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Re: Spring in Kristen's garden in Virginia

You have a beautiful property, Kristen and have done such a wonderful job with your layers of interesting plant material...such a wonderful diversity of bushes...the birds must love all their berry choices.
I'm so intrigued by your "blueberry house"...yes, when it comes to healthy, antioxident rich blueberries, doing something to protect them from the birds is a wise thing. Sometimes, we humans have to be just a little bit selfish!
Compliments to your husband also...I know what a huge contribution a willing hardscape enabler can be!

Re: Monday Morning Mashup!

I thoroughly enjoyed your mash-up idea, Michelle. Each picture and accompanying story made me want to see more...kind of like a good movie trailer.
I was particularly struck by the very expressive narrative Kathy Fink shared about her tea garden. Mother Earth has an unlimited capacity to absorb whatever pain and worries we pour into her through our gardening efforts and she gives us beauty and serenity in return. I'm so happy for you, Kathy, that you have overcome your damaging over eating compulsion and have found your healthy and more joyful self through gardening.

Re: Becky's garden in Pennsylvania

Hi, Becky, I love envisioning you and your mom taking those garden strolls and then sitting on that lovely porch (ha, move over Mr. Spider) and talking plants, kids, and life with a cool glass of iced tea. Sounds like you run the gamut in sun/shade conditions and can indulge in quite a diversity of plant selections...although you are wisely choosing those that fend for themselves more easily at this point in your life.
Your children are blessed to be included in your forays to garden centers and I'll bet you let them make some selections of their own to add to the color and fun of what's growing at home.

Re: Jeri's garden in Alaska

Count me also as a big fan of your well traveled pathway solution...I love your novel use of the grates. Your backyard certainly strikes a chord as being an additional room for your home ...what with artwork hanging on the walls and so much privacy. Forgive my ignorance, Jeri, but when does spring typically arrive for your zone 3 (brrr) area?
And the picture with the open gate shows you are a lady after my own heart since you were not willing to cut down the tree that has the interesting lean coming out of your fence line.

Re: Through the garden gate in Gail's garden in Oklahoma

My, oh my, Gail, you definitely have the magic not only create beauty but you have the gift to capture it perfectly in pictures. I am totally beguiled by the lush cascade of the wisteria blooms and the charming addition of the pop of yellow from the bicycle. I feel like I have been transported back to Mayberry, USA and Aunt Bee has just put a warm pie on the windowsill to cool. Thanks for starting my day out with such a feeling of old fashioned graciousness.

Re: Daylilies and more in Betsy's garden in New York

Hi, Betsy, it was so much fun going back over your previous submissions and imagining your today's shared colorful daylily blooms dancing above the robust foliage clumps. Your view from your back door in July must look like the circus has come to town and I mean that in the BEST possible way! So many exuberant colors, shapes and sizes...all very excited to be making an appearance. Isn't daylily bloom time wonderful!

Re: Spring in Verna's garden in British Columbia

Verna, you have such a wonderful diversity of spring flowering plants...all so colorful and bountiful. They certainly provide the kick-start that gets you energized to do all your amazing container combinations. Is the 5th picture down on the right that of a trout lily? Whatever it is...such delicate beauty. Shame on me for not knowing my wild flowers better.

Re: Surprise! Marni's lakeside garden in New York, Day 3

Loved seeing the additional garden structures and more shots of the house so beautifully framed by the wonderful landscaping. Marnie, I have to ask, in the 3rd picture on the that a wisteria that seems to be cascading from the roof? My goodness, that must be an even more breathtaking sight when in bloom and, oh, the fragrance!

Re: Marni's lakeside garden in New York, Day 2

Today's images are a delightful contrast to yesterday's equally enthralling photos....the expansive big picture vs the delicate details in the small. It's a treat to see things through the focus of your talented photographer's eye. Best of luck in your next situation and I hope you are surrounded by other variations of beauty.

Re: Marni's lakeside garden in New York, Day 1

Breathtakingly beautiful! I found myself nodding in agreement at your use of the word "privileged" in describing your view...yes, whenever nature makes such a significant contribution to what touches our soul, we are blessed and fortunate. It looks like you have learned much from the professionals who have helped shape your landscaping and will take that knowledge with you.
Someone new is going to love living in this very special bit of heaven on earth.

Re: Barbara's garden in Alaska, revisited

Goodness, Barbara, what an exuberant abundance of flowers ...the state tourist bureau should come to your place and do a photo shoot! When does your spring growing season typically begin and when does that wave of blue poppies come rolling in? What an amazing sight! I thought it was interesting that your enchanting blue color comes in a double ruffled petal configuration as well as the are extra blessed!

Re: Deidre's garden in upstate New York

Deidre, what a wonderful garden for walking about and working in. Your paths make it very user and visitor friendly. It hard to believe it is a garden in a house to house neighborhood because it communicates Such seclusion and privacy. Those lupines are hubba hubba worthy...I've never been able to grow them. Do you ever cut them to bring into the house and do lupines have any fragrance?
I'm also very interested in what your plans are to change things...will it be a tweaking or a major overhaul? Regardless, it's fun to have the energy that new plans bestow!

Re: Diana's garden in Ontario

Well, Diana, let me add my voice to the Alleluia Chorus of "What heavenly hostas". Yours are amazing! They sure must have liked your approach of 14" of additional garden soil and thorough mulching. I love how the hostas are so big , they actually seem to give the beautiful peony blooms support.
It's all very lovely.

Re: Betsy's garden in New York

As fortunate as you and your husband were 30 years ago to have found your dream place to live, that 1830's farmhouse was equally fortunate to be purchased by people who would love it and its history. How wonderful to have a solarium and make such good use of it. I am in love with your "plant stand" in pictures 2 and it an old stone grinding wheel? I can't totally tell and yet, I find it captivating and hugely appealing. And, sigh, all those colorful geraniums with blooms all year long...amazing!
I definitely hope you will return and share many more pictures with us. Sounds like there is a treasure trove of wonderful photo opportunities.

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

CJgardens, what a good memory you have that I have made mention of a shady pine area. Although many of the original white pines have come down, I had created a pathway through them when they were in their prime and planted many hostas and hydrangeas. I will try to take some pictures of it when I think it is particularly pretty. Thanks for your kind words about my previous sharings as well as today's.

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

Oh, Annek, how cool that you got to see the Indigo Girls perform in person. Their songs have the most amazingly complex lyrics and their gift in blending their voices is just so unique to them. Another of their songs that was practically an anthem for me was Watershed. It was during the time I was just getting my courage up to learn to ride (a scary undertaking since I was in my mid forties )and I would play it so loud while I was driving to the boarding barn where we kept our daughter's horse. It always made me feel more empowered and courageous about life decisions.
Here's a youtube link where the song is accompanied by pretty nature pictures if anyone wants to be inspired:

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

wildthyme , the area that is so generously covered with daffodils is fairly sloped so to prevent runoff, I have it planted fairly heavily with siberian iris, daylilies and some ornamental grasses (my beloved pink muhly grass as well as a maiden grass called 'Adagio'. Ha, you would think that with all that plant material, the weeds would feel unwelcome but, oh, nooo, they just take it as a challenge to see how many of them can sprout among the nooks and crannies.

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

Annek, your Alice in Wonderland reference made me look at my gnarly old bunny with even more fondness than usual. He does give off that vibe and, as wittyone observed, he looks as though he has a pocket watch tucked just out of sight.

Without a doubt, TN and the south have beautiful springs and we haven't even gotten to the best part when the dogwoods are in bloom.

Many years ago when I still lived in MA, a duo called the Indigo Girls came out with a song called 'Southland in the Springtime'. There was a stretch of it that always seemed to go straight into my heart...and this was before I ever knew that I was going to live in the borderline south. Here are the lines (for anyone who has an extra minute to read them):

When God made me born a yankee he was teasin'
There's no place like home and none more pleasin'
Than the Southland in the springtime
In Georgia nights are softer than a whisper
Beneath a quilt somebody's mother made by hand
With the farmland like a tapestry passed down through generations
And the peach trees stitched across the land...

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

"Miss Kim", I'm so glad my garden pictures brought some smiles your way. You could probably make a fun game of "I spy" with the kids or have a contest for naming my beat-up old standing bunny and tell me what they come with!

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

Aarchman07030 and tractor1, our barn, at this point, is a giant catch all since we no longer have horses. It is filled with my husband's woodworking equipment and the stalls have practical designations like "hose stall", "bench storage stall", etc. We joke that we are on the verge of being candidates for an episode of Hoarders. It's where I work on my artsy little Birdhousekeepsakes creations.

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

tractor1, thanks for doing a little research on the stinking hellebores. Heaven knows, I interact with them a lot since I have to pull so many when they show up like an invading army in places I definitely don't want them (ha, I know a little how the Ukraine feels...hmmm, yes, gpod should be a current events free zone so I won't make that joke again.

In another week or so, I will be having daffodil and crocus envy for all of you further north since you will be in the wonderful beginning of their bloom period and I will be busy deadheading. There are definitely pros and cons to living in a milder gardening zone.

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

Thank you all so very much for your appreciation of my wild and crazy spring garden.

Aarchman07030, since today is a thoroughly gorgeous day here in E. TN (and, hopefully, everywhere for the rest of you gardeners), I am walking the the walk of being mostly outside and working like crazy. I really enjoy even the grunt chores but just wish I was younger and stronger...sigh, we all the saying about "youth" and how it is wasted, right?!

cwheat000, "exhuberant' is such a celebratory word and I'm so glad my daffs and other plantings brought it to mind.

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

GardenGrl1, I, too, was surprised by how enthusiastically the hellebores colonized in that location. I was thinking that the one or two that I specifically planted would be it. However, every year their "territory" inches a little further in every direction. I understand that some of new hybrid varieties are sterile so the reseeding won't happen with them. I had one ambitious show off throw out a bloom in Dec. this past year but then the deeper cold settled in and that put the brakes on the hellebore party starting early.

Re: Erla & George's garden in Oregon, Day 2

OK, everybody, I just planted myself on the bench and I'll be there for a little bit while I gaze upon all the beautiful hostas. Plus, I'm going to get to know Trinket a little better! Erla and George, your rhodie collection is a treasure trove of such glorious blooms...what a wondrous sight that must be to see them in person. I was also so intrigued by your deodora selection 'Deep Cove' that I had to go do a google search on it. Sounds like it has many wonderful characteristics and is a wonderful addition to a garden.
Thanks for sharing a delightful second day's worth of pictures.

Re: Erla & George's garden in Oregon, Day 1

Oops, sorry for popping back in so soon but I wanted to ask, how long have you lived on your beautiful property?

Re: Erla & George's garden in Oregon, Day 1

Hi, Eria and George, your farm certainly sits on a gorgeous piece of property with breathtaking views. It must be tempting to want to be outside from sunrise to sunset...either working amongst the beauty you have created yourselves or that offered up by Mother Nature. I was particularly drawn to the picture of the old wagon wheel keeping company with the beautiful pinkish red azalea and the blue wood hyacinth...a lovely composition.
I loved reading that you are in your 80's and still going strong...I hope to be so blessed!

Re: Revisiting Bob & Mary Ann's garden in Kentucky

Well, Bob and Mary Ann, I would also be seriously chomping at the bit to see this beautiful garden spring back to life. Especially with 600 new residents getting ready to move in and find that perfect spot to call home. I don't know what your previous professions were prior to your retirements but you have certainly found your calling in creating and maintaining your own personal paradise. I am captivated (again) by that sumptuous blue there a more deep true blue than whatever that particular variety displays? It's a perfect stunner!
Wishing you luck that your losses from this cold winter are few.

Re: Spring in Irvin & Pauline's garden in California

An early spring cyber visit to your garden, Irvin and Pauline, is as spirit lifting as my first bluebird sighting of the year...I get a zippity-do-dah feeling and a smile on my face.
Every picture is a favorite! I give a thumbs up on the playful umbrella skeleton with its bold purple color and red accent ornamentation...I'm sure your garden visitors will share your sense of fun and nod approvingly.
I also particularly enjoyed the photo of the blue garden bench contrasting so attractively against the white is lit up so beautifully with gentle touches of sunlight.

Re: Debbie's garden in Alabama

Hi, Debbie, first let me express super kudos on the wonderful job you do limbing up your ornamental trees. I so enjoyed enlarging each picture and gazing up and through the trunks and branching. I'm always timid about taking pruners to errant branches but when I see results like yours, I know I must be braver. Properly "coiffed" trees do give a garden a special elegance and serenity.
Could you please share the name of that positively glowing hosta along the side of your about a beacon of light!
And the stretch on that squirrel is Cirque du Soleil worthy!

Re: Tulip Time Chez Helene

My, oh, my, such beautiful varieties of tulips. It really is amazing how exquisite they are....sigh... especially in the double peony form. The color of your porch steps makes such a perfect backdrop for the gorgeous blend of pinks to contrast against.
I think there should be a repeat of this sharing in the fall so I am inspired to get my lazy duff and PLANT MOUE TULIPS! They are so worth the effort.

Re: Gwen's garden in Kansas

Hi, Gwen, I think many of us here in gpod land know what an initial few daylilies can lead to...and your pictures show it beautifully. If you are anything like me, in your imagination, you see those daylilies in bloom as soon as the the plant breaks dormancy... and the anticipation just builds and builds. And then the color festival finally begins and it's all you hoped it would be. But, yet, there's always just one more daylily that needs to come home with you and join the party, right?
Your son was very talented and it has to be a poignant comfort to have the structures that came into being because of his vision as a permanent part of your garden.

I, too, smiled at the last picture and thought of the fun 'Miss Kim' and her children would have making up delightful stories about the little frog in the calla lily. So sweet!

Re: Chihuly glass at NYBG

Sigh, Chihuly glass, so totally magical and mesmerizing! Love your observation, flowerladydi, about the last picture reminding you squashes and gourds.
Ha, if the glass sculpture thing hadn't worked out as career for Dale Chihuly, he could have tried his hand at being a children's party clown 'cause he would have made the most amazing balloon animals...he's the master of whimsical and fantastical shapes and color combos!

Hello to 'Miss Kim' and her students!

Re: Nancy's garden before it was ravished by voles.....

Well, darn, Nancy...I can just imagine how your heart went thud at seeing the vole damage to your hosta. Doesn't seem fair...there they were...enjoying their winter's sleep and marshaling their energy so they could burst forth into leafy spring magnificence. Grrr, evil little critters...Disney better not make a flick where a vole is an adorable big eyed hero and get people feeling all soft and mushy about them. I cannot be a fan of anything that destroys a beautiful there!
Your cobblestone curbing project is very handsome...really finishes things off in a great looking way. What is the ground cover that has such a bright green color and is gently mounding?

Re: Sally's garden visit in England

Beautiful, beautiful garden, Sally. It had to be a privilege and a pleasure to stroll about such gracious and well maintained grounds. Did you come home wanting to "steal" and adopt any particular feature of it? I noticed your date stamp on a few of the pictures was 7-04-2013...any teasing reference from the Brits about our July 4th Independence Day celebrations?!

Re: Daryl's garden in New Jersey, revisited

Yowza, that's quite a color display when your glorious rose is in bloom along with the weigela 'Ghost'...I'd definitely feel like a proud owner to have that twosome to gaze upon! Is there an actual trellis the rose grows over where there seems like an opening or just some artful pruning?
I have serious "gate" envy ...that was an awesome find and it's so great that you have it out to be seen. Love the exuberance of all your tall flowers.

Re: More from Donna's garden in Washington

Wow, Donna, I would never have guessed that was a rose. I was thinking a cherry or crab-apple tree. Thanks so much for popping back in and setting me straight. And, how amazing that you get additional flower flushes throughout the growing season even if they aren't quite as lush as in the picture you shared. What a fabulous rose for your garden.

Re: More from Donna's garden in Washington

I've really enjoyed this additional opportunity to see more views of your garden, Donna. My fingers are busy scrolling, hitting enlarge and going back to your previous sharing to compare and contrast. You have so much wonderful diversity of plant material which makes your garden a visual delight all four evidenced by the elegant willow (?) all dressed in white for the winter ball.
What is the deep pink blossom filled tree in the first photo? It looks so perfectly situated with the blue spruce 'Montgomery" and crimson pigmy barberry as its smaller neighbors....a very lovely composition.
Are you having hints of spring yet where you are?

Re: Amy's garden in Massachusetts

Aww, I felt a pang as I read that Weston's no longer has its extensive growing fields. They were an amazing resource to have in the vicinity since you knew as a customer that the stock was definitely hardy to the area. Everyone who worked there was so knowledgeable. Didn't one of the founders of Weston's develop the PJM Rhododendren?
So glad to read that the daffidil campaign was such a success. It should be a beautiful sight if the bloom hits during the marathon. I'm rooting for Mother Nature to smile upon you all.

Re: Amy's garden in Massachusetts

hi, again, Amy, I was reading some of your early blog posts and I was wondering how the campaign to plant daffodils along the Boston Marathon route went? I used to live in Hopkinton back in the early 90's and the marathon was always such an amazing would fill little Hopkinton with so many people. IS Weston Nursery still in operation?

Re: Amy's garden in Massachusetts

Hi, Amy, wonderful appetizer course to introduce your garden but we are a greedy and hungry bunch here on gpod so more servings will be very welcome! Your home looks like the perfect backdrop for being surrounded by lush and stately flowers. And the white painted bench and fencing make such a complimentary architectural statement. It doesn't get any prettier than that deep pink clematis twining around and through the top of the bench...just love it. Could you please share the name of that particular clematis?
Don't be surprised if your blog site-meter shows that someone from Friendsville TN spent the day going from posting to posting. Looks like it has many wonderful photos and informative writing.

Re: More Japanese maples in Kathy's Massachusetts garden

Well, congratulations, Kathy, you win the honor of sending me off on my first google search of the day. I just had to find out more about Mikawa that looks so perfect in your rock garden. It gives such an interesting impression... in that particular picture, I'm not sure I would have guessed it was a Japanese maple. I was thinking it was a dwarfish hinoki cypress until I clicked enlarge. It has such a dense leafing habit. Will you attempt to keep it that height with your pruning expertise?
I love the soft multi-color leaf color of 'Butterfly' which I do have and I'm also quite taken with 'Shigitatsu' which I don't have but wish I did!

Re: The gardens at the Inn at Honey Run in Ohio

Hi, Ashley, looks like your employers found a real gem in you. I'm sure your enthusiasm for nature and gardening is contagious and any guests you interact with must appreciate the joy you bring to your work. Your container combinations are a visual treat as are the planting beds. It really does add a lot to the get-away experience (even if it's only on a subconscious level) to be surrounded by nature's beauty. Nice job!

Re: A video tour through Anne's Delaware garden

Ripping open the envelope with excitement..."and the award for most delightful visual garden presentation goes to (drum roll, please) Anne Engelkng!!" What a treat...I loved every chirping second of it. It's a beautifully sumptuous garden and the video was such a special way to share it. Your dahlias looked super...loved the wine red ones with matching colored stems.
If the narrative hadn't fessed up to weeds, I would never have known. Everything looked like exuberantly lush growth that belonged. Thank you so much for putting this together, Anne. It should have an encore presentation next winter when the snow is piled high.

Re: Summer scenes from Carla's garden in Connecticut

Great series of pictures, Carla, and the one with the golden orb of Cosmos is just what I need as I get used to the time's like the bright happy sun that still isn't up and shining in spite of it being 7:45 in the morning. I love how the purple perilla sets off the Catherine Woodbury dalily...the perfect backdrop to make "Catherine's" soft luminescence really glow.
Do you direct sow the seeds of the Cosmos and Love in the Mist? I must be braver about deliberately attempting to grow things from seed. I'm always quite appreciative when Mother Nature lends a helping hand with certain returning annuals or biennials.

Re: Kathy's colorful Japanese maples in Massachusetts

Kathy, I would love to know what your technique is when you say you prune some of your trees to keep them smaller. I'm sure it takes some special finesse so that they don't look chopped. Any info and/or tips would be appreciated. Thank you.

Re: Kathy's colorful Japanese maples in Massachusetts

Oh, by the way, Kathy, what is the interesting ground cover in the second picture on the left?

Re: Kathy's colorful Japanese maples in Massachusetts

There is such a delicate vulnerability to Japanese maple leaves as they first start to unfurl and make their appearance. Hmm, they hold the same tender fascination for me as a baby's little fist opening up and then you see those magical little fingers straighten out. Your Japanese maples are all exquisite, Kathy, and I could stare in marvel at their beauty for a long time. You've done a wonderful job nurturing them.

Re: The garden Nina left behind

Yes,it had to be very difficult to leave your CA paradise but thank heavens, Nina and Bud, you had a great second act in you to express. In fact, with the dramatically opposite planting zones you dealt with, it is like you wrote your masterpieces in two different languages but each translate into great beauty.
In the top picture on the right, what is the plant (a vine? a tree?) with the dangling orange blossoms in the foreground? They are certainly vibrant.

Re: Nina's dry stream bed in Montana

Goodness, Nina, what an, that's a project with a capital P! It looks like it has wonderful 4 season interest with your inclusion of evergreens, grasses... even the Russian sage has an attractive ghostly winter interest. You really did an amazing job making it look like the work of Mother Nature.
Whew, that had to be quite an adjustment to go from your CA planting zone to the zone 4 of MT. Looks like you mastered the learning curve with an A+.

Re: Nina's garden in Montana, Day 2

Nina, it has to be so interesting for you to see the vignettes that Michelle captured in pictures. Does the 3rd photo down show your entrance from the road or, hmmm, maybe it's the entrance into the vegetable garden from your driveway? Funny me for trying to figure those sorts of things out...doesn't matter 'cause it's so pretty and welcoming, regardless.
That onion harvest deserves a standing ovation...I suspect your neighbors look forward to when it's sharing time!

Add my voice to the chorus of "love your potting shed" looks like a very special place to turn dreams into reality.

Re: Nina's garden in Montana, Day 1

Nina, thanks so much for popping back in... answering questions and sharing some of your gardening anecdotes.
Congrats on your fortuitous timing in making the move to MT and getting all those enviable bargains on wood. Gardeners put in so much sweat's nice when you can get a price break on raw materials!

Re: Nina's garden in Montana, Day 1

Wow, Nina, your second picture down certainly shows how Montana earned the nickname "Big Sky Country" (ha, and I'll be embarrassed if I'm mis-remembering that 5th grade bit of info). What is the beautiful snow topped mountain range that you look out on?
Your structure that anchors the end of the veggi bed is so handsome and looks like it is set up for grilling the freshly picked harvest.
Everything is lush and wonderful. I'm definitely eager to see the the couple of days' installments.

Re: Beautiful Grecian wildflowers

Great combination of fascinating pictures and interesting information...thanks for the plant travelogue, Harriet. I was also intrigued by the flower on the Capparis Spinosa's so exotic looking. I'm a big fan of Chicken Piccata with capers and I have never given any thought to where those tangy little pea-sized thingies came from. Thanks to you, I just did a google search to learn more and I now know they are the unripened flower buds of that spiny bush. So, hmmm, the plant has to be deprived of its flowers for me to have capers...ha, now I feel selfish!

Re: More from Midge's garden in Pennsylvania

Hi, again, Midge, I seem to have a case of question-itis today. I was looking again at your photos (cold here so I haven't quite steeled myself to go outside and get to work)...anyway, I wanted to ask you about what looks to be a whimsical goose painted in the same blue tones as your fabulous urn. I can't quite tell from the it three dimensional? What is made of...wood? metal? It's quite fun and eye catching so I'd love to know more about it. Thanks.

Re: More from Midge's garden in Pennsylvania

Hi, Midge, well, I have to ask right off the bat...does your Yellowwood bloom reliably every year for you? I have one that has been in the ground over 12 years and is 25'-30' feet tall and I have gotten only one spring when each branch tip was dripping with a graceful white blossom panicle like yours. Lucky you if that that is a yearly event!

I have a serious case of Allium envy...why, oh why, do I let every fall slip by without planting a clump? Yours are such a perfect color to stand out amongst the more chartreusy greens that surround them.

Love your lady sculpture rejoicing in her dress edging of colorful tulips!

Re: The garden in Tennessee that Vicki left behind

Hi, Vicki, well, as a fellow east Tennessean, I certainly know the challenges of this part of the country's red clay. You obviously conquered it and made it your humble servant since all your plant material looks like it was thriving.
You must be blessed with the gift of decisiveness since you had so much to get into the ground with that trailer full of cross country travelers. Did you end up doing a lot of digging up and relocating as your house and hardscape evolved? I think I would have had to take a few crying breaks along the way as a release valve for a sense of urgency of "must get plants in the ground". But it all ended up looking fabulous and the next owner certainly benefited from your vision and hard work.

Did you take your Atlas statue back with you to Washington?

Re: Summer in Nancy's garden in Maryland

Wow, Nancy, Plum, Peach, Apple and Berry...that is one festive and colorful fruit salad you have going on in your front yard...all unified with that gorgeous blue urn.
And, your hydrangeas are like soft, billowing clouds of pastel perfection...just beautiful. I wasn't familiar with your first named variety 'Amy Pasquir' but I think I'll keep an eye open for's lovely. Your hostas and fern certainly look like they are thriving and I'll bet you can't wait for that stunner 'Hudson Bay' to get a few years older. Did you buy that via a catalog or a local nursery?

Re: Jane's garden in summer and winter

Hi,Jane, I wouldn't have guessed from your pictures that you live in a subdivision...those are, indeed, very generous sized lots. You seem to have a great deal of privacy...ha, except for the unwelcome guests who are making themselves at home.
Your grasses are a wonderful 4 season addition to your garden areas. They add such interesting dimensionality as a backdrop for flowerbeds in summer or standing as sentries during the winter. I really enjoyed the the compare and contrast.

Re: Flowers at the equator

The flowers are literally all such exotic beauties to this set of eyes. It's fascinating that these are just what grow so easily on their own. Sounds like a fun and interesting vacation. Thanks for the pics.

Re: Color in Daniela's garden in Ohio

GrannyMay, I'm seeing the same thing. Whenever that happens, I joke to my husband that the cyber-space gods must be cutting me off because I'm too wordy! But, Daniela's pictures are so inspiring, they are always worth a second look.

Re: Color in Daniela's garden in Ohio

Daniela, I love the almost palpable exuberance of your garden ...and, your commentary! Fess up, do you ever take a minute to just be lazy in that hammock tucked away in the back of photo #1?
She didn't mention it in today's gpod sharing (I'll be so embarrassed if my eyes skimmed right over it if she did) but Daniela has a marvelous blog:

For all of us who love to see vibrant flowers in wonderful combinations, Daniela's blog is a visual treat. And, in addition to the wonderful photos, she's also a font of info... always giving the plant names of what she posts.

Re: Darryl's garden in Tennessee, from Jeff, Day 2

Oh, PAdesigner, I was writing while your comment got posted but, my, oh, my, yes, I know just the scene you are referring to in Downton Abbey. It made me put the tv on pause and go back so I could take in the stunning backdrop. It was perfection!

Re: Darryl's garden in Tennessee, from Jeff, Day 2

This is one of those kind of places that sings a siren song I can't resist...must look at pictures again...and again...and again. It's just so sumptuous with such a timeless beauty. I think it's things like the climbing roses spanning the gracious doorway on the back entry area and how the beautiful other structures are nestled among mature (and very well maintained) plant material that makes it so appealing to me. You've really captured some lovely images, Jeff.
OK, now it's time for the ultimate compliment...if the rule was that ladies had to dress up (a la Downtown Abbey) to enjoy a walk-about through these gardens, I think I would be sorely tempted to put on a skirt and hat. Does Darryl happen to do a lot of outdoor entertaining?

Re: Darryl's Garden in Tennessee, from Jeff

Jeff, I love the vibe this property and its plantings gives off. It has that wonderful combination of relaxed lushness balanced out with under control. You and Darryl are a very successful partnership. What is the vine that is scampering up and about around the entryway? Is it a topic of conversation between you and Darryl over how much to prune it?

Re: Our favorite garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

What a thrill that must have been for the mother/daughter team to have their vision and hard work be so well rewarded. It took my involvement in gardening for me to become a fan of any tone of purple (as a kid growing up prone to freckles and sunburn, purple was not my color for clothes) and now, I definitely appreciate its allure. Michelle, is that a bare bed spring "carcass" at the zombie fighting station?

Congrats on the successful talk and the great mix and mingle with fellow gpod-ers.
Hmmm, in today's super connected world, maybe in the future there can be a live stream to events like this? Then we could all cheer you on in cyber-person!

Re: Midge's garden in Pennsylvania

Midge, add my voice to the growing chorus of "Love that Sculpture"...she is the perfect piece in the perfect place. Now, perhaps, her purpose is to scare away unwelcome wildlife (at which she has not been totally successful), but I see her as a cheerleader chanting "GO, MIDGE, GO" with your gardening successes!!
Thank you so much for sharing the especially verdant vibrancy of the spring photos...although I do love that Stewartia's fall color.
Wonderful property that is obviously loved by its humans and visiting critters.

Re: Bonnie's garden in Pennsylvania in Winter

Well, Bonnie, I was expecting to wake up to a winter wonderland according to my last night's weather forecast but, so far, nothing...then, I came to GPOD! Your photos give me all the magical snow scenes I could want. I love how your garden cherub looks as if she has a armful of snow and is clasping it to her heart. She's here a few days early... since Friday is Valentines Day.
Your cottage with its snow laden roof nestled serenely amongst the evergreens is the very definition of picturesque.

Re: Linda's Recycled Garden in North Dakota

Linda, I am almost dizzy just from imagining how intoxicating the lilac fragrance must be when that glorious hedge is in full bloom. Your limbed up evergreens are very appealing and so much more interesting than if they were just a heavy looking privacy screen. Love that you included the smiling picture of yourself with your loyal companion Sophie. You've built a great garden filled with memories of friends and co workers who have shared plants with you.

Re: Scenes from the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Wow,, GrannyMay, awesome photo stream...I enjoyed every picture. I was able to catch a couple of artist names and/or web addresses for some of the nifty decorative item exhibits so I'm going to be doing some homework.

And, PerenniallyCrazy, your links were also very much enjoyed. What a treat for us that you both were there in person.

Re: Scenes from the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Looks like there were some great displays to get one in the mood for spring projects and planting. Love the color scheme in the first photo...has a soothing and yet energizing effect...very pretty.

Re: Martha's garden in Michigan

Martha, thanks so much for coming back on the board and sharing how your husband made that wonderful trellis. I have kept the enlarged picture of it open all day and your explanation really helped me understand the creative process. Handy husbands are priceless in helping to give gardens special touches and unique architectural features.

Re: Martha's garden in Michigan

Martha, you have so many lovely vignettes in your garden. Your graceful sweeps of grass invite the eye (and your cute dog) to move along at a leisurely pace and take everything in.
I'm intrigued by the labeling of the fabulous looking trellis as "recycled garage door" to know the story behind that but if it's too complicated to put into words, don't worry. They are just so perfect looking in their current "job".

Michelle, hope you have a wonderful time giving your talk, mixing and mingling and feeling the love!

Re: An ice storm in Jane's garden in Maine

Mother Nature is the ultimate magician, isn't she...abracadabra...with a wave of her weather wand, she welcomes us into a world of glistening wonderment. You captured some beautiful images, Jane...each one so special in its own unique way. I am guessing that the lack of wind kept damage to a minimum.
I,too, had to go look up first glance, they looked like mini bear traps for elves...ha. I can see why they are the perfect footwear accessory in climates with lots of us and snow.

Re: Sally's garden in Maryland, in winter

Well, Sally, with that enticing view from your kitchen window, you would have to fight me for the privilege of doing the morning dishes. Don't count on me to be speedy with the task, though, I would dawdle and get lost in reverie as I thought about the upcoming spring. How wise you were to "harvest" some hellebore blooms to enjoy indoors...those colors look exquisite. I always go gaga over the bark of the 'Natchez' crape myrtle...yours is a stunning as they get!

Re: More from John's butterfly (and hummingbird) garden in Michigan

Hey, tntreeman, I fell in love with the front on close up of the male and female cardinal. I joked to my husband, Darwin, that it was the bird version of Grant Wood's iconic painting, American Gothic.

By the way, John, in two pictures, you referred to one as a male monarch and the next as a female...what is the give-away in telling the gender?

Re: More from John's butterfly (and hummingbird) garden in Michigan

Just gotta' pop back on here to encourage everyone with a little extra time to check out John's flickr will never want to leave. It's just one truly gorgeous picture after another. Here'a repeat of the link.


Re: More from John's butterfly (and hummingbird) garden in Michigan

Well, John, you're certainly giving some winter weary eyes a much appreciated reminder of what we have to look forward to. Your photo captures of hummingbirds and butterflies are pure enchantment. I love the hand of nature weaving the blue morning glory through the clump of the purple aster...such a perfect touch of serendipity. Thanks again for brightening our days.

Re: John's butterfly garden in Michigan

John, I know that your poignantly shared journey that has lead you here today has touched many hearts. Your passionate advocacy to remind us all that butterflies need our help has been beautifully expressed an will not be a message that is forgotten. Please make this friendly board a place you stop in have much valuable knowledge to share and it will always be appreciated. Thank you.

Re: John's butterfly garden in Michigan

I'm with tntreeman, John, your butterfly garden is extra impressive knowing it has only been in place since 2012.
In the second photo down, is the tall pinkish purple plant a variety of milkweed? And is your pathway lined with lantana or are those shorter yellow and orange flowers the milkweed? Hope I haven't embarrassed myself by asking.

Re: John's butterfly garden in Michigan

Hi, John, what a lushly flower filled garden. I can just imagine sitting on that bench in the first picture and putting myself in a delightful trance of butterfly watching. There is something so mesmerizing about watching their graceful glidings, thoughtful hoverings , and gentle landings. Your commitment to creating such a hospitable habitat for them is inspiring and makes me want to do better in my own garden. Thank you.

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

Cute image, GrannyMay...but with my track record, I would stub a toe, stumble and my precious daylilies would be scarfed up by all the munchkins.

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

So, Jeff, no snazzy red footwear on this girl (ha, no matter what the occasion)'s all about mud laden old sneakers. Of course, it only takes about a week for any of my gardening sneakers to look instantly aged. They tromp, stomp, scrape, know the story.
And. Annak, Jeff is right about me and my daylilies...I have a hunger...for me, they are like the "my Precious" from Lord of the Rings. The only thing that keeps me under control is the astronomical price of the newest releases.

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

Oh, GrannyMay, I loved your story and, even though the ending wasn't a "happily ever after" the theme of garden obsessions is a great one. Should anyone else stop back in for a read, here's a recollection that's evidence that I have a serious addiction problem. spring a few years back, I was sooo excited about making my first of the season visit to one of my favorite nurseries. It's located 2 small towns away. Takes about 20
minutes to get to.

The sky was a bit threatening but I was not to be deterred because, hey, I had made up my mind and I was in the throes of plant joy. So, I'm happily driving over, have the extra anticipation pounding of the heart going on and was listening to the radio. Suddenly, the weather emergency signal noises started and the announcement was that there was a possible tornado sighting over in Rockford which was my destination.

I had a lively conversation with my inner sensible self on how I should turn back and just do it another day but the fever overwhelmed any good sense. My hope was that if a tornado had touched down, that it had moved on and the nursery was untouched and I could still browse and peruse plant material.

Now how pathetic is that?

PS the nursery was fine and yes, I fed my inner monster and bought some plants!

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

93 comments is totally awesome but hitting 100 would be amazing. We have all weekend to make it happen. Today's temperatures here in TN definitely made me think spring will get here after all. I know it makes sense for Jan. to be cold but we've been a little spoiled the past couple of years. The last chunks of ice in my waterfall are finally melting. It was quite dramatic for a while there.

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

Ha, how typical...if I wasn't so wordy, I would have snuck in at # I'm a proud 90! I hope my years as a gardener will also reach 90!

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

Well, well, here we are at comment #89 with me stepping back in so all it takes is one more contribution from someone and we'll break the 90 barrier. Ha, and then you know what the next goal will be...triple digits!
Darlene (GardenSmiles) opened the door to a topic that I know we all have stories of...what was the worst (most memorable) assault from Mother Nature on your garden?

For me, it was April, 2011 and the damage came from giant hail. The storm hit after dark and it was accompanied by very serious tornado warnings so we took refuge down in the basement for many hours. During one of the breaks in the barrage of bad stuff, I stuck my head out the front door and was shocked at the assault on my senses. There were piles of hail that were a foot high and the scent of fresh pine was almost overwhelming...the following morning, I understood the pine thing better. Almost every square inch of the ground was covered with ripped off pine and other tree branches. Most of my perennials were terribly beat up with the saddest thing being that the iris, peonies and hosta were in tatters....and I mean shredded beyond repair.

The following morning, we basically approached clean up with an emergency room triage mentality...what seemed most needing our attention first? Sigh...there was so much destruction to choose from! However, for as wounded as my gardening sensibilities were, all it took was watching the news to put everything in perspective. Those in Alabama were hit with real devastation from the tornadoes with lives lost and homes destroyed.

Anyway, that is my story. Any others with a tale to share?

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

Yay...the 80's have been broken and now I can hit the sack and dream of spring gardening.

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

Ok, Jeff, now is the moment...if you are still awake...what can I say to make you come back on one more time and break this comment thread into the 80's. Maybe it's already happened while I'm puzzling over what to tease you about.
Here's an off topic question...who you picking for the superbowl? We have to go with the Broncos and Peyton since he's been so good about coming back to the Knoxville area and doing good things for his alma mater University of TN. He really does seem to be a fine person.
Your turn!

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

Well, Jeff, it might be cold outside but your pictures and commentary lured many to share your misery right away this morning. I had to check the time on my laptop because when I saw that 17 other gpod-ers had already checked in, I felt like I must have overslept!
Love the graceful and ethereal look of the snow laden deodara cedar. After viewing all the many shades of white, the jolt of color provided by the lemons and the warm amber of some good old Tennessee whisky was just what the doctor ordered!

Gloria, I hope your time spent out in CA is very restorative and you return home in fine gardening mettle.

Re: Kathy's garden in Mississippi

Good quick catch, just escaped being on the receiving end of some good-natured teasing.

Re: Kathy's garden in Mississippi

How awesome, Kathy, to have multiple passions in your life. Of course, Brian, has taken over the #1 slot but it sounds like gardening and "Harleying" are co-existing happily in the #2 position. Your garden has lots of whimsy and charm which always adds to the enjoyment for others who come visiting. I can well imagine what a treat it is for your fellow H.O.G members when they come rolling up your driveway and have such a great place to mix and mingle. If you and any of fellow riders ever come up to TN to ride the Smoky Mountain Dragon stretch of roadway (quite a thrill, I understand), and want to add a garden tour as an additional "activity", ask Michelle for my email and we can set something up. I love to share, also.
Love your generous sized front porch...I'll bet there are some nice rocking chairs just waiting to be enjoyed.

Re: Darlene's garden in South Dakota

Well, Darlene, your pictures reveal you to be a force of nature in human form...making such a positive impression on your land...creating beauty and your can-do spirit and enthusiasm for all things gardening. Your zinnias are gorgeous and look like a line of cheerleaders celebrating your successes!

