Bill and I have owned the Palmer House Inn for nine years. One of the things that excited me most that first spring as the grounds started to come alive, was the large container garden of herbs. Over the years I have experimented with a variety herbs and methods of cultivating. I enjoy walking up into the garden before breakfast to choosing the herbs and flowers that will adorn the breakfast plates that morning.
Some of the herbs are perennials and are quite hardy. In fact the chives, mint and shiso have a tendency to wonder beyond their own container garden beds. Others are more fragile and as a result I have begun to use containers so that I can control the soil and watering more closely. One example of this is basil. Oh how the insects enjoy munching on the leaves. I have started keeping my basil in a container just outside the kitchen door where I can keep a close eye on its health.
One of the challenges of container gardening is finding the right container for the right setting. One can buy quite a range of interesting containers in many materials. We use containers not only in the herb garden but throughout the inn’s gardens.
While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Cape Cod’s finest gardens, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.
News from Falmouth Village Association, Falmouth, MA – April 6, 2015
Falmouth Village Ushers in Spring with Falmouth Village is Blooming
May Baskets, Spring B&B Tours, Gardening Workshops & Sales & Cinco de Mayo Falmouth Village, MA – While May baskets may have gone by the wayside with trendier traditions in many New England villages, Falmouth Village is one place that holds stalwartly to this springtime ritual. And after the winter Cape Cod has had, May Baskets created by Falmouth Village businesses will be a welcome addition to the streetscape from the Queens Buyway down Main Street. In fact, to celebrate the arrival of spring in this Upper Cape Cod town, Falmouth Village businesses and associations have put together an entire two-week schedule to revel in springtime. From one of Cape Cod’s largest Cinco de Mayo gatherings on the street to B&B tours filled with flowering workshops, Flower Power Happy Hours, and the annual Falmouth Beautification Sale, the first two weeks of May is the perfect time to visit Falmouth Village.
Each year the Falmouth Village Association sponsors the annual May Basket competition and businesses throughout Falmouth Village create lavish, whimisical or beautifully simple creations to be judged for bragging rights of first, second and third prize. Live and/or hand-made creations line the street making a stroll down Falmouth Village’s Main Street during judging season garden-like and even more fun. In the past more than 30 businesses participated and this year even more are expected.
Look forward to a packed schedule blooming festivities in Falmouth Village during the first two weeks in May.
Falmouth Village Blooming: A celebration of May blooms, May 1 – 10, 2015
May 1 – 10: Tour May Baskets: Take a self-guided tour through Falmouth Village where participating businesses will display handmade and unique May baskets. More than 30 businesses take this competition seriously, and the May baskets are everything from simple to lavish. Vote on the Falmouth Village Facebook page for your favorite and crown a People’s Choice winner.
May 1 – 10: Blooming Bargains: Enjoy Bloomin’ Bargains at participating retailers, offering sales, gifts with purchase, and more. Look for Falmouth Village Blooming sign to identify participating businesses.
May 1-10: 3:00-5:00pm: Enjoy Flower Power Specials at participating restaurants, all identified with the Falmouth Village Blooming sign in the window.
May 1-10: Self-guided walks through gardens at Museums on the Green: Stroll through the museums Boxwood Garden then gain inspiration for your own kitchen garden from the museum’s herb garden behind the Wicks House.
May 1-3: Kids Spring Hat Weekend: Bonnets aren’t just for Easter! Stores, restaurants and other businesses throughout Falmouth Village will open their doors with special hat-making projects. Kids will make hats and headbands from pie tins, paper flowers and more. A different kids craft project at each participating business. Free.
May 3: Estate Walk at Highfield Hall, 12:30pm: Highfield Garden Coordinator, Terry Soares, will be available in the gardens at Highfield Hall from 12:30 – 12:45 to greet visitors and offer an introductions to the highlights of this beautiful estate and its grounds. During the estate walk docents tell the story of the Beebe family who built both Highfield Hall and its sister mansion Tanglewood on their magnificent 700 acre estate.
May 5: Cinco de Mayo: They’re closing the street and spilling out of the restaurants for this annual spring celebration. Sip a blooming Margarita as Anejo Mexican Bistro moves the fun out into the street to celebrate the 5th of May. You’ll want to arrive in festive garb to enjoy $5 burritos and margaritas and plenty of music to go along with the holiday at this spring street party.
May 5: May Garden Basket Design with Anna Holmes, 6-8pm: After garnering inspiration from the May baskets displayed throughout Falmouth Village, learn to make your own at Highfield Hall. You will mix seasonal flowering plants, herbs and foliage plants topped off with moss. Anna will teach how to select plants, where to buy them, how to care for your garden and dress up a seasonal garden. All materials are supplied in this hands-on workshop. $40 per person/$35 for Highfield Hall members. Register on-line or call, 508-495-1878, ext. 2.
May 9: Spring Story time: Eight Cousins Bookstore is hosting story time at 10:30 am for the very popular book Guess How Much I Love You. The event will include story time, activity, and photos with Little Nut Brown Hare.
