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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Clare's garden in New Jersey, Day 2 of 2

comments (10) November 5th, 2012 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Glorious white (David) and pink phlox in bloom in early August. In the foreground, pink ornamental oregano is in bloom.
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Raised vegetable/cutting flower beds in late July. You can see the cage my husband built around the pole beans to keep the groundhog from eating them (the cage has a door that swings open so we can harvest the beans). On the right is a hedge of pink Knockout roses.
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View from our deck in late July of the northeast-facing shady side of the garden. The perimeter is lined with big old white pine trees, under which we planted a long row of Manhattan euonymus for privacy. The beds are filled with mountain laurels and rhododendrons (obviously not in bloom at this time of year) along with hostas and wax begonias for summer color. In the far distance, you can see our angel statue and on the left in the picture, you can see our huge bed of Goldsturm rudbeckias in full bloom.
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Parasol Lady topiary surrounded by coral pink Profusion zinnias with Goldsturm rudbeckias in the distance.
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Formal beds on patio in mid-August: The beds are planted with red, pink and white wax begonias for an explosion of color. The two urn planters are planted with Alabama Sunset coleus, Margarita sweet potato vines and Red Star cordyline. In the distance, you can see Carefree Delight and Knockout roses in bloom.
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First Lady mums in bloom in September along rock wall of one of the terraces.
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Glorious white (David) and pink phlox in bloom in early August. In the foreground, pink ornamental oregano is in bloom.
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Glorious white ('David') and pink phlox in bloom in early August. In the foreground, pink ornamental oregano is in bloom.

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Photo: Courtesy of Clare Oliva

Happy Monday, everyone! Let's start the week off right with more photos from Clare's garden in Saddle River, New Jersey. We featured the first batch on Friday. In case you forgot, here's what Clare had to say: "My husband and I both love gardening and spend every spare minute we can working in our one-acre garden (that basically means weekends since we both work full-time in New York City). I recently went through my garden pictures from April through September and picked out some of my favorites (That is always hard to do when you love everything in your garden -- it's like choosing which child is your favorite!)" Yet again...WOW. Send more photos any time, Clare! We'd love to see more.

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Comments (10)

ClareRocky writes: Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback, everyone.

meander1 and plantlady57, one boxwood shrub was planted under the Parasol Lady frame. The frame has the head, arm and parasol, along with with a metal frame for the skirt. I planted the boxwood under it in 2007 and did not trim it until it grew through the frame. Here is a link that will show you the progression as it grew: http://www.garden-share.com/photo/parasol-lady-history-through-2011?context=album&albumId=3193295%3AAlbum%3A1752532 Now, we only trim Parasol Lady's skirt twice a year. Once in late spring after the first flush of growth, and then again in late July or early August.

It would be tough to choose between a hedge of Carefree Delight roses and one of Knockout roses, since I love them both. (Both are disease free and vigorous). The Carefree Delight roses have a magnificent first flush of blooms that totally cover the hedge (as seen in the picture)and then they bloom sporadically after that. (I think we planted them about 2 feet apart) The Knockouts also have a magnificent first flush of blooms and after those blooms are "done" we cut them back to control the size, which then stimulates a second great flush of bloom. We actually cut back the knockouts a third time and have a great third flush of bloom in September and October. The Knockouts are a BIT less thornier than the Carefree Delights, so they are easier to prune. Usually, the first flush of blooms for each don't happen at the same time, the Carefree Delights bloom first.

terieLR, that row of First Lady mums sits on top of the rock wall that is one of three level terraces we installed to deal with the downward sloping backyard.

tractor1,the two multi-trunked trees in the view from the deck picture are huge old oak trees. I think they are about 70 feet tall. We have a lot of HUGE old trees on our property and our neighborhood. Posted: 9:01 am on November 6th
terieLR writes: I'm in love with your beautiful row of "First Lady" mums Clare. This surrounds your patio, correct? Your numerous sweeps of color & texture are magnificent!

There are snowflakes drifting today in central NY. When I clicked on Clare's name I was transported to her "My Own Private Narnia" winter gardens. Breathtaking.

Keep snapping and posting for all your new fans!
Posted: 10:53 am on November 5th
tractor1 writes: I like the view from your deck... what are those two tall multi-trunk trees? And your raised bed veggie garden is very neat, especially that cage with a door. I cage some of my veggies with a cylinder of turkey wire, it lifts off. Clare, your garden is amazing, thank you for sharing. Posted: 10:13 am on November 5th
TeriCA writes: Love the pictures and LOVE the identifying captions!! Thanks!
Posted: 9:42 am on November 5th
pattyspencer writes: I missed the other photos so I went back today - wow! You've got some great shots and I can't just pick one as a favorite. Making me dream of possibilites for my garden next season. Posted: 8:53 am on November 5th
plantlady57 writes: Wow. Love your gardens. Love the rose hedge. If you had to choose between a "Knockout hehge" and a "carefree" hedge, which one would you choose? How far apart did you plant them? Do they bloom at the same time?

I have the "parasol lady" with a rose growing around her. I think I prefer your bush. What kind is it and how often do you have to prune the bush?

As others said, please keep the photos comming. Your gardens are amazing. Posted: 8:16 am on November 5th
meander1 writes: Hi, Clare, love everything and especially your delightful parasol lady! Is she strategically placed in the bush the way she is because she is only half a torso to start with? Or has the bush grown up and around her to give that effect? Your garden has beautiful lines and great bones...no doubt, it looks wonderful in all four seasons. Posted: 8:04 am on November 5th
ClareRocky writes: Thanks so much for the feedback! I really appreciate it. Posted: 7:57 am on November 5th
Beazel writes: Just lovely. . .nice massing, and I admire the making and maintenance of those very crisp borders. Posted: 7:44 am on November 5th
mainer59 writes: There's not much left to say after yesterday's comments. I think "WOW", said by many, sums it up. I like the way a vegetable garden is part of the cultivated area. Posted: 7:37 am on November 5th
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