|Reggie's topiary loot purchased at Trade Secrets|
sitting on a bench at Darlington House
Litchfield County, Connecticut, where Trade Secrets is held on a gentlewoman's handsome working farm, is known for its rolling hills, quaint villages, open farmland, and estates hidden down long gravel driveways. The area is a magnet for rich New Yorkers who prefer its low key charms to the frenzied mayhem of what has become of the Hamptons. Nothing showy about this part of Connecticut, Dear Reader—it's all very discreet and tasteful. Which is just how Reggie likes it, by the way.
We were joined at the show and over the weekend by the charming and amusing Meg Fairfax Fielding, of Pigtown Design fame. The weekend was a non-stop gabfest of stories, laughter, and socializing. I encourage you to check out Meg's blog, Dear Reader, as she is a kindred spirit, indeed.
So what did Reggie succumb to at the Trade Secrets show this year?
Topiaries. Again! And not just a few, mind you, but rather nine of them (an instant collection!), purchased at the booths of Atlock Farm and Snug Harbor Farm. While Reggie has vowed time and time again not to buy any more myrtle topiaries (given his unfortunate history of murdering them), he is not a very disciplined fellow and he rationalized while considering his topiary options at the show that adding only one myrtle to the mix was permissible. That's because
Wish me luck!
Photograph by Reggie Darling