Re: Barbara's garden in Connecticut, in praise of Angelica gigas

What a statuesque beauty...kind of like a tall runway model showing up among us mere mortals. In a way, it reminds me of taller, darker flowered Verbena Bonariensis with its generosity of reseeding and being an insect magnet. I love its deep maroon colored stems.
Barbara, your entertaining commentary was a wonderful companion for these great pictures. And, of course, those fantastic sculptures makes yours one of the most memorable gardens shared here on gpod since I've been a viewer.

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut: before, during, and after

What a wonderful difference! Besides the obvious of the patio and pergola, there are so many delightful little the framed mirror and the beautiful container transformed into a bubbling fountain. All the plants are now so comfortable with each other...rubbing shoulders and being friendly...working together to give you and your family a perfect backyard oasis.

Re: Lori's gnome garden in Utah

Yay for you, Lori...nothing is more fun than the release and celebration of your inner child. Yours along with your son looks to be having fabulous time. I love the unleashing of all this creativity. All your little details are totally beguiling. The little heart shaped stepping stones around one of the gazing balls are adorable. I am assuming that you made them yourself? Are they concrete or hypertufa?
Everything is just wonderful...thanks for the inspiration!

Re: Carolyn's BIG rock garden in Massachusetts

Hi,again, Carolyn. your mention of Grafton rang a bell as I lived in a neighboring town, Hopkinton, back in the late 80's/early 90's. I remember well the clank of shovel on rock and how the existence of rock would influence how I might start moving the hole over to the side of that initial shovel dig. I can still remember giving up on a preferred location or rationalizing that buying dirt and building up would be cheaper than the possible chiropractic bill if I persevered. Now I have even more admiration for your commitment to your project.

Re: Carolyn's BIG rock garden in Massachusetts

What an amazing and impressive effort, Carolyn...I crown thee the gpod Queen of patience, perseverance, and pluck. You would have made a heck of a pioneer woman! I love how this incredibly massive rock space has become a canvass for such charmingly delicate plantings...the ultimate in ying and yang!

We used to have a pair of killdeer that would make a nest in
some gravel between our barn and pasture. We would take such care in making sure our horses didn't accidentally step on the eggs as we led them to and fro . Each year, at some point, a hungry critter would raid the nest and we'd never get hatchlings. It was a treat to see your young chicks and know that your killdeer parents were smarter than mine in their choice of real estate.

Re: Connie's garden in Illinois

Hmm, Marsha1, the Hornbaker Gardens you just made mention of have a great website. Looks like a delightful place to visit, shop and feed the addiction!

Re: Connie's garden in Illinois

Hi, again, Connie, my eyes perked up at your mention of Oakes Daylilies. I am a big fan! Their fields are located about a 45 minute drive from where I live. They have an open to the public festival during the height of their growing season, oh my! They have very generous sized display clumps which are well labelled and beautifully presented. It is quite a treat to walk the paths among them. I am sure I am quite comical as I stop and scribble notes to put certain ones on my wish list. People come from quite a distance to attend so you and Mark wouldn't feel lonely if you ever decided to make a trip of it. There is another treasure trove daylily specialty place in the Knoxville area called Champion Daylilies and its offerings are wonderful also. I have bought some real favorites from both places. I, too, am a sucker for daylilies.
Mark's plan to put the train track through your fairy garden sounds awesome. We'll all be looking forward to seeing pictures of that completed project.

Re: Connie's garden in Illinois

Gosh, Connie, as I was gazing upon the first three pictures, the word "enchanting" kept coming to mind and then I came to the fourth picture and I had to add capital letters to my reaction of "ENCHANTING". Regardless of age, we all love a fairy garden and yours has so many adorable elements. Mark is a masterful maestro of miniature construction and has created a captivating vignette of magic. You both must have so much fun planning, doing and enjoying all your projects.

Re: Marsha's garden in Illinois

Hi, Marsha, sincerest condolences on the loss of your garden stalwart, the locust tree. Your very attractive dry stream bed reveals you to be a master of the lemonade out of lemons situation so the additional sun will offer opportunities. I don't know how tall the remaining stump is but the other day I was on Pinterst and happened to type in its search bar, "old tree stumps". I have a modest one I have been mulling over whether to get fun and creative with. Oh, my, some awesome pictures popped up. I'm drawn to some with the gnome or hobbit house look...possibilities, possibilities!
Your plant combinations are wonderful and your "stream" of the
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' is perfection. I have to admit I am surprised is does so well in IL...I wasn't expecting that.

Re: David's veggie, fruit, and herb garden in Hawaii

Definitely impressive, David...I guess veggie/fruit gardening in Hawaii takes place all year long. Is there a particular month that is considered best for starting seeds or putting in starter plants? Borage has such interesting flowers in such a lovely shade of blue....warning...ignorance about to be borage edible or just medicinal?

Re: Belinda's garden in Ontario, revisited

All those blue planters look so good with the white railing and light siding of your house. Your sugar shack is so handsome...what an awesome job your husband did. Looks like a wonderful destination point as a garden feature although, since he actively makes maple sugar in there, it is highly functional. I love the bright, colorful heading on your blog...delightful picture of one of Mother Nature's miracle creations at work. I'm off to read there and learn more.

Re: More from Lynn's garden in Wisconsin!

Lynn, I always so admire gardeners like yourself who are disciplined and wise enough to do the preemptive thing like applying the fungicide before the problem is glaringly obvious. I'm sure your plants thank you!

Re: More from Lynn's garden in Wisconsin!

Lynn, thanks for the info on the tall phlox...sounds like a delightful problem to have with them being so generous in multiplying. So, do you ever have trouble with mildew on your phlox and monarda leaves or is more the curse of the south?
That really is a glorious border. You have a wonderful eye for color compatibility and rhythm.

Re: More from Lynn's garden in Wisconsin!

Lynn, you and Dick have certainly made inspirational use of your retirement years. I am so awed by the depth and beautiful balance of plant material in your long back border. The mass of red monarda serves as such an effective anchor with the rest of its neighbors providing the pleasing rhythm of repetition in colors, shapes and textures. It strikes me as textbook perfect... and shows me it can be done by passionate home gardeners. Your winter photo shows off the beautiful backdrop of deciduous trees and evergreens that also grace your property.

Re: Revisiting Alyson's garden in Washington state

Sigh, Alyson, your garden invites contemplative reveries and peaceful thoughts...just spending time with your pictures is like a relaxing vacation. Sometimes, I like to test myself by not clicking on the link to the previous gpod photos and see if anything looks familiar first. The bell went off with the stacked stone sculpture of smooth river slicks and it's sumptuous sidekick, the 'Sum and Substance' hosta. I'm so glad you have shared today's additional round . This is exceptional photography that really does its subject matter justice. I so love have you have captured sunlight and beautiful.

Re: Lynn's garden in Wisconsin

Lynn, as I scrolled through your pictures, I was struck by how beautifully maintained everything is and how effective your large swaths of a single plant variety are. Those generous groupings of hosta and lilies and the purple flower (tall phlox?) invite the eye to relax and enjoy! I love your evening photo with the 'Limelight' hydrangeas glowing softly and seeming to gently light up the pathway. Everything is just glorious.

Re: A restored sunken garden in Illinois

Karen, sincerest kudos to you and all your fellow volunteers and contributors in this successful endeavor. The additional pictures on the website are also wonderful...I love the beaming faces of the brides and grooms as they get to "seal the deal" in front of that beautiful water feature. Your community is very fortunate to have such a lovely public area...especially one with a connection to the past.

Re: More from Jeanne's garden in Washington

Jeanne, you certainly have a delightful selection of ornamental trees. The picture featuring the golden chain tree is pure magic...the wondrous glowing panicles from the tree reaching down to almost meet the perfect compliment of purple in the allium. And, be still my beating heart, is that also a purple clematis twining its way up into the tree?! Love it, love it, love it! I also adore your tri-color beech. Jeff, is that a tree that does well here in TN or are our hot, humid summers too much for it?

Re: More from Barbara's garden in Alaska

Without a doubt, pictures are worth a thousand words. These photos are a glowing and convincing testimonial to the beauty of Alaska. All the colors are so vibrant and the plants all look so robust and healthy. Your two different swaths of poppies are drop dead gorgeous. Thank you, Michelle, for nudging Barbara to share more and thank you, Barbara, for complying.

Re: A garden wedding in Alaska!

Barbara, it looks like Mother Nature blessed your family with a picture perfect day for this wonderful occasion. The setting is pure enchantment. Those stunning pink peonies in the foreground are like additional flower girls in attendance. I'm sure their glorious fragrance will forever bring back special memories.

Re: Petra's visit to Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona

These are such great pictures, Petra, and perfect for all of us feeling besieged by the cold. I'll bet those Chihuly sculptures look even more amazing lit up at night..all eerie and luminescent.
Think I'll go do some google reading on Caroline Escobar...her work is very interesting.

Re: Jayne's getaway garden in New Hampshire

It must be simply amazing to sit in one of those Adirondack chairs and have that glorious rushing stream in view and hearing. I know I would never tire of it. What a treasure to have literally in your own back yard. Is there a place you can safely access sticking a toe (or more) in the water?
Love your colorful the particularly vibrant red one Ruby Spider? You really have a magical get-away property...lucky, lucky you!

Re: Vicki's garden in Washington

Vicki, I am so impressed with all you have accomplished with your outside areas. You have a wealth of well thought out plant selections, you have interesting hardescape and beautiful objects of ornamentation and you even have a greenhouse (big sigh of envy). And, it's not just any old greenhouse, it is very decorative and makes a hugely attractive focal point.
What are the two pink blooming trees in the pots against the house. At first, I thought they were crape myrtles? but, upon enlarging, I thought maybe some kind of hibiscus? You better just come in and end my guessing game. Thanks.

Re: Desiree's garden in Texas

Desiree, you have done a wonderful job turning the builder's lot into a garden heaven anyone would be thrilled to enjoy. I can well imagine what a treat it must be for your apartment dwelling friends to come visit you and see such lovely colors framing your home. It looks like you have taken very seriously the challenge of keeping the Bermuda grass out of your flower beds and have found a handsome and effective method. Your smile is contagious and, as I smiled back, my day already felt the happier for it. Thanks!

Re: Happy New Year!!

Joy, your stunning pictures are the very definition of winter wonderland. I am particularly struck by the second one down...seeing what looks like each individual needle encased in a coating of ice...quite fascinating. So glad that your plant material escaped serious damage.
Wishing everyone a wonderful 2014 and continued gardening bliss.

Re: Tatyana's visit to Lakewold Gardens in Washington, Day 2

I seem to be a sucker for things that are covered in moss and lichens and show signs of age (I will restrain from making a crack about looking in the mirror...oops, I just did). I am especially mesmerized and enthralled with the photo that features the backlit tree with the contorted branching. Upon enlarging it, I feel I even see some fern fronds springing and clinging to life along its branches.
Tatyana, your pictures are so beautifully alive with interesting details. I feel like I am getting to enjoy this gorgeous public garden in a very intimate way. Thank you.

Re: Tatyana's visit to Lakewold Gardens in Washington, Day 1

What wonderful photos, Tatyana! The picture I keep clicking back to is the wisteria draped porch overhang (?) with the elegant table and chairs. I am fascinated by the series of twisted trunks...each so individually remarkable. They are like gnarly old footmen standing patiently in attendance...waiting to serve.
The trunk and branching of the aged Japanese maple is breathtaking and its gentle golden glow is moonlike.
Definitely looking forward to tomorrow.

Re: A maypop invasion!

Nedra, that is quite a sight, without a doubt. I, too, probably would have succumbed to the temptation to see just how many of the little reseeded volunteers would produce a bloom and what the effect would be with a passionflower carpet. As Michelle said, "super cool." Now that you've experienced their fertility and vigor in your garden, what is your plan for next year?
And, I can't believe that I never knew that the passionflower vine was called maypop. I have heard of maypop but I thought it was something completely different...thanks for the education.

Re: Kelley's holiday containers

Those are absolutely sumptuous and fun. Love the addition of the reindeer (well, I'm calling it a reindeer in honor of the Christmas season) head...that was genius! Everything is in such perfect balance. Your friend, Kelley, must be a treasure to have as an idea bouncer for your own gardening ideas. Do you live very close in proximity?

Re: Merry Christmas!

I am thoroughly enchanted by these photos. Thank you,Avis, for sending them in to share and to you, Michelle, for saving them for today. They are absolutely perfect... showing the wonder of nature that is the gift that keeps on giving.
Merry Christmas to all.

Re: Stella's garden on Vancouver Island, Day 2

Stella, I feel you must have magical have made 3/4 of an acre seem like a much larger botanical wonderland. I love the generous proportions of your stone roadway and its gracious it the driveway into your property or an additional very inviting pathway? The picture that includes the arbutus, the garden shed and the swath of blue blossoms hydrangea is so fact, I'm going to stop writing and go look at it some more.
Ho, ho ho to all. For those of us who might be receiving Christmas gifts, we'll have to report in on whether or not Santa left some garden friendly goodies.

Re: Stella's garden on Vancouver Island, Day 1

Stella, there is so much to enjoy and admire in your photos. I am hubba hubba over the dramatic handsomeness of your heavy beamed pergola (is that what you refer to it as?) and gaga over the expansiveness of your patio areas. Those hardscape elements are such perfect foils for the stunning plant material that you and Mother Nature are working in partnership to maintain. That sizable arbutus trunk is amazing. Here in the southeast, we come close to the cinnamon color with the exfoliating bark of the Natchez crape myrtle but don't usually see them develop that kind of diameter.
The front of your home is set off so beautifully with those colorful hanging baskets. Everything, everywhere, looks gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing more tomorrow.

Re: Fall in Nancy's Maryland garden

Nancy, you are such a thought-filled gardener (ha, I'm sure you are thoughtful, as well)...anyway, the pairings you have shared today are genius...each individual plant seems to bring out the best in its neighbor. I'm particularly drawn to the subtle lushness of the hydrangea'Bobo' and its companions. I wonder if the coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' is as dependable in returning as 'Moonbeam'? Your 'Bobo' (we should all have something we can call 'Bobo' in our lives) is so bloom filled...what a treasure.

And, speaking of treasures...Jeff, Jeff, are one, indeed. We will all be breaking out in spontaneous smiles throughout the day as we conjure back up your dancing feet and eyes and contagious grin! And your Merry Christmas poem was thoroughly enjoyed!

Re: Jeanne's garden in Washington state, in fall

terieLR, what a beautiful composition of artful flame and hydrangea blossoms in your avatar photo. It is so evocative of peacefulness and calm.

Re: Jeanne's garden in Washington state, in fall

Well, Jeanne, your last photo and caption says it all and ended things with a smile for me...thanks...I always appreciate starting the day off with a smile! Love the interesting curve in that tree trunk, by the way...makes it a piece of living sculpture. It looks like a smallish contorted weeping birch because of how the light has silvered out the trunk but is it really a Japanese maple?

Re: Anne's garden in Quebec

Hi, Anne, it certainly doesn't seem like you are lacking plant material choices in spite what is probably your shorter growing season and cold winter temps. Obviously, you've made great choices as everything looks like it is thriving. Is your rose, "Agnes", one with a definite heavenly fragrance? If so, it must perfume the whole neighborhood . It is a breathtaking specimen. I, too, would love to see that crab apple in bloom. When the petals fall, it probably looks like a blizzard of pink magical!

Re: Karen's August visit to Butchart Gardens

My answer to your opening query of can there ever be too many pictures of Butchart gardens? Emphatically, NO! It is a wondrous and magical place. Karen's first photo truly captures what seems like the endless swaths and undulations of colors and textures. Seeing it reminds me of the old tv commercial for a bath water softener where the woman sighs and says, "Calgon, take me away"...without a doubt, Butchart Gardens, esp. in August, would be a dream destination!

Re: Daniel's tropical garden in AUSTRALIA

You know the funny thing, Michelle, is how shy and intimidated some of those in the audience will be because of your body of work in such a well regarded publication as Fine Gardening. You are a many time published writer and that counts for a lot. Everyone will be interested in every little insight you have to offer...ahhh, the power is in your hands!
On another note, it's been fun getting an idea of people's adult beverage of choice when a tropical vacation vibe is in the air

Re: Daniel's tropical garden in AUSTRALIA

Daniel, you are helping to raise us gpod-ers to garden connoisseurs on an international level. Your structures are wonderful and give your garden the feeling of a tropical resort get-away. You have done an amazing job...period... but to think you accomplished all the design of bed locations and shapes, plant selection and installation, and created those wonderful mini- pavilions in just 3 years...well, just simply amazing!

Re: Alicia's garden in Connecticut

Confession time...I love the Cryptomeria japonica 'Yoshino' variety and yet I don't have one. Everytime I go on a garden tour and see them in someone else's yard and/or garden, I deliver to myself a couple of figurative kicks in the butt for not having planted one (make that a grouping of 3 or more) yet. I simply must make it happen next spring. I officially give everyone permission to start nagging me next March.

Re: Alicia's garden in Connecticut

Alicia, glad to read that the real propeller didn't arrive uninvited onto your property during a plane looks fun and fab as a topper for your garden gate. I was curious to spot your birch and I think I found it in the looking out the window panes picture...all leafed out and in a great position to be seen. What is the generous spiller cascading over the raised bed with the alliums in bloom?
Sounds like we have lots of future sharings to come from you since you are still adding and tweaking. It is a great blessing to have an activity to be excited about planning and doing.

Re: Sabrina & Freeland's new garden temple in California

Sabrina and Freeland, you guys also stir up this stew of emotions in me of being humbled, amazed, inspired, awed (and, ok, since I'm going full confessional here, also envious) at your creativity. I, like trashywoman62, have had that gate made from gardening tools imprinted on my brain since I first a picture of it.
Your temple is a wonder to behold...a beautiful tribute to the partnership we gardeners all strive for with nature.
Funny but lyrics from an old song by The Who come to mind when thinking about getting to see your temple in person:
" See Me Feel Me Touch Me Heal Me "

Re: Annita's garden and nurserywork in NIGERIA!

Hi, Annita, thank you so much for sharing your story and pictures with us. I enlarged each one because I wanted to see as many of the small details as possible...I'm a homebody so I only travel internationally via pictures.
Your nursery looks very productive and I am very impressed with how much thought goes into making such good use of the malina tree during all stages of its lifetime.
Your coleus is glorious and that particular leaf color is one of my favorites. I'm so glad you followed Jeff's encouragement to share your gardening passion with us.
Even on the dreariest days, Jeff shows up on gpod like a ray of sunshine and makes every day the better for his upbeat comments and generous sharing of knowledge.

Re: Sue's garden in Arkansas

Loved reading the back story you just came back on and added. Whew, not only did you endure 100 degree temps but everybody should know about the accompanying strength sapping south eastern don't know the meaning of sweating until you garden vigorously in that kind of humidity. My area of east Tn has it also...I hate when I'm blinded by the sweat (and, no, it's not lady-like perspiration) dripping all over my glasses.
Sue, you're more impressive than ever!

Re: Sue's garden in Arkansas

Sue, I am in awe of your productivity and creativity. You were/are a lady on a mission ...having a beautiful garden with lusted for plants...and it looks like it is Mission Accomplished! You were very wise to be so deliberate about building up your bed areas so the planting is easier and the nutrition to your new residents is ample.
I love your combo of the pink "Knock Out" Roses and the "Walkers Low" catmint with the little extra pops of silver...simply stunning.

Re: Surinder's INDOOR garden in New Jersey

Wow, Surinder, I surrender (ha, like you've never heard that before) to your amazing superiority in having a fabulous looking indoor garden. Your interior architecture is very conducive to showcasing the beauty of the plants...all the sleek sophistication of the white walls and furnishings and then pop, pop, pop, gloriously lush tropical I said WOW!

Re: Sharlene's garden in New York

Hey, Sharlene, and the rest of you...I wanted to have a productive day but now I suspect I am going to be drooling over my computer screen looking up these various websites that feature garden fair.
Well, Sharlene, there's no stopping you when you pull on your boots and get started! You have created so much beauty to delight the human eye and the critter palate...birds, bees, butterflies all celebrate your productivity. Ha, the deer...not so much!
Compliments to your husband on the elegant and sophisticated design of the garden shed...definitely an outbuilding with a ton of style. And, yay for you, a reason for more creative landscaping.

Re: Maurizio's garden in Italy! (6 photos)

Maurizio, your gardens and flowing lawn areas have such a pleasing elegance and serenity. It looks like you a wonderful gift for nurturing your plants and keeping them all happy and thriving with each other. Thank you so much for sharing your very beautiful gardens with is much appreciated.

Re: Marjorie's condo-brightening garden in Ohio

Marjorie, what a gift you are to your condo community! Has anyone else caught the bug or are you pretty much the only one infected (blessed)? The color scheme of your trio of sunbursts brightening up the stucco wall with all the plant material in the picture is spot on...even the cascading flowers in the window box echo the vibrant purply blues and other happy colors. And, wait a minute, I just went back for a second look and my eye even caught the genius of your welcome mat. Your walkway is a medley of joyful noise!

Re: Barb's garden in Wisconsin, revisited

Barb, your pictures enlarge so beautifully...I've got the whole line-up hogging up my computer open tabs and I keep clicking from one to another. Your garden areas contain so many delightful plant combos and fun whimsical surprises in ornamentation. The photo with the lake as backdrop is just so gorgeous...I love the vibrant pop of purple from the Allium and how the tones are somewhat repeated with the Iris. Could you tell me a little about the structure that is being framed by the plants? I can't quite tell its it for humans or critters or is it a water buoy?

Re: Jeanne's garden in Washington state (5 photos)

What an enchanting walkway to the parking area...who could possibly be in a rush to and fro when there is all that garden magic happening. You and your plants have mastered the art of graceful and beguiling spillage...there's just enough to soften the hard edges but not so much that one feels like they need to pull out their trusty hacking knife like in a jungle movie.
I love your use of lawn to set off your beds so beautifully. Your 35 years have been successfully spent and it's wonderful that you are still excited and full of plans.

Re: A second year in Christine's Quebec veggie garden

Aarchman07030, you're so sweet to ask...since I tormented myself by taking pictures, I am toying with the idea of submitting them to the Guinness Book of World Records in the EPIC FAIL category...I could be the grand winner! Well, at lest no lives were lost because of my mystifying ineptness. I had a Pillsbury refrigerated premade as my back-up to press (literally) into service. tntreeman saw my pictures via email and his response was "I will have cake,please" funny and totally appropriate!

Re: A second year in Christine's Quebec veggie garden

Hey, Jeff, meant to comment your new pic and glad you're still sporting your trademark hat so, right away, we know it's you. However, you seem to be glancing down so shyly...are you testing us not to tease you?

Re: A second year in Christine's Quebec veggie garden

Hi, Christine, after yesterday's over-eatathon down here in the states, your array of healthy and low calorie vegetables looks particularly alluring. That collection of tomatoes is absolutely gorgeous and, if you haven't done it already, you should enlarge that picture and have it is a work of art in its composition. Oops, just got a poke from Mother Nature saying she wants some credit also! And, the collage is also many harmonious colors and textures. You have a wonderful eye and a very green thumb.

Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Wonderful sharings today...thanks so much to you, Michelle and Pauline and Irvin.
Now, even though I totally know that is a glorious male turkey in the first photo... as an east TN gal, for some reason Dolly Parton came to mind...hmmm, I wonder why! A little joke to myself since I am dealing with an all time disaster of pie crust making for my signature apple pie. My husband, Darwin and Jeff have been putting up with my venting on the subject.
Pauline and Irvin, your garden never fails to delight and amaze. I am enchanted with your wonderful selection of Japanese maples.

Re: The story of Daniela's shady garden path in Ohio (8 photos)

Daniela, I love that stonecrop groundcover you just gave the name for. Hopefully, I will remember about it next spring because it looks wonderful and seems like a desirable over achiever!


Re: The story of Daniela's shady garden path in Ohio (8 photos)

Great job, Daniela! I think doing a shade path is one of the most satisfying of garden projects. This will be an area that you will have endless fun tweaking...those hot July afternoons...hmmm, I think I'll go walk the shade path and see what inspiration hits. I'm a huge fan of hellebores and the different varieties of Japanese painted fen. They seem fairly un-needy.
Did you do any soil improvement on either side of your stone walk way? By the way, I like the irregularity of your stones over the concrete circles from the garden book picture.
I'll bet, at some point, a seating area will pop up to go along with the very alluring destination point of the old water fountain now in place.

Re: A few years in Linda's garden in Washington state

Linda, there is not a bad view of your gorgeous garden, is there? You have given it so many fascinating nooks and crannies...and it seems like it was beautiful from the very beginning of your serious gardening commitment. What is the incredibly vibrant blue flowering plant that picks up so beautifully the blue tones of the container near the patio?
I am so impressed with...well...just everything!

Re: Catherine's garden on Vancouver Island

Catherine, you and May are so fortunate to be in each other's lives to share your gardening successes (and even failures...often, they are good for a laugh).
Sincerest compliments to your husband on the front's one of my most favorite looks and I wish I had one, too. What are the lush plants that are growing on either side of it? I always get fooled by pictures of a first thoughts are "uh, oh, a Canadian thistle" Do they look much different in person from each other? maybe the cardoon does not have such prickly leaves?

Re: Karen's garden in Illinois, through the years

absolutely fascinating and educational. It sure puts me in the mood to embark on a major project involving large metal arches (my husband might think otherwise). And I agree, Karen, the snow scenes are gorgeous.

Re: Marybeth's career-changing garden in New Jersey (12 photos)

Good lord, Marybeth and Mark, you two are responsible for my jaw dropping and hitting the keyboard as I scrolled from one super gorgeous picture to another. I won't hold a grudge, though, since I have enjoyed this first tour through your garden areas immensely. Those photos with the wisteria in bloom are achingly beautiful. I adore a sea of fern and yours in the second picture down is a green that Ostrich fern?
Marybeth, you do stunning design work and your clients are very fortunate that you were inspired to change professions. You have a true gift.Are you and your husband a professional team or does he save his energy for landscaping just for your personal property?

Re: Deb & Paul's garden in the Wisconsin woods

Deb and Paul, looks like you have a very beguiling property (I'm a sucker for a backdrop of natural woods but so, evidently, are the deer). I love the generous sized blue pot sitting by your pond at the edge of the treeline...the picture of tranquility esp. with the hammock beckoning.
Compliments to your husband on his fine rock laying skills and you for all the great plant selections.

Re: Nancy's garden in New York, in fall

Hi, Nancy, you certainly have some wonderful fall plant nice that the autumn weather has allowed everything to look its best for longer than usual. Am I correct in concluding that the millet and sanguisorba are planted in the ground as opposed to being part of a container grouping? They really add a lot and I hope I remember that next spring and give them a try.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

Ha, AnneK, should you return one more time, I will share something that I have kiddingly admitted to friends that I have an email relationship with...I suffer from might be labelled "Compulsive Response Syndrome" otherwise known as "CRS", it's not yet acknowledged by the psychiatric community but it does seem to be the way I'm wired. Especially when I'm enjoying the conversation and have questions to answer and ask!
My husband and I have 54 acrea...about 36 of it is pasture and hayfield, 13 in woods in which we created nice riding and walking trails and the rest is yard and my garden areas.
How about you? From what I remember of your several gpod sharings (you really have beautiful, beautiful gardens), it looks like you have acreage also...which makes sense since you have your horses.
Thanks for you kind words about my birdhouses. We have fun creating whimsical ones for indoors and out. Right now, I'm doing a series of petite indoor ornamental ones for a holiday show/sale. They are ridiculously adorable and they make me smile. My hope is that they appeal to the young or young at heart.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

Annek, so glad I slipped back for a peek because I would have hated to miss that great story about you and Jaxon and the wonderful happy ending. That sounds like quite an undertaking for a first time competitive trail ride. I'm guessing you were living out in the Colorado area at that time, right? Forgive me for forgetting but in what state do you live now?

If you are in the Denver area, are you a regular visitor to the amazing botanical garden there? The pictures I have seen from there are jaw dropping stunnung but I suspect at this point in my life, I'm not ever going to make an in-person visit. I'm pretty allergic to air travel nowadays...just seems like so much hassle and I'm quite content to putter around on our farm, garden and make my ornamental birdhouses.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

Annek, you are certainly teaching me a couple of new things about Morgans...first, that can be naturally gaited and now, that they can be palomino colored!I think I've only ever seen chestnuts and bays.
The show ring is an interesting challenge and, with the right attitude, can be fun. I was pretty darned nervous riding through the in gate for the first time ever (and being in my mid-forties). After trotting around the ring 2 times, I started feeling a little light headed. My husband must have noticed my deer in the headlights look and yelled out to me..."BREATHE". Yep, in my nervous excitement, I had been holding my breath...things got better and the highpoint was that I didn't fall off!

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

Ahh, AnnaK, you're one of those lucky ones who got your foundation in riding as a fearless kid. That natural bonding with horse/pony flesh lasts a lifetime, doesn't it? Although I have never ridden a pony, I have been entertained by stories of their creative contrariness by others who have "survived" to tell the tales. There is a reason for the great popularity of the Thelwell series of cartoons!
Do your gaited Morgans do what would be described as a rack and, if so, does that completely replace a posting trot?
Even though I did show ring saddle seat stuff on a horse with a trainer, I so, so loved my rides through our woods and hay fields on my at home guy. It let me tap into my inner child who was a horse crazy little girl who loved to read Black Stallion books!

Re: Autumn in Central Park

Petra, you are so right about how intriguingly beautiful the trunk and branching of the leafless cherry trees are. As glorious as the are in the spring when they are smothered in blossoms, for me, there is something positively mesmerizing about the twists and turns of the aged branches...ha, maybe that's because I'm on the verge of developing some twists and turns of my own extremities!
Great shots of everything.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

ha, AnneK, it's like we're having a secret after hours conversation...thanks for appreciating just what a challenge it was for me to overcome my fears of being up in the saddle. I spent a number of years being an on the ground as a show mom for my daughter during her teenage years so I had some confidence in doing horsey chores like brushing, giving baths, handling the lead line. It was quite a leap (and a few falls) to become a rider.
Morgans have such a great temperament. I probably would have made quicker progress with a quiet minded, solid citizen Morgan but we "inherited" the Arabs when our daughter went off to college.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

AnneK, you might not make it back here so I'll just be babbling away in cyberspace but...."gaited morgans" interesting! I had no idea that that way of going was a trait that could be found and bred on in Morgans. Sounds like the perfect trail horse...smooth and solid. Some years back, I saw a video of a Morgan World Champion Park winner and Holy about animated and high spirited! I know you are not breeding for that kind of high stepping action, but, wow, Morgans certainly are athletic.

Re: Bill & Linda's garden in Pennsylvania, throughout the season (12 photos)

Bill and Linda, what a wonderful secret garden location for your granddaughters...esp.during the time of year the lilac is in bloom. Forever after, when they pick up even a hint of that scent, they will be transported back to all those happy memories giggling while sitting at the red table and chairs.
Your tree peony is a stunner...does it have a pleasing fragrance like herbaceous peonies?
The picture that includes the pool house shows that your property has some natural woods as a back drop...all just beautiful.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

tractor, sounds like you have a very healthy attitude about your "deer" neighbors and I mean the four legged kind. I haven't ever dealt with 6' of snow and that includes living a couple of years in NE.

Annek, my little gray guy is an Arabian.A few years back, my husband and I realized we didn't have as much energy as we used to and it was time to find the right homes for our special guys. Mine went to a family of five girls and it was positively heartwarming to see all the love lavished on him.
What breed of horses do you raise on your farm?

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

Well, tractor, I thought of you when I included the picture with the great view since it included a good amount of sky!

And, yes, I am lucky about the deer not making my garden a daily buffet bar. There is often a threesome that crosses across that lower field area as they head towards our woods. I have only seen a deer up in the yard area one or two times in the 18 years we've lived here. Fingers crossed...knock on wood...throw salt over my shoulder...whatever it takes not to jinx my good luck about the deer.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

Vojt, thanks for mentioning the 'Pink Flamingo' hybrid of muhly...didn't know about but just came from doing a little google reading. It definitely sounds like it was developed to expand the growing zones for grasses of that nature. Good tip.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

PassinThru, love your blog user fun. Yes, I love the dapple gray color in horses although I was put to the test in rainy springs when he'd find a beaten, grassless spot in his pasture and roll (and roll) and practically turn orange from our TN clay. Who needed to join a gym when there was hour's worth of vigorous brushing needed to get him remotely civilized looking. Sounds like you had a wonderful childhood with horses, ponies and property to roam.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

Ha, terieLR, I could be wrong but I suspect we have a lot of soul sisters when it comes to the cooking thing. There's a certain irony to having all this interest and passion for growing things and then regarding the edible bounty from nature as pretty much mere fuel to consume so one can go out and garden some more! I see why you wondered about the mirror on the barn birdhouse...actually, it's open throughout the middle like a center aisle barn and I'm going to put birdseed in that under-roof area. The little horse figurine was from an old state fair competition trophy that my daughter won many years ago. Yes, that last sentence just revealed me as the "keeper of stuff" that I am.

Re: Fall in Michaele's garden in Tennessee (8 photos)

Thanks to all my fellow gpod enthusiasts for the positive reinforcement with your complimentary words. Please know that I love to do walk-abouts through my garden with others so anyone is welcome anytime. It's always gratifying to see things through other peoples' eyes and not just see the weeds.

wGardens,my contorted Blue Atlas is about 4 feet tall which is probably around the height it was when planted 12 years ago. I prune the downward branches and the trunk just gets stouter and more substantial looking
Ha, Quiltingmama, my great view is from where I sit at the kitchen table so it encourages me to eat my munchies and not cook great meals. I'm sure my husband wishes it were otherwise!

Vojt, when I first planted muhly grass some years back, I had my doubts whether or not it would prove hardy. I always save it till mid to late March to cut it back because I want the bulk of it to remain through the winter and self insulate. Fingers far so good. And it has done a good bit of reseeding.

DonnaJones, I would think the muhly would love CA but that's just a guess.

yardmom , that is my official haunted house birdhouse and with as old as that wood is, there might be spirits tucked away in its crevices.

Re: Fall in Nancy's garden in Oregon (7 photos)

I always let go with a gentle sigh of envy when I see a picture displaying so beautifully Japanese Forest grass and your second picture down did the trick. It is set off so beautifully with its color contrasting companions. Does it go dormant in the winter?
That variety of red twigged dogwood is quite an eye catcher...a real 4 season stunner!

Re: Fall in May's garden in British Columbia

May, every picture is such a visual delight...not only because of the beautiful subject matter but also for your exceptional eye in framing the view. I love your headboard addition to your wooden your entry a definite artistic flare. I'm guessing that the dusky pink trusses in the 5th picture down on the left belong to a hydrangea but I'm wondering which variety? Whichever one it is...your particular specimen looks like it is an over-achiever with every single stem ending in a humongous flower head.
Your fall color is stunning and your photos certainly show British Columbia to be a gardener's heaven on earth.

Re: Karen's garden in Missouri (4 photos)

Wow, left to romp to its heart's content, the chartreuse sweet potato vine sure makes an amazing groundcover and it looks particularly great in front of a dark leafed canna plant. They make the walkway to your front porch feel kind of tropical! I also like the massing of coleus in picture #2.

Re: Scenes from The Pocket Park in New York (5 photos)

Julie, I would love it if you stopped back in and shared a little more with us on how the creation of this patch of perfection came about. Is it in honor of any person(s) or event in your community. You have done a truly wonderful job in choosing plants that bring out the best in each other...kind of a living example for a community of maintaining individuality but getting along!
I love your use of the variegated yucca...each leaf is like a sliver of sunshine.

Re: Fall in Gail's Rhode Island garden (5 photos)

Such splenfiferous (hmmm, that's one of those words that I'm never sure is real but it just jumped to mind looking at your opening picture) fall color, Gail. I have one tree that gets that amazing red although not every year. You should have such a sense of well being that all that beauty is the result of your and your husband's hard work and your partnership with Mother nature.
Is that a paperbark maple behind the Hamlin (?) grass in photo #3?
I identify with your gardening philosophy of how somehow the plants help us figure out where they should go.

Re: Jeff's season finale in Tennessee

I can tell that when winter rolls in for sure, your garden will still have great interest because of all those wonderful evergreen shrubs. I love the glowing luminosity in the second photo down with the variegated yuccas and chartreusy evergreens lighting up that corner. I am surprised that the acanthus didn't bat an eye at the 23 degree dip...that bodes well that the one you so generously had me take home after my visit will continue to look good for awhile yet.
Your Encore Azalea is a good ambassador for tempting the rest of us to go give that series a having that pop of color in late Oct.

Re: Donna's shrinking-lawn garden in California

Just visited your blog, Donna, and I share your somewhat recent addiction to succulents. I would positively be swimming in them, doing up one fun and creative pot after another, if I lived in CA where the climate is more hospitable to them staying outside all year long. Lucky you to have attended an event that featured a presentation by Debra Lee Baldwin and the other succulent "notables" you mentioned. Just today, I will be bringing indoors some of my most favorite succulent efforts for this year and see if I can nurse them through the winter. I've never tried saving them before so fingers crossed!

Re: Donna's shrinking-lawn garden in California

Nothing boring about what's going on at your place, right, Donna?! Lots of beautiful plants, numerous fun and whimsical ornamentation ideas, and oh, those chickens....every day has to be a great day. I always get a huge smile on my face when I bop over to a neighbor's who has a variety of chickens and those critters come a running. They are so entertaining and, then, of course, there are the healthy organic eggs for sharing. The rose over your white arbor is you know the name of it?

Re: Petra's visit to Old Westbury Gardens in Fall (12 photos)

Popping in late (for me) of those glitch days where the GPOD site didn't want to acknowledge my existence but, ha, I'm baaack! What an amazing garden and, no surprise, I'm gaga for the gazebo...very impressive craftsmanship in the whole extensive structure. The shot of the pumpkin-pallooza is awesome. Thanks for sharing your visit to this garden, Petra.

Re: Happy Halloween!!

Pam, how fabulous...your pictures have touched the inner child in all of us. Love the happy faces on all the youngsters who are getting to participate in the toss from years gone by.
Your various sling arrangements are brilliant. These photos have made my day!

Re: Carol's lawn-turned-garden in Texas (12 photos)

Hi, Carol, your garden is certainly an inspiration to anyone who wonders if taking a more drought tolerant plant selection approach can still give a lush brimming over with flowers result. Your efforts are spectacular.
I had to go off on a google search to read a little more about coral vine since I wasn't familiar with it. Love how it looks in your one picture scampering along and framing the swath of the delicate artemisia.
By the way, what is the plant that handsome Blackie is laying at the base of...something in the bamboo family like nandina?

Re: Petra's part-time garden in Vermont (8 photos)

Love your art museum game, Vojt! I participated in a juried art show this past weekend with my froofroo birdhousekeepsakes creations and played a version of it when my husband and I were driving home. Except, since things were for sale, I put my money where my mouth was for a few items. Boohoo, others were so gorgeous but, oh, so pricey.

