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Garden Photo of the Day

A Rose Inspired Start

By Kim Charles

Lorraine Bromley from Rhode Island, shows us a glimpse of their garden located near a tidal bay.

"Our gardens are in Warwick, Rhode Island. We live on Buckeye Brook, which is more like a river that is fed by Narragansett Bay, so it is tidal. The soil is not that great, but we try different varieties of plants and move them around the yard to see where they might like it better. We got married in our garden 6 years ago and our guests brought roses as gifts. Queen Elizabeth, Zypher Druen, New Dawn, Dublin Rose, About Face, etc…"

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 07/05/2017

    Hi Lorraine - Your lovely garden is obviously very special to you - and rightfully so! It is wonderful that you were married in your garden, and what a great idea for your wedding guests to bring roses for presents. As a result, you have lovely memories of your special day every time you step into your garden. Beautiful, romantic story, which is not lost on even this 'olde' fellow. Cheers from Oz

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Thank you! We just celebrated 6 years....yeah! Wonderful memories of growing our gardens from nothing to todays blooms!

  2. user-7007498 07/05/2017

    Lorraine, thanks for sharing your story and the garden. It looks like your potting bench gets a lot of use. Very pretty pictures.

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Thank you!

  3. user-4691082 07/05/2017

    I have always been in love with the water. I am green with envy! You must see a lot of wildlife there. Everything looks so New England! We are heading up to Maine tomorrow, so I will think about your garden as I go past. Gorgeous!

    1. user-7007498 07/06/2017

      Have a great trip

    2. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Thank you! Maine is lovely too. Try to get to the Maine Botanical Gardens, they are magnificent!

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 07/05/2017

    Good morning, Lorraine...even without knowing the backstory of your garden being the "venue" for your wedding, it looks lived in and well loved. Were you a grower of roses before you were gifted with so many delightful varieties?
    And, I just have to ask, is it just my imagination or an optical illusion but is the actual word EAT part of the arched trellis near your work table?

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      The work table doubles as our outdoor kitchen with the small grill. Yes it says EAT under the wisteria twig arbor.

  5. NCYarden 07/05/2017

    Good morning, Lorraine. Sweet location with the natural water feature. Such an adorable garden and story to match. It's a perfect gift to receive another plant for the garden. A wonderful symbolic way to watch your relationship grow. Thank you for sharing.

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Thank you for your kind words. relationship is growing and so are the many gardens we have now, I don't think we could fit another garden but we will be maintaining them for sure and nurturing all.

  6. Vespasian 07/05/2017

    Just lovely, my kind of garden for sure! Beautiful job of mixing plants, textures and decor, lovely love it!

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Thank you!

  7. Sheila_Schultz 07/05/2017

    Your gardens are charming, Lorraine, and it's obvious they are tended to with loving care. All of the personal touches create such a comfortable feel, no wonder you wanted to be married in the gardens you nurture!

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Spot on!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/05/2017

    Charming. I love the bits of whimsy and especially enjoy the photo of the pond through the grasses.

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Yes the river is very entertaining, at low tide and high with birds indigenous to our area, heron, egrets, geese, hawks, ospreys and various ducks and other small birds. Being an artist, I love to put a bit of whimsy in the gardens, They keep changing.

  9. SJWallace 07/05/2017

    Great Garden!! Can you tell me what the very tall grass growing in a row is?

    1. Cenepk10 07/05/2017

      Looks like lemon grass - I was wondering the same thing.

      1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

        I do not know exactly what the name of the grasses are, They are along the river side in marshy area. They get a feathery blume and dry upon the fall/winter. I use them instead of cornstalks in the fall for decorations.

  10. Cenepk10 07/05/2017

    Love it ! I see personality popping all over. Very nice

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Thank you, my husband and I love tower together in our garden.

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    Linda on Whidbey 07/05/2017

    Good morning, Lorraine. What a good idea for your guests to bring roses as gifts. Now when you stroll around your beautiful gardens you can mentally thank them over and over. You've created a charming place to sit and enjoy them and the water. Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Yes you are right, we do think of the friend when we check on each rose.

  12. wisestguy 07/05/2017

    Thanks for sharing. Lovely garden. I love the roses! :)

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Your welcome, my pleasure!

  13. greengenes 07/05/2017

    Simply beautiful and serene, Lorraine. What a great idea for gifts... Roses! You have a beautiful beginning for a wonderful years ahead! Thanks for sharing!

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      Thank you, I have learned the name of many now. Some have not made it through our rough winters but we have added many too. We put a rock with the name of friends that gave us them too, It is really nice to watch them grow.

  14. tennisluv 07/05/2017

    How wonderful it must be to live on a tidal river and watch it change with each incoming and outgoing tide. Lovely sweet old-fashioned garden that shows how much you love and enjoy it. Is that a Kousa dogwood in the picture of the river at low tide? Thanks for sharing the delightful story of your garden.

    1. user-5615768 07/13/2017

      The dogwood flowers are as big as my hand. It bloomed for the first time in 3 years this year 2017. I was so excited.

      1. tennisluv 07/14/2017

        I have three young Cornus Kousa 'Elsbry" (AKA Empress of China) that were planted this spring. They were covered with flowers in May and June. This is an evergreen variety that will eventually take the normal Kousa shape.

  15. user-5615768 07/13/2017

    Thank you!

  16. user-6536305 12/29/2017

    Such a nice place to get married! My son got married in my garden 3 years ago that made me very proud as a gardener when he asked if he could get married in my garden. Thanks for sharing your story and your beautiful garden and happy new year!

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