BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Friday, July 1, 2016


Here are some pictures from our recent trip to Thuya Garden, in Northeast Harbour, Maine. It's the second of Charles Savage's 2 masterworks. You can read more about his work here.

There are magnificent old pots at Thuya. These were made long ago by Eric Soderholtz using concrete that resembles terra cotta (which would not survive the Maine winters). Lunaform now makes similar pots but they are extremely expensive and not as fine.

There are also 2 wonderful garden pavilions; here you see Claire in the upper one.

There are also magnificent doors carved by Savage (an Inn-Keeper) himself.

Another huge Soderholtz urn.

The lawn slopes up to the upper pavilion; a red azalea on the right.

The wonderful Maine rocks are used beautifully.

When we were there they were still setting out many annuals, and there were not yet many flowers. Here you see a little folding table which carries a detailed, well-used planting map.

the fabulous meconopsis (Himalyan blue poppy)

A closer view of the red azalea,  with my elegant traveling companion.


Finally, here are a couple of videos.

Bees enjoying the Phlox subulata growing between the beautiful rocks

View along the main garden axis.

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