Re: Petra's part-time garden in Vermont (8 photos)

Wow, Petra, nothing "part time" about these results...everything is beautiful.I was happy to see a somewhat mature Salix 'Hakuro-nishiki' ...I am tempted every year to buy one but then chicken out because of uncertainty of how it will look after some years of growth. Yours is very cool. Without a doubt, the Virginia Creeper looks awesome right now but it is alarmingly vigorous. You're smart to keep it at a height you can continue to manage.
You have a truly gorgeous piece of property and soul touching it all!

Re: Nancy's garden in Oregon, revisited

Sigh, Nancy, your total garden is sublime and each intimate seating area is a delightful treasure. It all communicates such warmth and welcoming ambiance. You have made such wonderful use of hardscape elements and yet they are all softened by bountiful plant material. It's really just perfection. I love that luscious iris 'Avalon Sunset' and how it is so beautifully complimented by the baptista.
Hey, I'm old enough to get away with repeating myself so I will, "It's all just perfection!"

Re: Isabel's brand new side garden in New Jersey (9 photos)

I am so excited for you, Isabel, you have the passion, the interest, the energy, the enthusiasm, the creative vision...well, all those important qualities to make your property more and more special. You've done such a great job already and, I suspect, you've only yet begun! Your hollies look so much better after their "fashion makeover" their footwear accessories like fabulous ferns and fancy hostas can show up at their base.
Great job and keep the photos coming!

Re: One view, four seasons in Lori's Colorado garden (4 photos)

This was an interesting vantage point for the series of pictures since it's probably the first thing you see each those shades and say hello to the day and your garden! What a great way to get the blood flowing and the mind thinking.
Now, what I found fascinating in my own viewing of the photos is how I didn't fully grasp the existence of the charming statue (of St Francis of Assisi?) until the snow scene. Then he stood out in an especially beautiful way.
How is your weather right now? Any snow yet?

Re: Daniela's garden in spring (12 photos)

Daniela, I'm so glad these pictures from your garden got posted now since they gave me a moment to reflect. Admittedly, theses thoughts are not groundbreakingly new. Nature's offerings in spring are all about delicacy, tenderness, soft colors and beginnings. Whereas fall is lush,strong colors, and gives off a sense of completion.
Your cherub statue is situated perfectly and looks justifiably pleased with the surroundings. Love the picture with the lamium that has the hosta leaves in that beautiful stage of unfolding...sigh, add me to the list of those who can't wait for spring!

Re: Pam's obsession with succulents in her California garden

Ouch, Pam, your pictures just gave me a jab of succulent envy...I'm a huge fan even though I can't grow them here in TN like you do. How delightful that your collection is mostly a family affair with so many starts from your mother. I follow a couple of succulent blogs and sometimes they feature pictures from your CA festivals celebrating this wonderful plant form. Oh, my, the creativity displayed by the attendees is amazing. I have a whole pinterest board devoted to succulents and am going to "steal" a couple of your photos to add to it. Thanks!

Re: Daniela's newly fenced veggie garden in Ohio (12 photos)

Hi, Daniela, something that zipped through my mind when I read your text was to ask your opinion of the stretchable hose. I see them advertised on tv and often wonder if they are as neat (literally and figuratively) as they seem. Have you had luck with a particular brand? Thanks for any info you have to share.

Re: Daniela's newly fenced veggie garden in Ohio (12 photos)

OK, Daniela, you have officially knocked my socks off with that amazing looking vegetable garden and, brrr, it's cold to go around barefoot! Seriously, that is one impressive vegetable garden area. Your very handsome fence has style and functionality...sincerest kudos to all those involved in constructing it. I love that you included touches of whimsical ornamentation. I would smile with pride upon that whole project if it were mine. All that, plus a great harvest!

Re: Winter is beautiful in Daniela's garden (12 photos)

Even though this particular set of pictures don't show it, I know that snow brings kids' faces bursting with smiles and excitement and maybe even homemade cocoa simmering on the stove-top.
Daniella, your snow covered winter garden has beautiful textures, pops of color, fascinating shapes and shadows. I don't feel gypped at all soaking up these views. It's all stunning!

Re: Scenes from Bonnie's Pennsylvania garden in 2013 (12 photos)

Bonnie, the quality of the photographs and the choice of subject matter on your blog make it like visiting an outdoor art museum. I'm looking forward to perusing your past posts all the way back to the beginning ...and will try to pace myself and not rush through them like a greedy child in a toy store.

Re: Scenes from Bonnie's Pennsylvania garden in 2013 (12 photos)

It's always fun to have fresh pictures of gardens that have been featured before so we can enjoy how things are evolving. Lucky you, Bonnie, that your celocia from the previous year were so generous in their reseeding...this year's volunteers have put on a fabulous show of bold color...quite an attention grabber! All you new additions of ornamentation look very well placed and settled in as if they have always been there. Great job.

Re: Daniela's border in Ohio, from the opposite side (10 photos)

Daniela, just jumping in to say that your blog is a treasure trove of fabulous pictures. I encourage everyone to click on over and pay it a visit. The only problem is that you will find it hard to not stay a long time and just soak in the ambiance. Your children are adorable and look like they love the outdoors just like their mom.
I saw that the blog Fairegarden is on your blogroll...doesn't she have the most amazing pictures and beautiful text? Yes, I join Jeff in wondering how the heck you do all that you do...hmmm, have you secretly perfected cloning?

Re: Daniela's border in Ohio, from the opposite side (10 photos)

Daniela, thanks for feeding our addiction and sending in a second round of pictures. Everything looks equally amazing and beautiful from this angle. I always get an extra smile when I catch a glimpse of a piece of ornamentation that I also have...this time, it was the airy wire snail in the 3rd picture down. I think we are going to be counting on you through the winter to share additional photos and keep this wonderful perennial tutorial going.
I vote "yes" to the addition of reason you shouldn't be enjoying bright cheery yellow clumps throughout April. Maybe even include some super early bloomers that start their show of color in March.

Re: A season in one border in Daniela's Ohio garden

Whew and Wow, my head is spinning (and in a good way)! I feel like I just took a master's course in outstanding perennial plantings at breakneck speed. It is almost impossible to believe that all that lush bloom filled abundance came form that somewhat empty stretch of soil back in April. It is all simply stunning. Thanks so much, Daniella, for showing us how it's done!

Re: Marilyn's Missouri-inspired garden in Minnesota (12 photos)

The name of your speedwell 'Fairytale' pretty much says it all...your garden is out of storybook where all the flowers are lush, beautiful and magical.Love the cascading effect of the petunias around the fountain and the froth of alyssum at its base...very effective in highlighting the allure of water. I'm a sucker for touches of whimsy and interesting birdhouses so your garden is one that brings smiles of delight.

Re: Marti's "Garden from Disaster" in Seattle (12 photos)

Marti, what an amazing accomplishment. You and your family put in such an above and beyond amount of work to create a very special living situation for your mom. I hope she has settled in well and is enjoying her beautiful flower filled walkway between your houses.
That is such a unique and handsome your husband built. I am sure in the years to come, it is going to have many interesting flowering vines making use of it.
Archie looks like he's a pro in striking a pose for his photo shoot. He almost looks like he's saying, "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close=up." Ha, that's a famous line from an old Gloria Swanson movie called Sunset Boulevard.

Re: Revisiting Jane's Maine garden in fall (6 photos)

Jane, so glad you've been blessed with an extended mild (for Maine) fall so your garden's splendor can continue to give pleasure. I love seeing the pop of extra bright and crisp colors set off by the muted burgundies of the leaves... like in your last picture.
Your home's architectural style is beautifully framed by your gardening style. I don't think we're seen a picture of the flowering (?) vine that goes around your front door when it's in bloom. Is it a clematis? Hmmm, maybe not, since the leaves still look so full and healthy. Please clue me in when you stop back in to read comments.

Re: Carol & Bill's FOR SALE garden in Georgia

Wow, Carol and about a dynamic do wonderful work. You must keep your super hero outfits hanging on a hook by the back door! It's a very impressive "yarden" (love that word, Jeff) and all the more so when I think of the three short years you had to complete the transformation. Everything looks so well established and mature...the new owners will be/ are very fortunate to move into a place that has such beautiful landscaping.

Re: Bonnie's Zone 4 garden in Minnesota (12 photos)

Sign me up for membership in the sumac fan club! Bonnie, your grouping of them is pure enchantment...they are so glowingly ethereal...I just love them. I was glad to read PatteA description of them as fern-like because I was completely fooled by the first picture...I thought I was looking at some amazing zone 4 fern hybrid variety and I couldn't figure out how the hanging baskets of them were suspended above ground. Thank heavens for the second picture when the mystery was solved...DUH, they are trees!
Your patio areas off the house are wonderfully generous and are surrounded by such beautiful plant choices. Your fountain is quite a visual treat and, I'm sure, adds such delightful sounds to your garden.

Re: Kim's from-scratch garden in Missouri (12 photos)

Hi, Kim, I had to go back for a second look at your first picture. I always admire people who take the time to maintain flower boxes on upper level windows.When done well (and your are), they give a place such warmth and charm. Is someone in in your family handy and made them to custom fit or were you lucky in finding some to buy? I like your choices of ornamental trees in your back...they'll just get better and better as the years pass. Your pots are all great with that last one a particularly lush beauty.

Re: Donna's reclaimed-pasture garden in Washington (8 photos)

My thoughts as I read your copy and looked at the pictures were similar to the ones that Vojt expressed...nothing looks limited about your abundance of and diversity in plant material. It's all a glorious celebration of fall all the different grasses, the profusion of Verbena bonariensis, the generous tumbles of blues in the asters and ageratums.
It's all just stunning and makes me feel like humming America, the Beautiful...the line about "fruited plains" seems appropriate!

Re: Sally's traffic-stopping front garden in Maryland

Oh, my goodness, your front garden is absolutely gorgeoso...ha, I made up a word in honor of how stunning it is. That opening picture could be a magazine cover. I love the generous sweeping curve shape of the bed and how sumptuously planted it is. I suspect that if I drove by and saw you working in your garden, I would have to stop and babble on how beautiful it all is.

Re: Day 2 in Carol Jean's Wisconsin Garden--Veggies and more!

Wow, Jeff, great tip about the Vick's vapor rub. Did this eureka solution come to you in a dream as you popped awake, yelled out "Voila'... Vick's Vabor Rub" and frightened your poor wife!? Anyway, knock on all the wood around me, deer haven't turned my garden areas into a buffet bar yet but I know they lurk in our woods. So, it's nice to have an idea for an effective repellent just in case my luck doesn't hold.

Re: Day 2 in Carol Jean's Wisconsin Garden--Veggies and more!

Carol Jean, thanks for the shout out on my picture sharings. I once teased with someone that gpod brings out my inner little girl who loved "show and tell" time in early grade school. I think we regulars here belong to an unofficial mutual admiration society and the secret password is "gardening"...any kind, any where, any level of money's all about the doing! I am sincerely inspired by your creativity and innovative problem solving. Doesn't seem like anything stumps you for long.

Re: Day 2 in Carol Jean's Wisconsin Garden--Veggies and more!

My goodness, dear Carol Jean, you are a whirling dervish of creativity and many wonderful things to look at with admiration and appreciation. Where I see a cool idea in picture form and hit the Pin It Now button, you actually go to work and build it! Perfect example is the living picture frame...congrats, it looks awesome. And then there's the purple chair planter and the log mantle...all very cool.
And your vegetable garden is amazing. So glad to read that you have willing accomplices in your father and son to help with some projects. I'm sure all your neighbors and family members benefit from your great harvest.

Re: Revisiting Carol Jean in Wisconsin, including a before-and-after!

Carol Jean, you have such a engaging "can do" spirit...I love how you have embraced your changed sun conditions and made your adaptations such a positive experience. Your new side bed is spectacular...has to make the drive up to your garage an ongoing delight (probably a challenge sometimes not to get distracted as you spot what new has come into bloom.)
Yum, your 'Quick Fire' hydrangea is gorgeous...such a froth of sumptuous flowers...I adore it in both of its color stages. You have so much interesting and colorful plant material and lots of fun ornamental elements...your garden reflects a person who loves her outdoor spaces!

Re: Revisiting May's garden in British Columbia

May, it's hard to imagine that your garden went through a summer that a regular seasonal occurrence? I, like the others, am gazing enviously at your hardy your definition of "hardy" the same as mine? Do you truly just let them die back and then they reappear the following year bigger and better? I'm just teasing and peppering you with questions 'cause I'm jealous. Everything looks beautiful. Fall is such a wonderful season, isn't it?!

Re: Revisiting Nina's garden in Massachusetts

Thanks so much for the follow-up info on what kind of success you've had with the various new echinacea hybrids. I tried one called 'Cheyenne Spirit' which I loved but I'll see if it comes back next year. I'm definitely a devotee of daylilies and there always seem to be room for a new one.

Re: Revisiting Nina's garden in Massachusetts

Hi, Nina, your garden looks gorgeous in any season and today's pictures do not disappoint! That is quite a rave review on the Blueberry Breakfast daylily (such a fun name to boot) have one that is such a prodigious rebloomer is a treasure. I'm definitely going to do a google search on it and see if I can order it through the mail. Glad to see Lily back in your photos doing her job of being "best buddy".
Have you had the 'Milkshake' echinacea for several seasons now? If so, I'm guessing you are giving it a thumbs up because it comes back true to form. Do you remember the names of some of the new hybrids that have disappointed you?

Re: An inspirational healing garden in Toronto

Mary, my sincerest compliments on this wonderful healing space you have helped create for those you serve. Jeff has stated so eloquently what we are all feeling in our hearts as we read your words and look at your pictures. The thought you have put in for functionality is very apparent and yet no beauty has been sacrificed. This is very inspiring.

Re: It's still summertime in Pauline's Garden

Irvin and Pauline, every time you share new pictures, my heart swells as I gaze upon them...I see your garden as a celebration of love and a life well lived... together.
Your new glazed pot is absolutely gorgeous and I love the simplicity of the cordyline taking center stage in it. I'll bet the wind sculptures are positively hypnotic in a gentle breeze and energizing when the wind picks up.
I'm glad to read that you take the time to sit and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.
Were you ever great travelers or have you always preferred to stay and tour your own backyard?

Re: Karen & Ted's garden in North Carolina

Well, Karen and Ted, I'm a woman of my word...just bought a couple of green foliage ferns to plant at the base of my cinnamon barked crape myrtle...monkey see, monkey do! Thanks for the inspiration!

Re: Karen & Ted's garden in North Carolina

Hi, Karen and Ted, I can tell from these great pictures that if I were a visitor to your garden, I would embarrass myself with gushing enthusiasm. Although admiring everything, it would be hard for me to resist not making a beeline over to your 'Navajo White' crape myrtle and just gaze upon it with intense, love love that bark! And, it looks so stunningly set off by the abundance of soft fern foliage. Your garden house is looks so well situated with the surrounding landscaping framing it beautifully. Hard to believe it's only been in place for a year.

Re: Beautiful bark and shimmery spiderwebs

I totally adore the white blooming Natchez crape myrtle because of that glorious exfoliating cinnamon bark. It is absolutely stunning all four seasons of the year. And, the bark on my Little King birch is incredibly "papery". It is a beauty but it is the second one in the same spot...the first one pulled the dying overnight thing but the nursery from where I purchased it found a different grower to supply me with the replacement. This second one has thrived for over 11 years.

Re: Beautiful bark and shimmery spiderwebs

Oh, my gosh, a small wall of broken off heads...that has to happen! Maybe we need to take up a collection to speed the process along!

Re: Beautiful bark and shimmery spiderwebs

I love, love love misty fall mornings and I love these much mood and atmosphere. David is like a specter in your first picture...ha, a ghostly presence who works when you're not awake!
In the photo labelled Ilex vomitoria, I initially only focused in on the word "vomitoria" and was mystified. Went to do a google search and, after reading the definition of "vomitoria", thought it was a sly private joke...the Ilex makes all the difference! And, speaking of a sense of humor, I'm a fan of the head and tests the viewer's powers of observation.

Re: Late summer in Terie's New York Garden

Sigh... talk about a garden I would love Michelle to take a very leisurely walk through with the Google Glasses...yours is at the top of the list. And, of course, we would need you giving commentary, Terie. Your new area under the maple trees looks very you ever succumb to its seductive whispers to rest a while?
Your first picture is total perfection...all those soft blending colors make a wonderful living frame for a very healthy looking kitty who looks like he/she's only resting for a moment.

Re: The garden at the McCarthy Observatory in Connecticut

What a wonderful and impressive community endeavor...the mission statement on their home page says it all. The icing on the cake is the development of the surrounding garden that is so aptly named in honor of Galileo. That large stainless steel sun dial is amazing looking...truly such a handsome piece of garden art as well as being very instructional for visitors

Re: A video tour of Tim's side garden in Columbus!

oops, made a mistake...bad proof reading... not that it matters but Erica Glasner's show was titled A Gardener's Diary

Re: A video tour of Tim's side garden in Columbus!

Count me a fan...of google glass and, of course, Tim's garden! The quality of the video was least on my computer bluriness...amazing clarity. I liked the continuous walk through approach because I got to understand much better the lay out and spatial relationships.
Tim, your garden gets a multiple thumbs up in whatever medium it's shared.
Commentary would probably be nice. It could be like those 2 wonderful HGTV garden shows that no longer air. One was A Gardener's Journal with Kathy Renwald and the other, A Gardener's Journal with Erica Glasner. I LOVED those shows and really miss them. Hmmm, I'll bet repeats of them are hiding out somewhere on the internet.

Re: Flora as fauna

I am almost speechless (emphasis on the "almost" takes a lot to completely shut me up) on what a spectacular impression these displays make. Oh, my goodness! The sights at the additionally included links are amazing also. To see these in person must be quite a memorable experience.
Thank you so so much, Maria, for sharing the pictures and info with us.

Re: New plants in Kathy's Missouri garden

So much gorgeousness...each picture is a treasure trove of delightful plant compositions and charming garden ornamentation. Everything works together just beautifully.
I'm a big fan of 'Vanilla Strawberry' hydrangeas and mine look just like yours except I have thought of them as having "gracefully arching" stems (instead of weak)...hence, I love them!
Rereading what you shared from your 2012 submission, I am once again amazed at how much larger your property seems than the 1/4 acre since you seem to have so many wonderful outdoor "rooms".

Re: Sheila's containers in Colorado

Nothing like sitting down to the computer with an "oh, goodie" feeling...yay for Sheila's containers. To quote Billy Crytal's Fernando, they "look mahvelous" (yikes, that probably dates me). He would probably especially love the "potheads".
I am a huge fan of your Woolley Pockets...the way you've arranged and planted them makes them a living picture on that plain brick perfect!
Your back patio area is very elegant ...such handsome flagstone and super comfy looking seating. I enjoyed seeing the silver aspens from a different view...they really have beautiful trunks.

Re: Sheila's Garden in Colorado

I'm back to admit that I can't stop marveling at that first photo...who knew that so much silver and gray could be so captivating?! Well, obviously, Sheila knew! I suspect the pops of orange,yellow and blue make a big contribution to how visually pleasing the whole picture is. Hate to seem like an annoying question lady but what is the silver trunked tree?

Re: Sheila's Garden in Colorado

Sheila, you are such an inspiration...your garden beds are as rich in textures and colors as your award winning containers. I love how one thing spills into another with the end result being a gorgeous living tapestry. I think you should award your hosta the name of "Medal of Valor" since it is doing so well under what might be thought of as challenging conditions. Today's pictures are wonderful and I know tomorrow's will be an equally huge treat!
By the way, is that a particular variety of lamb's ear?...the leaves seem extra large to me.

Re: Gardens at the Toledo Zoo

tractor, so sorry...I'm sure that was hard digging even if the ground was soft. Sounds like you picked a spot where he would come to mind even though he won't be there to be seen. Animals do live on in our hearts, don't they.

Re: Gardens at the Toledo Zoo

What a beautiful public it located near the entry/exit area or well inside the zoo area? And what is housed in the building that looks like a glass conservatory? All plants? some butterflies? gift shops? reptile house?

tractor, sorry about Newt. It is always so heartbreaking to have to intervene and put a pet down even when we know it's for the best.

Re: Gardens at the Toledo Zoo

What a beautiful public it located near the entry/exit area or well inside the zoo area? And what is housed in the building that looks like a glass conservatory? All plants? some butterflies? gift shops? reptile house?

tractor, sorry about Newt. It is always so heartbreaking to have to intervene and put a pet down even when we know it's for the best.

Re: Darwin is a dreamboat!

Well, tractor, you are so right about Darwin building things to last. He used to work in heavy construction... building things like bridges and under water tunnels so his professional standards were high. Lives depended on it!
Our big blue birdhouse just got put up a few weeks ago so we missed nesting season. It'll be interesting to see who lays claim to it next spring. We tried to be conscientious about incorporating a clean out feature but I humbly admit, it's as much for garden ornamentation as anything.
That's terrible about your large cedar trees. Does the disease have a name and is it widespread. Our Smoky Mountain hemlocks are facing difficulty from something called the hemlock wooly adelgid and scientists are working hard to find a good preditor to beat it back.

Re: Darwin is a dreamboat!

Hi, terieLR, yes, tucked in the wheelbarrow planting pocket is some kind of low growing sedum although I no longer remember the variety. Thanks so much for your kind words about my
birdhouse keepsakes website. I feel a little guilty that they are more for the indoors but we have created some interesting outdoor ones, as well. Right now, we are finishing up a cute 2 story (3 birdhole) center aisle barn with a pretty bronze horse (from off an old horseshow trophy...yay for recycling) standing in the aisle just to give it some pizzazz. Photos from your garden here on gpod were made me first start a pinterest board...they were too pretty not have saved in a special place.

Sheila-Schulz, no, your powers of observation didn't fail you...looks like I committed a no-no by including the web address for my birdhousekeepsakes creations. It must have stayed in my copy for the first couple of hours. I didn't mean to bend the rules. I'm sure if you google the phrase birdhousekeepsakes , my site will show up if you get the itch to look.

GrannyMay, I felt a heart tug at your poignant comment of no longer having your special helpmate in your life. We are grateful for memories but still miss the person...isn't that the way.

On behalf of Darwin, thank you to everyone for appreciating his work.

Re: Darwin is a dreamboat!

Thank you all who are the early morning readers of the board for your kind comments.

crizmo, I totally understand what you mean about the Darwin name...we are always entertained when we see it in reference to the theory of evolution and make a joke. And, of course, there are the annual Darwin Awards which "celebrate" the goofiest way someone has stupidly died and eliminated themselves from the gene pool.

GreenGrammy, the pooch is an Australian Shepherd named Piper and, like most dogs, the easy way to get her to strike an alert pose is the shout (or even whisper) the word "Squirrel"...Bong, that head shoots up and her ears perk!

tntreeman and any others, the welcome mat is always in place for a garden walkabout...hey, I don't live in a town named Friendsville for nothing!

Re: Veronica's garden in New Hampshire, revisited

Sigh, Veronica, your garden plays the "blues" to perfection and hits every note right! Your flowers and foliage are just gorgeous. These are the sort of pictures that I can get lost have a wonderful eye for framing and capturing a wonderfully pleasing vignette.
Could you pop back in and share what made this year challenging for you and your garden? Too much rain? Too little?

Re: We saved this tree!

Wow,what a beauty (and the paved driveway looks great, also). That "conversation" was before my time here at GPOD and it was fascinating to read the mostly save the tree comments. They certainly gave your sister-in-law lots of support and I hope your brother-in-law didn't mind being out voted so significantly.

Re: Surinder's garden in New Jersey

Surinder, you're certainly a person of great accomplishment and discipline and that includes taking excellent care of all your beautiful containers. Since they are so lush and gloriously flower filled, you must be conscientious about fertilizing. Could you share what your technique is in regards to that? I always mean well and then get lazy...sadly, my plants pay the price.
When you referred to your winter indoor garden, is it mostly composed of these pots brought inside?

Re: More from Cheryl's garden in Indiana

Well. Cheryl, your garden certainly did deserve a second round of pictures. I love the composition of the photo in the upper that positively glowing chartreusy colored plant on of the newer varieties of heuchera?
tntreeman, the double orange daylily is Kwanso H. fulva. I have some some that were already on my property when we bought it and I was so pleased when I finally saw it identified on a gardening blog a few years ago. My primitive trick for keeping the name available was to write myself an email message so I could do a search through my gmail. Ha, I correctly didn't trust my powers of recollection without that crutch!

Re: John's Garden in Wisconsin

Vojt, you nailed it with the winter photo idea. A few Christmas's ago, my daughter got me one of those electronic frames and preloaded it with lots of my favorite garden photos. It was such a treat to have a running slideshow...sometimes I would find myself ignoring what was on the nearby TV because I was lost in a virtual wandering through my garden. And, icing on the cake is that I couldn't weed!

Re: John's Garden in Wisconsin

Thanks for the morning smile, John, as I read your confession of not being able to resist the siren song of weeding. When I do a garden walkabout with a guest, I almost can't contain myself from abandoning them and getting back to work.
Congrats on your multi year transition from "just a lawn" to a flower filled garden that's an award nominee. I'm with pattyspencer in being charmed by where that lone sunflower decided to literally put down its roots. The picture with the vibrant purple liatris and white daisies is a stunner.

Re: Cheryl's garden in Indiana

Hi, Cheryl, looks like you've transformed your yard into daylily heaven. If you're anything like me, you just can't wait for the stretch of summer when every day is a riot of color...I call it my circus time!
In the top right picture, what is the deep coral flower that is the companion for the tall phlox? At first glance, I thought it was a monarda, then I thought it might be one of the new varieties of coneflower...obviously, I'm clueless so I hope you can pop back in and fill me in.

Re: Cheryl's garden in Indiana

Hi, Cheryl, looks like you've transformed your yard into daylily heaven. If you're anything like me, you just can't wait for the stretch of summer when every day is a riot of color...I call it my circus time!
In the top right picture, what is the deep coral flower that is the companion for the tall phlox? At first glance, I thought it was a monarda, then I thought it might be one of the new varieties of coneflower...obviously, I'm clueless so I hope you can pop back in and fill me in.

Re: Harriet's vegetable garden in Maine

Harriet, your garden work schedule sounds much like mine and I, too, find it soothing...yet mentally stimulating. The plentiful rainfall that my area has had has been a much appreciated gift since it means I have been off hose dragging duty for the areas not part of the irrigation system. Last year I joked that I was in training for a not yet official sport called Competitive Hose Dragging...I felt sure I would be a "contender" in my senior age group.

cwheat000, loved the story about your daughter's success at the county fair. Hope you commemorated it with pictures of her proudly holding her ribbons to bring back smiles in the years to come.

Re: Harriet's vegetable garden in Maine

What an amazingly well thought out and well tended vegetable garden...very impressive. The one thing missing was a picture of the shed where you store your massive supply of Energizer batteries which you must swallow by the handful. I really awed by all that you do. Those brussel sprout leaves are decorative as most ornamental cabbages.

Re: Harriet's swimming pool garden in Maine, in August

Wow, Harriet, your August garden is awesome. It must be almost indescribably delicious to see everything in such bountiful bloom. All your concrete walkways are so nicely softened with the low creepers spilling over and looking just as you, I'm sure, hoped they would. Your deadheaded Baptisia has such a handsome form...I'm envious because I have one that always looks scraggly 'cause it's not in full sun. And,sedum, Black Jack, is quite a looker...good luck with spreading him around.

Re: Terry & Lorraine's Slope-side Garden in Montana

Well, without a doubt, a beautiful garden to be mutually enjoyed and worked on together is a gift that keeps on giving so kudos to Terry for his brilliant idea!
I can't quite figure out how the pathway to the top sitting area it fairly direct or does it spiral upward around and around?
I'm enchanted by the birdhouse and the adorable cute!

Re: Maria's lawn-be-gone front yard in Ontario

What a wonderful transformation and, yowza, those violets look like they are on steroids! Good thing you're not in the U.S. or our Major League Baseball Commissioner might suspect you of supplying them with an illegal substance since they are over-achievers! When it comes to a suggestion...whenever there is a path through a garden, I like to see a seating doesn't have to be overly formal but just subtly tucked along the side. Of course, sometimes, there's a reluctance to put anything of value too close to a public street. At least you know that no one will be driving off with your impressive signature rock.
Stunning picture of the hibiscus and small statue.

Re: Gloria's garden in Ohio

Hi, Gloria, well, count me in as a sucker for the bee on the stunning panicle of the buterfly bush...what is that variety? I've bought a few different ones hoping to get that color purple but they always end up more in the majenta family. I was also struck with how perfectly placed that old lantern looking object in amongst the subtle but multi hued aguga...very pretty.
My husband loves, loves, loves marigolds but, I admit, I always try to "forrget" to buy them. It must be the deadheading thing because when I see them, I like them.

Re: Kerstin's garden in New York

Kerstin, I think that a shared interest in gardening is such a wonderful building block for any relationship and I'll bet its especially positive for a mother-in-law and snarky comedian jokes need apply.
Your spring garden is delightful...all that joyful color really makes the soul sing. Did you add additional dirt around the tree stump to create such a hospitable bed for the astilbes and hosta?

Re: Jeff's patio is done!

Things look just super, Jeff and, noticeably, nothing screams, "Look at me, I just got built !" By situating it where you did with some already mature plantings around it and using authentic mountain stone,well, it looks like its been there a nice long time...ha, well broken in with maybe even a spilled beergarita stain somewhere. I love the colorful umbrellas and tropical plants as off that Vacation Time vibe! I know it will be well enjoyed.
By the way, I was fascinated with Jeff's Silberlocke Korean fir the time I had visited. I had never seen one before and this one was mesmerizing.

Re: Deb & Ray's garden in Illinois

Hi, Deborah, Happy Retirement to you and your husband and your delightful garden areas. I couldn't help but notice the attention to detail in the finishing trim touches on your shed...they definitely add to the charming impression it give.
I suspect that lots of fun things are going to be added to your husband's railroad route now that he has more free time to enjoy his hobby.
I hope you share another round of pictures that show more fully your gazebo and the lily pond. I'm sure they are very lovely.

Re: Bob's slope-side garden in Connecticut

Hi, Bob, maybe I should zip off to peek in a thesaurus to find a more interesting way to "just simply beautiful" but, then again, why complicate things?! I love everything about your garden. It is so interesting and yet serene. You have wonderful plant combinations where each choice seems to bring out the best in its neighbor. The touches of chartreuse from the hosta and Japanese Forest grass are like little pools of captured sunshine and light things up in such a delightful way.
The bridge in the sunken garden is gorgeous...forgive the curiosity but did you buy it premade or have it custom constructed?

Re: Diane's garden in Illinois, revisited

Hi, Diane, thanks for the second round of pictures and feeding our addiction! Your garden must have been a real treat for all those who visited during the open walk. I would have moved very slowly because you have so many interesting plants to see. You make such good use of the various evergreens you have growing in the standard form. I'm sure your garden has a great deal of winter interest and things look very intriguing wien snow covered. Annie must be one happy kitty with such a wonderful wonderland to prowl about.

Re: John's garden in New Jersey, revisited

John, I really enjoyed seeing your garden in its mid summer glory when the flower blooms are showing off and many of the large grass clumps are waiting for their turn in the spotlight. Of course, the switch grasses are doing their thing with their delightfully airy plumes and look quite alluring.
I was hoping to be all productive today with weeding and mulching but now I'm hoping for some rain so I can spend more time reading your has such a great title!

Re: Visitors in May's garden in British Columbia

Well, they are gosh darned cute and I agree with tntreeman...nice for thee but not for me! It was very thoughtful of them to pose so graciously for the camera...the pictures are great.

Re: Sally's garden in Maryland, up front!

Sally, I bet you're still feeling that fresh wash of delight at "job well done" when you drive up to your house and see all these beautiful plant combinations. It really looks wonderful and is filling in with impressive doubt thanks to your well thought out plant placement and soil amending...YAY for generous amounts of leaf compost!
Your neighbors must love how fabuloso their front yard looks now also.

Re: Bridgewater Village Store, 2013

This summer's plants combinations give off that perfect seemingly simple but sophisticated vibe. The purple fountain grass and sweet potato vine give the pop while the gray toned selections compliment the color scheme of the buildings. I wonder if your local chamber of commerce or garden club give out an award for commercial beautification? If so, I guess Maywood Gardens would be a numerous times winner!

Re: Renata's garden in Connecticut

Renata, it must be such a delight to sit in the shade of your pergola and be surrounded by such lush and yet tamed greenery. I love how the series of tall evergreens are like architectural exclamation points and establish a rhythm of repetition. The sounds of your lovely fountain must add the perfect background soundtrack to quiet thoughts or lively conversation. Everything looks great!

Re: Linda's garden in Washington, Day 2

Confession, Linda, I don't think I'd ever make it up to your beautiful wreath decorated door to knock and announce my arrival...I'd be too busy looking at plants and pots and I'd probably keep wandering deeper and deeper into your fascinating garden. One thing that struck me was how much I like the idea of having a mature hosta in a pot so it is elevated for closer inspection and enjoyment.
Is your glass sculpture the work of the WA artist, Barbara Sanderson?

Re: Linda's garden in Washington, Day 1

Linda, your garden areas are gorgeous and certainly aren't lacking for color.It's hard to imagine your property as a once boring (but loved by your sons for playing) yard.
Question time...what is the vine growing up around your greenhouse? and is that a peegee hydrangea shaped as a tree that is topped in all those beautiful white blooms? It is stunning!

Re: Jon's sculptural lawn in Ohio, revisited

I had an "Oh. goodie" flash as soon as I saw the email headline since I had wondered last March what your mowticons looked like during the active grass growing season. The google earth shot is fun to have it captured at just the right time...hopefully, your masterpiece is not a traffic stopper for planes flying overhead!

Re: Louise's garden in Maryland...and more butterflies!

Even though you say you have maxed out your garden beds, the gardener addiction to tweaking and trying something new seems alive and well... it looks like you taking advantage of container planting to put together fun and interesting color combinations. I like how you have elevated many of your pots so they show up more boldly. The arrival of butterflies and hummingbirds are such a reward for one's gardening efforts. It's like getting the seal of approval from Mother Nature!

Re: How many butterflies do you see?

Well, if Gail checks in here today, "hi" from someone who once3 lived in Fulton (a couple of years in the mid 80's on Cherry Tree Dr.). Following a couple links, I got to a site featuring your peonies in all their blooming glory...just simply breathtaking! If anyone else wants to take a peek, here's a link: if I'm allowed to give it

Re: How many butterflies do you see?

Had to seem like being in a land of enchantment to be amongst so many butterflies. What is the name of the flowering plant that is proving to be so irresistible to them?

Re: Barbara and Denis's collaboration in Connecticut

I love how much movement and vitality is communicated by the sculpture pieces and how they tickle the imagination. The gardens enhance the artwork and vice versa. I can't help but wonder if the placement of a certain piece becomes so perfect that it is struck off the For Sale list. I think I would find it impossible to give up the Dancer with the Red Ball.
Barbara, your gardens are stunning and I would love to see those other areas you made mention of. You are both obviously tremendously talented people.

Re: Victoria's garden in Indiana

Victoria, sign me up as a big fan of that aqua blue color also. You are so right with how well it goes with the various greens offered up by Mother Nature as well whatever green might be an accessory paint color. My husband just recently finished up 2 woodworking projects for me (an awesome wheelbarrow and a 2 story birdhouse) and I have already painted them an aqua blue.
Your garden shed has such the hint of Victorian "gingerbread" trim on the porch columns.

Re: Victoria's garden in Indiana

Victoria, what a delightful visit I feel I have had with you this morning. I have so enjoyed and appreciated all that you shared via your commentary which accompanied each photo. Is there such a thing as a "gardenlogue"...if not, I am officially declaring it a word and thanking you for taking the time to put one together for us here on GPOD. Ha, hope that all made sense!
You have such an abundance of diverse plant material...I am in awe.
You and your husband are a formidable gardening team...his contributions add so much...nothing like great hardscape to get the creative juices flowing in a gardener. Is the aqua blue toned bench in the sightline at all of the potting shed since its door seems to have the same color as the bench? And is it the same paint color...just curious.
I love everything!

Re: Nancy's daylilies in Wisconsin....LOTS of daylilies!

big WOW, Nancy,your pictures are daylily-icious!! The second one showing the collection of multiple blooms is a parfait of gorgeousness. I am a huge daylily fan and I so admire and appreciate your interest in and patience for hybridizing. I love the evolving trends for the ruffled edges and dramatic contrasting colors in edges and eyezones. It's because of people like you that blow my budget and spend a little more than I planned when I go to a local daylily farm and just have to bring home varieties that have some of that extra pizzazz!

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut, Day 2

Yowza... about the growth spurt the plants in your container grouping enjoyed in your "then and now" pictures...that banana plant (and everything else, come to think of it) went all Incredible Hulk on you...looks amazing!
Love the architectural statement the tomato arbor makes...simple yet sophisticated and topped off with the fun rooster...perfect.

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut, Day 1

Great plant choices + great combinations + great structures + great ornamentation = a great garden! Everything is so lush...interesting how this time of year, your shed looks so subdued in the background while the taller plants claim center stage. I adore the spoon dragonfly creation...I've never seen that idea before! Rob is definitely multi talented. What is the grass variety behind the very cool chair?

Re: Tatyana's garden in Washington State, revisited, Day 2

Well, Tatyana, today's pictures definitely do NOT fact, they enchant and enthrall me. You have so many wonderful plant groupings. Each choice seems to be a perfect companion for the other plants in its vicinity.
Your home itself is beautiful and sits like a gorgeous jewelry box as all the gems of plantings spill out and surround it.The grape vines are really doing their job as you envisioned and giving wonderful shade for under the gazebo. Everything is stunning and so well maintained.

Re: Tatyana's garden in Washington State, revisited, Day 1

Ahh, ha, large Red Bananas leaves, thanks so much, Tatyana, for solving the mystery for me. Now I realize that the leaves are not really behind the grinning chess playing Mr. Frog but probably in front of him and to the side a bit.
The various flower and plant close ups on your blog are stunning...just one gorgeous shot after another.

Re: Tatyana's garden in Washington State, revisited, Day 1

I can easily imagine why "froggy playing chess' was a favorite...he's a real smile getter! And, for the life of me, I can't figure out what that heavy fabric looking item is in the background in the frog picture. Your garden does have a serene elegance that is very appealing. I know you worked like a dog (ha, a funny expression since most dogs nowadays live a pretty relaxed life) getting ready for the garden tour and your visitors definitely benefited from all the extra little touches...the burlap wrapped pots are a great idea for dressing something up to make it look special. Everything looks wonderful. Can't wait for more pix tomorrow.

Re: More containers from Jeff in Tennessee

Now, Jeff, you are making us all (well, at least me, for sure) break the "Thy shalt not covet" commandment. These container combinations are all gorgeous and also look so mid-summer bedragglement (not a real word according to spell check but I'm using it anyway) for things under your care! I love how you've framed some of the photos so that the sculptural quality of the crape myrtle trunks are part of the image. And, then, of course, there is the amazing success in having the bonsai crape myrtle bloom.

