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woodland plant

Woodland wildflower, 4 petaled white flower, tiny, tiny flower size (about 1/16th of an inch across) held in loose clusters, plant gets to be about 8 to 12 inches tall when in flower, narrow leaves...

what is this creeper

This is a low growing volunteer.  Has come up numerous years in the middle of a group of Asters.  Is shaded out by them most of the growing season so seemingly doesn't need much sun.  I'd like to...

Sanguinaria Canadensis

Sanguinaria canadensis could be the poster child for the word "ephemeral" since the blossoms only last 4 or 5 days.  A beautiful flower one day and a scatter of silken petals the next. nbspThe...

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Re: Ali's mountainside garden in Iran, revisited

Oh, my that was time well spent for me! Your garden is beautiful and amazing since the construction and planting of it must have been made more difficult as a result of the location and terrain.

I enjoyed so much watching the video that you made. You have set a new high hurdle for anyone sending in pics of their own gardens.

Thanks so much for sharing your part of the world with us.

Re: Monday Morning Mashup!

What a good idea and what a varied assortment it makes. I love the stories and comments that come with these pics.

I've got a great closeup of a new flower that bloomed just this past fall that I will send if I get time out from all the weeding and mulching going on around here lately.

Re: Spring in Michaele's garden in Tennessee

I love your bunny. I can't see his pocket watch but I bet he keeps you apprised of the time so you don't overdo your weeding. There's nothing like getting the drop on those weeds early on before they take hold.

Your mossy rocks are beautiful and make such a nice backdrop for small, creepy drapey things.

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

Wow, I'm ready for day two already. Your plants are beautiful and look so healthy and full. I can see why you didn't want to block your view-------it's gorgeous. It's so good to hear that people can continue to garden into their 80's and take care of most everything themselves. I think It's a self fulfilling prophecy if you, at some point begin to think, "Oh, I'm just getting too old to do this or that." then suddenly you are too old. You might have to slow down but you have to keep moving.

Re: Debbie's garden in Alabama

I think we all love to "play in the dirt". You do it with great results. I had to laugh when I initially looked at the small pic of the swing. I though that the beds in front of it and behind was a water feature and that the green in the beds was water lillies and you got to the swing using a stepping stone path. Then I wondered how you kept the supports for the swing from rotting away in all that water. Then I enlarged it and that water simply evaporated. Maybe I should get my eyes checked.

Re: Nina's garden in Montana, Day 1

Zowee! That rhubarb is amazing. I know rhubarb is a heavy feeder but you must feed that guy three times a day!

Re: Darryl's Garden in Tennessee, from Jeff

Gosh, what a house and what wonderful landscaping! How much land does it involve? I can see that it would take some work to keep things in hand. The glass bee hive sounds intriguing. I do hope there is some sort of security system around the inside in case the hive got broken. What a mess that would entail.

I love the fourth picture down on the right hand side----it looks like a house somewhere in the English countryside.

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

What lovely cozy looking retreats. I'd take the one with the loaded bookshelves but both are very creative and offer a range of relaxation for varied interests. What a clever idea for their display.

I love that shade of purple----not totally in your face but it does stand out and catch your eye.

Michelle it's good to hear that your presentation went well and you are now a seasoned speaker. All it takes is a lot of knowledge and a little experience.

Re: Midge's garden in Pennsylvania

Oh, surely not a scarecrow! More like a dancing lady with her skirts swirling around her. What do you have climbing on the archway that frames her?

I love the pops of bright blue against the green---just beautiful.

Re: Linda's Recycled Garden in North Dakota

Linda what a beautiful job you have done with your garden. I love to hear how a garden has progressed and changed over the years. It makes it so much more interesting than just a list of plants no matter how artfully placed and planned.

I love the checkerboard pavers and wonder if you will continue them farther out.

The little gate is wonderful (crooked or not) especially with the sun face looking back at you. Gates are so neat----you never know what you'll find on the other side.

Re: Martha's garden in Michigan

Oh, this is beautiful. Exuberant with all those pops of color but serene at the same time with those wonderful curving swaths of grass.

Love your rock borders---or maybe boulders is a better name for them. We see them a lot when we go to Wisconsin and they really frame a garden bed nicely.

