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Garden Photo of the Day

Whimsical with Puerto Rican Flair

By Kim Charles

Luz Navarro of New Jersey showcases a sense of culture and tropicals in his whimsical garden.

"My garden is located in Long Branch, NJ. It is a breath of fresh air in an ordinary neighborhood. I cultivate perennials and tropical plants from my native Puerto Rico. It sense of proportion reflects the gardens of many Zen temples in Japan.  There is also a touch of whimsy manifested through out the different sculptures, one can not observe it without being drawn into a refreshing sense of beauty."

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  1. user-4691082 04/14/2017

    Good morning Luz! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of your garden. The hibiscus is one of my favorites. All of your plants look healthy and happy. I'm sure you take your ti plant and several others in to overwinter in the warmth of your home. Your koi are beautiful and provide a calming effect when you have time to enjoy them!

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    meander1 (Michaele ) 04/14/2017

    Hi, Luz. Thanks for sharing your colorful garden with bright happy plants and entertaining objects of ornamentation. One of the things that is so special about gardening is how personal it is and how it can be an expression of personality. I envy your success with hibiscus. I get drawn to those tropical flowers but the plant never looks as good once it is in my possession. You must know the right formula of watering and fertilizing and whatever else goes into having a happy and thriving hibiscus.

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you so much!

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    treasuresmom 04/14/2017

    Love all your touches of your native home!

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you!

  4. Annek 04/14/2017

    What fun! You've pulled together a feeling of home and a flair for whimsy!

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you!

    2. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Yes! Thank you

  5. user-7008468 04/14/2017

    I am very happy that my sister has such a beautiful garden, distinctive of our island of Puerto Rico

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you, beloved sister!

  6. Sheila_Schultz 04/14/2017

    Luz, the joy you feel from your garden shows in the photos you have shared with the GPOD community. The wooden parrot is delightful as are your koi and colorful flowers, there's no wonder why you love them all!

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/14/2017

    It's so nice to have a garden that is personal and full of whimsy. Your tropicals are beautiful and worth the extra work!

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you!

    2. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you!

  8. wisestguy 04/14/2017

    I really enjoyed seeing your tropical collection. The dark foliage and vibrant colors of your art pieces work well together and look very happy. The hibiscus is lovely and reminds me of my time living in the tropics :)

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you

  9. GrannyCC 04/14/2017

    Love the combinations of the beautiful plants and the wonderful whimsical sculpture. A true reflexion of your homeland..

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you!

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    Linda on Whidbey 04/14/2017

    Good morning in tropical New Jersey. it's so great the way you are keeping your Puerto Rican roots alive by creating such an enjoyable garden. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. Happy Friday Gpoders.

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you

  11. Cenepk10 04/14/2017

    Fabulous!!! Such beautiful photos of healthy plants !!! What a treat

  12. Cenepk10 04/14/2017

    Crazy about that pond, too

    1. millienavarrorumain 04/14/2017

      Thank you!

  13. LaurelEm 04/17/2017

    I love the whimsy. I am working on an area of my Wisconsin garden to look tropical . We'll see.

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