Re: The biggest 'Sungold' ever?

An unexpected fun idea for a public place...I wonder who all gets to enjoy the harvest? At least no one should have to complain about the rabbits or deer!

Re: Jeff's containers in Tennessee

Hi, Jeff, your container compositions all have so much flare and personality...nothing humdrum or ordinary about the choice of plants and how they're combined. I'm particularly drawn to the one that showcases the Japanese painted fern which adds such a sense of texture and subtle colorfulness...just beautiful. Actually, the word "Spectacular" comes to mind to describe them all!

Re: Mary's garden in upstate New York

Mary, I can well imagine how delightful it must be to enjoy the combination of the wonderful fragrance of your wisteria along with all your other senses being activated by the sights and sounds of the waterfall. Is the wisteria now tall enough to stand under? I would love if you would stop back in and share some info on the reblooming many times do they rebloom?
The bouquets of the two peony varieties are beautiful. I just might have to do some internet research and do a fall order so I can enjoy them in my own garden.
Everything you are growing looks glorious!

Re: Butchart Gardens, Day 3

Everything is done to the max at Butchart Gardens. Lush, colorful, interesting...kudos to the designers who think of the combinations and the hands that put them together and care for them.

Re: Butchart Gardens, Day 2

I love the perfect balance between exquisite small details and a large continuous swath of a particular plant...the eye can stay busy and intrigued or it can slow down and be soothed.

Re: Cherry's visit to Butchart Gardens, Day 1

I have to admit that the time I visited, I got some perverse consolation out of how much staff was subtly visible doing weeding, pruning, and deadheading. They were usually bright eyed and young and very friendly in answering questions. My consolation came in telling myself, "well, no wonder these trees, bushes, flowers and grounds looked so perfect. They were receiving amazing care from people with boundless energy!".

Re: Cherry's visit to Butchart Gardens, Day 1

It is such a treat to revisit the totally amazing Butchart Gardens...even if it's through the lens of someone else's camera. It makes me want to rummage through one of my pre-digital photo albums tucked away on a bookshelf. I went about 10 years ago and the memory of the colorful bounty of the annuals is still mind blowing. As we wandered from one breathtaking view to another, I was like a wind up doll whose voice recording got stuck on saying the same thing over and over again, "Everything is just so beautiful". So looking forward to the next couple of days. Thanks, Cherry!

Re: Marian's garden in Idaho

Marian, what a fabulous paradise you and your husband have created. tntreeman nailed does have a welcoming resort quality...maybe because of the generous proportions of the 2 large water features and the fabulous views of the sweeping sky and the mountains.
All your rock work is great and seems so agelessly settled in position. I'm sure Fine Gardening awards you a gold star as a high achiever reader!

Re: Bill's 2-in-1 garden in Pennsylvania

What perfect color combinations for each of the two seasons. In the spring, the soft pastel colors gently awaken our own senses from our winter rest (ha, "rest"? well, in theory)and the bolder colors show up so well in the strong summer sun.
Thanks so much for giving the names of your peonies...I recognize 'Bowl of Beauty' as one of my favorites that was already here on our property when we bought it. Now I finally have a name for it!

Re: Kathleen and Don's garden in Pennsylvania

There is something magical about the combination of sumptuous hydrangea blossoms and an inviting white wicker swing timelessly beautiful. LauraAllen is so right about your window box looking like a bridal bouquet. And, in fact, each setting in your photos would be a sublime backdrop for a wedding...hmmm, just in case retirement gets boring and you want a second career in running an event venue.

Re: Lori's garden in Colorado, revisited

Hi, Lori, love the work you and your husband do in your hardscaping and the construction of the great garden shed. There is just something wonderful about the addition of those sorts of elements because they give permission for the creation of more swaths of garden...can't have that shed feeling lonely and unadorned, right?
Your natural stand of the Gambrel oaks seem like the perfect companion tree for giving some shade to the Japanese maples. The oaks seem to have their own somewhat contorted growth pattern which adds to the interesting look of everything.

Re: Peonies in Clare's garden in New Jersey

Clare, thanks for the link that shows the picture of your staking system. Over the years, I've tried different approaches...1)the elaborate round metal grid, 2)a system of stakes and string, 3)just preemptively cutting off an outer rim of buds and hoping the remaining stems will be a support buffer for heavy open blooms. As you know, the flopping problem really shows up when the rains are heavy and the wonderfully sumptuous flowers are too much for the stems to hold up. Certainly, based on the pictures you shared, your system works beautifully for your area.

Re: Peonies in Clare's garden in New Jersey

No plant is more worthy of holding center stage all on its than the glorious peony. Yours are just beautiful, Clare,and you have presented them so perfectly in your planting arrangement of alternating lighter and darker blooms. Each one compliments and sets off the next. Do you do any subtle staking? If so, I'd love to know your secret since nothing is visible.

Re: Jeff's building a patio!

Everything is really coming together great. The first picture makes it look like a secluded patio on a tropical gives off a very personal vibe. I love the close up of the chandelier. It really is a neat idea and today when I'm out in the yard working here and there, I'll probably be giving things a fresh look... wondering if I could pull off a fun creation like that!

Re: Beth's garden in Maryland, revisited

Ha, tntreeman, it has nothing to do with any after effects of the day after a holiday. It's the gray skies and the absence of the sun hitting me right in the eye. I actually got 10 extra minutes of sleep! I am weary of the constant rain but then I consider the alternative and put things in perspective. The daylilies are positively euphoric and offering up extended bloom scapes which is nice.

Re: Beth's garden in Maryland, revisited

The love shack positively sparkles after being on the receiving end of so much TLC...coats of crisp white paint on the walls, the new metal roof, and the bright pop of blue on the door...all look great! Have there been any interior improvements or, dare I ask, any plans for a particular use?
Love all the happy colored flowers and how plentiful they are.

Re: Revisiting Katie's garden in Ohio, Day 2

Wow, Hosta heaven! Each grouping is more glorious than the next. So, Katie, with all those lushly leafed plants, what is your secret in guarding them from being devoured by slugs? Wouldn't it be nice if rabbits had hoity toity taste buds and liked slugs for an appetizer (hey, we can call them "escargot" if that helps make them sound yummier to the bunnies).
Your vegetable garden layout looks so user friendly...very impressive.

Re: Katie's garden in Ohio, revisited

Grrr, about the hungry rabbits. I'd be tempted to don my Elmer Fudd hunting outfit and stomp about shouting, "Dwat that wabbit!" Seeing those positively glorious clematis damaged in any way would pretty much unhinge me.
You do a wonderful job with everything. Love the woodwork screen on your work table and your annual pots are like generous toppings of icing on cupcakes.


Oh, shoot, I think I have to pop back in for one more comment because that will put us at 50 (or over if someone else has jumped in also). The different observations have all been interesting. I've enjoyed following the discussion.


crimson pigmy're a glutton for punishment!


There are lots of reasons to give it a thumbs down from a gardener's point of view but it does make a statement. It looks to be in its prime but, I would imagine, is very vulnerable to a downward spiral in appearance. Hmm, I was thinking the maintenance would be a nightmare but after reading about the Woodward American Arborvitae, it seems they made a good choice from that standpoint. I think my thumb is pointing up a little since the it was the idea of the original founder. The arboretum's website says the foundation he started and funded carries most of the financial load so it's fair that his vision lives on.

Re: Another of Jeff's gardens in Tennessee

Oops, tractor1, looks like my inner narcissist escaped for all to see...I was just reflecting on my own journey to becoming gardening addicted. It was fully unleashed when my only child left for college and the nurturing instinct that had been directed on a daily basis to her got channeled into planting bushes, bulbs and flowers and seeing them grow and thrive. Didn't mean to diss the guys. Lots of the wonderful gardens shared here are created or co-created by men.

Re: Another of Jeff's gardens in Tennessee

I always enjoy seeing pictures that represent the work of successful and talented professional landscapers. They usually highlight the inclusion of plant material that gives 4 season interest and an appealing play between different textures and colors. Take the plant grouping at the end of the pool...that's going to have visual interest even in the middle of winter. Plus the expansive grass areas look perfect for boys to play a little impromptu soccer or whatever.
And it wouldn't surprise me if an interest in active gardening took hold of the female member of the household as her children move out and on to their own grown up lives. She'll have great garden bones already in place to play against if the spirit so moves her.

Re: A new season in May's garden in British Columbia

My goodness, May, what a bundle of productive energy you have been throughout your gardening life. Your rose collection is just beautiful.It's amazing to think you first sought them out for the protective aspect of their's like if the most effective fighting units of the military just happened to be filled with beauty queens!
Your one pictured clematis/rose combo is stunning...have you paired a clematis with any of your other roses?

Re: Vignettes in Pauline's garden in California

What a delightful way to start the day...the ultimate garden tour as captured by your camera lens. Having these enchanting vignettes preserved in a photo slows down the process of viewing them so that the subtle successes of the plant pairings can be enjoyed more fully. If I were there in person,especially if it were my first visit, I know I would be tempted to rush because I would be eager to see what's coming next.
Thank you so much for the careful plant identifications.

Re: Nancy's veggie garden in New York

"tomato automators and Reemay"...ha, it's like a secret language that only serious vegetable gardeners speak! But, thanks to a google search, I'm now clued in.
That's all very impressive planning and construction and the bountiful harvest will make true the words "you reap what you sow"!

Re: Kristin's no-lawn yard in Minnesota

How nice that your front yard redo was a family affair with your dad making such a contribution. The dry stream bed is a nice element for 4 season interest although, come to think of it, with you being up in MN, I guess snow cover is your biggest winter element! Do you live near a natural body of water that you have turtles nesting?

Re: A walk up the High Line in New York City

What a wonderfully worthwhile endeavor! It certainly had design and landscape input from the best of the best if Piet Oudolf was involved. I wonder if any of those fabulous chalk artists are ever invited to do a drawing on a part of the walkway space. That would add another pop of visual interest...ha, not that the plantings need any help in attracting a crowd.

Re: A garden meetup!

The just finished up cooking island was every outdoor cook's (guy or gal) dream. It was gorgeous to look at and had amenities up the ying yang. The stone work was the very definition of craftmanship! The patio area has a great view since it looks out on the landscaping Jeff had installed and tends to for these clients.
Confession time...I have actually felt planting anxiety in getting the interesting plants Jeff sent home with me happily situated in their new location. I sooo want them to live and thrive!

Re: A garden meetup!

yardmom, only the first 2 pictures down out of the 7 pictures were at client gardens. The rest were at Jeff's. Among the remaining 5 photos, that amazingly mature looking red leafed Japanese maple is his as well as the porch filled with interesting cacti and succulents.

Re: A garden meetup!

Now, it's my turn to talk back to Jeff. Darwin and I had an equally great time and Jeff was so patient and good natured about answering questions about plant names and best growing conditions for this and that. We loved the client gardens we visited and his personal property left a deep impression. I came away with a deeper appreciation of NOT BEING AFRAID TO PRUNE. Multiple stemmed trees like crape myrtles, etc. were limbed up so beautifully and became expressive works of art. And flowering woody plants like smoke bush and vitex were taken down to a low framework in the spring so they grew in lush and gangly uneven branches shooting out of control. He makes very effective use of interesting evergreens which makes for a visually attractive 4 season landscape. It was an inspiring, educational and delightful visit.

Re: Rose's garden in upstate New York

Hi, Rose, my eyes locked in on your last picture because I was debating between peony or rose and,if it was a peony, was it the variety, Bartzella, which I planted last year and still haven't gotten any blooms from. Now I know it will be worth the wait...yours is beautiful!
Even though you describe your lot as "rather small", it sounds gracious and grand since it has a carriage barn. Your plantings along side it are lovely and do it justice.

Re: Laura's garden in Connecticut

Sounds like such a fun neighborhood to be part of...filled with garden chit chat and plant swapping...that special comaraderie that fellow gardeners know so well.
What a great find the flamingo was and how nice that he/she survived the neck repair and leg surgery. Count me as a big fan of the pulmonaria, hosta, fern that some kind of gauzy bamboo fencing behind them?

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut

Loved the feature on your literal under the roof about making a house a home. Everything is so charming and personal. The picture of your daughter at the corner writing area is that will stand the test of time and bring a smile when you are old and gray....heck, when even she is old and gray! Goodness, what will the world be like by then, I wonder?

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut

Michelle, what a fun visual tour and engaging commentary. I know we all feel we got to take a personal stroll with you and share some smiles. You are way ahead of the game for knowing "not wisteria" on your lovely arbor and lattice fence. It would completely cover up and gobble up all the lovely details Rob included in his construction. I'd go for at least one deep purple clematis that is in pruning category 3 so you can cut it down drastically each spring in case you want to do any painting to refresh things.
The photos on the link you included of the Gunnera manicata made me think of a movie I saw as a child...The just kept getting bigger and bigger as it took over the countryside!

Re: Kiah's garden in British Columbia, revisited

Kiah, what a wonderful transformation you've achieved throughout your piece of property...the before and after shots definitely tell the story!. Now the journey from your front area to the back is filled with sensory delight. I was so busy busy enjoying the lushly filled beds and beautiful swath of grass that I almost missed seeing the peek at your glass structure. I'm sure you make good use of it with early seed starting and taking your gardening to another level...lucky you!

Re: Jane's garden in Maine, revisited

Jane, I agree with tntreeman, the photo of the path under the arching bough of the old weeping crabapple perfection. It brings out the inner child in me who was more inclined to joyfully skip and run instead of walk. Love the sense of history in the rock wall with all the plants spilling over. Everything is just beautiful. Please let us visit again in the summer.

Re: Michael's garden in Washington, Day 2

Today's pictures do not surprise!I love the placement of the buddha head...sheltered by the handsome fence and basking in the serenity of the garden this time of year.
Hmmm, but I bet your front yard has a wonderful energy and look when the taller grasses put out their plumes and create movement and mystery...probably makes your buddha break out in a gentle smile of delight.

Re: Michael's garden in Washington, Day 1

Michael, what a wonderful space you, your partner and landscaper have created. It combines an intriguing balance of many interesting details and yet communicates a soothing simplicity.
I love how the swaths of Japanese Blood Grass(am I correct in that identification?) compliment the color of your fence and the awesome Red Japanese maple that is part of your view.
Hope those two adirondack chairs are sat in frequently as you enjoy the sights and sounds of that fabulous looking water feature.

Re: Cherry's containers, Day 2

Cherry, your hanging creations are Stop in your Tracks gorgeous...absolutely breathtaking! I am embarrassing myself by drooling on the computer keys. Each one is so lushly unique.They really are works of living art...thanks for the inspiration.

Re: Cherry's containers, Day 1

Hi, Cherry, all your container plantings are beautiful and make me want to go out and be a little more adventuresome with some of my combinations. It looks like you put definite thought into playing off the colors of the pot itself which results in a very harmonious effect. You and your friend, Sylvia, must have a lot of fun working on these together.
You're obviously a big fan of coleus and I wonder if you could share your growing techniques with it. Do you do a lot of frequent cutting back to keep it from getting lanky? How do you feel about letting it go to flower?
Anyway, love them all and looking forward to tomorrow's installment!

Re: Tatyana's blue poppies

Tatyana, that really is an amazing color of blue. On your blog, you shared that you planted them last year...were they already in bloom then? Were you hoping for some natural reseeding to get a colony going? Hmm, that would be quite a visual treat to see an undulating swath of that unique color!
Your photos from your trip to England are wonderful. How did the metal gazebo there compare in size to the one you have in your own garden? That roasted bunny on a plate was quite a sight..a reality check on authentic eating from an earlier time!

Re: Diane's garden in Illinois

Hi, Diane, your pictures show a garden in perfect harmony...the colors work so well together and the whole impression is soothing and peaceful. I'm a big fan of the laceleaf Japanese maple variety 'Red Dragon' seems to hold it's red tones throughout the summer much better than the easier to buy 'Crimson Queen'. The variegated leaves on your tulips are a bit unusual and help highlight the tones in the Japanese painted fern planted amongst them. Everything is beautiful.

Re: Glenda's garden in Washington State

Glenda, so sorry for time travelling back and addressing you as Wendy whose garden we enjoyed seeing a few days ago.
By the way, that's a great composition of plants you have put together in the one large container picture you shared. It really highlights all the colors that work so well together in your garden. Is that a variety of euphorbia towards the back and, if so, do you happen to recall it's name. I had one for a season or two called 'Chameleon' but then it disappeared on me...hmmm, kind of ironic considering its name...ha, maybe its still there but I just can't see it because it is blending in so well.

Re: Glenda's garden in Washington State

Hi, Wendy, your garden looks like a wonderful oasis...the intriguing structural elements and the limbed up multi-stemmed trees give it that desirable 4 season appeal that is so characteristic of gardens with an Asian influence. I can easily imagine the hub bub of bird activity that goes at your fountain rock feature...lots of flitting wings as they dart from the plant material to the water and back again.
Your chubby tummy Buddha brought on a smile...too bad I don't look at myself as kindly when I'm feeling a bit too rotund!

Re: May in Terie's garden in New York

Terie, I luxuriated in every picture and hung on every husband instantly recognized "the look" when he glanced over at me to start a conversation about a news was the don't interrupt me while I'm immersed in a great GPOD. Your garden is truly one of my most favorite...I don't want to embarrass you but the word perfection came to mind when I took in the pleasing bed lines from the overhead shot. Count me in as a member of the fan club for that double flowering bloodroot...what an enchanting woodsy addition. Was it a catalogue find or did a local nursery carry it?
If I was a big $$$ Powerball winner, I'd fire up the jet and take that stroll with you in person if the welcome sign was out! Thanks so much for your beautiful pictures.

Re: Wendy's garden in Virginia, Day 2

Wendy, I appreciate you sharing your geranium saga...sounds like you've been wearing your problem solving hat long enough to come up with some good ideas. Your most recent brainstorm to use a non-vining clematis to fill in the bare spots left from giving the geranium an aggressive haircut sounds pretty've given me some things to think about...thanks

Re: Wendy's garden in Virginia, Day 2

Wendy, just came back from your Pinterest page. What a treasure trove of great photos and super informative plant labeling. I really appreciate the effort you have put into it but I'm sure it was a labor of love. Your garden looks wonderful throughout all the seasons.

Re: Wendy's garden in Virginia, Day 2

Wendy, you have definitely created a very welcoming plant lover's paradise. Lots of my personal favorites seem to be yours also. The month of May really is a treat, isn't it? So many great plants in bloom and the temps encourage working like a maniac before the summer heat kicks in.
I like that you move your cat statue around so that it is always surrounded by things at their prettiest. That's a lovely tribute to a much loved companion.
I have a "housekeeping" you do anything specific when your geranium sanguineum is done blooming and the stems just seem sprawling? Every year I have a debate with myself on how aggressive to get in cutting them back. Some are located where it really doesn't matter one way or the other but some are in beds that I try to keep more orderly looking. Any tips would be appreciated!

Re: Wendy's garden in Virginia, Day 1

Wendy, thank you for quick response to my question but you must be shaking your head at me for my inattention to your thorough plant info under your pictures. Big clueless "Duh" on my part but I'm sure you understand the tendency to just soak in the images and hungrily move on to the next one. I'm now relooking and reading as I go through them again. I have a threesome of loropetalums that I planted on the outskirts of a bed and decided to let them do their thing after a few years of pruning them down...they are now about 10 ft tall. I wasn't sure how they would do for me hardiness wise but I guess I have my answer!

Re: Wendy's garden in Virginia, Day 1

Hi, Wendy, after reading your story and viewing your delightful pictures, the opening line of Disney song came to mind, "A dream is a wish your heart makes". So, your garden filled with so many beautiful flowers is a dream come true and the little girl in you ( and the now grown-up Wendy who has done all the work) must rejoice!
What is the lively pink bush that is such an attention getter?

Re: More from May's garden on Vancouver Island

Very nicely expressed sentiments, May, on how we can thrill to our garden successes because we have invested our own sweat equity but we humbly know all is not perfect all the time. I think it's a club most of us belong to and that's why we appreciate each other's pictured successes so much. Ha, maybe Michelle should create a hall of shame and disappointment day where we share our failures. I get faced with one this time of year that annually nags at me but it's more work than I'm up for to correct it. It involves a beautiful lush pinkish clematis in the vicinity of a generous swath of Stella d'oro daylilies and the colors JUST DON'T GO TOGETHER...grrr! And it takes a lot for colors from nature not to go together if you know what I mean but this combo just bothers me.( and it's all my own fault).

Re: More from May's garden on Vancouver Island

May, you have created a rhodie heaven. It must be such a treat to gaze upon those glorious trusses to your heart's content. I have to admit that I zipped off for a quick google search to confirm that it wasn't a misprint when I read that one of the bushes was named 'Dopey'. It's described as "one of the seven dwarf series" so I guess a hybridizer was having some fun.
Anyway, your selections are all beautiful and it's amazing to see the range of colors.

Re: May's garden on Vancouver Island in British Columbia

Beautiful, beautiful pictures of beautiful much to love, appreciate and admire. The closeups of the individual are particularly stunning. I planted a yellow peony last fall but didn't get any bloom this year so I will enjoy yours vicariously. Love how the color tones in your shade umbrella playfully reflect the colors in the don't miss an opportunity for creativity and artistry. Since your photos have such great clarity and color (no washed out thing going on) could you share a little on what time of day you mostly do your photography?
Really looking forward to tomorrow.

Re: Tim's side garden in Ohio, revisited

So, Tim, looks like you've got a healthy case of heuchera fever going on....understandable since each year, there are more and more tempting cuties offered up by hybridizers. The color of your Gentiana angustifolia is electrifying...that's a blue that's worth the wait. And your ladies slipper looks like a beguiling visitor from outer exotic!

Re: The evolution of Regina's roadside garden in Illinois

Hi, Regina, you're so right...the fence, all by itself, adds so much and now with the display of joyful, colorful've got the WOW effect going on! That's an awesome hydrangea your guy is standing proudly by and hey, tattered jeans are a badge of honor. Kids pay extra good money to get that well worn look.
Have you solved your vole problem? Looks like such a nice setting for hosta so I hope so.

Re: Gayle & Larry's garden in Illinois

The architectural consistency that this type of outdoor landscaping displays is very cleansing and appealing. I can appreciate and admire it although I do not have the self discipline and vision to ever put it into practice for myself. Gayle, it looks like it is in beautiful harmony with the glimpses that show of your home. Congratulations to your husband, Larry,for all the artistically impeccable choices he made in bringing this handsome landscape vision to fruition.

Re: Nina's garden in Massachusetts, revisited

Nina, it's always a treat to see a previously featured garden in another season. Your spring garden has that special vibrancy of beginnings with everything looking so fresh and crisp. I love the stage your hosta are at in the picture they share with Tang...far enough along that you can literally count how many growth points there are as they just begin to unfurl.
In last year's fall photos, you showed this great curly haired lady face statue (?). Does she stay our all winter and what is surrounded by in the spring?

Re: Gail's garden in Oklahoma

Gail, your garden house and surrounding plantings are perfection and please pass along sincerest compliments to your husband for his designer talents. You are a formidable and impressive twosome.
Your blog is a delight and I'm still smiling (after tearing up a time or two) from reading the saga of beautiful Megan and her handsome prince charming, JP.
Yes, I hope you will share more pictures with us
gpod-ers...we're insatiable! Now I'm off to continue reading more of your blog.

Re: Sue's garden in Ohio

Sue, your garden looks very well loved and well tended...I'm a sucker for whimsy so count me a big fan of all your special touches. Your beautifully put together flower basket set on the aged chair is beguiling and is whispering "Copy know you want to!" Your gnome garden is adorable and looks in perfect balance. Love it all!

Re: Brian's garden in Maryland

Brian, it's hard to believe that this was once a boring suburban yard. It's now a treasure trove of interesting pathways, plants and welcoming seating tableaux. Are my eyes deceiving me or have you also worked in a technique of designers to add depth to a view by strategically placing mirrors? It's all very lovely and must give you and your daughters great joy especially since it is an evolving tribute to your wife.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 2

Thank you, blue_nigella, for your kind words. So sorry you couldn't see the rest of the pictures well since it sounds like you were giving the clicking process your best shot. Well, since I seem to be a compulsive sharer, I'll probably pop in with some additional pictures some time in the future.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 2

tractor1, I know all the regular board members wish Peachie and her humans well. This is a very difficult situation to be facing but it seems like you are giving her the best chance possible. I hope her condition is nothing infectious that could be a problem for any of your other cats. Hope the news is good when you check in with gpod on Mon.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 2

Wife_Mother_Gardener, thanks to you, I was motivated to do some google image work to see if I could figure out the identity of my mystery euphorbia. I think I have landed on one called euphorbia cyparissias (cypress euphorbia)...otherwise, according to Wikipedia, saddled with the unpleasant nickname of "Graveyard weed". Anyway, now I know! A small patch of it was already growing on the property when we bought it. I like this plant and have it in a place where it doesn't seem to go crazy.

Yes, KV garden, that is a mosaic covered old metal watering can right by the dream rock. I wish I could take credit for being the talented craft person who did it but I bought it at a charity auction. I would love to try my hand at doing one but I haven't gotten to it yet. Right now, weeding takes up most of what could be my craft time.

terieRL, it was your blue clematis picture from spring of 2012 that turned me into a clematis planting fool.I remember grabbing a bunch of your photos for my Gardening Favorites Pinterest board. I just came back from relooking at them and am reminded of how artful and elegant your use of garden ornamentation, glad to read that you are getting all your goodies out and let them play in the sunshine!

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 2

Ha, greenthumblonde, maybe we need to start an online support group, Garden Froo Froo anonymous and bring ourselves and our treasures out for all to see!

cwheat000, I am such a huge fan of Mexican feather just begs for that casual stroking and catches sunlight in a magical way. It's a generous reseeder in my area and I find it hard to say "no" if it starts up in a new spot.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 2

I sometimes worry that I teeter on the line of good taste with my indulgence in garden froo froo items. There will probably come a year when my family has to stage an intervention and tell me "No more! You have reached your limit".

Vojt, your first guess about wood was correct when it comes to the table looking object. It's actually a teak bench that we have had for about 18 years and we leave out all year long. I like to think it is "aging gracefully" (ha, that's the same line I use on myself when I look in the morning mirror.

mainer59, just did a google search on your suggestion that the euphorbia might be myrsintes and Bullseye...that definitely looks like what it is. Thanks so much. I ordered it via a catalogue one year and have never seen it offered in a local nursery. It has a very architectural quality and almost reminds me of a space alien.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 1

Hmm, forgive me if this ends up a repetition but it seems like something I wrote just got gobbled up by cyber-space so I'll start over.

terieRL, I hope the picture of the sculpture brings a smile to your friend's face. I didn't start riding until I was in my forties and it was such a feeling of accomplishment to develop a relationship with an animal so large. I never got to ride the horse to whom this sculpture was dedicated because she was my husband's special girl (and my skill level wasn't up to her level of liveliness). However, she was a sweetie to brush and groom.

Shiela_Schultz, thank you for understanding how much I enjoy having this lovely sculpture as part of my view every day.

tractor1, you have no idea how perceptive you were in making the tease about it being Pegasus' daughter. This mare was very athletic and when went into her cantor, it was like she was taking flight (ha, like a said above, I wasn't a good enough rider to ever brave giving her a try). By the way, what is that stunning flower in your picture?

cwheat000, hmmm, I might have indulged my phlox addiction in one of the pictures that will show tomorrow. The colorful creeping phlox show is pretty much over now in my area and I really miss it.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 1

greenthumblonde, this gpod daily dose of garden pictures has definitely had a positive effect on me. One reason I went clematis crazy last spring was because of several posters' pictures. I almost literally salivated (I didn't quite embarrass myself by drooling over my keyboard but it came close) over some pictures of such glorious blooms that I felt taken over by a fever. The only thing that could calm me down was to buy some additional clematis of my own and try that technique of planting them in surprising places.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 1

thevioletfern, I hope you have your flower reward from your newly planted clematis scampering through your dogwood on a more consistent basis then I did from this combination. I didn't think the pruning group mattered and I lazily wanted to consider them all in group 3 since, for me, that's always been the easy one...just cut it all back in the late winter/early spring and be done with it. What color clematis did you select for your garden vision? I also planted one at the base of a dogwood last year but it's buds haven't opened yet. Ha, now I forget what color it is so I'm in for a surprise sometime soon.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 1

For those who might be interested in a little background on the sculpture:

It is titled Springtime Flight. It was created in the late 1990's by a horse trainer we had a close relationship with who is also a very talented artist. However, I don't believe he currently does art work. He was aware of my love for gardening and nature so if you look at it closely, you can see the inclusion of flower shapes and the sun and moon. Also raising out of the base of the tail are the upper torsos of a naked man and woman...we always have to add that we didn't pose for that part! Shortly before it was ready to be put in place, a beloved Arabian mare of ours passed away waay too young and so the artist dedicated it to her. She was a very sweet but lively horse and this statue captured her spirit beautifully. The statue itself measures 55 inches and is a unique open "filigree" of bronze. My husband, Darwin and the artist were the ones who mounted it on the large rock and we had our fingers crossed that it would stay in far so good.

Re: Michaele's garden in Tennessee, Day 1

Thank you all for your generously expressed enthusiasm for the sculpture.
bee1nine, good eye...that is a wisteria growing in the background although it is covering a pergola...can't remember if there is a picture where the pergola shows better in tomorrow's offerings.
tntreeman, thanks for the plug about my "bird mansions"...I should hire you as my overall marketer and pr person...I like myself better just reading your comments. The name "Meander Acres" definitely has flair. Once upon a time, we called our farm Willowing Oak because we had a glorious willow and oak tree on either side of our driveway at the entrance. Then the willow went to tree heaven and our little entry sign doesn't really make sense anymore.

Re: Carla's garden in Connecticut, revisited

Carla, your garden is so alive with joyful and generous colors and plant combinations. I was an incorrigible tomboy growing up and seeing your daughter in the quince tree definitely struck a memory chord! Love your sea of forget-me-nots...they are such a unique shade of blue...makes me think of robin's eggs.

Re: Harriet's swimming pool garden in Maine, in spring

Harriet, I can certainly appreciate your commitment to your forsythia even if it takes some work...its joyful declaration that "Spring Is Here" can't be beat.
Since I am a self-confessed phloxaholic, I love your masses of pink, white and blue. I'm sure you're in that mindset where you are relishing the present but, also, so looking forward to the next stages of your garden.

Re: Kevin's garden in Washington, D.C.

Well, Kevin, your pictures say "Mission accomplished" when it comes to creating a welcoming sanctuary. Picture #1 seems to indicate that your house is fairly elevated above the road. That, along with all your delightful flowers,has to help in giving you that oasis feeling.
The vibrantly blue spikes definitely look like salvia 'Victoria Blue' to me except on a heavy dose of steroids...they are awesome...maybe it's tricky camera angle.
Count me among those who have had the death touch when it comes to a salivated over sumac. This 'Tiger Eye" has a beautiful luminescence...wish it were mine!

Re: Miyako's shady front-yard garden in Connecticut

Lot's of wonderful little treasures of the plant world...they would captivate anyone. I particularly enjoy the combination shown in the picture that includes the lovely white trillium, what I think is a dark pink hellebore and the little peeks of blue.

Re: Marilyn's visit to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah

Simply beautiful...wonderful color combinations. Even though my area is well past tulip time, I feel re-energized just looking at these pictures.

Re: Nancy's garden in Maryland

tntreeman, have you ever used the chicken grit product as a drainage enhancer for succulent plantings...esp. in pots? All this rain here in east TN has me wondering if I should make the effort to increase drainage. What do you think?

Re: Nancy's garden in Maryland

Ha, looks like I was such a pokey typist, Nancy already came in and answered my question.

Re: Nancy's garden in Maryland

Yay for the fix-its at Fine Gardening getting us back on schedule. Nancy, your fountain urn is gorgeous...absolutely my favorite tone of blue for the garden. It's a very worthy focal point for all seasons so it would be interesting to know what your beds contain through the summer and fall.
There looks to be a magnificent red leafed Japanese maple in the background of your second picture and a lovely winding brick path...hmmm, lots more material for additional photo sharing!

Re: Lovay's garden in North Carolina

tractor1, sadly, it does look as if the lack of the morning gpod email is taking a toll on the a.m. participation. I'm sure Fine Gardening will be successful in exterminating whatever cyber bugs have taken up residence recently and have loused up the system we have gotten used to. Well, at least it's during the time of year when our own gardens are coming alive.

Re: Lovay's garden in North Carolina

Michelle is right...your garden definitely gives off a tropical vibe...kind of cute since you mentioned your town is a sister city to one in Switzerland. With as lushly as things seem to be growing, looks like you've found the way to overcome the initial handicap of crummy soil...takes extra effort but it's worth it!

Re: Spring at Chanticleer, Day 2: Containers & Combos a sumptuous buffet...each offering more tempting than the last. These pictures show the wonderful attention to detail that is so characteristic of the essence of the yellow tulips planted near the yellow tipped arborvitae looking evergreen. And the yellow themed wall plaque highlighted by the pots of yellow daffodils. Everything works together in harmony.

Re: Spring at Chanticleer, Day 1: Bulbs, Stone, and the Bulb Meadow

Good advice, CCCDDD, the weeds will always be there for another day! I also suffer from planting fever this time of heart rate literally speeds up at the thought of visiting a nursery and bringing home a few things to further my visions. Ironically, when the high summer temps kick in , that fever cools off...whew!

Re: Spring at Chanticleer, Day 1: Bulbs, Stone, and the Bulb Meadow

I have not visited as many public gardens as I would like (that funny conundrum of wanting to stay home and work on/in my own) but I have been to Chanticleer and it is a total delight. It is such an interesting garden because it has very imaginative hardscaping elements that look great regardless of season. I had occasion to meet one of the original estate owner's grandchildren (now, herself, an amazingly energetic senior citizen). She was visiting my garden and she said, "hey, since you obviously love gardening, if you're ever up in the Philadelphia area, you should definitely see Chanticleer". One of the things I loved most about Chanticleer, is that it has a feeling if intimacy inspite of its generous scale.
Hey, Michelle, did you take a picture of the rock slab sofa and chair combo with the adorable colorful stone "remote control" sitting on the table?

Re: Spring unfolds in Pauline's California garden

tntreeman, love your perspective on the two additional clicks true that if that's the biggest problem of the day, we are all quite blessed!
Irwin and Pauline, I share your delight in taking those garden walkabouts with the companionship of a beloved Aussie. Our pleasure in our own property is enhanced by knowing our own Aussie, Piper, loves her runs in the woods and snuffles among the bushes...always on the lookout for wascally wabbits and quick moving squirrels.

Re: Spring unfolds in Pauline's California garden

Sigh, Pauline and Irvin, I think in my next life, I would be content to come back as one of your beautiful Japanese maples that only get more interesting as they age. Sight me where I could catch a glance of that vibrant blue pot and some ferns and I'll happily let the years pass by. Your garden is truly one of the most magical that get shared here and opportunities for return visits are always appreciated.

Re: Jay's garden in North Carolina, revisited

Oh, my, those doors are gorgeous! Frankly, your client is very fortunate that you were honorable and didn't keep both sets for yourself. Have you given them any sort of outdoor protective treatment to help them maintain that particularly warm wood tone? And, I love the lion head majestic. Thanks for identifying the Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'. It had caught my eye in the photo where it is somewhat in the distance and set off my ???? bells. Interesting plant...I know nothing about it so a google search will ensue after I finish commenting. Your featured selections of Japanese Maple are beautiful. The subtlety of color variations of Geisha Gone Wild is quite alluring...ha, "she" is well named!

Re: Spring at Winterthur, Day 2

There really is an air of timeless graciousness about these photos from Winterthur. Women strolling about in elegant dresses carrying parasols would look right at home. I guess it's the beautiful sweeping swaths of lawn that contribute to this feeling of yesteryear (plus no people in Tshirts and shorts to rein in my imagination).
And, Oh, my goodness, that truly is the most stunning of laceleaf Japanese maples...I'm sure it has been the star of many garden magazine covers and articles (including Fine Gardening?)

Re: Spring at Winterthur, Day 1

These pictures from Winterthur sing the lesson (I was going to say "scream" but the other word sounds more celebratory)that if you have large scale, you should definitely have large quantity.The carpet of blue that just seems to go on and on is Mother Nature at her most generous and the effect is hugely pleasing the eye.And, sad to say, but I guess I have to go sit in the dummy chair because I do not know what plant is creating the swath of blue. Looking forward to tomorrow's sharing.

Re: Spring at the Laurelwood Arboretum in New Jersey

I also was intrigued by the "skinny sister" (cute description, tntreeman)evergreen but I was wondering if it was some odd variation of a deodara cedar. The season is moving along so fast that we are well past daffodils and, on the verge of saying good-bye to the dogwood blooms.
Had to be a treat for you, Michelle, to head a bit south and get your senses tickled by what's to come in your own area.

Re: Beth's garden in Iowa, Day 4--Containers & Ornaments

Beth, it's been a real treat spending the past 4 days in your garden with you...not as good as doing a leisurely stroll about in person where we could stick our noses into all the nooks and crannies but we have really gotten a chance to pick up some of the nuances. I love the little fairy garden vignette you have tucked in around the base of one of your containers. What is the name of the burgundy clover like plant in its vicinity? It's very effective how your pot compositions provide a pop of color amongst the serenity of the hosta.
Thanks for all you've shared. And, yes, inspite of its name, I'm sure Fried Green Tomatoes would thrive in Iowa!

Re: Beth's garden in Iowa, Day 3--Attracting wildlife

Hi, Beth, for some reason, the internet gods locked me out from getting a comments box so I couldn't get in my daily fix of sharing how much I enjoyed the day's pictures. Your offerings yesterday were delightful and today's are particularly special since they show your beautiful harmony with nature's creatures. Thanks for being "brave" Monday night and sharing by name some of your hosta that you are extra fond of. I know what you mean about getting hooked on a name (Guacamole came to live at my house for much the same reason as yours and, fortunately, it is a great looking hosta). I also had to buy one called Fried Green Tomatoes since I live in the Southeast.
Love your last picture showing things from the mushroom's point of view...made me smile.

Re: Beth's garden in Iowa, Day 1

Sigh...such plentiful and beautiful hosta. Here's probably an impossible question, Beth, do you have a favorite variety. Shhh, you can tell us....we won't tell your lushly leafy children "which one mom loves best"!
Was the soil you started out with particularly rich or did you do a lot of amending? I really admire the finished look your edging stones give your beds...certainly a of work but your effort is rewarded for ever after.
I'll bet you love spring when you do your walk abouts and check for which hosta are breaking dormancy first.

Re: Spring in Jeff's garden in Tennessee

In revisiting your pictures to look harder at some of the things other commenters made mention of (like the Flying Dragon), I stared harder at its neighbor, the Cercis 'Texas Traveler" and the lightbulb went off that it is a weeping neat! I don't think I've seen one before. How long have you had it and how big do you expect it to get. Does it flower just like a regular redbud? I have a variety called 'Oklahoma' redbud which I really like because the bloom color is even more intense and the leaves have a glossy sheen.

