by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and Owner
We have been caretakers of this beautiful property for 4 years now, and I often wonder what Captain Freeman would think of all that we’ve done. He took tremendous pride when he built this property in 1866 and it has been a joy to lovingly restore as many of the original details as possible.
I love to garden and every spring my husband and I talk about what this years projects are going to be. This year we wanted to make a splash of color in the front gardens. We have beautiful hanging baskets full of colorful petunias grown by Crocker Nursury in Brewster. They are large and full of color. After talking to Ann Marie at Crocker we decided to add more petunias in bright pinks and purples in the front gardens. Petunas really are a great annual as they are hearty and bloom all summer long.
Our innkeeper Ivana also painted our old bike to add a fun twist to our front decor:) The basket is full of Cleomes, which add a nice bit of color for our Cape Cod bed and breakfast.
We have enjoyed several Butterfly bushes around the inn. They are very fragrant and attract both butterflies and hummingbirds.
We are very proud of our raspberry patch in our back yard. We built the patch 2 years ago from a model created by Martha Stewart. It was practical in that there is a gravel walk way in the middle and the beds are raised which keeps out the weeks. There are two strands of wire across each side which supports the long stems. This July we had a fabulous crop of raspberries, and I made many dozens of jars of jam for our guests to enjoy.
The patch holds a special place in my heart as the plants were off spring of the original raspberry patch my mother had back in the Berkshires. There are also several bird feeders on the posts that were built by my Uncle Al many years ago.
Exhaling on Cape Cod and loving our gardens at the Captain Freeman Inn.