May 10: Falmouth Beautification Council Plant Sale, 9am – 3pm: Put the gardening gloves on and revvvv your garden engines for the annual Falmouth Beautification Council Sale. Here’s your chance to fill the window boxes and planters as the council peddles its pedals! From 9:00am – 3:00pm, under the tents at Town Hall Square, purchase your annuals, perennials, herbs, daylilies, shrubs, veggies, house plants and more. This is a sale that gardeners wait for which signals that the growing season can now begin. Special workshops for gardeners and kids will be offered too.
May 10: Falmouth B&B AssociationGarden Tour: 1:00-3:00pm: A number of the Falmouth B&B Association members will open their gardens for touring and mini-workshops. Take a tour of the gardens, enjoy the chance to learn from accomplished innkeeper/gardeners.
Captain’s Manor Inn: Learn about the new raised bed gardening trend using cattle troughs. The Inn is expanding their herb and vegetable garden using this method. Professional landscape experts will be on site to answer your lawn and gardening questions.
Palmer House Inn: A how to plant a successful container garden demonstration will be presented in the herb garden, instruction and handouts provided. Refreshments provided on the deck.
Woods Hole Passage: Bring the kids to participate in a child centered garden project.
Woods Hole Inn and Bailey’s by the Sea: Stop by and enjoy tea and cookies on the porch.
Throughout the Falmouth Blooming celebration inns also offer packages including accommodations, breakfast, themed amenities and more.
While all of the bedchambers at the Palmer House have their own romantic charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring the gardens of Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs for a relaxing stay before and after your day.
The National Weather Service predicted a “potentially historic blizzard” to hit eastern Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands starting on Monday night and continuing into Wednesday.
On Monday I decided to do a narrative of the blizzard of 2015’s progress at the Palmer house Inn and in Falmouth Village.
The area was under a Blizzard Watch and the National Weather Service predicted that some areas may get as much as two feet of snow. The service said, “To put that into perspective, that is more than half of what Boston gets in an average winter.”
“Travel may become impossible and life threatening across the entire region. This has the potential to be a historic storm.”
Monday night through Tuesday afternoon was predicted to be the worst of the storm. Our area could experience white-out conditions during the height of the blizzard.
The snow was forecast to be wet and heavy and could cause power outages due to downed trees and electric lines.
Along with the heavy snow we are having damaging winds with gusts 60-70 mph. The prediction was that there would be moderate coastal flooding. Fortunately the Palmer House Inn is 18′ above sea level so we will not have a problem in that department.
Pete Bouchard who is with Channel 7 news in Boston said, ” Fifteen to twenty-four inches of snow across the entire region is likely except for the Cape, which will get closer to a foot of snow.”
Boston’s Channel 7 News said the top snowstorm in Boston on record was 27.5 inches during a storm on Feb. 17-19, 2003.
Bouchard said there could be major flight delays and cancellations and suggested people leave on Sunday or early on Monday if possible.
“Don’t take this one lightly. Tempests like this only come around once in a while. Heed the advice of the authorities and chill out at home,” said Bouchard.
It is now 11:30 am on Monday January, 26th. I have just come back from a stroll to Main Street and the first flakes are beginning to fall.
By 2:00 pm on the 26th. Governor Baker declared eastern Massachusetts to be in a state of emergency and he issued a travel ban to begin at midnight. There was only about an inch of snow on the ground at that time, however, it was beginning to accumulate rapidly.
At 5:00 pm or sundown the snow depth was only 3″ when we went out to dinner, however, when we walked out of Anejo at 7:00 pm there was 6″ on the sidewalk. The forecasted high winds had not started, however, the snow is wet and heavy. That is one of the disadvantages of living close to the ocean. Our plow man is lined up to come in the morning. All is well.
After we were snugly settled in our Owners’ Quarters at the Palmer House Inn the wind began to blow with great gusts. It continued to blow through the night. At 5:30 am, I was awakened to the sound of honking geese. During a major storm like this one the Canada Geese gather in open fields and at dawn they sound the alarm. They were in a nearby school playground. We had over a foot of snow at that time and the prediction is that the storm will linger into tomorrow. It is difficult to tell how much snow has fallen because of the drifting.
The news channels say that there are over 10,000 households without electric power on Cape Cod. The towns include Provincetown and the entire island of Nantucket. We are lucky, we still have electricity.
At 4:00 pm, the snow was falling at a rate of 2″ per hour and the wind gusts had increased. The snow has been drifting in fanciful forms and the forecasters say that it will continue throughout the night. I wanted to go out to take some photos on Main Street but it was too dangerous. The Governor’s travel ban was not lifted until 12:00 am.
The wind gusts and snow stopped some time during the night, then the temperature dropped. When I went outside to take photos at 7:00 am, the temperature was 13 degrees and the wind was blowing steadily out of the west. Our electricity was uninterrupted. It is difficult to tell because of the drifting but my best guess is that we got about 30″ of snow.
All of the stores on Main Street were closed yesterday. That is the first time in the ten years that we have owned the Palmer House Inn. As I walked down the street people were beginning to dig out. The town was coming alive. Two more storms are predicted for Thursday and Sunday of this week.
This has been quite an adventure and it is only January.