Re: Spring in Jeff's garden in Tennessee

Hi, Jeff, you know I share in your singing the song of SPRING JOY (at the top of my lungs)...the lyrics are different for each of us depending on what's breaking dormancy at what time but oh, how we love the chorus "Spring is here, spring is here!" Your weeping cherry is sublime and glorious...I had a youngish one (in comparison to your amazing mature specimen)and, over the course of 3 years, it just died off...broke my heart so I always look upon ones like yours with extra admiration (and envy). Love the hens and chicks in the birdcage and if I get my act together, I, too, will borrow the idea from GreenThumbBlonde!
Your property has a very gracious feel because of the lawn to garden bed has that sweeping effect.
Thanks for all the accurate plant id's.

Re: Julie's garden in British Columbia, Day 2

Wow, Julie, yesterday's pictures were like a movie trailer for today's full feature of delightful creativity. So many great ideas...the arched bridge over the tree stump, the colorful door in the hedge gap, the various fish vignettes, the various metal structures...each photo is a gem! You and your garden are a real treasure trove!

Re: Julie's garden in British Columbia, Day 1

Ha, Julie, what is with that phenomenon of plants just following an innocent bystander home?? It has happened to me on numerous occasions and , of course, the only humane thing to do is to give them a home...looks like you and your good sport Terry have found perfect spots for each of your purchases. Thanks so much for identifying things in your pictures...I needed the help. Initially, I mistakenly thought your ligularia dentata was the most humongous heuchera I'd ever seen and I sure as heck wanted to know your secret recipe for fertilizer!
I admire your zest for color in your fence and small building....very attractive combination.

Re: Anne's garden in Manitoba

Hi, Anne, your plantings are gorgeous. I, too, wonder about the timing of things bursting back to life in a zone 3b area? Your knees and other joints are probably glad for the enforced break from gardening!
tractor1, I think the lettuce like plant is the bergenia tntreeman made mention of in his comment. Ann's clumping of them looks great and they certainly makes a stunning edging for her birdbath bed.

Re: Susan's front yard makeover in Illinois

That was a big step, Susan, but one well worth taking! The pavers are very handsome and, like tntreeman observed, really set off your door entry treatment perfectly. You now have lots of interesting plants that will be fun to see mature. Love the last shot showing off your new all creates such a welcoming ambiance.

Re: Cindy's garden in New York

Hi, Cindy, I'm also a fan of your fun pot combinations. One, in particular, made a lightbulb go off for me...the one with the Baby Tut papyrus (I think that's what it is?) as an element. I never thought to use that in a pot and, yet, it's airiness and spread is very effective. I'm definitely going to copy you!
Here I go with the questions... what is the plant with the violet colored blooms behind the dark red asiatic lilies?

Re: Nong's garden in Ohio, Day 2

Nong's garden shows us that when using elements provided by Mother nature, all colors go together. All your flowers are so large and lush...please share with us, do you do a lot of conscientious fertilizing? soil amending? secret sauce? Love the romantic exuberance of the poppies...are they the self seeeding kind that end up being happy surprises?

Re: Nong's garden in Ohio, Day 1

Nong, your garden definitely sings a song of joyfulness and, I'm sure that is a reflection of your personality.
Are you able to get several seasons out of your tulips or do you plant new bulbs every year. I love the celebration of color for this time of senses feel so alive and energized just looking at your pictures.

Re: Gardening with kids at Green Chimneys Farm and School in New York

I'll bet the soda bottle as planter is a big hit with the kids...shows them to look at everyday things with a fresh eye. You never know what you might find being a candidate for usefulness in gardening.
OK, confessional memory of gardening throughout my childhood and even into early adulthood was that is seemed like mystifyingly hard work and I didn't get why people put forth the effort. I remember my mom changing out foundation plantings and putting in her yearly annuals and wondering why it mattered to her. And, then, BAM, I got married, had my own place and I started to care big time. My mom got the biggest kick out of my transformation and I was happy to give her credit for being a big influence in that department after all.

Re: Karen's no-lawn front yard in California

Your space might be small but it has a big personality full of charm and interest. If I were walking through your neighborhood, your yard/garden would make me want to stop and have a chat with its owner and say, "great job". What is the large multi-trunked tree that serves as such an effective anchor for your plantings. Since the photos seem to show it to have white bark, my guess would be a mature birch but I can't quite tell.

Re: Spring in Daniela's garden in Ohio

Ahh, Daniela, the lucky lady with the luxurious lupines and delectable delphiniums in much to look forward to! But, your delightful show of spring bulbs and the beginning growth of all the other goodies waking up from their winter slumber certainly make April a great month in your garden also. These pictures prove the point that it is always worth making that extra effort in the fall to get those spring flowering bulbs in the ground.

Re: Barbara's shady circular garden in New York

What a delightful retreat and thanks so much for the well expressed tutorial on what steps you took to achieve such the ideal growing conditions for those scrumptiously delicious looking plants. Love how everything is spilling over the edges and invites gentle touches as one walks the pathway. Your cimcifuga gives such a fun shooting star effect...I've never been successful at growing that plant and, after reading about your carefully well thought out soil prep, I humbly admit I probably deserved my failure.

Re: Joanne's garden in Ohio

Sometime's I greedily jump into looking at the pictures before I read the gardener's info or even let the heading sink in. So, Joanne,when my eyes rested on your first 2 photos, I thought, "hmm, a garden from Charleston, SC"...the aged brick pathway surrounded by the charming wrought iron fence work fooled me.
You have so many lovely parts to your garden...that must be a very satisfying stroll. The clematis spilling around your pergola is glorious...what a treat of color that must be as you do your walk-about.

Re: Lori's garden in Utah, Day 2

As much as we all really love rocks, we, even more so, really, really love the little nooks and crannies ( hmmm, why am I suddenly in the mood for a Thomas's English muffin) planting opportunities that rocks provide. Lori, you did a great job in your selection of groundcovers and beguiling succulents to tuck in the empty pockets. I see that you have made use of more substantial evergreens throughout the layers of stones. I would love to see another round of pictures in a few years as those evergreens mature some...things are just going to look better and better with each passing year. Thanks for another chance to enjoy your great view

Re: Lori's garden in Utah, Day 1

Lori, you were wise to scratch your gardening itch with beautiful pot compositions while you took your time to plan out hardscape decisions. Looks like you have a stunning home with wonderful earthy tones that will serve as the perfect backdrop for all your landscape choices. It takes time to get to know a property and get a feel for what you want where. That is a breathtaking view and it has to fill your heart with exuberance just to gaze out upon it.

Re: Kim's garden in Washington

Yowza on the garden and it's amazing vibrancy and yowza on the photography that has communicated it so well. Nancy9350 is so right about how your use of conifers gives the rest of the garden something to play off of. That is probably your quilter's talent making use of a subtle background fabric that allows the rest of the design to shine.
I, too, am in the throes of serious edging envy and maybe what looks like your tendency for perfection in that is also attributed to your quilter background. I'm sure you finish off a beautiful project with an orderly border with no loose threads! Anyway, yes, we definitely need more pictures so we can add arbor envy to our list of reactions to your superb work. I would love to see a few photos of your quilts, also.

Re: Another design by John in Virginia

Talk about having a worthy destination...who wouldn't want to enjoy the walk down on those sturdy looking steps, settle into a comfy Adirondack chair and relax by the water. I've gotten to the age where I especially appreciate well thought out (meaning safe and visually interesting, if possible) ways to get from one part of a yard/garden to another.Each stepping stone looks generously sized and allows room for feet as well as adorable groundcovers to gentle their edges.

Re: Our 2nd visit of the season to Pauline's garden in California

Would the guitar strumming frog mind some company? I'd be happy to have some aged patina paint slapped on me (hey, who am I kidding...I'm aging fine without any artificial help) and I could strike a pose and just BE...that way, I could be a part of this beautiful garden. Hmmm, come to think of it, I wouldn't make very good garden statuary because I'd want to cheat and move around. There's so many stunning areas to take in and immerse myself in. What a glorious time of year for your garden, Irvin and Pauline...such an celebration of all the beauty that spring can bring.

Re: Kathy's garden in Connecticut

Kathie, all your pictures communicate a very appealing sense of serenity and soothing harmony with nature. Even though you have great variety in your plant choices, they all work together seamlessly. Does the stream you mentioned have a vigorous flow throughout the year or does it pretty much dry up during summer? I always envy properties that have a source of natural running water.

Re: Katie's garden in Ohio

What a wonderful series of colorful exclamation points your wall of different varieties of clematis creates. If I were you, I would just stand back and admire the heck out of it! Then I'd turn in another direction and beam at the picture perfect picket fence that surrounds my well organized vegetable garden. Hmmm, then I'd take a leisurely stroll among my beautiful plants to get to my handsome workbench and attempt to do something productive before I wandered off to see what was going on in my lovely water feature.
Yes, without a doubt, Katie, the hard work you and your husband have put forth over the past 12 years have given you much to enjoy and be proud of. Kudos!

Re: More from Tricia's garden in Minnesota!

Tricia, not only do you have an eye and a talent for beautiful garden design, you have an equally impressive talent for photographing all that beauty. Sometimes such abilities do not go together so we are fortunate you are sharing your multiple gifts. The picture you captured of the little frog on the vibrant Black Eyed Susan is delightful...his surprise appearance started my day off with a smile.
The bare bones photo of your water feature is very interesting and shows what a large scale undertaking it was.I'm sure it just gets better year after year.

Re: Winter & spring mingle in Kathie's garden in Virginia

Well, Michelle, I think you need to play the "one of my oldest and dearest friends" card and beg Kathie to send in more pictures throughout the year...looks like a great garden that I would love to see additional pictures of!
The photo with the yellow crocuses sings springtime and has such joyful energy. Initially, I thought the white seeming bush was the azalea but then looked harder and came to the conclusion that it was the false holly...yes? The arum is gorgeous...hard to believe it just disappears in the summer and then comes back looking so full and healthy.

Re: Linda & Terry's garden in Ontario, revisited

Whew, I felt an empathetic bead of sweat form on my brow just reading about your rock hauling and placing exploits...and, then, to think you "relax" by making things out of concrete! Imagine if they finally perfect cloning and there could be more than one of you!
Your pond is beautiful and the picture that includes it with the peacock house (mansion) in the background is a delight...loved how a glint of goldfish matched the orange daylilies growing above. Your entry driveway has the perfect welcoming curves to it...who wouldn't want to turn in and enjoy the view along the way. Those spruce are so impressive and a fine testament to the fact that planting something of quality is always worth it.
Your concrete leaves are gorgeous...please tell us a little more about you create your shapes?

Re: Camellias in Pauline's garden in California

Ahh, no fair, Irvin, now my eyes are slightly welled up with tears and it's hard to see to sweet of you to share that lovely memory about the camellia corsage and Pauline's highschool junior with all of us. I join you in shaking your head and wondering, "where does the time go?" Well, it certainly seems that with you and Pauline the time has been spent well. Bless you!

Re: Camellias in Pauline's garden in California

Ha, tractor1, "the Petals of Pauline" definitely won the clever comment of the day award...that was very cute. Although, come to think of it, it's probably only those of us who are of a somewhat older age (notice I didn't say OLD...only older) who understand what's it's a play on.
Hmmm, even though I don't currently envy your snowy conditions, come the suffocating heat of July and Aug. here in east TN, I will probably think living in a cooler part of the country has its allure.

Re: Camellias in Pauline's garden in California

A sweet thing happened when I saw only the title for today's GPOD in my email was a little surge of happiness because it included the words "Pauline's" and "California". The garden that she and Irvin have created is so memorable and he always so dearly refers to it as Pauline's garden. What with this abundance of such stunning camellias, this has to be the ultimate 4 season garden...there is no blah time. I'll bet as the petals fall to the ground, it's like a dusting of magically colorful snow! It's all so beautiful.

Re: Even more from Tricia's garden in Minnesota

Shhh, don't wake me, I'm dreaming of a beautiful garden with inviting sitting areas surrounded by intoxicatingly aromatic flowers...oh, wait, it's day 2 of Tricia's pictures!
I lay claim to the comfortable looking chair situated by that glorious stand of Oriental lilies. What a treat to enjoy this garden even if it's only through the lens of the camera.

Re: Tricia's garden in Minnesota, revisited

What a truly fabulous garden! Tricia, I can't believe you only sent in one photo back in 2011 with so much beautiful abundance to share. When I go on a garden tour, this is the kind of garden that energizes me so much...just sets my brain a tingle with admiration and a desire to work even harder when I get back home. I love how you have used fairly good sized boulders to achieve your terracing...the scale looks perfect. Can't wait until Monday!

Re: Jon's sculptural lawn in Ohio

Ha,looks like caymanmama and I had the same word phrase tickling our brains.

Re: Jon's sculptural lawn in Ohio

What fun...and to get a visual treat effect like this during the off season is the icing on the cake (well...literally, it's the snow on the grass). I'll bet to get such perfect looking results is way harder than it looks.

Re: Visitors in Linda's garden in Texas

Great shots, Linda, each and every one. I'm especially partial to the second one down on the left which shows the two waxwings and a robin getting along in harmony (at least for the duration of taking the photo) for the sake of eating. I was not aware that photinias were so bountiful in the berry department. Are they prone to being invasive in some climates because of that?

Re: More from Dorothy's garden in Maryland

tntreeman, speaking of hearing things, do happen to have a water source nearby where you hear the spring peepers. Gosh, I love that sound. Sometimes there'll be a warm stretch in early Jan. and they come to life singing their song and then when it gets cold again, they go quiet. It's been a crescendo for the past couple of weeks so I'm hopeful that means the nice weather is here to stay.

Re: More from Dorothy's garden in Maryland

Oops, not sure how my brain and finger got disengaged so that an empty post showed up. Ha, I shouldn't type before I have finished the first cup of coffee. Anyway, I wanted to ask pattyspencer where she lived that elephant ear spread like a weed?

Re: More from Dorothy's garden in Maryland

Re: More from Dorothy's garden in Maryland

Wow, Dorothy, not just every brick... but every brick in a herringbone pattern... with brick edging...on a patio with curves... with two brick pathways leading off. Yikes, the exact measuring needed, the precise cutting, the careful placement, the daunting leveling...I am so impressed. The result is truly lovely and so generously gracious as are all your beautiful shade plantings.

Re: Pinterest, anyone?

Sending sincere Get Well wishes your way,Michelle. Hope you have a lovely outside view to speed along your recovery. Or maybe it's still a blanket of snow up in your part of CT but, hey, that can certainly be beautiful. I know where I will be spending some time this morning...getting lost in the GPOD Pinterest page.

Re: Springtime flowers in Nancy's garden in Oregon

I always enjoy when a contributer has been previously featured and I get to click the link and take a walk down memory lane. It usually lets me see the garden in another season and that enhances both the current and past viewing experience. Nancy, you obviously have a love for color in all seasons and have made wonderful selections through the years.

Re: Springtime flowers in Nancy's garden in Oregon

Sight for sore eyes, Nancy. Thanks so much for lifting our spirits! Your snowdrops look like a swarm (???) of rare albino butterflies...all dainty and ethereal. And the double petal hellebore is gorgeous. Is it the result of some lucky cross pollinating or is it a purchased variety? Your new screen is very handsome and makes such a nice backdrop.

Re: Dorothy's garden in Maryland

tractor1, thanks for the helpful info on the more preferable placement for a Forest Pansy Redbud. Mine was out in pretty much full sun so I guess it's understandable that I didn't have a good outcome with it. was a beauty for a while!

Re: Dorothy's garden in Maryland

Happily Gardening, I sure know what you mean about the close-up shot of the varying blue shades of that lovely large flowered clematis. After I made it larger, I stared at it like a starving woman just presented with a bountiful buffet! I am soo ready for spring to really kick off and the cycles of flowering to begin.

tntreeman, boy, do I know what you mean about the heartache of trunk splitting Forest Pansy Redbuds. We had a glorious one...ha, I referred to it as my "vanity" tree because I loved where we planted it and I was so pleased with picking out one with great bones. It stroked my ego for 3 or 4 years and then, one day, when I was toodling past it on my golf cart to do some chores a little further on in that bed, my jaw dropped and I literally gasped with horror as I saw it broken apart. One half had split almost totally off and there was no rescuing it. I was really bummed to say the least!

Re: Dorothy's garden in Maryland

What a delightful arbor for your beautiful, large flower clematis to scamper up...I won't dwell on how fortunate the new owner is. One of the nice things about screwing up one's courage and submitting pictures to GPOD is that now these images will live on in cyberspace and will only be a click away for anyone to enjoy. I, too, am interested in what challenges your new gardening situation is presenting. Hopefully, you still have places for lush hosta, delectable daylilies and stunning clematis.

Re: Carol's garden in Michigan

Linda, what a warm and lovely tribute to your parents...sounds like you are a winner in life's lottery of families to be born into! Your mom has a great eye for color combinations that work....the first photo shows that off to perfection. And there is something so evocative about a red barn that one can tell is still being used...the picture says it all!

Re: Linda & Terry's garden in Ontario

Gotta' chime in and say yes to the kitties on helping to control voles (our two are barn cats and one has a particularly well developed hunting instinct) and, also, yay to a golf cart. Mine is modified a little and has a 3.5'x3.5' aluminium bed and it has been invaluable to me in carting around tools and weed or mulch filled buckets. We also have 2 Kawasaki Mules and the golf cart has never gotten into trouble where it needed to be "rescued" by a mule (except when I have carelessly run out of gas). Linda, seeing your dog sitting happily on the golf cart seat made me smile in a fond way!

Re: Linda & Terry's garden in Ontario

Linda, you and your husband have created a magical paradise...spring must be particularly amazing with all the rhodies, redbuds and dogwoods in bloom. It truly doesn't get any more breathtakingly beautiful than that. I could spend the day just staring at that second picture down with that alluring curve to the swath of grass and the flowering trees beckoning my eyes forward...just perfect!

Re: Sarah's library children's garden in Maine

Wow, anyone who ever wonders if it's worth putting in a perennial garden need only look at these pictures to be reassured that the effort will be well worth it! Amazing that everything looks so bountiful and filled in by season 2. The spiral pathway now seems much more welcoming and generously sized. Maybe in the years to come, there should be a community fundraising effort to buy some great benches to place along the way and/or a special piece of artwork at the end of the spiral (ha, there I go with ideas of how to spend other people's money).
Anyway, Sarah, great job!

Re: More from Christine's garden on Long Island

Hi, tntreeman, I'd love to take you up on your offer of red daylilies. We can ask Michelle to be an email exchange facilitator and, at some point, co-ordinate a meeting on your turf since it now getting to be your busy time. Maybe my husband and I can rendezvous with you at one of your favorite garden sites and sneak in a walk about. Thanks for thinking of me!

Re: More from Christine's garden on Long Island

Ahh, Christine, my heart felt an empathetic pang at reading of your loss. My area was hit by a hellacious hailstorm 2 years ago that denuded trees and shredded to smithereens hosta and dayliliy foliage. The daylilies shrugged it all off but some of the hosta waved the white flag of surrender to the forces of nature and disappeared on me. I am optimistic on your behalf that your daylilies will return to party on and that delightful fiesta of color will light up your garden again this summer. Your view is magnificent!

Re: Christine's bayside garden in New York

Hi, Christine, your garden is gorgeous. I really appreciated reading your reasoning in putting together your "white" are so right about daylilies marketed as white being more suffused with hints of soft yellow. The cinnamon colored peeling bark of the limbed up yew is were so brave to embark on that strategic totally gave you the effect you wanted!
I,too, would love to see more!

Re: Jane's garden in Maine

Jane, your words and pictures took me on such a delightful journey...thank you...and you're so right about unique quality of shadows on snow...they are magical. The vision of the hellebore buds nudging up through the snow reminded me of a small child playing pee-a-boo with a grown up and the mutual delight that results in.

Re: Daniela's garden in Ohio

Daniela, what a delightful stroll through your is sublime. Are the tall spikes of flowers behind your red and white roses some of your lupines? Whatever... that whole grouping is glorious. Our east TN heat and humidity always kills off lupines and delphiniums but this is how they look in my imagination when I ignore the hard lessons of experience and some if I see them offered for sale in the spring. I plant them with the hope they were flourish and give me majestic spikes like yours. never happens.

Re: Calvin's garden in Washington state

Well, Calvin, it seems like you, Mother Nature, and the "trust us, we know best" regulators (yes, I started reading your blog) are working well together to create a very beautiful space. I love how the mosses are making themselves at home and spreading generously...they are already giving the ground that rich, multi-hued tapestry effect. Thanks for all the plant names. I wish I could walk among things and see them in person.

Re: Sheila's garden in Newfoundland and Labrador, Day 2

Sheila, I was struck with a pang of soil envy as I looked at all that beautiful dark dirt. Ha, when you spend years working in orange TN clay, you tend to notice things like that! By the looks of your beautiful vegetables, your soil must contain wonderful nutrients. Do you bother to do any amending with compost?
And, tntreeman, is so right about us paying our penance in August for our much enjoyed early spring.

Re: Sheila's garden in Newfoundland & Labrador, Day 1

Count me in with trashywoman2...I needed a geography lesson and just came back from visiting what seems to be the official website of Newfoundland Labrador. Thanks, Sheila, for helping to broaden my horizons of knowledge. Your property is gorgeous and will be the site of much happy gardening for years to come. Sigh...imagine working busily... digging, weeding, concentrating on a ground based task and then taking a mini break with looking up and out at that view...WOW!
Your garden shed is adorable especially with the beautifully bountiful flower filled window planters. Is the house we are seeing the refurbished farm house? Please stop back in and tell us about what style of architecture you have chosen for the new home you are near completion on. Ha, I'm not nosy or anything, huh?!

Re: More from Betsy's townhouse garden in New York

GarPho, so sorry that a winter crud has descended upon you and taken up unwelcome residence. Such an affliction can be so wearying literally and gets sick and tired of being sick and tired. Hopefully, you will look back on this stretch of time and be happy you weren't feeling well now instead of when spring starts knocking on the door.

bee1nine, I made a few treks over to Cape Cod (not frequently enough as I think back on it)and was so taken with the charm (in spite of the traffic)and natural beauty of the area. It has to be quite a visual treat throughout the summer to see the mounds of blue hydrangeas in all their glory. I grew up in a seashore town (Ocean City, NJ) and the yearly hydrangea festival was always a highlight.

Re: More from Betsy's townhouse garden in New York

There has to be some kind of award we bestow upon you, Betsy, for the beautiful results and the heroic efforts it has taken to achieve them. I remember vividly your previous sharing and the amazement I felt at the physical dimensions of your yard and yet, the seemingly endless garden your pictures showed. Your water feature looks convincingly like something I would see in a hike in the Smoky's just lovely.I'm quite taken with the yellow blooms of your clematis 'Bill MacKensie'. Your have to keep us apprised in the years to come whether or not he is over vigorous..he certainly looks glorious for the time being.

Re: Jenni's garden in Virginia

Happily Gardening, thank you for your kind words and right back at you! Your comments always give off such positive energy and enthusiasm...your GPOD moniker is aptly chosen and I always smile ahead of time as soon as I see your white flower show up.

bee1nine, I lived in Hopkinton MA (its claim to fame is that it is where the Boston Marathon has its official start) for about 6 years but in 1993 when my husband got a chance for very early retirement from the heavy construction industry, we picked the state of TN to put down roots. We wanted slightly less winter and a longer gardening season. Where do you live in MA?

tntreeman, you pegged me inner yankee has prevented me from taking on a southern drawl. My husband worked on the Fort McHenry Tunnel project in Baltimore and sure loved going into the downtown for some special MD crabcakes. We actually lived in MD two different times...the first stretch was out in Bel Air which is Hartford County and then, as I already mentioned, Fulton which is your stomping ground county of Howard. Maryland really is a beautiful state.

Re: Jenni's garden in Virginia

Here's a perhaps novel take on "to have a vegetable garden or not have a vegetable garden, that is the question" ...if fans of Shakespeare will forgive me for some indulgent paraphrasing.
Anyway, we live in the country and certainly have ample room for as big a garden as we would like to put in. However, from the very beginning of our moving in, some of the local farmers made it a habit to stop by and share their bounty. We always express very sincere thanks and when our blueberries and apples are in season, we return the favor. At this point, it would seem ungracious to plant our own tomatoes, zucchini, corn, onions, etc. and shut the door on the tradition of generosity that seems to exist out here. As transplanted northerners, my husband and I never wanted to seem off putting. We're probably considered a bit eccentric because of the extent of our landscaping but since we're usually outside weeding, mulching,and planting, at least the locals who have lived here from birth know we have a work ethic and we feel accepted.

Re: Jenni's garden in Virginia

tntreeman, it sounds like a lot of fun to share some Kingsport gardens with someone as much in the know as you. And,please know that there is always a standing invitation to you and any other fellow gardener to spend some time meandering about my garden. Do you make a visit to the UT trial garden on occasion? If so, I'm about a half hour further south. I have gotten a lot of inspiration from the trial gardens over the years...they were particularly helpful to this transplanted northerner who moved here from MA about back in 1994.
I loved your story about the 90 year old lady and her porch dripping with plant filled hanging heart warmed at how thoughtful her family members were to do that for her.

Re: Jenni's garden in Virginia

Lots of great plants and fun treasures to feast the eyes on with, of course, the living, bubble blowing angel the greatest delight. Lucky her, she gets to enjoy heaven on earth and think that's just the normal way to live.

Re: The gardens at Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn in Maine

Thanks, user-282771, for clearing up my befuddlement about the fourth picture down and whether or not peonies were blooming simultaneously with asiatic lilies...beautiful stands of dahlias during that time of year make much more sense.

Re: The gardens at Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn in Maine

Hi, Gail, I used to live in Fulton back in the 80's(on Cherry Tree Drive) and it certainly is a beautiful part of MD.I was not a follower of GPOD when you posted the picture of your stunning rose covered arch and the link to other photos of your magical garden. You are definitely a garden appreciator who walks the walk and I certainly agree that today's featured garden looks like a wonderful place to visit and leisurely wander about. In the fourth picture down....does that show an overlap of peonies(large white flowers) in bloom with asiatic lilies (light yellow)? I guess a more concentrated growing season opens up possibilities for different flowering plant combinations...I never thought about that before.

Re: Tatyana's visit to the Mediterranean garden at Butchart Gardens

Hi, trashywoman62, my guess for those daisy like gold, white and orange flowers is a certain kind of zinnia that is very easy to grow from seed. It is called zinnia angustifolia and the narrow leaves (as well as the flowers, of course) are what makes me think it is that. I don't see them offered for sale all that often but I bought some once and, so far, I have enjoyed a bounty of reseeded ones for ever after. In fact, just today, I was pulling out their dead little carcasses in one of my beds and I give them a good shake to make sure seeds drop for germination when it gets warm again.

Re: Tatyana's visit to the Mediterranean garden at Butchart Gardens

Thanks, Happily_Gardening, for refreshing my memory...somehow I knew when I wrote it that "gravel pit" wasn't significant enough to result in the dramatic changes in elevation that are part of what makes Butchart garden so amazing.I remember reading about how Mr. Butchart had staggering amounts of topsoil trucked in so that the retired rock quarry could become the site for the bountiful planting beds.

Re: Tatyana's visit to the Mediterranean garden at Butchart Gardens

My husband just tried to engage me in some chit chat about something in the morning paper and I have to admit, I shook my head and said, "give me a minute". I couldn't stand not to look at every picture uninterrupted. The photos are phenomenal...not just for their subject matter but also the incredible clarity. Tatyana must come back on the board and tell us about the camera she used. I think I have said this before but Butchart Gardens is the most beautifully lush garden I have ever seen in person. Every inch (and I'm not exaggerating when I say "inch") is planted to colorful perfection. They plant annuals on such a large scale and harmonize the colors so wonderfully, you don't feel it's hodge podge or overly busy. Because it's a once upon a time gravel pit (or something like that), there are high vantage points to gaze down the mesmerizing views. It's like being in a living kaleidoscope!

Re: Another garden from Jeff in Tennessee

For those of us in a slightly "mature" age category, it doesn't help that botanists are forever changing names and classifications on us. But, since I mostly stick to common names or refer to the pink, yellow or whatever "thingie" over by the whatjamacallit, I get by!

Re: Another garden from Jeff in Tennessee

What a beautiful property situation. It has a air of graciousness and serenity. The line of oak leaf hydrangeas in bloom is stunning...looks like they are very happily situated. In the picture with the three clumps of ferns by the walkway...are they a perennial type fern or the Kimberly Queen which I always consider an annual here in TN? I bring mine into my garage for the winter and try to get a few years out of them but I really like how they look planted in the ground (if those are Kimberly Queen).

Re: More from Jeff's garden in Tennessee

Jeff, thanks so much for making mention of the Bullington Gardens in Hendersonville. I live a teeny tad south of Knoxville and need to make the drive (a beautiful treat in itself) over to NC to visit it. Reading over their website, it seems like they have a very admirable sense of mission about how the experience of gardening can enhance people's lives ..esp. people with different kinds of challenges. I'm sure it would please your friend no end to see how his property has evolved.

Re: More from Jeff's garden in Tennessee

Well, Jeff, besides being a talented gardener, you're a guy with an engaging sense of humor.I'll bet you bring good energy and smiles to whatever jobs you take on and have happy clients. And, yes, what an amazing surprise that had to be to have what looks like a trumpet flower arise so gloriously from your compost pile? I guess one got discarded at the end of the previous growing season.Do you expect it to return from now on?Your sea of daylilies is sumptuous...and the ones fronting the bluish toned evergreen look particularly great.

Re: Nancy's visit to Meijer Gardens in Michigan

Thanks so much for the visual treat, Nancy. My energy level went up a few notches just looking at the swath of red exclamation points...hope it stays with me throughout the day and I can be particularly productive! Do you happen to know if Mr. Chihuly himself participates in the selection of his sculpture pieces and their placements when a public garden features his work in a way such as this? And is this a permanent installation or was it just for a set period of time?

Re: Jeff's garden in Tennessee

Jeff, your garden gives off a feeling of generosity...all the lines flow and curve in a very appealing way and shows how you can't beat grass as a natural unifier. Even though you are fessing up to being a "collector", nothing looks cramped or forced into place.Each of your selections seem to have ample space to develop and fully express their natural shape and personality. And, your pot combinations are very interestingand look like they are planted for year round display.

Re: Sunny's hillside garden in Ontario

Whew, Sunny, what a saga of perseverance ...and, fortunately, the pictures show how worthwhile all your efforts ended up being. In fact, I have a recollection of a saying (might not get it totally right ) that seems to fit your labor of love..."perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did". So, everything looks beautiful and very conducive to giving your bed and breakfast guests the feeling of being somewhere very special.
I was wondering if the lovely abode right on the water is where the guest accommodations are or are they in your home at the top of the hill?

Re: Maria's visit to Monet's garden

Thanks, Maria, for doing a little homework on my behalf when it comes to the life span of willows esp. the ones in Monet's garden. That was really interesting information about the gardens being so damaged during WW2 and yet now, they look as one would like to think they looked during Monet's time. Your posting of his garden did take me to Wikipedia to do additional reading about him and see more of his paintings than just the ones that come more easily to mind. Thanks for the nudge!
By the way, with your name being "quiltingmamma", I guess the logical assumption would be that that is also a passion of yours. If so, how about throwing in a couple of pictures of some of your completed works. Frankly, I'm impressed by all quilting since it's something I've never attempted to do because it takes a skill and dedication I haven't discovered in myself. And the level of intricate artistry some people take it to is so beautiful and amazing. Ha, don't mean to put any pressure on you about the quilting...just curious.

Re: Maria's visit to Monet's garden

Such beautiful pictures, Marie...I felt transported to another time. You really captured the spirit of serenity that seems to have been retained even in these modern times. I wonder if any of the willows pictured are from Monet's time? Hmmm, I can't imagine that is the case since it is my understanding that willows are not known for their longevity. How wonderful that the gardens are being preserved and replenished. Thanks so much for sharing your travels with us.

Re: Deborah's garden in Massachusetts

I really enjoyed your website, Deborah. The completed projects you highlighted in pictures as examples of the quality of your work were all very impressive. Obviously, the one titled rooftop oasis was amazing and I have to admire your pluckiness in taking it on! That was one serious sized crane that got the material up to roof level. My husband was involved in heavy marine construction up in the Boston area (we lived in Hopkinton for 6 years) and when I showed him the picture with the crane, he gave it a thumbs up. Your clients for that project must be so pleased with the finished result.

Re: Deborah's garden in Massachusetts

The only thing missing in the first photo is MY glass of wine! I would love to know the different kinds of flowering shrubs that surround that magical setting. It must give you so much pleasure, Deborah, as you're tucked away in your favorite chair, to gaze about your oasis of beautiful privacy and enjoy the world you have created.
Now I'm off to enjoy visiting your delightfully named website.

Re: Carol Jean's garden in Wisconsin

Your gardening style is delightful, Carol Jean and I'm sure you will have very satisfying results as you make the changeover in plants that will thrive in your new, sunnier conditions. I empathize because I have an area that we have always referred to as "the pine grove" where I created a hosta heaven and, as the pines have come down (grrr, Mother Nature shows no mercy), I have had to adjust to the less shady reality. But, boy, your Sum and Substance was glorious in that spot. I enjoyed a warm smile at your first picture when I saw your birds since I have one like that that is more all blue. They are a fun ornament. Your clematis are stunning...hopefully, they will only get even more floriferous with the increased sun.

Re: Maria's visit to Versailles

Ha, I never thought I'd say this but, "I'm with her" meaning Marie Antoinette and her desire for less formality in her surroundings....not that the Queen's House isn't impressively grand. These are fascinating pictures and show a level of garden maintenance that I can't even begin to imagine. Can't wait to vicariously share more of your travels, Maria

Re: Jackie's spring garden in Michigan

There's something so appealing about a naturalized woodland have plants nestled in by composting leaves is as Mother Nature intended it to be. The happy daisy like faces of the windflowers really light up the ground and are very charming. A walk through your flower dotted woodland setting would be a real treat. I have some hellebores that have been open for about 2 weeks so I know spring will be here before I know it.

Re: Janet's garden in Ohio

Well, Janet, it certainly looks like you are an A+ student (hmm, let's make that an A+++) from the school of Fine Gardening. Each issue really is a treasure trove of helpful information.
The picture that shows the sweeping swath of pink peonies and blue siberian iris is gorgeous...and I'll bet the fragrance from the peonies fills the air in the most delightful way.

Re: More from Barb's garden in Massachusetts

Ask and we shall receive...yay for day#2 in Barb's garden. That's a great looking structure by the pool. I think that's where I would be parking my butt in breaks from gardening. Seeing the winter shot of the cattle was a reality check although even that was picturesque.
I got a pang of serious envy at seeing your thriving clumps of what I think is variegated hakonechloa grass "Aureola"....they obviously love your care and growing conditions.

Re: Barb's garden in Massachusetts

Fabulous color combinations in your pots and throughout your garden areas. I love the exclamation points of chartreuse throughout which are then calmed by soft blues or quieter burgundies...all very effective. I'm sure you had many very satisfied clients throughout your years as a garden designer. I join the chorus in singing that I'd love to see more.

Re: Mary's garden in Wisconsin

Well, Mary, your "nothing" backyard sure as heck has turned into Something....Something great! Loved reading the saga of your journey of self discovery...yes, with the right motivation, it turned out you found your inner gardener. You must so enjoy your backyard now. Sunrises and sunsets sure are a lot prettier as they light up beautiful flowers and leaves , aren't they?

Re: Ann's garden in Minnesota

Your fence is genius, Ann. I am so glad it worked because, although it was probably fun to do, no doubt it took a lot of time and effort. It fits your setting so perfectly since things look woodsy right outside its perimeter. You're lucky the deer haven't decided to test out their jumping muscles to to get to the alluring buffet bar of beautiful colors and scents ( and to them, tastes). Love the objects you've used for ornamentation....yup, everything is genius!

Re: Vanessa's garden in Antigua

Seems like there isn't a direction to look where your eyes aren't bathed in beauty. The garden areas themselves are magical and the views out onto the large body of water are stunning. What kind of art work does Vanessa do? Painting? Sculpture?

Re: Linda and Jerry's garden in Florida

There is something so appealing about a generous sized covered seating area that looks out on beautiful landscaping...just makes me want to plop down in one of those comfortable chairs and daydream...(ha, and the daydreams would be about having a generous sized covered seating area that looks out on beautiful landscaping where I could plop down in a comfortable chair and...ok, you get the point).
In other words...everything is very lovely and alluring.

Re: Gardens in Guatemala

For all of us who have visions of flower filled glory when we plant a clematis to scamper up through a tree...OMG, that photo of the bougainvillea spilling out from the top of the palm type tree is beyond amazing! I am humbled and inspired by it and the lush bountiful beauty of how things grow in Guatamala.

Re: Kathy's potager in upstate New York

You're a great tour guide, Kathy, as you took along on your potager's journey of development. Love all your branch based structures....they are fun looking, functional and friendly to plants and birds. I bet that birdhouse at the top of the arbor is a very popular place to raise a family as far as the winged residents of your neighborhood are concerned.

Re: A fun project in California

I see lots of great plants and interesting features. I especially like how the raised rock wall is finished off with smooth capstones that look so inviting to sit a spell.
After too much holiday eating and not enough calorie burning gardening, I identify with the chubby, full faced Buddha. He's happy looking guy and should be since he's surrounded by particularly beautiful blooms and foliage.
Very nice job, Thea.

Re: Scenes from a Maine garden tour

Looks like it was a great tour and, I'm sure, much appreciated by all who participated. I'm particularly fascinated by the picture showing the dappled shade scene and how the white blooms of the plant in the center look like shooting fireworks. My guess for the identity of the plant is a cimicifuga racemosa but I'm open to correction. Whatever it is, it is certainly an eye catcher in that setting.

Re: The gardens at the Harvest Inn in Napa

Jan, loved all the additional photos you included on your blog and your commentary was quite entertaining. Ha, do include us all if your wedding plans to the particular oh, so handsome Tasmania Tree Fern takes place. I'm sure you'll make a stunning couple!

Re: The gardens at the Harvest Inn in Napa

Sigh, I'm mesmerized and enchanted...what a beautiful, beautiful place. Jan, your pictures are wonderful as are the ones on their website. I even spent a little time enjoying the videos featuring Peanut...the real owner of The Harvest Inn. It was fun taking the tour and seeing things through his eyes. There is such impressive attention to detail throughout the place and sincerest kudos to Brandon Augustine for all he contributes.

Re: Tatyana's gazebo in winter

Tatyana, your gazebo's blog (ha, that's a combination of words I never thought I'd be writing) is quite charming and entertaining. It made me smile throughout the reading of it and think of my own garden structures in a different way...and wonder what they would have to say about their life in my garden. I think they would be a little snarky about how little they are used in a functional way. However, I love looking at them just as I love looking at the picture of yours. Please share with us why you decided upon grapevines as the key plant to grow up and adorn your beautiful structure...seems like a bold choice!

