Gardens at the Captain Freeman Inn

Front porch of the Freeman

This morning I was talking to our daughter April and telling her how beautiful everything was at the inn- probably the prettiest fall ever!. For the past 8 years we have been busy renovating and landscaping the entire inn and this year everything just seemed to come together. I was describing some of our gardens to her and decided this was the perfect opportunity to share pictures of our gardens at the Captain Freeman Inn.

Take this little stroll with me around the inn- full disclosure on Byron’s behalf- these pictures were taken on my I-phone and not anywhere close to the professional shots that Byron takes with his spiffy Nikon.

Hanging basket filled with yellow mums

Byron has always wanted to place mums in our hanging baskets and this year we went crazy with mums and as our gardener Korwin says “we are fully mumified”. We have mums in the front gardens, mums in the antique planters, mums in the side gardens, mums by the pool – you get the picture- mums everywhere and we look VERY beautiful!

What is different about this year is that we have had such a warm September and as a result all of the plants are thriving. Our summer annuals all look like we just planted them and our summer grasses could not be more perfect  with the yellow mums in our planters. (and a few pink petunias that are still going strong)

This is the summer planter that has greeted guests all summer long as they enter the front door. Normally we would swap this out for mums but since it still looks so spectacular we decided to leave the beautiful coleus and sweet potato vines through the fall season.

Front steps at the Freeman

Our new front steps look especially stunning with the summer grasses, yellow mums and pumpkins.

Duck art on the front grass

We get so many compliments on these guys and our crazy landscaper and Byron are continually changing their location- sometimes the chicks are following the mom and sometimes she is facing them giving them instruction.

Antique fountain

Just love this antique fountain which has been a popular bathing spot all summer long for the birds. Some of the clematis are still blooming on the pool fence.

Witches legs and a pumpkin on the front porch

We purchased Matilda many years ago and love having her visit in the fall. The smiling pumpkin is also a favorite.

Pool at the Freeman

Our salt water pool was used more this summer then we can remember. We had guests swimming in it this morning since it is solar heated.

Pool side mums

Just love this planter that is filled with- you guessed it- multiple mums. Notice the chrysanthemums in the background which we transplanted from Brewster by the Sea’s gardens. They are very happy in their new location and their flowers are so beautiful. Our kids call them the happy flower!

Fire Pit at the Freeman

Just love this little sitting area by the pool that is complete with a gas fire pit. Guests enjoyed sitting there all summer, but I think the best time to enjoy the flames is in the fall after dinner.

Our roses have been spectacular all summer long and are continuing to bloom.

More summer grasses on the walk way to the gardens.

And ohhh our vegetable/herb garden- it holds a special place in my heart! The entrance fountain use to be my moms and I just love the purple annuals that are still blooming.

Our lavender was quite spectacular this summer as well.

My mom always loved Zinnia’s and I think they look especially beautiful with the old brass bed as a backdrop.

We continue to use Nasturtiums as garnish for our morning breakfasts. And oh do we have enough nasturtiums to garnish many restaurant plates.

Byron’s specimen tree is growing like crazy and we love to sit in this corner of the yard. We recently added the fence with new rose bushes.

Our new blueberry patch is doing well and we are looking forward to more blueberries next summer.


I am just so tickled with this new garden.  We planted ferns and Hosta which are now thriving Рour brick foundation has never looked this good.

Our common areas are all decorated for fall as well.

Always nice when you can bring a piece of your garden inside!

Lastly, I always love decorating our beautiful marble mantle in our parlor. The glass pumpkin blends perfectly with the orchid arrangement I just made.

Happy fall everyone! Next week is the first week that we have availability. Consider a Cape Cod fall getaway and stay at our boutique bed and breakfast, the Captain Freeman Inn. We were awarded the Trip Adviser Traveler’s Choice Award and AAA Best of Housekeeping award. Come and see for yourself what all of the excitement is about.

This morning we served our famous QE2 Baked apple

and our mouth watering Creme Brulee French Toast. It always tickles me when guests ask me for the recipe:)


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