At Yelton Manor B&B, we are humming the great old tune by The Beatles!
In February, I fell on the ice and broke my shoulder and arm. After a successful surgery and a long 9 weeks of therapy, I am doing very well. Last week my friends Mike and Marci came “in for the assist” from Indiana and put in 5 long hours of shoveling and spreading compost in the garden with me.
I am so grateful!!!!!
Gardens remind us of the fundamental truth: All things must change. The burning bushes that separate the Yelton Manor and The Manor Guest House, gorgeous and beloved for 25 years, now have an incurable disease PLUS are at the end of their lifespan. So they are dying off, one by one, sometimes two by two. As they fall away, we drop what I have come to call “a couple of BIG ASS ROCKS” on their stumps, then I landscape around them. The rocks are strong winter bones. And we like the new look that visually connects the two inns. Plus we can see the span of the garden more fully from our inside vantage points. It’s all good. Thank you to the strong, willing and able friends from Huntree Nursery who did the chain saw massacre and the rock drop this morning.
Robert always hoots out loud when the bill comes from Huntree, as the line item is actually “Big Ass Rocks” on the invoice. Gotta love it.
I treated Matt and his great team to huge glasses of fresh fruit smoothie after the hard work. Organic cherries, raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries, banana, pomegranate and a snidge of yogurt for creaminess. Everyone was happy, the sun was shining and a good day was started perfectly!!!!
Many thanks to all our Yelton Manor B&B team who care deeply about making everything perfect!
Spring isn’t spring at Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast until the compost arrives!!!! Some women like yellow gold on fingers and wrists, I love the black gold that tops off the perennial border each year!!! Today we got the first 7 yards, there will be 40 more behind this one. We fill over 300 pots, then there is 300 X 12 feet of garden to top off. The smell of it is heaven, we love being attached closely with the earth. Time to put on my sh*t-kickin boots and start in!
Thank you Huntree Nursery for being our steady garden partner for the last 24 years! Jan and Dave’s son Matt is stepping up bigtime into the business now, he’s the real deal and we love him!!!
COMPOST!!!!! Aaaaaah, should be a scratch and sniff option here!!!!!
One of my favorite additions to the garden some years ago are the Crocosmia, commonly known as Lucifers. Nothing devilish about these, except for their amazing, true red color.
Cousins to the gladiola, these are hardy plants that produce clumps of green sword-shaped leaves, with tall, arching spikes of funnel-shaped blossoms appearing in mid to late summer.
My only complaint is that sometimes the squirrels will dig up the bulb-like root and scatter them all over, rather frustrating. They don’t even eat them, the scamps! Just replant.
I definitely recommend dividing them every couple of years to help them keep their strength and height. Anyway, you’ll be happy to have them everywhere, pick a nice sunny spot in good soil.
These give you a tall, luscious display that last quite a long time!
The ultimate summer festival spans between two July weekends in 2012, as July 4th lands smack in between on a Wednesday! The Queen’s Cup boat race finishes in South Haven on Saturday, June 30th. The South Haven Center for the Arts fair is in Stanley Johnston Park, directly behind The Yelton Manor on Sunday, July 1st. Light up the Lake fireworks are on July 3, and our adorable parade is 11AM or so on July 4th.. Sure to be a rocking good time, best to make your reservations as early as you can.
The Yelton Manor gardens are also having their peak moment in this week. Walkable to all the fun, but out of earshot of the noisy harbor and downtown nightlife, YMBB also is the closest lodging in South Haven to the sandy beach.
We were delighted that Michigan Blue Magazine featured Yelton Manor B&B in the Spring, 2012 issue.
In an article titled “Garden of Eatin'”, Yelton Manor B&B’s gardens and special guests are the stars at a 4th of July cocktail party. The theme is how we cultivate herbs and edible flowers in our own garden for use in our gourmet kitchen. Are we thrilled to be featured? Yes indeed!