Re: Zach's garden in Panama

All very lovely, Zach, but also intriguing... I think we need more pictures! Is the stone lined cascade an extension of your wonderful pond? And, if so, where does it end up? Or,perhaps, more correctly, where does it begin? What is the groundcover in the first picture?...the uniformity of it contributes so nicely to the feeling of tranquility the pond communicates plus is looks like a great weed suppressor.
Yes, I agree with Michelle, your garden does not give off the impression of one-itis at all. Maybe it helps that everything is so lush and intertwined.

Re: Hunter's design in New Mexico

Very, very nice...lots of visual interest and yet the plant choices probably aren't real water needy. I'm thinking that the very round, blue flowering bush in the background of the 4th picture down is a butterfly bush? If so, which particular variety is it? It's so full and under control looking? Perhaps one of the newer, smaller hybrids? or just very conscientious pruning?

Re: The gardens of Union Hill

Yes Michelle, you are sooo right when it comes to the cost and care of properly maintaining Victorian architecture. I guess I put myself in the passive appreciation category. I'm happy some others have the addiction although I know I could never be a worthy owner of those types of homes. When I was younger, I was drawn to sleek contemporary looks but I have evolved into more of a traditionalist.

Re: The gardens of Union Hill

What an absolute treasure of a community Union Hill must be. Garden tours are such a treat. As much as we each love our own gardens, it is so fun to get to stroll around some one else's and appreciate their efforts and vision. Looks like the houses in this area are filled with charm and personality...hmmm, the older I get, the more I love Victorian architecture. I'll bet that's a progression many others share.

Re: Eleasia and Mitchell's garden in Antigua

These pictures certainly answer the question "Can there be too much coleus throughout a garden?" As a matter of fact, "NO!" It goes with everything and looks great. It's like a fun, exciting party when a bunch of different colors and varieties are used together like around the base of the tree and it's wonderful in the stretch where just the one color lines the stairway.
Thank you, Joy, for sharing your friends' garden with us.

Re: Helene's garden in Ontario

What an amazing transformation...truly worthy of an episode on an HGTV show that features such total turn arounds. Your birch looked so lonely and forlorn in the before picture and now it anchors a lovely garden. It even has a charming stone pathway leading to a seating area near it. "YES", it says, "This is how I was meant to exist...surrounded by beauty!"
Sincerest congrats, Helene,to you and all those who helped on a great job!

Re: Beautiful ice in Mary's Minnesota garden

Snow and ice can can create such dramatic transformations in a garden...the most insignificant element can look fascinating when it is dressed in shimmering ice or plumped up by a thick snow. Although I am usually transported to childlike wonder at the magical beauty an ice storm brings, I am also quite content to simply enjoy your pictures, Mary, and not deal with any of the after effects in person.

Re: Happy 3rd Birthday to the GPOD!!

Happy Blogoversary ( or some such spelling)! Sincerest thanks to you, Michelle and Fine Gardening for creating this common interest community. And what a fun pictorial trip down memory lane to commemorate 3 years running. I love the one constant that runs through each day's offering...the love of gardening no matter what form it takes or challenges it faces. A person's garden can be small and intimate or grand and glorious but it is always a reflection of that urge within us that keeps us playing in the dirt.

Re: Heather's garden in Antiqua

Good thing I don't have a travel agent on speed dial...these pictures today and Joys's from Friday certainly show a beautiful tropical paradise that is very appealing.
OK, I have to ask even though I should be embarrassed at my ignorance does it work for, say, a butterfly bush that in our climates goes through dormancy in winter. Does it just bloom and bloom (and bloom) in a climate like that found in Antigua? Do plants have a shorter lifespan in tropical climates because they don't have a forced winter rest period? They obviously are gloriously robust and look like they are singing the refrain of the old Bobby McFerrin song, "Don't worry. Be happy"
Thanks, Joy and Heather, for this round of spirit lifting photos.

Re: Tony's garden in ROMANIA

Tony, you have been an impressively productive guy over the past 5 years. You are definitely a doer! What is that stunningly vibrant gold and red ruffly edged flower...boy, is it an eyecatcher!

Re: Bill's tropical garden in Ohio

Just simply amazing, Bill, you have totally achieved your goal! It has to be very gratifying to discover which plants will allow you to push the envelope of the hardiness zone with the right winter prep techniques. I would definitely want to be first in line when your garden is open for public enjoyment.

Re: Joy's garden in Antigua

Who knew there was such a thing as an orchid TREE!? Certainly not me! Soon as I finish thanking Joy for bringing some joy to this particular reader's gray, cold morning, I'm off to do some google reading. How tall does an orchid tree get? Are there different varieties? So much info to gather.
Your garden is beautiful and you are obviously a dedicated caretaker who helps keep it flourishing and interesting.

Re: Sue's deer-plagued garden in Ohio

Fortunately, Sue, all the plants you regard as survivors are favorites of gardeners for more than their lack of appeal to deer. Who doesn't love a grouping that includes hellebores, ferns,lamiums...yours looks great and is beautifully set off by the beautiful blue gazing ball (ha, I first typed "grazing" ball but that would defeat the purpose of it).
I have not been put to the test yet of deer proofing my garden but since I know the critters are around, my days are probably numbered.

Re: Jarmila's garden in Slovakia

Jarmila, my eyes couldn't help but linger over that glorious pink tree peony (?...I'm thinking that's what it is) in your first photo. Those blooms are positively decadent.
Since my part of the US hasn't gotten any of the white stuff yet, I also enjoyed your picturesque snow filled pictures.

Re: Merry Christmas!

Oops, I hit submit before I wrote (and that is with no holiday imbibing of adult beverages so... no excuse).
Anyway, I wanted to wish tractor1 well with his changeover to outside status for Newt. I'm sorry Garden Picture of the Day doesn't have an archive system which preserves the pictures you have shared throughout the year via your ID photo. Of course, maybe they are tucked away somewhere in cyberworld and I just don't know how to access them.

Re: Merry Christmas!

Re: Merry Christmas!

I am such a creature of habit....even Christmas morning finds me putting in a quick stint on the laptop before all family members are up and at'em. Brenda's pictures are a wonderful way to start the day.

Merry Christmas to all!

Re: Brenda's holiday garden decorations in Georgia, Day 1

My biggest challenge in writing an adequately communicative comment is how big can I types the words WOW, oh, WOW!! Hmmm, ok, the "WOWs " are not large enough but, hopefully, you get the idea. Brenda, I am so appreciative that you took the time to do some sharing with us. I just learned a new Urban Dictionary word yesterday and it captures your gardening and decorating skills...they are Fantasmagorical.
I spent yesterday cutting berry filled nandina tops to fill planters and create low colorful drifts in now empty garden spots leading up to my front entry. However, my efforts pale in comparison to your beautiful, variety rich displays. They are sumptuous and a true celebration of the season.

Re: Nathan's visit to Longue Vue in New Orleans

That had to be a real sensory treat to get away from the cold in the Northeast and immerse yourself in the much warmer New Orleans. It looked like those elegant trees lining the long driveway still had some leaves on them...were they a kind of live oaks, do you think?
Anyway, I really enjoyed all the pictures, Nathan. Thanks so much for taking the time to send them in.

Re: Judy's garden in Oklahoma

My goodness, Judy, you have certainly proved to be the victor in whatever battles you have waged with Oklahoma's challenging growing conditions. Everything looks lush and gorgeous. Your arbor covered with the morning glories and silver lace vine is the very definition of glorious! Your combo of the orange chair and color co-ordinated trumpet creeper would be an especially big hit here in East TN where orange and white are the school colors for our local Un. of TN.
I love every thing in every picture! Thanks!

Re: Carol's voodoo lily in Georgia

You sent me off on a google search to find out more about the dark mysterious stranger...definitely sounds like an interesting plant although I'm not sure how I feel about it as a candidate for my garden. However, it does look like like a formidable sentry as it stands guard on the approach to your delightful pergola. I agree that we need to see more pictures of your lovely garden. The clematis scampering up the birdhouse pole is beautiful.

Re: The Pleasance

What a beautiful and tranquil looking public garden. I'm sure it has always been a place for quiet contemplative walks but now its soothing energy is needed more than ever. We are all deeply saddened by the terrible event which has struck your lovely town.

Re: Kathy's garden in Missouri, Day 2

So many great scenes to absorb. I love the hovering blooms of the magnolia so aptly names "Butterflies"...I'll bet that is quite a treat each spring when it magically lights up the garden. You have a truly beautiful and delightful garden, Kathy. It would be fun to live on your street and get to be a regular visitor.

Re: Kathy's garden in Missouri, Day 1

Besides having lots of great plants, this garden has tons of engaging personality. It says that the person tending it who isn't afraid to incorporate the old with the new.
Kathy, are either you or your husband the builder of the birdhouses that add so much architectural interest to where they are placed?
Your 'Shoal Creek' vitex is a beauty! Do you cut it back to the ground each year so it doesn't get too much height?
Really looking forward to Monday's installment!

Re: Nancy's garden in Oregon

Nancy, it looks like your garden sings a colorful song from spring through fall. As others have already noted, you have some great combinations and I, too would love to see some additional pictures of how things flow.I was admiring your very attractive paver edging in the photo featuring the large hosta. Do you have that along all your garden lines? That is such a handsome, classy look.

Re: Sue's container gardens in Nevada

Sue, I love your "can do" spirit and refusal to look at the glass as half empty. Seems like you choose to view your relocation to southern Nevada as an opportunity to experience (and conquer) new challenges. Every baby step you take that gets you further along in realizing your vision will be highly satisfying and you will find your efforts validated because of your great attitude.
The mimosa tree must be very flexible in its needs (it grows like a weed here in east TN) and its nice to read that one is doing well for you. Mimosa flowers have such an amazing sweet fragrance...they literally do perfume the air when in bloom.

Re: Sue's container gardens in Nevada

Love your plant combinations and embrace of color, Sue...your containers are like a movie trailer for your garden to come.I hope you will have a good source for compost type material since that will probably help the soil in your beds. If there are any horse farms within easy driving distance, maybe they would be willing to let you have some manure that you could take home and add to a compost pile. Fresh manure needs to age for about a year but eventually it transitions to black gold.
Anyway, best of luck with your ongoing gardening adventure!

Re: Ann's garden in Kansas

Since I have outed myself earlier as a big daylily fan, I will make a confession...I have to laugh at myself because I sometimes make my carefree daylilies a lot of work. However, I do trim them down to about 6 inches after the leaves and stems start to look ratty. In my defense, I find such grooming must tap into their inner vanity and they always flush out with fresh new leaf growth fairly quickly. Then the clumps look vigorous and healthy and I don't have to feel embarrassed on their behalf. I don't think it affects the robustness of the following year's bloom.
When it comes to mail order sources, I think very well of Oakes Daylilies which is north of Knoxville, TN. I have attended their June festival several times and their display fields are a visual delight. I have bought from them via mail order and have always been pleased with generous sized fans they send.

Re: Ann's garden in Kansas

Well, Ann, if some country western singer wants to write a song titled "Daylily Heaven"...I know where they should shoot the music video! There is no such thing as daylily colors clashing, is there? Too bad the world can't get along in the kind of harmony daylilies do? Have I mentioned that I, too, love, love,love daylilies and their bloom season is one of my favorite times in the garden. Thanks for your delightful pictures.

Re: Fall in Nina's garden in Massachusetts

Nina, my goodness, the vibrancy of the blue in your monkshood is borders on being electric. What a treat to have such a strong color statement amongst all the subdued fall tones. Ha, would you believe that for a fleeting minute I thought to myself, "hmmm, a hound Lily...I'm not familiar with that plant". Whew, caught myself in time before I went off on a google search!
Everything looks lovely and it is interesting to see the differences between your fall garden and the pictures you shared earlier.

Re: Joan's deer buffet on Long Island

Joan, this sounds so lovely and picturesque..."the house and grounds...overlook Smithtown Bay" and facing west, no must have magnificant sunset views! That is...when you're not looking down at your beautiful plants combinations.
So sorry to read that your garden has been discovered by hungry deer. It's hard to shake off our childlike love for Bambi, but grrr...treating devotedly nurtured gardens like a Shoney's buffet does push the envelope of acceptance.
I agree that the little pink flower looks like a clematis. and it complements the other flowers in your picture perfectly. Note to self...stop being lazy about doing a fall planting of Allium bulbs. Those tall stately purple globes look stunning.

Re: Scenes from Constance's garden in early November

Fall color combinations really do create a beautiful, mutli-textured the blood grass with the Virginia creeper. Constance, your 50 year old lace leaf is magnificent and you've "accessoried" to perfection with the stunning cobalt blue pot and the artful climbing clematis.
By the way, I hope next year you will treat us to some pictures of your back meadow garden .

By the way, Michelle, that very annoying Share with friends box popped up in the middle of my posting space and wouldn't go away when I clicked on the "x". So, as I typed, some of my words were hidden behind it. Some amusing misspellings might show up since I couldn't proof read everything I typed. I sure hope this intrusive box location doesn't happen again.

Re: Phillip & Michael's Garden in Alabama, revisited

Phillip and Michael, your garden is definitely a multi season gem. It is interesting and fun to toggle back and forth between your previous picture offerings and today's fall display. The warm reds and oranges look stunning against your beautiful wall.
I would love it if you would pop back in to tell me about your pruning schedule you follow (if any) for your oakleaf hydrangeas. Yours have so much balance in their width to height proportions...just curious if you are lending a helping hand to Mother Nature's efforts?

Re: Dan's garden in California, revisited

Dan, you really are doing a great job with your topiaries...their identities are definitely recognizable which is probably waaaay more difficult than I could ever begin to imagine since I have never tried my hand at that art form.
The Chinese yellow banana plant is fascinating much architectural interest to it.
Kudos to you and your wife for being such good stewards of your property by making it beautiful and yet being respectful of keeping water needs of your plantings as minimal as possible.

Re: Bob & Linda's garden in Pennsylvania

tractor1, I know you have many beloved cats but do you have any dogs? We have a decent sized acreage in a somewhat rural area and there are certainly deer that roam about. However, multiple times a day, we take our dog (an Australian Shepherd)for runs about the property... through the woods and across the fields where she tends to do her "business". We have always felt that the well dispersed smell of her existence has kept the deer from making our property their home and grazing ground. I suspect that some year I will be rudely surprised and find my garden chomped to the ground. It will break my heart but I accept that Mother nature doesn't play favorites.
Anyway, just thought I'd mention what we credit working for us.

Re: Bob & Linda's garden in Pennsylvania

Bob and Linda, you have created such wonderful walls and landings...the stonework is soooo handsome. Are the rocks indigenous to your property (which means twice the work but at least they are free)? You have a wonderful balance of plant material, beds, lawn, sweeping curves...they all frame your lovely home beautifully. Grammy and Grandad's must be a favorite place to visit!

Re: Jo's garden in Vermont

I'm always a sucker for winding green pathways flanked by colorful and interesting plant choices...Jo, yours do not disappoint! I like the pops of burgundy along the way.
You have a lovely property and it wears its fall mist well!

Re: Nancy's in-town prairie garden in New York

Nancy, the vista framed by the stunning redbud archway certainly gives the impression of a much larger garden area than your description would lead one to guess. The sweeping curves of the gravel walkway are very inviting and I'll bet when your Black Beauty lilies are in bloom, a person can't wait to walk along and follow their nose to get to the source of the alluring aroma. You've really done a great job. Ha, I'm sure the adorable Tuxie agrees!

Re: Barb's garden in Wisconsin, revisited

What a cheery sight that blue toned,lived in birdhouse makes as it hangs in the crab apple tree...just looking at that picture made my day start out happy. Then to move on to the bloom filled clematis and be reminded of how glorious gardens are in spring and early summer...great images for a gloomy late fall day. Barb, looks like you're still doing a great job incorporating tropicals into your garden. They really do add a lot.

Re: Elaine's garden in Montreal

What a lovely foursome of pictures, Elaine. The harmonious and blending elements of their composition give off a Monet feeling so your inner artist is being well served by your physical efforts. Your garden seems like a serene place and the
adirondack chairs invite sitting and indulging in restful contemplation.

Re: Kate's Garden in New Jersey, Day 2: The Cottage Garden

Besides being a human sanctuary, I would guess that your colorful, flower filled cottage garden is a very popular tourist stop for all the winged, nectar loving creatures in the area. You have a wonderful variety of things growing.I love the spots of purple which contrast so nicely with the golds and oranges. And, all that double!

Re: Kate's garden in New Jersey, Day 1: The Shrub Garden

Kate, what you have accomplished over the past 20 years is amazing. You give those of us who also share some Irish blood coursing through our veins a good name! Your perseverance and creativity has resulted in transforming your 3 acres into beautiful garden spaces. I have enjoyed today's pictures immensely and am very much looking forward to tomorrow's.
I am very familiar with your part of NJ as my mom lived in one of the early condo developments off of the Black Horse Pike. I would drive through the very charming town of Mays Landing on my way to visit her.

Re: Chip's garden in California

Chip, your garden looks so much more extensive than the 1/4 acre you describe it to be. It's always fun to see plantings that emphatically says, "you're not in Kansas, anymore"...ha, or in my case, Tennessee! I agree with Michelle that that burgundy cactus is quite intriguing.
Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all my fellow GPOD readers!

Re: Fall in Sally's garden in Maryland

Sally, your garden is a vision of exquisite loveliness...from the graceful curves of the beds to the enchanting lines of the Japanese maples...everything is truly perfection. I will probably return to this set of pictures multiple times throughout the day and just click through to my heart's content.

Re: Stacie's winter gardens in Washington state...and a GIVEAWAY!

Ha, tractor1, you're too kind not to call me out for being a careless reader. How did I completely miss Stacie's very precise labeling of what was for me "the mystery plant"...that falls in the dumb, dumb me category!
Hope Newt thrives in his imminent indoor cat status and your current five make it an easy transition for him.

Re: Stacie's winter gardens in Washington state...and a GIVEAWAY!

Those very smooth flat rocks really do make a statement...the eye goes right to them and lingers for a moment. Is the bush/small tree with the dark golden blooms some kind of witch hazel?
I remember really enjoying the Fall Fireworks showcased some great plant combinations.

Re: 3 more of Karen's favorite plants (Day 2 of 2 in Karen's garden)

Karen, how nice of you to share your sincere enthusiasm for some of your favorite plants. I humbly admit that I was not aware of the fall virtue of the old fashioned bridal wreathe spirea...with it's uplifted tapered branches all aglow,it's truly stunning. You're a very effective plant evangelist since you have made a believer out of me!

Re: Karen's dry stream bed in Illinois (Day 1 of 2 in Karen's garden)

I love the pictorial stroll through the four seasons. Dry stream beds are always very appealing to me...there's something about them that tickles my imagination as I picture them serving their purpose in a torrent of rain. Your plant choices and spacing are very nicely done. Things give off a very naturalized and serene impression.
Soon as I clicked on the link to your previous sharing, it was like, "oh, yes, the garden with the beautiful bench".
Maybe for the sake of keeping GPOD going strong through the winter, we should all make the effort to try to find pictures that show the same general part of our garden through a few different seasons. It's very interesting to see things presented that way.

Re: Teresa's garden in Ontario

Ahh, thank you ahead of time, Teresa, for identifying the forget-me-nots. I was a beat too slow in seeing your answer before I went to post. I have an area where I let the forget-me-nots have their way and they never fail to delight. As a matter of fact, this might be the nudge I need to transplant a few so they start colonizing in a second area. Thanks!

Re: Teresa's garden in Ontario

Teresa, your garden must be great medicine for the soul as you deal with your physical health issues. You are surrounded by beauty. I, too was immediately struck with the question about the identity of the charming blue groundcover. I was all pleased with myself for recognizing the Fothergilla but then got stumped by the dainty mass of blue.

Re: Ali's mountainside garden in Iran

What a treat to spread our cyber wings and get to visit a far-away land. Ali, it certainly seems like you have an ideal situation...stunning far away vista views and beautiful things to enjoy up close.
That dramatic yellow and green birdhouse is certainly an eye-catcher. OK, I'm going to now beg for your tolerance as I ask what might be a very dumb question...does your part of the world have pretty much the same species of birds a fairly similar area of mountainous terrain would have here in the United States? Could you share the names (ha, and I don't mean Tom, Dick and Harry, if you get my joke) of some of the birds that frequent your garden? Thanks!

Re: Christine's first veggie garden in Quebec

Christine, that's certainly a very impressive looking bounty....seems like you and Mother are a successful team...Although, after rereading the challenges of your weather conditions during the growing season, it seems more like Mother Nature was testing your commitment to this endeavor.Congrats, you passed and have the harvest to prove it!

Re: Jan's winter escape garden in Florida

Jan, what a treat! You must be quite an inspiration to your neighbors (ha, or else they curse you for being an over-achiever). Anyway, you have done a magnificent job giving your Florida get-a-way a real gardener's touch. I love your plant material choices and your rationale for why you have placed them where you have. The accent color of the blue of your pots is perfect. You really have a special gift.

Re: Jodie's no-lawn entry garden in California

Jodie, after reading the philosophy section on your website, today's pictures show you to be a landscaper who walks the walk of what you espouse. The color tones of the very handsome vase and the decorative sea of pebbles upon which it sits display soothing harmony with the lovely porch of your home...very nice.

Re: Dave's water feature garden in Colorado (Day 2 of 2 in David's garden)

Your water feature must be an eye catcher all year long esp. with the grasses making their contribution to visual interest. I'll bet you don't even mind weeding in the bed surrounding your waterfall rock so you can enjoy it up close and personal!

Re: David's front-yard rock garden in Colorado (Day 1 of 2 in David's garden)

I really like the extra flare you put in the stone pathway in the first it aesthetic appeal as well as functionality. You look like you are making wise choices in plant material with attention being paid to those with more modest watering needs. Your wife's pots look great and make wonderful exclamation points of color to highlight all the natural stone. Definitely looking forward to tomorrow's part 2!

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

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 doubt, it looks wonderful in all four seasons.

Re: Clare's garden in New Jersey, Day 1 of 2

Clare, even though your exact street address isn't given, I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere, the word "Heaven" was included...your garden is DIVINE! What a sensory delight it must be when that line up of peonies is in bloom. Also,everything is so beautifully and impeccably and your husband are an impressive team. I can't wait for the next round of pictures.

Re: Kathy studies fall in detail in Massachusetts

Hmmm, those pictures are mesmerizing...such exquisite detail. It's a gift to have the photographer focus the viewer's eye so we do take that moment to notice nature's delicacy. The final photo is very soul soothing. Thank you, Kathy

Re: Just down the street...

Those vines certainly got the message to grow up, up, up! Is the pink flowering one a mandevilla or is it a special variety of black-eyed Susan vine?
Regardless, the whole effect is very charming.
Best to all in the Northeast as they now deal with arduous clean-up efforts. That part can be so mentally depleting as well, of course, as physically.

Re: Blame it on Sandy....

Happy to read that your area escaped the worst. So sorry for all those folks and places that have been so negatively impacted by this horrible fall storm.
After re-enjoying your article on Autumn's Subtle Charms,I was reflecting to myself on how restful I usually find fall. However, in view of the work intensive clean up many will be facing, I will quietly count my blessings and wish others well.

Re: Irvin & Pauline's garden in fall, focus on grasses

Irvin and Pauline, it is always a treat to start out the day with pictures of your beautiful garden...they never fail to delight and enchant. I love your subtle attention to detail example being the polished dark stones that help set off the stone lantern in the first picture.

Re: Heather's garden in Massachusetts

Heather, your children are going to have earned their PhD. in fine gardening by adolescence...sounds like they have the perfect learning environment...literally and figuratively!
Your garden is beautiful with lovely combinations and some impressive backdrop evergreens. Your first photo is a perfect example of everything that is have a great eye for balance and color.

Re: Terie's New York garden in fall

What can I say, Terie, except that your garden is Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah beautiful and truly blessed to be visited by bluebirds. It's so nice to read that you and your talented husband take the time to sit by that totally picturesque pond and just soak up some rays and serenity.

Re: Barb's trial-and-error garden in Michigan

Barb, looks like you have a very effective learning curve with your modest admission of being a "trial and error" gardener (ha, trust me, we all share that description). All your plant material looks like it's thriving and I love the sense of whimsy that abounds throughout. Your most recent project of the cast iron tub is a sure smile generator especially if little fish are swimming about. Your husband does great work and I know how important his contributions are.

Re: Dahlia Hill in Michigan

What a heartwarming and beautiful community achievement...Midland, MI must be a very special place to live. The flowers are gorgeous and Mr. Breed's sculptural pieces are stunning.

Re: Revisiting John's garden in New Jersey

John, your fall garden is stunning and is equally beautiful to the pictures you shared from earlier in the year. It's fascinating how each grass variety has its own personality and appeal. Love the particularly airy delicacy of the panicums...they have such a special allure is a gentle breeze

Re: Jan's containers in Ohio

Love them all, Jan. Your pictures show a great mix of colors and textures and the always appreciated sense of humor with the face pot adorned with cascading soft green locks.

Re: More from Lorraine's garden in Ontario

The abundant beauty of Lorraine's gardens leave me (almost) speechless...there is so much appealing color and texture and wonderful combinations. I also appreciate the little artistic additions that bring a smile.
Thank you so much for being so conscientious in providing exact names for the pictured plants...very informative and helpful.

Re: More from Lorraine's garden in Ontario

The abundant beauty of Lorraine's gardens leave me (almost) speechless...there is so much appealing color and texture and wonderful combinations. I also appreciate the little artistic additions that bring a smile.
Thank you so much for being so conscientious in providing exact names for the pictured plants...very informative and helpful.

Re: Kielian's garden in Montana, in Autumn

Kielian, I had the refrain of a James Taylor song tickling my brain as I gazed admiringly at your photos..."winter, spring, summer or fall" (ha, I'll have to do a google search to get the rest of the lyrics). But, anyway, if the song was about your garden, the line "never a disappointment no matter what the season" would have to be worked in.
Everything you have created is a wonderful complement to the natural beauty supplied by Mother Nature. But, brrr, that magical line of late Sept. icicles is a reality check!

Re: Lorraine's from-scratch garden in Ontario

Whew, talk about someone who walks the walk in what became her chosen profession and passion...Lorraine, your gardens are stunning and I would be so inspired if I came to your nursery as a customer. The photos you shared with us here and on your website are beautiful.
Could you please pop back on here and tell us about your seed starting techniques with perennials in your early days before you became a business. I would imagine now that you have a greenhouse facility but how did you handle things when you first started?

Re: Carolyn's garden in Ohio

Goodness, Carolyn, your half acre looks so spacious and has a wonderful mix of plant material and hardscape. Looks like you've included a lot of lovely evergreens so things probably remain very attractive even during those snow covered Ohio winters. Love that pop of red in the final picture!

Re: Bob & Lisa's recycled garden in South Carolina

Bob and Lisa, you guys are brilliant and definitely have a sense of fun and liveliness in your approach to gardening. I love your "au natural" table centerpiece. You must be doing lots right since your daisies look they don't get fazed by SC heat and humidity.

Re: A garden through the eyes of a 6-year-old

Beautiful pictures taken by a beautiful girl! It was nice to have some shots with sky (as tractor1 says) and get a sense of scope and scale. I lived in MA during the 80's and remember visiting this public garden during its fledgling time. Kaia's photos gave me a glimpse of how far it has come. Thanks.

Re: Ruth Ann's bowling ball garden art in South Carolina

Very fun and, I'm sure, always a source of conversation and inspiration for garden visitors. I love it when a gardener has some hands on personal creations tucked in amongst their garden plant material.
Lately, I've been doing some mosaic tile and/or stone covered birdhouses and have gotten my fair share of Liquid Nails stickiness on my fingers.My go to product for removal is Goof about you, Ruth Ann? Anything else you would recommend?

Re: Dennis & Jeanne's garden in North Dakota

Well, well, I never thought GPOD was going to be the place I found an answer to a question from several years back..."what the heck is the name of that silly bird that likes to lay its eggs in the gravel near our barn?" So, it's a killdeer...thanks!
That band of trees is beautiful and it has to be so satisfying Dennis and Jean to see them growing into maturity. I'm sure all the local wildlife is very appreciative of their efforts. I love when old farm implements are given a showcase spot in a garden...very nice.

Re: Connie's meadow garden in Minnesota, revisited

Now, GPOD friends, don't jump all over me but I'm going to confess that I have never grown a sunflower...seeing Connie's super fun picture, I need to correct that! What a kick that must be to see that stalk growing taller and taller and then have that glorious flower start to unfold. I really enjoy the energy and exuberance of your garden, Connie.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Tim's garden in Ohio, revisited

All it took was the headline headline, "Tim's garden in Ohio, Revisited", to start my day off with a smile of anticipation...and, no disappointment after enjoying the pictures, thank you very much! The picture showcasing the succulent in the conch shell is an instant pleaser...that had to be fun to put together and see it work. And I'm a sucker for the way the Elfin thyme does it's spreading thing over and among the rocks. Everything looks great, Tim, thanks for letting us visit!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Syd's garden in Pennsylvania

Syd, your garden is very lovely with all its elements working together in very pleasing harmony. Even though your artwork is decidedly unique and unusual (at least to this simple farm girl), your pieces have the successful melding of different shapes flowing into each other to form something that the eye feels comfortable with. This is true of your garden also which communicates an over all compatibility of shapes, textures, colors and heights.
I have to confess to surprise that I didn't see any of your artwork finding a home outside in your garden...or did I miss noticing something?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Carla's cottage garden in Connecticut, revisited

There's the common phrase, "My cup runneth over" and in honor of Carla's wonderful pictures, I am inspired to create a new saying, "Her garden spillith over". What delightful and enviable abundance. I am not familiar with two of her named echineas Papaya and Milkshake but they look fun and interesting. I planted a couple of the Pow Wow Berry echinacea two years ago and was happy with how they stayed shorter and more compact.
Carla, you really have an artist eye for great color combinations that echo and compliment each other.

Re: The Bridgewater Village Store's 2012 display

Several years ago we were gifted with a generous sized Bridgewater Chocolate's variety box by a friend to whom we extended human and horse hospitality as they were traveling from Bridgewater to AZ for a horseshow. Let me go on record that the all Dark Chocolate Toffee selection is beyond heavenly. You have to taste it to believe how delicious it is. It takes all my self control not to just gobble a whole box down as if calories and price don't matter when we treat ourselves to an order. My husband and I store the box at the opposite end of the house from where we sit to watch evening tv so that it becomes a ceremony to each have a piece. I know...we sound pretty pathetic, don't we?!

Re: The Bridgewater Village Store's 2012 display

If it doesn't already exist, I now officially coin the phrase "Bridgewater Worthy" when it comes to something oozing charm and character. I would go out of my way to patronize such a shopping area and would make sure to pass along compliments to the individual store proprietors about the lovely landscaping. I have a friend who owns a horse training business in the area and she introduced me to Bridgewater Chocolates...pure heavenly deliciousness! Thanks to the internet and mail order, they are now a special occasion treat between my husband and me.

Re: Bob & Mary Ann's garden in Kentucky, revisited

Bob and Mary Ann, you have so many standout parts to your has to be such a pleasure to stroll about and gaze upon one beautiful vignette after another. Love the photo of the vibrant blue clematis(?) cresting over the arbor with the white blooms of the hydrangeas like splashing picturesque!
If ever there was a summer to be feel good about the investment in an irrigation system, this past one was it. I'm just below you in east TN so I know your new system was put to the test.

Re: Miyako's container gardens in Connecticut

Ha, Steepdrive, my thoughts exactly...I honestly would never have guessed these were pictures of container plantings if not told. Miyako must be very conscientious about weekly fertilizing since her beautiful efforts are not suffering from end of season fatigue and sparseness. Michelle, if she has time, I would love for her to pop in and share a few tips on how she maintains such lushness.

Re: Jacky & Lyn's garden in Wisconsin, Day 2

Besides being blessed ( ha, or afflicted ) with an enviable work ethic, the two of you also have a gift for creating a highly pleasing naturalized look. Your woodsy garden areas are delightful and are very much in harmony with your generous sized ponds. Things look like they have been in place for much longer than your 9 years of ownership which is always a sign of a job well done.

Re: Jacky & Lynn's garden in Wisconsin, Day 1

Jacky and Lynn, you do beautiful work and make a wonderful team. There is nothing more satisfying than putting forth heroic efforts on a project...being physically exhausted and during the process, giving each other those looks that say, "we must be crazy". Then gazing with such pride and satisfaction at the finished results. Your husband has done an amazing job on all your pathways...which was the first one he tackled? the stone? the straight line brick? the herringbone brick pattern?
Love how the sweeping swaths of grass set off your colorful beds so effectively. Everything is in such pleasing balance. Can't wait for tomorrow's installment!

Re: Gregg & Kindra's deer-friendly garden in Ohio

Gregg and Kindra it's amazing to me how your one acre in suburbia looks so much more extensive. The area past your bridge looks like it could go on forever in a very inviting way..."ha," the deer say, "tell us about it". Congratulations on creating a beautiful garden and a magical habitat for nature's miracles.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ruth Ann's garden in New Jersey

Oh, my...just simply stunning...what wonderful images to start the day off with. Those glorious crape myrtles circle your garden areas like a beautiful colorful necklace.
I have some baby crape myrtles that are the result of some reseeding and I have wondered what I should do with them...pull and toss? or dig and relocate? Well, thanks to you, Ruth Ann, I have my answer. I should take advantage of Mother Nature's generosity and replant them to create my own kaleidoscopic piece of jewelry.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kiah's garden in British Columbia

Your beautiful garden is certainly an inspiring testimonial to the power of commitment. And, my goodness, what is the "secret sauce" you use to get those stunning purple blooms on your hydrangea? Your garden must attract a lot of complements from people walking by since it grows so lushly down to the sidewalk. I'll bet that generous clump of red Crocosmia has its own fan club!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kielian's visit to Ecuador, Day 2

Gee, I wonder why I'm feeling like going healthy and having oatmeal and fruit for breakfast?! Actually, that's what I have every morning but I think I'll go heavier than usual on the strawberries and blueberries.
The duck pond is magical and the contorted branches of the aged tree in the background are perfect.
Looks like you had a wonderful trip, Kielian. Thanks for sharing snippets of it with us.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kielian's visit to Ecuador, Day 1

Hmmm, my aging brain is reminding me that the seasons are reversed from ours in the Northern hemisphere so did you take your trip during your Montana winter? I am not much of an adventurer so it's always nice when pictures from another land are shared via GPOD and and remind me that there's a whole big world out there. I especially like the line up of the blue columns with the hanging plants.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Daryl's garden in New Jersey

Daryl, I jumped into looking at pictures before I read your copy and, as a former NJ girl (southern end in Ocean City) I was immediately struck by the fact you have a crepe myrtle. "Hmmm", I thought to myself, "I just don't remember seeing any of them while growing up". So nice that there are now varieties that allow more northern gardeners to enjoy what southerners take for granted (I'm now a zone 7a in east TN) as a summer flowering mainstay.
I agree with others that your wrought iron planter is a standout and I also enjoyed the white pot with the smiling face surrounded by loopy hot pink "hair" tendrils.

Re: READER PHOTOS! John's design in Virginia

Be still my heart...there's something about this kind of garden that sings a song I can't resist! I have always loved the Virginia spring as do the azaleas, ferns and hosta that are on such beautiful display in these pictures. John, your clients have been well rewarded by their successful collaboration with you throughout the years. Each plant seems to complement its surrounding neighbors and the results are captivating.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Susan & Richard's Japanese tea garden in Illinois

What a beautiful makeover...your first photo is literally picture perfect. I can see it being featured in Fine Gardening or some other prestigious publication. Thank you so much for including the before shot so we can more fully appreciate the dramatic transformation. You have made wonderful use of your space to create a world of serenity with that peaceful Asian tea garden aura. Great job!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Lori's garden in Colorado

Lori, the blues of your spruces are so vibrant...must be thanks to your Rocky Mountain climate (and your loving care, of course). They make a wonderful contrast for the pink in the coneflowers and clematis.
I like how you gave that smallish ornamental tree (a variety Japanese maple, perhaps)some extra pop by planting it slightly higher than its neighbors in the rock surround...very effective.
You and your husband do great work together and the contributions of a live in hardscaper can never be underestimated!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Susan's miniature gardens in California

Sweet, sweet, totally adorable...I'm an instant fan of your enchanting tiny creations! I love all the fun little details. I find this whole concept so captivating. I'm sure there is a plentiful audience out there just ready to be inspired by this delightful idea. Now, I'm off to click on your website to learn more. Thanks for sharing, Susan.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kristina & Bob's garden in Illinois

tractor1, thanks so much for thinking about my challenge and coming up with an interesting possible solution. My husband
(who tends to be the technical problem solver between the two of us)never thought of that. We just experimented with a bunch of different adhesives on a trial piece of PVC. I'm far enough along that I'm committed to sticking with my present modus operandi on my first couple but I am definitely going to share your idea with him and maybe give it a try. Thanks again.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kristina & Bob's garden in Illinois

GreenGrowler, I would really love to see some pictures of your mosaic work and also, I would avidly read and appreciate any tips you might want to pass along. My first couple of works in progress are a bit unconventional because they involve a round shape as I'm using PVC pipe. Finding a mastic that would work on the plastic of the PVC with hard surfaces like stones and glass tiles took a lot of experimentation. My next couple should be easier since my husband will build a more traditional looking structure for me to decorate.
I don't know the proper etiquette on a public board like this in posting an email address? Should I just post it or, perhaps, Michelle can serve as the conduit in getting it to you. Any suggestions?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kristina & Bob's garden in Illinois

Wow, rivers of color it! This is what happens when both partners are plantaholics...there is no better addiction. I'll bet you guys have a blast just living your life and sharing this passion.
Your pictures struck a special chord with because I'm embarking on a first attempt project of making a mosaic tile birdhouse and my brain went "PING" when it absorbed your blocks of color.
I will tackle my tile placement with extra vigor after being inspired by your photos. Thanks!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jana's garden in Massachusetts

Jana, your photos have wonderful clarity and I feel I am almost walking next to you. You are a masterful creator of delightful combinations that provide charming vignettes. The picture that includes the mature blue spruce and wonderful abundance of daisies is perfection.
Also, it's a treat to see such robust astilbes ...they struggle here in my east TN garden and I have ruefully bowed their reluctance to thrive for me and stopped replacing them in my garden.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jean's Touch of Heaven garden in Wisconsin

Jean, your property is not only well named but looks well as well loved and well tended...Operation Less Mow is a resounding success. Your grass paths are very inviting and invite a relaxing stroll to gaze upon all your lovely plantings.
Is the final picture a view from your about icing on an already beautiful cake!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ellen's garden in North Carolina

Hmm, since I usually do my commenting somewhat bright and early in the morning, I almost always run into the side bar intrusion. However, as I just scrolled down after reading Antonio's helpful hint about clicking the "close" option, I'm noticing that now that there are some comments already in place, the intrusion of the sidebar is non-existent. Maybe something got tweaked to eliminate the problem for all or maybe it only affects those of us who comment early in the day?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ellen's garden in North Carolina

Who says "You Can't Go Home Again"...looks like you have done it very successfully. It must be very satisfying to create beauty to enjoy in your personal environment and also have a part of your life where your efforts improve the lives of others.
I agree that the cabbage leaves are a delightful foil with the petunias...I would never have suspected that would make such a fun visual pairing.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Verna's garden in British Columbia

Verna, although you describe your city lot as "ordinary", what you have created within its borders is truly extraordinary! I am awestruck with how beautiful and bountiful your containers are.
In fact, having spent one of the enjoyable days of of my life being mesmerized by a visit there, I can sincerely say that they are Butchart's Garden worthy (and believe me, there is no higher praise). I can remember so vividly standing on one of the elevated "cliffs" and looking down on a sea of almost never ending resplendent was amazing. I have to ask, do you revisit the Garden at least once a year?

