The up side of our intense trek cross country was that it allowed me to stop at antiques markets along the way to my heart's content. At times I was giddy at the wonderful shops I found. Housatonic Trading Co. was right in Bantam, CT where we visited Guy Wolff Pottery. It has a small charming cafe inside, and I found a couple of things outside that I just might have hauled home on some other day!
I have never braked for little shops so much in my entire life!
This little chippy table, about the size of a small coffee table, is right up my alley.
Ditto on these fancy iron chairs. But our destination was a bit farther down the road.
At the pottery, Guy Wolff had directed us to this fabulous local nursery at Litchfield, CT that you may already be familiar with from their website and catalog. Here's a link to the website. White Flower Farm has everything you can imagine, but Guy wanted us to see a remarkable tree found on the property.
The little white garden cottage is where the purchases are made, as the wares are spread over several acres of rolling hills. The tree is up the hill on the way to an amazing flower garden display.
The Weeping European Beech tree, or 'Pendula,' is a local attraction. It's a living shaded tent that would capture the fancy of any child the way it captured mine.
Have you ever seen a tree like this?
There is an entry opened up on the side that invites you in for a look.
It is spacious and amazingly cool underneath. I could imagine my grandchildren spending hours of summer under an enchanting canopy like this.
The bare trunk towers above your head.
Another opening, and you emerge into bright daylight again. . . .
Here is a shot with a car to give you scale.
The Lloyd border is only one of the vast displays found on the property. I took pictures along the walkway.
I wish I could tell you the name of each flower shown. I know the most common, and a few others. But every variety was plainly marked so that you can plant your own!
The plantings are of English garden design, and named for the renown English gardener Christopher Lloyd. You get the feeling that you are standing in the middle of a beautiful painting.
The display is under constant maintenance and seems flawless. Sometimes colorways are grouped together. But there is always an astonishing variety of wonderful flowers in the sprawling garden.
So glad we discovered this destination. Thank you for the recommendation, Guy! A lovely way to spend an afternoon.
So many gorgeous places to visit in New England!
This stop was our last in Connecticut before we turned toward the long journey back home.
Thanks for coming along!