Kousa Dogwood in our Cape Cod Garden

Kousa Dogwood in a Cape Cod garden.

This beautiful Kousa Dogwood tree is in our garden at our Cape Cod B&B.

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Garden Kousa Dogwood Flowers.
Kousa Dogwood blooms at breakfast.
Cape Cod B&B Garden Kousa Dogwood Berries
Kousa Dogwood berries.

We thought that we were going to lose this beautiful tree two years ago. Half of the tree was dead. We called in our arborist, who told us that our only chance of saving the tree was to give it a deep root feeding. Last year it seemed to be gaining strength so we gave it another feeding and this spring we were rewarded with these lovely blossoms. In a few weeks red seed pods will appear.

During warm summer mornings, we serve breakfast on the deck that is shaded by this lovely tree.

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast on the deck.
Breakfast on the deck.

Angelica on Cape Cod

Angelica in the Garden

The Palmer House’s front garden has been drawing quite a bit of interest this summer.

Angelica in the Garden
Angelica in the Garden

Angelica is a native herb of continental Europe. The origin of its name is from at story about a monk, who when praying for a cure for the plague, was visited by St. Michael the Archangel, and was shown the herb. It has antibacterial properties and is used to treat indigestion, anemia, coughs and colds.

As you can see the bees enjoy it also. We just think that it is an interesting plant to have in our garden. I have put a name tag on the fence this year, because so many people have asked about that “strange looking plant”. Our plants are about 5 feet tall, however, I have read that they can grow up to 8 feet.

Peonys in the Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Garden

Two years ago we transplanted two peony plants.

Peony in our Cape Cod bed and breakfast garden.
Peony in the garden.



I thought that we had lost them until I went walking behind the Thoreau Cottage garden this year and was delighted to find these lovely flowers. I guess that they just needed a little time to recover from the stress of being transplanted.  I am learning that the patient gardener is rewarded.