Re: The gardens at Cady's Falls Nursery in Vermont

Wished I lived even remotely close to such a wonderful nursery...although my checkbook is probably breathing a sigh of relief since it knows it would be reduced to zero with so much temptation. I really appreciate when a nursery business goes that extra mile to create bona fide gardens for customers to enjoy and be inspired by. Now I'm off to enjoy their website.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Phillippa's garden in Wyoming

Phillippa, forgive me for gushing, but your fiber art is amazing. I loved this sentence in your artist statement:
"Work tends to take on a life of its own, and ideas are followed where they lead."
I am sure that philosophy carries over into your gardening as it does for many of us. The composition in the photo with the bench and cascading petunias with the exclamation point of the vibrant red dahlia definitely gives the impression of one of your fiber creations. You have a wonderful artist eye!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kimberly's garden in West Virginia

What beautiful views you have, Kimberly, when you stop a moment and look up from your labors of love in your garden. As I gazed at your pictures, I heard a little of the John Denver song "Take Me Home Country Roads" with the line "almost heaven, West Virginia" filling my mind.
Your plant combinations are beautiful and I, too, am a big fan of lime green. The picture featuring the anise hyssop and its companions is great...shows how wonderfully that color scheme works.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Wildlife in Irvin & Pauline's garden in California

Irvin, beautiful pictures...beautiful creatures...beautiful are definitely reaping what you sow in the best possible way.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Leslie's garden in Florida

Leslie, you really have a lot of interesting elements to your garden and many gorgeous plants. I feel like I could spend a very satisfying day wandering about and noticing different details. Your husband is a judicious as well as willing pruner...I like the balance of some plants being shaped but others maintaining a more au natural appearance.
Do you and you husband ever stare at your pool with that questioning look of,"hmm, more space for gardening if..."?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Roger & Mary's garden in California

Roger and Mary, your have created a mesmerizing garden. I found myself lingering over each photo to enjoy all the intriguing and sometimes subtle details. Love the cast upon the ground statuary head in the picture featuring the succulents and Yucca rostrata. The swath of grasses and lavender in the first photo is cup runneth over from the beauty of your efforts.
What is the luminous light colored tree in the final picture? I had initially assumed it was a dogwood in bloom but since your identification comments did not mention that, I'm now wondering. Is it a type variegated Japanese maple? And, by the way, do Dogwoods even grow in your part of CA?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jill's garden in Michigan

Jill, it really is satisfying to do a "tree planted" count every now and then and realize how valuable those efforts are throughout the years. Were the trees you had to take down original to the property or ones you planted?
I love how you have so many seating opportunities tucked in amongst your bountifully flower filled garden beds...gotta' have a place to sit quietly and watch all the butterfly activity. That is so neat that you are such a nurturer of those beautiful creatures.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Peter & Gisela's garden in Germany

Oops, sorry for letting my fingers type faster than my brain was working and misspelling Karin's name. I have a good friend I email regularly who has the other spelling so once I start out with K-a-r... I'm on my way to finishing it with an

Re: READER PHOTOS! Peter & Gisela's garden in Germany

It's always a treat when GPOD sprouts wings and goes international! Peter and Gisela, your garden is beautiful...everything looks so sumptuous and I'm sure the harvest from your vegetable garden is bountiful.
Your son's sculpture is brought an instant smile of appreciation.
Thanks, Karen, for sending these pictures our way.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Beth's garden in Maryland

Beth, kudos to you and your husband for being brave enough to get rid of the overwhelming front boxwoods...frankly, your home deserves to be seen. It is very charming and your new walkway perennial border is very welcoming.
I agree with Michelle...the picture with the crane in front of the miscanthus is perfect.
Do you happen to know if your happy faced yellow daisy like flower is a rubeckia called Denver Daisy? Whatever it is, it definitely lights up your perennial bed.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ann's garden in Ontario

Ann, it certainly looks like you and John have been a very successful and collaborative team in creating a delightful back yard oasis. The deck is beautiful and I can well imagine how satisfying it is to sit there and look out on your labor of love. The design details in the railing of the upper deck railing are particularly handsome and impressive. I see lots of my favorite perennials so I would feel right at home.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Linda's containers in Maine

Linda, I love how each pot is captivating on a stand alone basis and yet adds so much interest to the grouping. Of course, your lovely lady pot is a standout with her Medusa like green locks cascading downward...very fun!
I add my voice to ncgardener in asking you to share whatever tips you can think of about wintering over much indoor light? How frequently to water? Any room temperature considerations?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Leslie's garden in Colorado, revisited

Hi, Leslie, sometimes I look at pictures before I read the accompanying copy and, in today's case, I was immediately struck with an attack flamingo envy. "Wow, what great finds" I thought to myself. How sweet to then read that they were a gift from a dear friend of yours. I have to ask....does she just take a more conventionally colored pink one and do some creative painting and embellishing? or does she start totally from scratch? Anyway, they're adorable and go so perfectly with your great plant combos.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Melissa's garden in Ontario

Can't wait to spend some time on your blog...based on the pictures and prose you shared here, I'm already a fan! In fact, I owe you a big thanks for starting my day off with a laugh with your romantic carrots.
You accomplished great things in your previous garden and because of the very effective learning by doing curve, your new garden should be amazing. I identified with your clump of clay except mine here is east TN is bright orange. Funny how the solution to both sandy soil and the clay stuff is adding compost, compost, compost!
We'll all be looking forward to future pictures from your new labor of love. Hope an abundance of daisies will join your already existing crop of fledgling delphiniums.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Pam's garden in California

Pam, the picture of your daughter is beyond adorable...totally enchanting...I feel like I was transported back to an earlier time when the young ladies of "the manor" would cavort about their grounds in proper finery.
Anyway, your garden is truly lovely and all the more so because of the way it has gradually evolved.

Re: The garden and landscape at Bufflehead Cove Inn in Maine

Beautiful pictures, beautiful setting...yes, Michelle, you must at least treat yourself to a walkabout on this lovely property even if you can't fit in an overnight stay.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Barbara's visit to the CMBG

These pictures are perfect examples of why public gardens are so special and add so much to the world of gardening. Without a doubt, the "organic" lady and her companion pet are a sight to behold. Anyone have any idea what plant material she is draped in? Some kind of moss?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Terie's garden in New York, revisited

Cute, tractor1! I have an untidy stack of Fine Gardening magazines that sit on the floor of my equally private "library" just within reaching distance from the seat of honor. I find the articles endlessly interesting...they are usually timeless and I never throw any issue away.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Terie's garden in New York, revisited

Christmas in doesn't get any more delightful...each picture is like unwrapping a wonderful surprise. I have started to dip my toe in garden ornamentation like this and these photos only inspire me further. Although,I know the challenge is to keep things in impeccable good taste as you have done
Terie, your eye for detail is delicious and enchanting. We are so fortunate that you share your garden with us.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Mike & Sheila's garden in New York state, Day 2

Wow, Mike and Sheila,you have certainly created a wonderland in your 13 years of gardening. I am particularly fascinated by your waterfall and how it seems like just a step outside your about something that has 4 seasons of interest! It looks like you have some wonderfully large fish and I'll bet they are very responsive to human activity and all have names.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Mike and Sheila's garden in New York State

Mike and Sheila, you really have some lovely specimen size the weeping Blue Atlas Cedar and the weeeping Norway Spruce(?) along your driveway. I can certainly understand why your area gives you such a sense of serenity and satisfaction. Although there is a lot of variety to what you have planted, there is, nevertheless, a sense of calm...I guess that must be because you have given your trees and shrubs enough room to fully develop...things are in balance. Looking forward to seeing tomorrow's edition!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kathy's garden in Massachusetts

My goodness, your artfully shaped yew is striking. How old is it and do you need to do a lot of grooming on it throughout the year and just some minor tweaking? Was it just a big old blob of yew when you first started your pruning effort on it?

Re: Darryl's garden in Antarctica

Wow, this sure puts things in perspective for the rest of us. Obviously, the actual produce from these efforts is the main point of the endeavor but I'll bet that just to walk into the green house areas and see the greenery and smell the heavenly smell of living and growing plants is a great lift to the spirits.

Re: Scenes from my garden

Well,Michelle, your plants certainly seem in fine fettle (hmmm, are things ever in a bad "fettle"?)...had to be good for your spirits to see everything looking so healthy and robust! The grouping that includes the canna and coleus is gorgeous. And is the white flowering plant that is companion to the variegated striped grass a cleome? Whatever it is, it certainly has a delightful affect in combination with that particular grass. Welcome back and continue to get well.

Re: The beginning of the end of summer

A perfect picture for the first day of August....interesting how the height of summer lushness hints at the approaching of fall.

Re: More plantings from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

These pictures reminded me of why I should not forget how shades of white light up a garden. The tallish stand of Oriental lilies really makes an impact as it contrasts with its dark foliage neighbor and the same thing happens with the luminous daylilies against the smoke bush...all very nice.
Keep getting better, Michelle.

Re: Plantings at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Michelle, so sorry you are suffering from one of those wretched and relentless summer colds...they are the very definition of misery.
The light blue on that one plant is clear and true.

Re: Scenes from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Looks like a fabulous garden with lots of interesting elements. Love the watering can arbor with its sense of playfulness.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Janet's garden in Ontario

I got my usual attack of northern climate Hosta envy seeing how happily Janet's guys are growing basking in full sun. Here in TN mine would be experiencing death throes not protected in mostly shade.
The repetition of white along the fence in the first picture has a very pleasing rhythm. What are the two larger bushes that seem to float like puffy clouds and show off so nicely against that luscious green grass?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jane's garden in Tennessee

Jane, your gracefully winding brick path is perfection...and so beautifully framed by lovingly tended plants. I, too, am impressed with the tasteful restraint your style of gardening exemplifies. In a way, your empty spaces are garden elements in themselves because they are purposeful and contribute mightily to the serenity your garden communicates. The lovely marlborough bench invites a restful sit to make time for peaceful contemplation.
I think we are all hopeful that you will share more pictures so we can see the other aspects of your garden which you mention.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Michaele's container gardens in Tennessee

Hi, all, thanks so much for all the positive reinforcement and for taking the time to notice little details. Your generous complements have made my day!
To those who wondered about the big wheeled "thingie" (that is my catch-all word when in doubt for a real name). I think I ordered it from a catalogue many years ago and it was charmingly referred to as a grape gathering cart. The wooden box that it originally came with had disintegrated a few years back so my dear husband raided his stockpile of saved boards and found one that was covered in lichens to build me a new box for this latest endeavor of mine. We did the same for the teal metal sleigh planted with the euphorbias.

tractor1, there's a cute story behind my long necked chicken...I had bought it as a gift for a friend who raises chickens but then I chickened out (ha, how could I resist that pun) in giving it to her because it was so silly looking. This is the first time it has made it off of a shelf in the garage after 3 years of banishment. Thanks for appreciating it.

kzoocookie, yes, I should probably put a full page ad in Fine Gardening for the garden knickknack sale of all time when I'm finally wheeled off my beloved property. I have some interesting treasures as well as a ridiculous number of smile evokers. It was sweet that you mentioned the flowers on the little pig.

Re: READER PHOTOS! A grotto garden in Pennsylvania

I love gardens that invite and encourage wandering about and following pathways that lead to delightful destinations.Instead of just having some property (which is certainly wonderful in itself) , your clients now have "grounds" that are a feast for the eyes. They must be so pleased. To have a floating gazebo is the ultimate destination feature and just looking at all that soothing greenery leading to it, I feel like I can almost hear it whispering alluringly, "just come a little further and then sit and relax. Your troubles will me...just come a little further."

Re: READER PHOTOS! Laura's garden in Washington state

Oh, my, Laura, looking at all your green lushness and beautifully framed vignettes, I feel like I just got my ticket to paradise punched. Those fabulous clumps of Hakonechloa grasses are positively mesmerizing..I am breaking one of the 10 commandments as I lust for them in my heart!
Are any of your beautiful glass sculpture pieces done by the artist Barbara Sanderson?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sara's garden in California, revisited

To terieRL, I smiled reading your reference to suffering from what I call "summer hose attachment syndrome". I think many of us identify with this seasonal medical condition. I was joking with a friend the other day that I felt like I was in training for what should be a new Olympic event...Competitive Hose Dragging...I think my highly developed skills could make me a medal contender especially if they offered a senior division!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sara's garden in California, revisited

Sara, I am awestruck with how stunning and sublimely pleasing these groupings of plants are. Not to overly gush (oh, who am I kidding, yes, I am going to gush), you are the Michelangelo of conifer gardening. Each picture is a mini college course in placement, spacing and harmony of colors and textures. Sigh, those paths are meant for meandering...slowly taking in all the sensory saturating delights.
And, my oh my, that weeping blue atlas that frames your porch entry way is amazing. Please share how old it is and was that your vision for it from the very beginning?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Veneeta's garden in India

Veneeta, you can now know that your gardening efforts have brought joy to people all over the world. I am particularly enchanted by the charming composition of elements in the bluish planter....very lovely.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Another design by Jay in North Carolina

Absolutely stunning,Jay....shouldn't be any controversy today!
One of the things that is most striking is how settled in and naturalized all the plant material looks already. The inclusion of artwork that has an aged patina is also very effective in eliminating that just created sense to this garden. I'm sure your clients had a lot of input and they should be totally thrilled with the wonderful collaboration that is the finished result. From an artistic point of view, the composition of the picture with the blue grass, antique-y looking pot and smidge of burgundy foliage is perfection.

Re: READER PHOTOS! A final day in Ellen's garden in Massachusetts

Ellen,thanks for the info on the that I know what it is, I can recognize it as lamium but that sure wouldn't have been my first guess. I was thinking it looked like a speedwell called Waterberry can be tricksters sometimes.
I really like the size of the weigela in its companion role to the baptisia. Do you do some strategic pruning to keep it lowish like that or is it a particular dwarf variety?

Re: READER PHOTOS! A final day in Ellen's garden in Massachusetts

Ellen, these are some fantastic plant combos. You and Mother Nature are a winning team! If I had to pick my favorite...hmmm...maybe the weigela and baptisia although I would like to know what the low groundcover is in front of those two that completes the photo.
Must be nice to live in a climate where lupines thrive and can look like a series of happy exclamation points in the garden.
I really enjoyed this up close and personal look at some of your favorites.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ellen's garden in Massachusetts, Part 2

Ellen, it must warm your heart to revisit the "before" pictures and see how you have transformed your property. Prior to all your gardening and landscaping efforts, you had nothing much to look out on in pleasure from all those beautiful porches that seem to surround your house. Now, it is one gracious vista after another. Everything is lovely!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ellen's driveway garden in Massachusetts

Hi, Michelle, it's a rainy day here in east TN so I'm putting in more inside time than usual. Anyway, my point in popping back on the comment section is to say that I just revisited the Pinterst page you have put together and enjoyed myself immensely. It is better than ever...lots of great categories and wonderful pictures. Thanks for keeping it going. It's great to be reminded of favorite gardens or see ones that got posted before I started following GPOD.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ellen's driveway garden in Massachusetts

Fascinating progression...yes... before, during and after pictures really tell a story. I'm not sure I would have been daring enough to take down the large spruces and start over so completely. You had a lot of foresight, Ellen, to put in such generous walking paths from the beginning so that your garden can be enjoyed from all angles. Can't wait to see tomorrow's installment!

A little PS to tractor1...your final comments from yesterday made me reflective about how different it was for young men just getting out of high school during those years of the draft. Some made a preemptive choice like you did so they still had a little control over there destiny. I smiled at your bemused acknowledgement of how your life is now filled with happily (I hope) tackling tasks you once tried to avoid! Most of us by a certain know that life is funny that way!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Irma's community's garden in Spain

Irma, no need to apologize for your is excellent and it was so thoughtful of you to address our questions individually and so thoroughly.

tractor1, hope you don't mind me saying but... what a great picture. I love seeing my husband's old pictures from when he served in Vietnam. He looked so ridiculously young in his army fatigues and gave off that "I've got my whole life ahead of me vibe" like you do in your photo.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Irma's community's garden in Spain

I, like ncgardener, was also struck with how beautifully maintained everything was. It is almost hard to imagine how it would have looked in a neglected state.The grouping featuring the cordyline and pentas is particularly pleasing with all the tones working so well together.
Irma, did you add a lot of new plant material in the 2010 remodeling of the garden areas or mostly do a heroic clean-up of weeds and other unwelcome "guests"?

Re: READER PHOTOS! A cottage garden in southern Florida

Kim and Bobbi, you are two remarkable ladies with a love for gardening that goes above and beyond. What a wonderful way to grow a friendship as well as a charming garden to share with the public. I'm so glad you included some before shots. The once almost bare area is now a delightful feast for the eyes and other senses as it beacons visitors to literally get off the well traveled path and enjoy a delightful diversion.
Great job on the arbor( I have a serious case of Mexican Flame vine envy)and making your stone pathway so inviting.Yes, you definitely have earned your sign!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jay's design in North Carolina

Oh, GreenGrowler, your absence was noticed but I had no idea you were in the middle of such a terrifying situation. I'm so glad you were one of the fortunate ones but know that your heart aches for the devastation others in your area suffered. Although we regular visitors to GPOD are most always big fans of Mother Nature, we are also humbly aware that she is a formidable force. Just watching the tv video footage of those fiercely burning fires was definitely distressing. I can't imagine what is was like to experience the possibility of being in their path. The bravery and dedication of the fire fighters is awe inspiring. Take care.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jay's design in North Carolina

Hi, Jay, thanks for being so forthcoming in describing the thinking process you go through in making your plant selections for such a large landscaping project. It has to give your clients a lot of confidence in your vision for the finished look since you are able to explain why you are making the choices you are. The finished result is very successful to me because the large impressive home is now softened with enough interesting plant material so that the eye has something more to absorb and react to than just all the hard materials of the house. The owners must be very pleased when they pull into their driveway and see that first impression of graciousness in and elegance in their landscaping.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jay's garden in North Carolina, Day 2

What about Christmas in July...clicking on a picture was like opening a wonderful present! I love the vibrancy of the red bench (note to self, for once and for all, get over my fear of bold colors in garden accent pieces). The blue atlas cedar "fence" is already intriguing and will be a heart stopper (ha, not literally...that would be self defeating) in a few years.
Jay, your garden is a treasure trove of inspiration and great ideas!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jay's garden in North Carolina, Day 1

There is something magical and timeless about the combination of moss covered rocks, water cascading down and bountifully airy fern fronds gracing about. I can almost imagine a friendly dinosaur popping his head up in the distance. As Annedean said these are the perfect pictures to get lost in on a sweltering hot day.
Jay, you're obviously a master in your profession and I can't wait to enjoy tomorrow's installment!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Shelley's container designs in British Columbia

Hmmm, being presented with all these beautifully put together pot compositions made me feel like I was in a lovely restaurant and the elegant dessert tray was brought to my table...and there sits one scrumptious looking work of art after another. If I were shopping at that nursery, it would be hard to resist not splurging and bringing one of those beauties home. There is no doubt that Shelley is an artist. And, Cherry, your pictures are great! I especially appreciated the times when you took not only the overall view but then zeroed in on a second shot so we could see the finer details. All very inspiring!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sylvia's garden in British Columbia

It has to be very gratifying to you, Cherry, to know that your beautification efforts inspired a friend to take on their own project. This is a very successful island bed with what looks like 4 season interest. It definitely commands attention and draws the eye to enjoy the pleasing plant selections.
I envy those of you who live further north who can have Silver Mound artimisia survive and thrive.It mugs out for me when it hits the wall of heat and humidity here in the Southeast.

Re: READER UPDATE! Cindi's potatoes in Pennsylvania

Hi, cwheat000, Oakes Daylilies is in my neck of the woods and I love to make a visit there at least once a year. Their display gardens are just beautiful and each variety is usually presented in a generous clump so you can really tell what they are going to look like. I decided to make my visit this year towards the end of the bloom period so I can decide on a few late season bloomers to order come fall or spring. There are two other growers within driving range...Sunshine Hollow and Champion Daylilies. This time of year I come down with a serious case of daylily fever!

Re: READER UPDATE! Cindi's potatoes in Pennsylvania

With a harvest like that, you sure can't argue with success! And, it sure seems like Cindi won the daylily lottery to get such particularly lovely blooms.

Re: Linda's garden in Ohio

Love the effect the laddering of the plant stuffed pots gives along the stairs and railing of the front porch. It would certainly draw me up the walkway to get to that waterfall of interesting colors and textures. Yes, I certainly hope Linda allows another round of pictures to be shot and shared!

Re: A visit to Tim's garden in Ohio

As much as I love plants (and I have a LOT of serious love for for plants!), my favorite picture was of two happy gardeners...I smiled right back when I clicked on that picture. Anyway, that looks like a delightful path to stroll down. Are those sprays of flowers from lavender that spill over? I like how the there is variety in height to keep the eye stimulated and encouraged to look about.
The composition of pots up the stairway is beautiful and welcoming.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Robert and Nancy's garden in Washington state

Robert, your artwork is stunning...the landscape pieces are mysterious and intriguing and yet very harmonious with their garden setting. The picture with the entangled tree roots and moss reminds us that Mother Nature is the ultimate artist. I visited your website and have to confess that I am not familiar with the word 'fenulent' which you use in the title of your wrinkled half globe type objects. Is it a word of your own creation?
Forgive me for my banal word choice but your work in your other category Fractal Art is amazing.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Michelle's containers in California

These definitely evoke a smile of delight. They provide lots of textual interest and, in their subtle way, invite a closer look. I didn't realize the secret behind rooting succulents...certainly sounds easy peasy and I have no excuse not to give it a try. I recently stopped in a local nursery and they had a wonderful display of succulent crammed containers for sale. The fun part was that there was no duplication of container or arrangement. They ranged from a dainty teacup to a galvanized metal horse trough. Someone on the staff had a lot of fun shopping at yard sales and estate auctions and snapping up anything cheap that could have a drainage hole drilled in it and hold soil.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cheryl's garden in Massachusetts

Cheryl, I agree with wittyone that the English cottage vibe is alive and well in your very charming garden. I absolutely adore your windows in the fence idea and your execution of it is perfection. You have a wonderful eye for delightful details that just pulls everything together so successfully.
Now I'm off to enjoy your blog.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Harriet's garden in Maine, revisited

There is nothing more alluring than sumptuous clumps of peonies beckoning us forward with their intoxicating and nostalgic fragrance. We all become children again on a visit to grandmother's house as we take a moment and breathe deeply.
You really have wonderful plant choices, Harriet. It's like the perfect neighborhood where everyone gets along and brings out the best in the ones on either side and across the street.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Betsy's garden in New York

Betsy, what a remarkable achievement your garden represents. I would never have remotely guessed that you are dealing with space limitations since the pictures show one beautiful vignette after another. In fact, if it were April 1st, I would suspect Michelle of playing a trick on us! You definitely deserve the "where there's the will, there's a way" award of the year.
Do you happen to recall the name of the pink's very lovely. And while I'm in the question mode, what is the beautiful white flowering tree in the over head shot?
I find your commitment to the color blue in your choice of ornamentation to be very provides continuity and communicates serenity. You are really a dedicated and talented gardener.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Amy's garden in Ohio

Amy,your vegetable garden area is very impressive. It must be very satisfying to have everything so under control and organized. I have a friend who is attempting to create what you have already achieved to perfection and will make sure she sees these these pictures...she needs some encouragement and inspiration because it is a lot of work to do what you have done. You've even got the white picket fence she sees in her dreams.
Cute...your pooch coordinates beautifully with the oak leaf hydrangeas in their glorious bloom!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Alyson's garden in Washington state

Hi, Alyson, I followed the link you provided and I was transported to a land of enchantment. It was truly a delightful read and, of course, the pictures you provided of your garden were wonderful. I, too, have a blue theme going on throughout a shaded area with pots, bird feeders and butterflies all of shades of a royal blue so I enjoyed Karen's descriptions of all your fun stuff with extra fervor. I plan on devoting some rainy day time reading through old posts on Karen's blog. Thanks for bringing her to our attention.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Alyson's garden in Washington state

What a gloriously sumptuous Sum and Substance eyes positively feasted on it. The picture in which it is prominently featured is a beautiful tableau as the different plants each have their season to be the star. I'm sure it is enchanting when the wisteria is in bloom.The tower of smooth stones sculpture is just is serene yet intriguingly mysterious.
And let me add my voice to the chorus of "More pictures, please!" You activated our appetites when you made reference to "different garden rooms"...the plural!

Re: Around the base of a large red maple

Besides solid colored Big Blue liriope, variegated lirope would also be a nice choice since it is even more eye catching. It stays in clump fprm and just gets fuller each yeaq but doesn't spread in an invasive manner. There is also a pachysandra called Green Sheen which has amazingly glossy leaves and it fills in fast. It would drape over your wall a bit.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Stacey's garden in Massachusetts

Wow, Stacy, when does the reservation hotline open up for calls.."book me, Dano" (ha, for Hawaii 5-0 fans). Your garden looks like such a fun place. Love the totally tropical vibe of everything...even the patio umbrella screams vacation!
I always envy gardeners who have such a clear vision and then carry it out to perfection. I'm a hodge podger myself but I certainly share the delight of spending those winter months mulling on different ideas.
Your final picture shows a radiantly happy person who is thriving in her element.Thanks for starting out my day with such a contagious smile.
ps I lived in Hopkinton for a while many years ago (suburb outside of Boston) and I would have freaked to see a coyote. That is fascinating that they are roaming about your area.

Re: Margareta's garden in Connecticut

tractor1, thanks so much for providing the link to the Hamlet Gallery featuring Charles Smith. Somehow, that led me to getting on another website that was created by one of his sons, Beau Smith... who also does large frog sculptures. Anyway, seems like there is a complicated family story going on as Beau shares on his blog. So, I've just spent some interesting time reading about something and someone I knew nothing about until you pointed me in the right direction. Here's the son's website address...

Re: Margareta's garden in Connecticut

Michelle, you did my old eyes a real favor with your photography when you provided close-ups of some of the more intriguing items. I had my nose almost pressed against the computer screen in the first pic because I wanted to see more detail on the light colored pot. Ha, ask and ye shall receive since the second photo showed it in all its fun glory and I was able to smile back at the gracious lady with her bountiful curls. The sphere was also a mystery object that drew my eye for closer inspection. Of course, I now have a crush on that handsome hunk of frog and would love to sit next to him and share in a cocktail.
This is a beautiful garden that well communicates the love and thoughtfulness that has been put into it by Margareta and her proud husband.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Michaele's garden in Tennessee, revisited

Hello, Garden Photo of the Day friends, I feel so touched by the warmth of your hug for all! Ironically, I've just come in from facing a chore of failure... I must be the only person on earth who has terrible looking Knockout roses. I cut them all back pretty severely and gave them a drink of a fertilizer/disease product and have hopes that a second flush of blooms will come my way. Anyway, it meant a lot to read such generously expressed compliments and I'll make sure my husband knows his efforts are well appreciated. Thank you all so much.
We moved around a good bit during much of his career so when we settled here in Friendsville for what would become retirement, we put down roots in a very literal way. When some women say they want a "rock" for Christmas, they mean a you have seen from the pictures, I am happy as can be for a chunk of mountain stone! I have very much appreciated Mother Nature's helping hand...all the volunteer impatience and, come to think of it, many of the oakleaf hydrangeas are also unexpected but welcome guests. Some of them are growing between rock crevices where I would never have thought to plant them. I love the surprises of
gardening regardless of the size of the garden.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Miyako's garden in Connecticut

It's beautiful the way it cascades down the a deep mahogany waterfall touched with white froth. Often times, serendipity is a gardener's best friend when it comes to plant placement or combinations (ha, but then again, sometimes not as things clash and crowd with the passage of time).
Miyako, your patio rehab looks like a huge success and I'm sure it gives you much pleasure.

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut

Thanks for passing along the name of the artist who did the bird gargler. I just went to his website and he certainly is bountifully blessed in imagination and creativity. Your relatives were very thoughtful to give you something so unique and interesting. I think I'll tuck his name away until closer to Christmas when my husband is wondering what the heck to get me. I'm always happy to receive a fun gardening surprise.

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut

Well, Michelle, breathe a sigh of relief and hold your head high, your photos show you are NOT a case of the cobbler having no shoes...the garden picture editor has a beautiful and charming garden! I totally agree with Sylvestris on how well it works to have the shed as a focal point in your perennial border. I love its proportions and soft subdued colors (it's too classy to give off an authentic outhouse vibe). Please pass along kudos to your husband for his fine's such a blessing to have a talented partner in crime when it comes to garden hardscape projects.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sally's garden in Maryland, revisited

Sally, the additional pictures now coming up on your website are such a treat. I watched the slide show several times in my attempt to absorb everything. You are truly a master when it comes to the wonderfully artful pruning of your smallish trees.The "Waterfall" cutleaf Japanese maple is a vision of heavenly perfection.I also really appreciated seeing your crape myrtle pruned to be so ethereal and airy.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sally's garden in Maryland, revisited

This a garden of sublime enchantment. Everything is in such exquisite balance...this is where Mother Nature goes to spend her vacation because everything is so perfect... all she has to do is relax and enjoy!
Sally, I love your inclusion of the petite forms of hosta. I've never been quite sure how to add them to my garden but you have shown me how they make a wonderful transition from larger hosta down to a very low groundcover. Please share the name of the vibrant blue and purple flowered plant is on upper side of the patio wall.
Now I'm off to visit your blog...should be a treat!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bonnie's garden in Pennsylvania, revisited

Bonnie, I'll bet that your beautiful Dreamer is lost in thoughts of gardening and is conjuring up visions of what your next project should be! My husband sometimes finds me in a quiet thoughtful pose intently staring at an area and it's all about the gardening...what shall I do next to make things a little more pleasing.
You have many delightful spring favorites and they do such a good job of the hellebores, columbines, and euphorbias.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Marie's garden in California

Marie, your garden seems to have a very serene and tranquil quality. I'm sure it's a wonderful backdrop for good conversation and convivial laughter.And, it effectively shows off your design skills to potential clients who want their own outdoor spaces to be elegant and tasteful.
Love those clumps of geranium maderense...gonna' have to go do a google search and see if they'd grow happily here in my southeast garden.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Beth's garden in Ohio

Very, very lovely, Beth, you have really accomplished a lot in such a short period of time (ha, proof I'm getting old that 2004 seems like just yesterday). Love your touches of whimsy..such personal selections always add so much personality to a garden. I can see you have a sense of playfulness and want your garden to evoke smiles of pleasure and surprise.
I definitely agree with Michelle...another round of pictures would be very much appreciated!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Michael's garden in Florida

Wow, what a regally gorgeous Angel's does look like a gift from the heavens. It was kind of Mother Nature to imbue such a beautiful flower with an intoxicating scent (which is not always the case). Reading your list of plants was fascinating since none are things I grow in my east TN garden.
What kind of lawn grass do you grow? It certainly looks as green and lush as the perfect swath of fescue or kentucky blue.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Tim's garden in Ohio, revisited

Tim, these pictures show your garden to be a beautiful tapestry of color and texture.I love how one plant eases into another's like a sumptuous buffet of gardening delight! The picture of the rock surrounded by the sedum and wooly thyme is pure perfection.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Carla's garden in Connecticut

For some reason, when I think of gardening in CT, what I see in these picture's of Carla's garden is exactly what comes to mind. I envision interesting rock walls with a sense of history, charming gates that beckon one to explore further, tidy picturesque fences and everything surrounded by beautiful flowers and bushes.
We need to see follow up pictures when the dahlias and cannas are in bloom although nothing could be prettier than this stunning spring display of the iris and peonies at their peak.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Rebecca's garden In British Columbia, revisited

What an absolutely gorgeous and yummy centerpiece the hydrangea surrounded candles make...Martha Stewart take note!
Rebecca has some beautiful plant combinations going on and the pictures show she is as masterful in her sunny spot gardening as she is with her shade areas from the previous sharing.
What fun it must be for you, Cherry,to have this love for plants and gardening in common with your mom.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Veronica's garden in New Hampshire

This is one of the most dramatically pleasing transformations of property I have ever seen! You certainly had a blank canvas to start with and have created a masterpiece. I'm sure you are forever tweaking and improving things (because that's what we gardeners do) but to this viewer's eyes, it is perfection.
And, I love the graceful sweeping curves of your sets off your lush beds so beautifully.
I, too, am interested in how much soil/loam you added to get such a rewarding growing medium.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bob's rhododendrons in Pennsylvania

Bob, I would find it very satisfying to sit on your bench in the Zen garden and feast my eyes on all that beautiful color. And my mind would be filled with thoughts of reflection on the magnificence of nature so I think the "Zen" gods will give you a pass during Rhodie blooming time. You certainly have some stunning varieties and what a treat to have one bred by a friend.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Marilyn and Ian's garden in Toronto

What a wonderfully inspiring garden to feature on Memorial Day as we here in the States reflect on the specialness of the human spirit. Although, obviously, Marilyn is not a soldier who has died in service of her country, she has, nevertheless, fought a battle and been triumphant. Every flower planted and weed pulled is a testimonial to a strong will.
Marilyn, you and your husband Ian have created an oasis of beauty and visual delight. Your neighbors must never cease to be amazed. Have you started a front yard gardening trend up and down your street?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Lotta's garden in Sweden

Lotta, your garden is the very definition of charming and many idyllic spots. No wonder it is so beloved by you and family. You are obviously a very worthy owner of a garden that has proven to be timeless.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Judy's Garden in Ontario, Day 2

Judy, your pot compositions are beautiful...each one an individual work of art and all clustered together a masterpiece! I particularly like the one with the tall burgundy spiky plant ( a millet?) with the accompanying dark sweet potato vine.
What is probably most impressive of all is that you start most of your plants from! Also, thanks for sharing your fertilizing routine. Speaking for myself, I always slack off on that part of things and frankly, by the middle of summer it shows. Maybe this year, I'll be a better pot parent. Hmmm, looking at that last sentence, I think I should swap out the word "pot" for container!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Judy's garden in Ontario, Day 1

Judy, your birdhouse lined garden pathway is thoroughly delightful. You have a wonderful diversity of plant selections and everything seems so robust and healthy. I love how the birdhouses provide a unifying theme and inspire the eye to keep looking up and down and forward.
And, yes, those rows of iris are beautiful. What a treat it must be to attend your festival... I'd be there at the crack of dawn (or however early you open the "gates) to enjoy taking it all in!

Re: READER PHOTOS! The Jeli Botanical Garden in Hungary

Well, for me, such perfection is a treat to see even if it's only via pictures. Each click flooded my senses with delight and appreciation...for the beauty of nature and mankind's urge to enhance when possible. Some of those rhodie blooms look like exotic orchids.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Christine's garden in Illinois

I really like how naturally your clumps of red asiatic lilies are spread throughout your garden...they look like kisses left by Mother Nature. A special thanks for including the id on the lime green spiderwort. I was initially puzzling on it until I saw that you shared the info. It is very bright and eye catching. Your whole garden gives off a happy vibe!

Re: READER PHOTOS! A living table in Oregon

What a fun, novel idea! Oh, sure, there might be some practical considerations that could make it have a downside in actual use but the idea and look of it is so darn appealing. I'm a sucker for creativity.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cindi's garden in Pennsylvania

Bravo to Cindi and her husband for being such ingenious recyclers! We should always keep our eyes and minds open to the concept of reusing. The corn crib given a second life as a gazebo is a real delight and, I'm sure, always a fun topic of conversation to new visitors to the garden.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Nancy's tree peonies in New York

Tree peonies are almost decadently sumptuous...the blooms so large and lush! Yours are gorgeous. I love how you have mirrored the design and color scheme of your porch and your is understated and yet striking.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Irvin & Pauline's garden in California, revisited

There can never be enough visits to Pauline and Irvine's garden. The woodland area is truly a paradise and Mother Nature must feel very well rewarded with the partnership. That thick clump of Ostrich Fern is particularly beautiful to me although I love it all.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cande's garden in Iowa

I'm with you, Cand...the combo of chartreuse and purple can't be beat.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cande's garden in Iowa

Everything looks lush and bountiful. The bearded iris are majestic. What is the chartreusy leafed plant in the last picture? Is that the perennial geranium that GrnThum made reference to?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Dan's garden in California

What a wonderfully informative tutorial you have given us, Dan with your very thorough plant identification info. I was not familiar with some of the plants that seem to thrive in your heat and dryness.
Love the Tasmanian tree fern. How large does it get?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Krista's water garden in Ohio

This is truly a particularly lovely pond and your surrounding plantings are perfect. Talk about a setting to enjoy a "staycation"!
I couldn't help but notice the clarity of your water...seems like you must have done everything right to achieve the right balance. I'm sure many of us would like to know if you have a special filtration system or simply an especially good relationship with Mother Nature?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cherry's containers in British Columbia, Day 2

Yes, my immediate thought was to wonder if Cherry had ever entered (and WON) the FG container gardening contest. Her plant compositions within each pot are masterful and then the effect of the pots clustered notches up the impact significantly.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cherry's containers in British Columbia, Day 1

I think tractor1 nailed it! I, too, find them all totally captivating!

Re: READER PHOTOS! John's garden in Ontario

Goodness, if you put the same kind of effort into your teaching as these pictures show you have in your gardening,then there have been 30+ years of my fortunate young people! I am sure that is the case.
Your dahlia hedge is amazing and I, too, would delight in sitting in front of the fireplace and feasting my eyes on that rainbow of colors.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Connie's garden in Minnesota

Wow, wow, double triple WOW...your meadow is spectacular! You and Mother Nature are a dynamic duo.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kielian's garden in Montana, revisited

Kielian, your flowering almond bushes are particularly lovely as their enchanting pink blossoms catch the eye throughout your garden. Perhaps you feel towards them the way I do towards the redbud trees whose bloom period seem to put an exclamation point on the fact that spring has really arrived here in the east.

