St. Andrews is known for it's many historic buildings, homes and churches as well as it's lovely gardens. This is a garden in front of the shop La Baleine (The Whale). I love the blue and yellow colour scheme with the weathered post retaining wall.
We saw this gorgeous dark purple lilac bush in a yard near the beach. Does anyone know
what variety it is? It was so beautiful against all the green leaves. And, I didn't edit the photo.
This horse chestnut tree was in full bloom. These blooms really stand out for their size and pretty colour. So unique.
This is the Europa Inn and Restaurant. When I was a teenager it was a hall and I remember going to a dance there. :)
We've never eaten there but I hear it's very nice. It certainly looks attractive with it's double porches and all the hanging baskets and flags.
Across the street from the inn is the Crocker Hill Store. This store is owned by Steven and Gail Smith. Steven is an artist working in copper as you can see by the sign and lamp post. They are fantastic gardeners and their former property, Crocker Hill, near St. Stephen (just across the border from Calais, Maine) had stunning gardens that were open to the public for many years. They were even in Country Living magazine many years ago. Steven is also a watercolour artist of birds. They are a very nice couple and he gave us a little tour of their back garden.
More detail of the front bed. He just finished the edging before we arrived. It's so neat!
Photo taken May 20, 2012
The front walk into the shop. Photo taken May 20, 2012.
I love the scallop shells along the edge of the grass next to the walkway into the shop. Everything is so neat and tidy.
This is a close-up of the Korean lilac. Just gorgeous.
I took this photo on May 20, 2012 of their Bridal Spirea in gorgeous full bloom.
Now, on to the back garden.
This is the gateway as you peer into the back garden. Another Korean Lilac, lovely plantings, the beautiful gate made and designed by Steven, and the weathered boards are very inviting. The gate we entered through is almost under the Korean Lilac and is hidden.
This is the footpath that he has laid out and designed.
These are bits of glass and pottery shards, and old bottles that he found while digging in the garden. He artistically lays them on hollowed rocks.
This is under the Korean Lilac that is at the entrance to the back garden. He has 'cleaned' it up a lot.
This is the back garden. Very simple and low maintenance. I love the granite water bowl . There's a cozy seating/dining area at the far end.
This is the other corner. I love the graduated granite rocks lined up. There are rocks laid all around the edge of the cedars now hidden by greenery growing among them.
As you leave the garden you must duck your head. :) Don't you love the stone with the 'egg' on top?
I hope you enjoyed some of the beauty of St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea again. If you live in Maine, it's not far from the Calais-St. Stephen border and well worth the visit. You will need a passport to get into Canada of course. And you might want to make a reservation to stay at one of the many bed and breakfasts, inns or the Algonquin Hotel. If you missed my other recent posts about St. Andrews please scroll down or click on the labels at the bottom of this post which will take you to all my posts on St. Andrews.
Have a wonderful week!