Archive for October, 2010

In the Garden with Anne

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Mark the date October 28.  You can count on the best of fall color here in the Baltimore area and Gramercy Mansion is no exception.  We have had a long Indian summer and the flowers are still magnificent.  The dahlias and canna lilies are blooming profusely and the ageratum, both perennial and annual are in full swing.  We planted out some Mexican sunflower (tithonia) in the garden between the pool and house which is now seven foot tall and covered with bright orange blossoms.  You will see them next year for sure.

On garden hardscape, we have installed granite edging blocks in the  Shade Garden to be renamed the Elopement Garden.  A classic marble gazebo with iron dome top is on route.  And not to leave out our Gramercy Mansion ceremony brides, we now have a stone center aisle which will certainly help on the days when it rains at four and stops just in time for the wedding.  We are also constructing stone walls and steps up the west side of the pool from the connector path.

If you love gardens, plan on visiting this week or next for the best fall color or early April for magnolias, daffodils, forsythia and bridal wreath and late April for tulips, forget-me-nots and our amazing azalea display.

Plan your late October getaway this weekend!  Bed & breakfast rooms and suites still available Friday and Saturday nights.  Visit our specials page for last-minute discounts and get your fill of garden gazing during this glorious time of year.

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Save the Dates… December Events

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

It’s hard to believe but it’s that time of year already!

We have some fabulous public events planned this season so mark your calendars and register now to reserve your space!

Holiday Tea & Tours at Gramercy Mansion
Saturday, December 11th, 12 – 3 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious four-course high tea menu surrounded by the Mansion’s festive holiday decorations!  Innkeepers will be available for guided tours of the public rooms and guest rooms.  Pick up some charming and unique holiday presents for loved ones from our gift shop or purchase a bed and breakfast gift certificate for someone special.  $35 per person plus tax and service.  Contact Maria at 410-486-2405 or to purchase tickets.

Baltimore Bed & Breakfast Holiday Open House Tour
Sunday, December 12th, 2 – 7 p.m.

Presented by the Better Baltimore Bed & Breakfasts to benefit Santa Claus Anonymous.  Rediscover the charm of the holiday season while you tour these six luxuriously appointed B&Bs as your sample treats inspired by the season. Find why Baltimore is becoming known as a haven for discerning B&B lovers the world over.  The Inn at 2920, 1840s Carrollton Inn, Celie’s Waterfront Inn, Rachael’s Dowry Bed & Breakfast and Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast are proud participants of the tour.  Tickets are $25 to $35 per person.  Click here to purchase your tickets online.

Home for the Holidays Historic House Tour
Tuesday, December 14th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Journey back in time this holiday season to experience four historic Baltimore Homes!  Get into the old-fashioned holiday spirit and visit four of Baltimore’s premiere historic houses decorated in their holiday finest.  Get a glimpse of how Maryland’s most prominent families celebrated this special time of year.  Tour Mount Clare Museum House (1760), Homewood Museum (1801), Carroll Mansion (1811), & Gramercy Mansion (1906) each decorated in period style.

Museum Gift Shops are stocked with unique holiday gifts.
The tour will include bus transportation and lunch at the Carroll Mansion.  Click here for details and to register online.

A glimpse of feathered friends this fall!

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Kim has been kind enough to share some more of her observations with us this week.  Take a stroll when you next visit and keep your eyes and ears open for our resident feathered friends.

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers make their presence known at Gramercy

All summer long, clicking, water-dripping sounds have been constant along the Honeybrook stream at Gramercy. It was obviouslycoming from some type of bird, but it took several weeks to spot the elusive “drummers”.  Finally, on a warm fall day this week, a family of Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers made their presence known visually. The mating pair had a prolific season, and was busy encouraging their young to feed on their own and give Mom and Dad a break.

The watery drumming of the Sapsuckers is not as frequent now that the young are self-sufficient, but with a little luck, you may spot these beauties as they forage from the herb garden to the houses along the stream.

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers, Sphyrapicus varius, are members of the woodpecker family, Picidae.  As their name implies, sapsuckers subsist mainly on tree sap, and a sure sign they’re around are the orderly rows of holes they drill into trees. They can be distinguished from other woodpeckers by a rounder head, a long white wing patch, and a red chin patch in the male. Immature birds will still have the distinct white wing patch despite their mottled brownish coloring.

So as you enjoy a walk down to the herb gardens on a glorious autumn afternoon at Gramercy, be sure to watch for the sapsuckers gliding through and up the trunks of the trees, especially the maples and Tulip poplars.

Kim Gough is a licensed massage therapist practicing at the Gramercy.  She has been an avid bird watcher since childhood, and believes in birding without binoculars, simply enjoying feathered friends up close and personal on the grounds of the mansion, a place she considers one of the best unofficial bird sanctuaries in the area.