Re: READER PHOTO! Barbara's garden helpers in California

Ahh, the good doesn't get any better!. I have a little plaque hanging outside my back door that says:
"My goal in life is to be the person my dog thinks I am"...
not a bad aspiring principle!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ana's garden in Portugal, revisited

Looks like a wonderful piece of property for either energetic or lazy walkabouts. Love the fact that there are welcoming seating areas and interesting garden features to explore.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ann's garden in New York

I am captivated by that amazingly large leafed plant on the edge of the pond. It is positively sumptuous! I hope Ann will share the name of it.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kathy's garden in Illinois

Kathy, my heart, too, felt a pang of empathy at the thought of you saying goodbye to this beautifully tended garden. However, you seem to have a good attitude and, just as our gardens have their seasons, so do our lives. I hope the new owner of your place has a generous attitude and lets you take memories galore...meaning lots of carefully dug out divisions. Happy gardening creating your new oasis.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Trina's California fishing buoy frogs

Adorable...I would be immensely pleased if they were my idea and creation!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ann's bowling ball garden art

That look greats and opens the door to thinking about variations on the idea using colored glass or broken pottery.

Re: Year-round focal points from humble materials, Day 2

I felt my morning brain cells ping with delight at seeing this one...very fun! And it does make me think about what I have laying around that could be given a second life.

Re: 2012 Garden Conservancy Open Days: Win a Pair of Free Tickets

I would like to visit the Mannis Gardens in Knoxville TN. I always like to visit open gardens in my area and this one sounds like it has some interesting features.

Re: Year-round focal points from humble materials, Day 1

Oh,terieLR, my heart feels a jab of concern for your garden being hit with this onslaught of snow. You sound heroically chipper. I have my fingers crossed that damage will be minimal. It was close to this time last year that my part of TN got hit with brutal spring storms and incredibly damaging hail. My hosta ended up in tatters and it was just sad.
I especially like the watering can tuteur...what a fun, novel way to display a collection of anything.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Nina's garden in Massachusetts

Gorgeous garden. I love everything pictured.I experienced a serious pang of daylily lust at the one you featured in the closeup, Nina. Do you happen to recall its name? Besides being a wonderful color, it has such great substance and petal frilling.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Edgardo's visit to Kingwood Center in Ohio

You are so lucky to live near such a lovely public garden. I just visited their website and it seems like they have much to offer.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Brooke's garden in Indiana

What a beautiful piece of land you own,Brooke. Those kinds of rolling vistas are priceless and sing a song that touches the soul. You must wake up every day energized by your partnership with Mother Nature. It's so gratifying to have a passion and when it's gardening, every little effort is so worthwhile. Enjoy your canvas.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Eva's garden in Hungary

GreenGrowler and Happily Gardening, thanks for the welcome back good wishes. I'm stuck on the sidelines for a while since I wasn't fortunate enough to have the nasty old gallbladder removed laparoscopically. However, on the plus side, I get to be a visitor to my own garden and just stroll about. I am NOT allowed to bend over and weed or move a hose. This is a very novel experience!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Eva's garden in Hungary

Eva, it is readily apparent that you are an artistic person who creates beauty in any medium. Your 'Fairy Spring' photo is a delightful composition and would be stunning as a framed wall poster.
Love all the distinct and intricate little groundcovers in the rock garden.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sally's garden in Maryland

Sally, your garden is pure enchantment and looks like the wording on any invitation it issued would be, 'welcome and come get lost amongst my beauty'. I love the generous proportion of your patio. What a glorious vantage point that provides to soak in all those lovely curving bed lines.Your tapestry is a triumph!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Harriet's garden in Maine, BEFORE!

Grrr, Michelle, I have been in the hospital all week and have missed one of the best stretches of east Tn gardening weather. I'm just so glad I was very industrious before this glitch hit me. Now I would like to be home and enjoy some walkabouts!. I'm supposed to have the at fault gallbladder removed this afternoon. Let's hope it happens (ha, crazy thing to wish for...yes, please cut out my organ).
Anyway, thanks for your good wishes.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Harriet's garden in Maine, BEFORE!

That really is a wonderful story, Harriet and I'm so glad you wrote in more and shared some additional pictures. The fascinating thing is how when your garden is in bloom there really is no strong sense of its original rectangle footprint. The design you gave your pathways create the pleasing curves that always give a garden extra visual appeal. Your plants look supremely happy and seem to thrive on their great view.The difference between that concrete swimming pool as opposed swaying colorful plants against that stunning backdrop is so dramatic...guess which one I like best?!

Re: READER PHOTOS! John's garden in New Jersey

John, your pictures were just what the doctor ordered to make me feel less punished by being in a hospital room on a beautiful spring morning. I'm a few hours away from gall bladder removal surgery.
Your plant combinations are all wonderful and work together beautifully. Love that last shot of the Russian Sage and Coneflower...they are definitely 2 plants that always play nice together.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Susan's garden in Georgia

Susan, your garden is enchanting. You obviously have a very successful recipe for making lemonade out of lemons. It's amazing how much color and vibrancy your beds have inspite of not having an abundance of full sun perennials.
And, oh, I know what you mean about the clean up chores associated with those large magnolias. Our property had 2 to start with when we moved here and I'd feel traitorous getting rid of them since they are healthy. But they do take a lot of work.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Harriet's garden in Maine

Harriet, I love your boldness in chucking the pool and turning the space into a colorful island of flowers. I, too, share your addiction to daylilies. The breeders are doing some amazing things in their hybridizing efforts. Sometimes when I look at the pictures of the latest (and most expensive), I almost can't believe they are even daylilies. I know some people would argue against messing around with Mother Nature like that but I find it fascinating that such cultivars are able to be created with human 'assistance'. Anyway, congrats to you on not slave to a swimming pool anymore and instead letting your daylilies call the shots!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Marcia's garden in Maryland

It will be fun for all of us to see this garden area evolve so that means future pictures are a must! Looks like this project is very close to a corner of your house so it will be enjoyed from inside as well as out. I find that the bar is particularly high for areas I look out out as I do dishes or sip coffee since I see them even throughout the winter. My mind stays busy throughout the "off" season thinking about how I can tweak them (or do a major overhaul) to make them more to my liking.
Marcia, have you already selected which variety of climatisis that is going to be center stage growing up and through the tuteur?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Elizabeth's garden in Georgia

I guess it is only fitting that the accommodations for dogs belonging to someone named Majestic would be 'palatial'. It cannot be denied that Bucky and Baily won the doggie lottery when they became part of your family, Elizabeth. I'm sure now you cannot imagine life without them!
Love the 'Chocolate Chip' ajuga and your pictures have inspired me to be on the lookout for some.
All of your stone work is beautiful. I'm a big fan of undulating curves and find the design hugely pleasing.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Marc's garden in Maryland

What a lovely, intimate spot. I'm sure it's very gratifying to have created your own personal oasis that is shared by fish, birds, other little water loving critters and, of course, invited friends. Nice job!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Pauline's garden in California, in spring

I also love the blue accent pieces seen in 2 of the pictures. They stand out and yet are calming and very much fit the soothing vibe of this woodland garden. I really appreciated the additional info Irvin shared on the Japanese maples.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Michaele's garden in Tennessee

Thanks, all, for indulging my obsession with creeping phlox and understanding why I am so drawn to it this time of year. Vojt, I do have many other perennials planted in layers behind and between the clumps of phlox so I don't feel punished when its bloom time is over. Then the show starts for daylilies, daisies, coneflowers, wonderful self seeding little zinnias, catamint, russian sage... well, there's always something! That's what keeps us all so interested and addicted to our gardening.

Re: READER PHOTOS: Brenda's garden in Georgia, Day 2

I got up this morning thinking. "Oh goodie, more pictures from Brenda's garden" and I was not disappointed! The soft pastels have a very serene appeal and without a doubt, the tulip, Angelique,is thoroughly enchanting.
To gottagarden...I visited Brenda's blog yesterday (really enjoyed it) and in one post, she had a picture of her drill and auger attachment. It looks very effective!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Brenda's garden in Georgia, Day 1

I'm not sure I can find an adequate adjective in the dictionary to describe how beautiful, stunning, gorgeous, incredible, breathtaking (ok, you get the idea) Brenda's amazing (oops, there's another adj.) stone bridge is. And, oh, those rewarding a labor of love is when the results look like that. Last fall, Brenda inspired me to do more with adorable little pumpkins...this fall it will be PLANT MORE BULBS!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Brenda's garden in South Carolina

Brenda, I enjoyed your blog and think you provide a real service with your advocacy for safe public accessibility for all as well as your passion for gardening.It was very interesting to read why you have the preference for a non power chair and how you have coped with some of the challenges of your situation.

tractor1, when we first moved to our fairly extensive (at least to me) property situation 17 years ago, I got a golf cart and had a 4x4 bed put on it. It has been a god send and I totally identify with your rueful observation that distances get longer as we age...funny about that! I sure know what you mean about how arduous dragging a hose can be if it's over a longish distance...seems like it defies some law of physics or nature about how an inanimate object can get heavier all on its own.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Brenda's garden in South Carolina

Brenda, on every level your garden is beautiful and is a wonderful example of how nothing need be sacrificed to make pathways safe and friendly for all. Love your touches of garden ornamentation...the happy grinning gnome made me smile in return.
Your story resonated with me on a personal level because my dad was paralyzed from the waist down during my ages of 10 through 21. He stayed housebound and never ventured out. Your reality is so dramatically different and it says so much about the power of the human will. I never thought about it deeply before. Your story will be with me today as I garden. Thank you.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Karen's garden in Illinois

One test for a successful garden is how it fares through the succession of seasons and I give this lovely garden a strong A. And, even though there isn't a picture to show it, I'm sure it holds its appeal blanketed in snow also. There is a restful quality to this area since it is in such harmony with its more natural surroundings. I feel like I can actually hear the gentle and serene rustlings of those gorgeous grasses. I really love the design of the is very striking.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sheila's container gardens in Colorado

Sheila's plant compositions, either per individual container or in the groupings of containers, are thoroughly delightful. They are an inspiring reminder not to just think in terms of flowers when putting together the elements for a colorful grouping.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bill's garden in Virginia

Hmmm, after looking at these pictures, I suddenly felt a hankering for a margarita and some Jimmy Buffet instead of my usual morning coffee and news...I wonder why? What a fun surprise it must be for folks when they see your palm oasis, Bill.
And I gotta' ask, what is pink in the final picture? My initial impression was that you were pulling a tease with a flock of (plastic) pink flamingos and I gave a giggle at your sense of playfulness. But then I looked more closely and couldn't figure out what I was seeing?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Karen's garden in Ohio

Couldn't let such beautiful pictures slip by without throwing in my 2 cents worth (OK since I'm always so wordy...maybe a nickle's worth). I love the contrast of the bountiful hydrangea blooms with the peek of the very lush tropical banana plant leaves...quite an intriguing pairing in the picture which includes the talented gardener herself. I'll bet those adorable stepping stones never fail to evoke a compliment and a smile.
GreenGrowler, how sweet of you to notice I am "off schedule".

Re: READER PHOTOS! More clematis from Terie's garden in New York

Yay, this is just what I wanted/needed to see to further encourage my clematis fever... hmmm, coincidentally, which just happened to come on after seeing Terie's first clematis up the tree photo! I was inspired by Terie's efforts to look at my own areas with a fresh eye on where it would be fun to have some unexpected color heading skyward. Six clematis later (and with a hunger for more), I can't wait for a few years to pass to see how things will look. Thanks so much, Terie!
The blues are gorgeous and I love the double whammy of the one seen from inside and outside.

Re: READER PHOTOS! James's garden in California

One of the things I so appreciate about the Picture of the Day feature is the chance to be exposed to what grows in other parts of the country. For some reason, I wasn't expecting to see daffodils and hyacinths in a Sacramento CA garden. James, do help Mother Nature along with some refrigerator time for your spring bulbs?
Your garden is gorgeous and your attention to detail really shows.

Re: READER PHOTO! Melissa's garden in New Jersey

I would have a smile of satisfaction every time I came home and turned into my drive.That is a gloriously lush vista to be greeted by.
Looking at those wonderful large mophead hydrangea blooms gave me a trip down memory lane. I grew up on the shore in southern NJ and hydrangeas were definitely the most popular plant. There was always a big week long festival to celebrate them at the height of their blooming season and it was very much an honor for a local homeowner to make the list of "places of note". I think there was also a contest with several categories and the winners got lots of local newspaper coverage. Anyway, Melissa, it looks like you would be a "contenda"!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ana's garden in Portugal

What a magical walk that must be when the wisteria is in glorious bloom and that heavenly fragrance fills the air!
And the plant in the second picture made me smile because it looks like one of those playful fiber optic light lamps.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bob & Mary Ann's garden in Kentucky

Wow, let me add my voice to the chorus of "all that in only three years?!" Bob and Mary Ann must be whirling dervishes of productivity. I especially love the photo that includes the huge panicle of a white hydrangea...could I ask the named variety of that beauty?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Benjamin's garden in Nebraska

Sincerest kudos to Benjamin for so beautifully showing the art of form and function in his approach to gardening. The plants all look very happy in their placement and really serve a purpose.The picture showing the cluster of monarch enjoying the bounty was perfection. GrnThum made me smile with the cute comment about the monarchs singing your garden's praises once their trek to Mexico was completed.

Re: Califonia dreamin'

Without a doubt, the yumminess of that purple clematis and peach rose combination is the stuff of dreams.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Pauline's garden in California: water features

I felt my blood pressure calm just looking at these beautiful water walk among them must be sublime! I'm sure they provide a wonderful symphony of sounds that is enhanced by all the calls of birds and some croaks of frogs as exclamation points.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Belinda's garden in Ontario

The older I get, the more I appreciate well constructed paths that allow me to walk without worry.Belinda's paths are very welcoming especially since there are so many beautiful plants on either side to stay busy looking at.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cynthia's garden in Kansas

I, too, was admiring how thick and filled in the golden sedum groundcover is. It certainly likes its location and thumbs its nose at those challenging Kansas weather conditions Cynthia describes. I hope Cynthia treats us to another round of pictures that shows off her butterfly bushes in bloom.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kathy's garden in New York

What a wonderfully lush composition of flowers. I especially like the close up of the lavender swamp milkweed leaning down to the black eyed they are whispering secrets. Ha, maybe gossiping about which visiting butterfly they thought was prettiest!
And like Steepdrive, I, too was struck by the piece of driftwood and how much it reminded me of the arching neck of a heron.

Re: Gardens, mountains, and streams

Looks like it should be a wonderful opportunity to see some fabulous gardens. Note to self...mark calender for a getaway to western North Carolina over the weekend of June 23rd. That is a heavenly part of the country with such breathtaking views. I'm sure the local gardeners are inspired by the wondrous vistas created by Mother Nature and all the gardens will be a feast for the eyes.
Thanks for the heads up on this, Michelle.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Even more from Terie's garden in New York

Thank you, Terie, for being so prompt in providing info on that delectable clematis. I love what it does for that expanse of bare trunk. Now that I know it's not being held in that position by gardening magic or wishful thinking, I do see a faint hint of the metal trellis. After seeing your picture, I went out and prowled my yard looking for a tree candidate to try to duplicate that lovely affect.
And to Happily Gardening as well to you, Terie, I say a humble thank you for your kind words about my expressions of appreciation for the content of the daily photos. It's just such a treat to see all the different ways love of gardening gets put into practice. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could just instantaneously zap ourselves here, there and everywhere for an in person visit to all the fabulous gardens we get to see in these pictures?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Even more from Terie's garden in New York

Sigh, such doesn't get any better than these alluring shots of Terie's woodsy garden areas. is that beautiful blue clematis secured to the tree trunk so it scrambles up so enthusiastically? Also, does Terie happen to recall the name of it?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Teri's garden in New York, revisited

It was so inspiring to see the before picture since the other five show how worthwhile your efforts were. What a satisfying and delightful view you have from your kitchen window. I love the idea of placing plant material in the birdbath and then having the bonus of rooted cuttings to turn into more plants to take cuttings to put into the birdbath and on and on...
The Jack Frost brunnera is gorgeous!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Freeland and Sabrina's garden in California

I'm so glad I clicked on the links provided to see other parts of the Tanner's garden. They certainly do have a wonderful talent for adding those perfect finishing touches. I confess to breaking one of the Ten Commandments when I saw the picture of the enchanting gate made of shovels and rakes...I seriously "coveted" it.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jan's garden in Ohio, revisited

After seeing the previous photos as well as the ones featured today, I am forced to come to the conclusion that Jan is a Gardener Extraordinaire! Her beds are beautiful and impeccably maintained with interesting and harmonious plant combinations. I love her whimsical touches. The pop of color with the chartreuse chair is perfect.
The succulent filled birdcage from an earlier posting is amazing.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Giuseppe's garden in New York

Usually I start my day with cereal and some welling tears were added to the menu...what a heartwarming tribute to the bonds of family and gardening.
Linda, your mosaic stones are beautiful and especially so because they are made with such love.
Thank you for sharing the journey you are on.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bonnie's garden in Georgia

That really is an especially beautiful water feature! I suspect that if I were a guest entering Bonnie's home and seeing that alluring back yard, it would be hard to remain indoors.
It is so wonderful when a property with "great bones" finds the perfect owner like Bonnie. I love the seating areas with the colorful chairs. I would never think to be so bold as to make them different colors but it's very charming...kind of like having Easter all year round.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sarah's garden in Maine

Besides admiring Sarah's flower packed meadow garden, I got a serious case of soil envy after seeing the second picture down. about black gold...that is some beautiful dirt!
I garden in East TN where red clay reigns and compost additions are essential.
The fish is perfect since he is gazing out on a sea of flowers!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cynthia's garden in Rwanda--MORE

What beautiful sweeping grounds and views. It must be such a treat to get up each day and do a "walkabout" (wrong country but you know what I mean). I love how lush and colorful everything it.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Gina's garden in Idaho

What a mutually beneficial and successful partnership Michael and Gina have established. He does wonderful work and she has great instincts on how she wants things to look. Michael is so right about it being important to pay attention to a client's dislikes when it comes to plant material.
I enjoyed looking at all the garden areas and love the colorful and whimsical decorative touches. This definitely looks like a garden that is going to age well!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cynthia's garden in Rwanda

Without a doubt, those photos of the cycad are very cool. The opening fronds are beautiful and fascinating with their sculptural curling precision. Mother Nature never fails to impress in her artistry!
I, too, would be interested to know what US state has climate most similar to Rwanda.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jan's garden in Wisconsin

Oh, phoo, not that is matters to anyone but I mistyped "fothergilla". I know we all hate when we make a mistake like that.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jan's garden in Wisconsin

What an absolutely beautiful area Jan has created in her front entry area. I am enjoying my morning coffee right along with her as my eyes soak up that peaceful setting.
Everything about Jan's gardens communicates a very appealing serenity and yet, it certainly doesn't lack pops of color. Is that red leafed tree that is harmonizing so beautifully with the azaleas a Japanese maple? And, wow, I didn't know fotherfilla could get so large...that one (or clump?) behind the azaleas is stunning.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Barb's garden in Wisconsin

Barb does an amazing job of incorporating tropical plants into her landscaping. They add so much vibrant color and interest. Question for Barb if she has time to answer: "Do you overwinter your tropicals or go on a fun shopping spree each year?"
Her husband and I are on the same page for loving silly frog the one taking a rest on the edge of the waterfall.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Phillip's garden in Alabama, Day 2

Yum, I looking at photos of a garden or scrumptious deserts?
The combination of that weeping butterfly bush and the climbing rose are stunning...just what every gardener dreams of achieving. Your garden is truly a multi season delight, Phillip!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Phillip's garden in Alabama

Hmmm, I don't know if this is just a coincidence but Phillip's garden gives off an Italian vibe to me and then, I noticed the name of his town is Florence. So, Phillip, were you inspired by the beautiful gardens of Italy?
I admire his willingness to do such a bold thing as the wall, the large statuary, and the other artistic ornamentation. The generous plant material makes the inanimate objects look timeless and right at home.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Denise's garden in upstate New York

Denise's garden is fascinating to me particularly because it seems so much larger than it is. She and her husband have done a masterful job of filling it with many interesting plants and garden features. I love the bench in blue especially complimented by the soft pink of the peonies. This might be a stupid question but has the bench aged to that color or was it helped along?

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Terie's garden in New York

Although Terie admits to "severe pruning of the wild", the impression is, nevertheless, of a gardener who is getting along gangbusters with Mother Nature. Everything is absolutely stunning! In fact, as I look at these beautiful results, I wonder why I haven't been more ambitious with some of my own somewhat shady areas. I love the airy effect of the goat's beard...I'll bet it is particularly enchanting with a gentle breeze. This garden is perfection!

Re: BEHOLD! The GPOD Pinterest Page!

That was a real treat. Obviously, I loved the pictures but I also enjoyed seeing how you labeled the categories. Thanks so much, Michelle, for putting it together and bringing it to our attention. Do you have a time table in mind for updating it or will it be for that rare occasion when you have something called "free time"?

Re: Eve's garden in Tennessee, Day 2: Containers

By not being overly dependent on annual flowers, Eve's planting choices look like they would continue to give their A game throughout the season (Of course, as long as they are watered). I really like the simplicity and blending of color choices. The more serene impression they impart fits in with the gentle calming energy of a shade garden.

Re: Eve's garden in Tennessee

What a stunning garden and certainly a testimonial for how colorful and interesting a shade garden can be. The stonework is to die for. I love the inclusion of the colorful large leafed tropical plant that was repeated at least twice in one of the pictures. Everything is perfection!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sarah's garden in Illinois, Day 2: The back yard

Yes, in Sarah's words, her trumpet vine certainly did "take off" and it looks like it has been a good soldier in completing its her back deck lots of lush privacy. Also, is the beautiful waterfall of tiny white flowers cascading over the wooden fence a sweet autumn clematis? It's glorious!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sarah's garden in Illinois, Day 1: The front yard

I enjoyed reading Sarah's reasoning for her plant selections as much as I enjoyed looking at the finished product. She was totally successful in her goal of creating something welcoming and serene. My eyes would stay busy absorbing her landscaping as I walked up to her front door. I really like the massing of the silver fact, I am breaking a commandment by coveting it! One little suggestion...she should keep her eye open for a stunning tallish ornamental pot for that corner on her porch that complements the colors in her plantings.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Carol's garden in Georgia

Graceful lines and chock full of plants...what's not to love! Doesn't look like a weed could even have a thought about moving in.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Andrea's espalier in Idaho

What an amazing increase in productivity from year 1 to year 2! I would like Andrea to step back in and tell us how she prepared her planting holes...any special additions of compost? And does she do extra fertilizing? The apples from year 2 look large and luscious. Great project!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Liz's garden in Washington

What a thoroughly delightful project. I can't believe it has been in place for such a short while. It looks timeless. From my point of view as someone who likes to do a little (admittedly, emphasis on the "little") hiking in my neighboring Great Smokey Mountains, Liz did a masterful job in making her stream look very natural.I'm especially impressed that she went to the trouble of adding the tumbles of small size pebbles and the artfully laid tree branch. Small details are often what add up to perfection.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Rebecca's garden in British Columbia

Rebecca's display of hostas are so perfect that I feel like I'm looking at an enticing sale's page from one of the creme de la creme plant catalogs. They are really a feast for the eyes and soul.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Tim's garden in Ohio, Day 3: This and that

Michelle, I wanted to come back on to wish you a happy birthday. I don't know what your big number is but every new decade for me has turned out to have happy surprises!

Also, I can't resist laughing with cwheat000... so funny! I guess if tractor1 plays the Simon Cowell role, that makes me Paula Abdul (hopefully, not as loopy sounding). I do try to see the positive in everybody's efforts because I know and appreciate how much love and passion usually goes in to things. All sorts of factors affect how our finished project matches our vision or the wondrous pictures in magazines and books. But, what the heck, I know we all understand that we do what we can with what we have and,hopefully, we have enjoyed the process.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Tim's garden in Ohio, Day 3: This and that

I've really enjoyed Tim's series of photos. He has some great plants and has reawakened my desire for some of the more recent peony varieties.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Tim's garden in Ohio, Day 2: The front yard

Your very successful front yard transformation must have kept your neighborhood buzzing. Your hosta are so robust and healthy looking. What kind of soil/compost did you add after you had your rocks in place? Certainly looks like it had all the magic ingredients in it to make your plants very happy campers.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Tim's garden in Ohio, Day 1: The gravel garden

What a really nice project...gardeners are masters of making tasty lemonade out of lemons! I especially appreciated seeing the before and after pics. I would have thought that the circle of grass would have worked better than it did. Without a doubt, the gravel garden is much more pleasing and interesting.
Looking forward to seeing more of Tim's efforts in the next 2 days.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Terie's garden in New York

Goodness, these garden pictures make me feel like
I've stepped into a land of enchantment. Everything is absolutely beautiful and looks to be wonderfully maintained.
I love the plantings along the paver's all so serene and welcoming.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Even more from Jane's garden in Minnesota

Yes, those plant combos are outstanding. The proportions of the pathway to the plantings seems ideal. I felt like I was standing on one of the paver stones and soaking it all in.

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Jane's garden in Prior Lake, Minnesota

That is an absolutely beautiful composition. Everything seems to bring out the best in its neighbor. The gentle delicacy of the Russian Sage adds to the perfection. I hope this grouping is in a spot that Jane sees multiple times a day.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Julia's garden in Minnesota

I'm glad that Julia mentioned that she and Jorge do sit on occasion and literally "smell the roses" and gaze upon their beautiful backyard garden as well as the big city skyline. I have a serious case of vine envy...I'm thinking that is a variety of clematis. Am I correct? And, sigh, her hostas look glorious.
When it comes to suggestions, the first thing that came to mind is to, perhaps, not necessarily have the goal of eliminating all grass. I find pathways of lush lawn very attractive and soothing as they curve around flower beds.

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Leslie's garden in Colorado

It is quite a contrast from then (the earlier shared photos) to now although the happy grin on her big black dog is a constant. Her garden certainly has a whole different look covered by the blanket of snow...nice to have the comforting thought that everything is resting up and will come back to life in another couple of months.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Avis's garden in Maryland

Well, your Wee House is truly the the very definition of adorable. It seems to be tucked into the surrounding trees just such a cozy feeling. Your grandchildren must love to visit and get to spend time in such an enchanting place. The stained glass window creates a magical spot of natural light. Congratulations on a beautiful piece of work.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jeffrey's visit to Larnach Castle

What a treat...everything looks beautiful. Hopefully I won't hear loud guffaws of laughter as I voice this New Zealand currently in the middle of it's summer season? I'm thinking yes but my lazy brain is not completely sure.

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Sara's garden in California

Uh, oh, an attack of evergreen envy just hit as I looked over this group of photos. I love their varied colors, shapes and textures and they offer year round interest. Add in the fabulous moss covered rocks and you have perfection.

Re: READER PHOTO! More from Lola's garden in New York

Lola is certainly multi dimensional in her array of talents...her gardening is done with an artist's eye and her painting is done with a gardener's eye. Both are lovely.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Lola's garden in New York

Gosh, when you see the see the photos of the bare earth and excavation, you really get a truer sense of what a big project this was to tackle. Sincerest kudos to both husband and wife working together to give themselves what is now a very special spot. The picture of the frog tucked happily in the leaves is adorable.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Marcia's garden in Maryland

Marcia sure has lots of plant diversity which has to be very compatible with her desire to live in harmony with Nature. Loved seeing just the hint of the super large leafed Hosta in one of the looked glorious!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bruce's garden in Louisiana

That sure looks like the good life! I'll bet a well earned dip in the pool feels delicious after putting in a few hours of gardening.

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Kielian's garden in Montana

I'm so glad Kielian decided to share the winter pictures. They are truly mesmerizing and such a dramatic contrast to the other set of photos of the garden in colorful lushness. However, both times of year provide images that are a feast for the eyes.

Re: The GPOD's 2nd birthday!

Sincerest thanks to Fine Gardening and Michelle for this very enjoyable feature.Yes, I, too, look forward to starting my day with great gardening pics and a cup of coffee. I have been inspired and humbled by the efforts of others. I love how Jane has softened her expanse of asphalt with such an interesting collection of plants.

Re: Happy New Year!!

I want to be consistently conscientious about dividing perennials to take advantage of the bounty I already have growing. I have some repeat blooming bearded iris that I adore (nothing like seeing a favorite spring friend show up in Nov.) and I need to spread them around to more locations.

Re: Through the gateway to a new year

Very fun arbor...I couldn't tell from the accompanying copy whether or not the structure was composed of 2 live
plants??? Happy New Year to all my fellow gardeners!

Re: Upcycling in the garden...

I love when gardening ideas show a sense of humor. The "crocs" as planters are quite fun.

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Pauline's garden in California

Besides enjoying the pictures immensely,I have learned a new word from Irvin's written commentary...I had never heard of a Machiai. They certainly picked a beautiful location for it as the outlooking views all communicate the wonderful serenity of nature.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Odile's garden in New York

Although Odile modestly admits to "trial and error" in her garden efforts, her pictures reveal the end results as delightfully successful. I love all the vibrant purple tones which go so beautifully with the chartreuse and white.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Gary's Japanese garden in Nova Scotia

Love the bold color choice for the bridge and tea house accent trim. If Gary is anything like me, he is already envisioning his efforts a few years into the future, when his maples and other plant material have settled into their new home. Gardening is often as much about the anticipation of tomorrow as well as appreciating the reality of today.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sara's garden in California

What a fascinating definitely looks environmentally friendly in being plant appropriate for the local rainfall and yet, there is nothing sparse about it. Sara has certainly achieved her goal of providing plenty of visual interest.
Now I'm off to her blog!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Katy & Tom's garden in Massachusetts

Katy and Tom, you do beautiful work and your garden areas brim over with love for the activities of building and planting. The incredibly lush hosta bed looks like a display page in a White Flower Farm catalog. I'll bet your place is an inspiration for your neighborhood.

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Bonnie's garden in Pennsylvania

As I'm viewing these photos of Bonnie's, I realize I have a big smile on my face...I'm sharing the delight she must feel over a job so well done. It's so satisfying to be part of an ongoing property transformation. Of course, it goes without saying (ha, but I will anyway), that I love, love, love that she has bedecked her adorable potting shed in Christmas finery.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cheryl's garden in Ohio

Gosh, what a pleasing combination of plants. The Blackie sweet potato vine looks like such a robust exotic...makes me want to try it in the ground next year instead of limiting it to a pot.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Can't get enough of Pauline's garden...

Goodness, every vantage point is perfection. I love the calming arrangement of smooth stones at the base of the lantern.

Re: Driftwood garden

That is imagination wants to tuck in an imaginary elf.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kielian's garden in Montana

Wow, what a glorious looking garden. The colors seem particularly vibrant and all the plants are so robust and strong. It is all a real feast for the eyes!

Re: Just a little bit of color

It is certainly true for me that my eyes are drawn to the inanimate elements in the garden during the winter as their form and shapes really stand out.
For the past several years, I have used a metal pan feeder with drainage holes that I have attached to a porch railing outside my kitchen table window. I purchased it at Lowes. I use a commercial Scotts Songbird/Colorful Bird Blend product and it attracts cardinals, chickadees, mockingbirds, etc. Sometimes I'll spread a piece of bread with peanut butter and lay it on the pan. That seems quite popular also. This feeder arrangement brings the birds quite close to my view and, fortunately, I don't have them flying into my windows so I don't feel guilty

Re: READER PHOTOS! Linda's Garden in California

Not only is Rebecca's mother a talented gardener but Rebecca herself is a gifted writer. Her commentary added a lot to my enjoyment of the pictures.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Pauline's garden in California, in full fall color

What a lovely series of pictures...each click on to the next photo was a delight. I can just imagine how pleasing it is to walk along the paths and soak in all that color.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bonnie's garden in Pennsylvania

I was deeply touched reading your story especially in view of being in the season of gratitude. You have shown inspiring
evidence of having that wonderful American spirit of
indomitable perseverance...making lemonade out of lemons.
Your new garden areas must give you so much satisfaction. Your front area looks like a living lush and bountiful!

Re: Debra's adorned pot

What a great way to add a little fun color and pizzazz to your garden. Is there a particular kind of adhesive that works

Re: READER PHOTO! Clare's garden in New Jersey

Lots of visual interest. The rich tones of the Pinky Winky
(ha, that's a word twosome that's fun to type) are a great
accent for the begonias.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Pauline's garden in California, revisited

It really doesn't get any prettier, does it?! The feeling of serenity is palpable.
That clump of the graceful variegated grass (Hakonechloa macra Aureola ??) is truly glorious.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Michaele's garden in Tennessee

I appreciate the positive comments about my displays of muhly grass. FYI...I don't cut it back as early in the spring as I do my other ornamental grasses since it is marginally hardy for where I live. I think that helps it self insulate and also explains the reseeding. It seems happiest planted near hardscape like rocks and brick pavers where the micro climate is probably 7A.
Thanks to Wife_Mother_Gardener for making mention of the Rhone Street Gardens website. He has wonderful pictures and takes them in such a way as to really focus attention on foliage and colors. I have a Verbena rigida plant that has vibrantly purple blooms as opposed to the soft pink shown in the Rhone Street photo...I think either would look wonderful with the muhly grass. I need to keep that combo in mind for next season's tweakings.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Karin's garden in California

Apologies for misspelling Karin's name.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Karin's garden in California

Karen is right...some of us don't think of CA as having traditional fall color. I confess to being guilty of such an incorrect assumption. Karen's pictures show off all the beautiful warm autumn hues that anyone could wish for. Her yard has some particularly trees.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Nancy's garden in New York

Oh, an attack of lotus blossom envy just hit me...I don't think there is an easy cure for such an affliction. There is something so majestic about that proud flower floating above the water.
Nancy's blog is a real on any month and there are wonderful flower pictures to enjoy as well as other interesting subjects.

Re: READER PHOTO! Marilyn's garden in Washington state

I love how bold in size and yet subtle in placement this outside mirror is. It looks like it was definitely a two person job to get it safely hung. Marilyn and her very helpful friend should be quite pleased at their finished product. My main reservation about such a feature is the rude surprise I would get at unexpectedly catching a glimpse of myself in all my bedraggled gardening glory...ignorance is bliss!

Re: READER PHOTO! Jan Johnsen in upstate New York

I never mind if a featured garden has been professionally designed and installed. The final product is still the result of someone's creative aesthetic. There's always the possibility that some element will seem doable for us regular "folks" even if on a smaller scale. I have a generous sized garden and some hardscaped areas have been done by young, capable muscle. Those of us who garden in our somewhat senior years have to be selective in how we expend our physical resources.
Anyway, Michelle, don't be scared off from sharing whatever comes your way. Some rainy day, maybe I'll try to learn how to send pictures your way.

Re: READER PHOTO! Jan Johnsen in upstate New York

I really enjoyed following the link gottagarden provided and seeing more of Jan's work. It's a rainy day where I am so it was quite a treat to sit at my computer and take a lovely garden tour.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bulking up for a long winter

Looks like Eamonn's pond is the ultimate sushi buffet bar for the visiting heron. I know that's the food cycle of nature but the fish are so pretty and colorful, I would begrudge the sharing.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Eamonn's garden in Oregon

Oh, my very, very beautiful. It look like Eamonn, along with Mother Nature, has created heaven on earth.
What are the flaming red tipped bushes behind the white bird?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Nora's garden in Australia

Nora definitely has the gardener's survival instinct of making lemonade out of lemons. Her areas are very interesting and visually pleasing. Is the plant with what seems like pendulous purple flowers a wisteria?

Re: Happy Halloween!!

What a stupendous display... a real feast for the eyes!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Marilyn's golden garden backdrop

What a serene palette of glowing yellows and blues...very pretty.

Re: READER PHOTOS! A clean slate transformed

Wow, talk about something being worth the effort...everything looks so lush and healthy . In fact, because your plant material is so robust, it actually gives off a tropical vibe which must make you feel right at home. I'm so glad you have outdoor seating now so you can enjoy looking at your beautiful hard work while relaxing.

Re: An autumn day at home

Your lovely pictures show that you walk the walk as well as talk the talk when it comes to good gardening. I can see that texture is an important element in your plant compositions which really keeps things interesting even as the flowers are waning.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Viktoria's garden in Connecticut

So, is commenter JuliaBW correct in identifying the white flowers as Montauk daisies? I love how they combine with the sedum. Are the Daisies in bloom throughout the summer or do they just start putting on a show in the fall?
I am super impressed with how complete Viktoria's garden looks in such a short time. Sure makes the rest of us realize that there is no excuse for not giving things a try!

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Brenda's garden in Georgia

No doubt about it, Brenda's garden has it ALL going on in the best possible way. It's the kind of garden that you could visit repeatedly and always delight in a new fun discovery.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Brenda's garden in Georgia

Big WOW over Brenda's pics. Can't wait to see the next round of photos. Her garden aesthetic is a feast for the eyes. Love the stone work and, well, everything. I am going out today to buy some smallish pumpkins to tuck into container adorable idea...thanks, Brenda!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Julie's garden in Pennsylvania

I wouldn't have thought that a tropical like Canna could give off such a great autumn vibe but the colors in your 'King Humbert' are perfect for fall.

Re: Tis the season...

That's a beautiful composition of grasses. I have become particularly fond of the Miscanthus variety Adagio. It is large enough to make a statement but never gets so tall that it separates and flops over regardless of what it endures weatherwise. Plus, it does not have a tendency to reseed.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Leslie's garden in Colorado Springs

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour of Leslie's garden areas...a true feast for the eyes! Her fuzzy wuzzy black Chow Chow is posed perfectly presenting a wonderful contrast with the chartreusy lady's mantle and complementing the dark leaves of the heuchera.

Re: READER PHOTO! Pauline's garden in Carmichael, California

You are of home gardens do strike a special chord. I guess we all like to be inspired by the efforts of a "regular" person as opposed to a paid staff of professionals that care for public gardens. Today's picture is lovely and I'm delighted to read that it the Farias continue to be devoted gardeners in their "mature" years. Now that's INSPIRATION!

Re: Les Quatre Vents - Climbing the stairs

Love the charming moss accents but had to smile because my husband would be out there with the pressure washer tidying things up in the name of safety!

Re: Perfection in reflection

Chanticleer is one of those garden lover treasures that is beautiful and fascinating regardless of season. Because of
it's wonderful hardscapes, it is even a delight to visit
when much of its plant material is asleep.

Re: A grand mid-summer display

Some clumps of Siberian iris would help bridge a color gap between daffodils and daylilies.

Re: It's Russian sage time!

I live in east Tn and Russian Sage is the gift that keeps on giving as far as I am concerned. I cut it back in the spring and then, after it's first flush of flowering starts to wane (late July/early Aug.), I cut it back again to get a beautiful fall swath of blue. It spreads and reseeds so I am never without volunteers to start new patches. Also, in late fall, if I can cut a stem and just poke it into the ground or in a pot with potting soil and it roots all on it's own.

Re: So far, so good

I suspect the straight line impression will lessen as your plants get larger and fill in to make a mass of wonderful color. I try to overcome the linear look by going with a drift approach Have one or two singles that extend into a rounding larger number and then taper off again. The Cherokee Sunset is a great selection. Enjoy!