in Porto Ercole that has been organized by my talented friend Mita Corsini Bland. Mita is Italian and an accomplished watercolorist. If I can figure out how to use my iPad I will send a post or two from there. If not my friend, Frances Schultz, who has a wonderful blog, will probably be posting as she is very adept at this. I will not have my computer ( leaving that bothersome thing behind ) so I’m  just not certain what may happen with my transmissions from the olive groves.

After our week in Italy, Frances and I shall continue on to Paris where we will connect with Tom, her husband, and Simon, my dear friend, to meet up with other friends for a week of biking in the Loire Valley,  visiting gardens, houses, eating French food and drinking good wines along the way. What fun!  So you can understand why I was tempted to leave my garden this May.

As I raced around at 6:00 a.m. this morning I snapped some photos of Weatherstone as I left it. I hope you enjoy these quickly taken pictures. cr




Variegated tulips in all forms are my favorites. For a dinner in the country I added the last of the narcissus and sprigs of viburnum and crab apple blossoms.


The little bridge covered with wisteria


The bridge is just outside of my studio


Me trying to capture last-minute photos for my next book, with my ever faithful dog Lucky! Vicky took the photo of me taking photos


Not a very good photo of the shade garden, but the hostas, bleeding heart and primulas were wonderful!


A quick shot of the formal garden in bloom. You can see how the structure is in place, and the spring bloom is the ‘icing on the cake.’


The formal garden, here and in the next photos.  The moment I plan and plant for!


The Sargentina crabs and tulips.  The bench is the beautiful Chatsworth Chelsea Seat.


Love the purple and white Rembrandt tulips!


Happy Spring to you all!   . . . off to Italy to paint.



22 thoughts on “Leaving the Garden for a Moment

  1. OMG! Your gardens are so stunning and beautiful. Gorgeous place to take a quiet morning stroll. Love them!
    Thank you for the pictures.

    Marilyn C.

  2. Your photos really do brighten the day.Each one is glorious.
    Enjoy your trip.

  3. I know what you mean. My garden here in Vancouver is a spring and fall garden because I spend summers in England. But this is so fantastic that you get the opportunity to go away with friends and have a course where you will get information, camaraderie with like-minded people, and change of scenery and inspiration. I wish you the best and most wonderful time. (Take lots of pictures please) 🙂

  4. I mined your pictures for ideas to enhance my own garden in the Castle of Ourém in Portugal. I realize now that I have too many colors in my garden. You have taught me what a feast for the eyes a more disciplined pallette can provide. Thank you! Your garden is really, really wonderful.

  5. There are no words to describe the beauty of your gardens. The breathtaking scapes take me away from a very
    hectic day and take me into a place of peace and harmony. Thank you for sharing your extraordinary talents.
    Your work is so inspirational.

    Keep the inspirations coming!

    Donna Chappel

  6. Thank your for your photos. The simplicity of your garden is what makes it so spectacular. Enjoy your time in Rome and Paris and most of all soak up that lovely French atmosphere in the Loire Valley. The gardens at the Chateau de Villandry will inspire.

  7. Beautiful photos Carolyne – as always. I just returned on Saturday myself from 13 days in Rome, Positano and Taormina, Sicily. My son is studying in London for the semester and so we met up with him. Had an awesome time. BYW – weather is absolutely gorgeous in Italy right now – perfect!

  8. Your garden is truly breathtaking – thank you so much for sharing
    Omaha is looking forward to your visit in September!!

  9. Carolyne, only you could take common blue and white spatter ware, add red and white variegated tulips, and have the arrangement come out this wonderfully!

    Happy painting. A dear friend of mine, M.J. Kempf, will be Artist in Residence in June at the beautiful Borgo Santo Pietre Hotel in Tuscany. Perhaps you’ll run into one another in a field of wild flowers somewhere in Italy.



  10. As a garden designer and photographer myself, here on the West Coast of B.C., where we have such lovely weather to grow all sorts of beauties, I am always amazed at the detail and abslute beauty of the photos of your flowers and plants! Your gardens are some of the best I have ever seen, even here!
    I look forward to enjoying your next set of photos every time I see that I have received another post from you. Thanks for sharing such beauty.

    Susan Wheeler

  11. Carolyne, sorry we never connected by phone, but perhaps when you are back. Sounds like a wonderful trip and I am sure you will really enjoy yourself. The photos of your gardens are magnificent and I understand why you would not want to leave while everything is in bloom and looking so gorgeous.

  12. Just gorgeous! We met a Hillstead. Thank you for the inspiring photos this morning. What type of camera are you using to capture your gardens? Have a great trip to Italy and France!

  13. It was a pleasure meeting you in DC. I think all of your work is wonderful and very inspiring to many people.

    With all your interest in flowers and entertaining, I would like to see a scented candle collection carrying the name Carolyne Roehm. I know we have Cire Trudon, but Cire Trudon is not Carolyne Roehm. I know you’d make it a success.

    Only the Best,

  14. Pingback: Painting in Italy: Wine, Women, and Watercolors – Part 1 | Frances Schultz

  15. Bellisimo Carolyne…hard to leave,indeed……but soooooo glad you came yo Italy..

  16. Carolyn – For years and years I have loved everything you have done and continue to do. I love your style….. Thank you.

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