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

John, I went back to Monday's post and read more comments and found the link to the winter scene. Looking at things in the side bar it was interesting to see how methodically you laid out the bed and path areas before planting. I wish that I could visualize in advance and plant like that but my beds generally just grow like topsy and bit by bit.

The winter scene also shows that you are surrounded (it looks like) by houses on every side. The first batch of pictures looked like you were right out in the countryside surrounded by trees. What a nice sanctuary you have provided for yourself and anyone lucky enough to be invited to see your work.

I also had wondered if you grew some or all of those perennials and annuals and see that you have quite a set up with grow lights etc. to work with. Some of those perennials really need special conditions to prosper and it's often hard to find all the information that you need for success on the first try.

It's so nice to see those bright flowers and green foliage this morning after shoveling 8 inches of snow off of a double wide driveway. At least we don't have to get out and so can take it a piece at a time and work at our own pace.

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

John these are beautiful. Especially the second one down on the left---the path with the blue sky and clouds peeking out of the corner. Just perfect to remind me that spring and summer are waiting in the wings on this grey, grey day with more snow on the way tonight!

I'm so glad you survived the aerial shot taken from the rickety ladder. Nothing like going all out for the best perspective.

Re: John's butterfly garden in Michigan

What a wonderful job you have done selecting all these butterfly friendly plants and tending them so carefully. I bet the butterflies and hummingbirds make special detours just to enjoy the buffet you provide.

Just gorgeous!

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

Oh, Jeff, this looks all too familiar! Here in southern Indiana we've had snow, ice, howling winds, and sub zero weather since the beginning of December. If you haven't looked at the calendar lately it's almost FEBRUARY! Enough of this!

About your figs. I have a brown turkey which I never got around to bundling up for the winter and so I figure the top will be shot for this year but am hoping that the roots will survive. I'm going to order a Chicago fig which supposedly can get through Chicago weather without protection so I plan on giving that a try this spring. They do say you should plant them in a more protected spot out of the wind----I've got the place all picked out. We'll see.

Re: Darlene's garden in South Dakota

It looks as though you have put lots and lots of time and effort in to producing this wonderful space. Have you been working on it for a long time now? How much land do you have there. Looks as though you have used just about every inch very effectively. It must be wonderful to have such a nice greenhouse and living where you do getting a head start on seedlings must prove useful.

I hope your neighbors realize what can be done with some effort and imagination and your area turns into a garden of eden.

Re: Carolyn's BIG rock garden in Massachusetts

What a perfect example of using what you are given. Rather than fussing about the rocky waste area you took it in hand and did something beautiful with it. I'm amazed at your patience and endurance. The killdeer make beautiful living garden ornaments. The babies are especially sweet.

Re: A restored sunken garden in Illinois

What a beautiful job you all have done. It's wonderful to see a group of people working together to make their little part of the world a more beautiful place.

Re: More from Barbara's garden in Alaska

Those poppies (both kinds) are to die for!!!!

Re: A garden wedding in Alaska!

I can't think of many things more nerve wracking for a gardener than a garden wedding with all of the impossible vagaries of weather to contend with not only just for the day but for the growing season just before. You must be an optimist!

Your landscaping is gorgeous and you and the happy couple were blessed with perfect weather leading up to and during the wedding.

Re: Vicki's garden in Washington

Wow so much work in just two and a half years----but so worth the effort.

You're smart to have incorporated those young trees and shrubs early in the game----it's hard to do after the fact.

Do send spring pictures. I bet there is lots more to see.

Re: Desiree's garden in Texas

I just can't imagine planting and taking care of that many roses in that kind of heat. You've done a wonderful job. Love the peach drift roses but the raspberry scent of Belinda's Dream might just bring me back as a rose grower. I have dug out a number that I originally planted as they are such scrumptious deer food.

Re: Anne's garden in Quebec

What a wonderful front yard---I know your neighbors must love to stroll by and check out the newest additions. Have you spurred any of them toward similar efforts? I love front yards filled with all sorts of varied plants all put together in an interesting array. And you've shown great restraint by not planting underneath the crabapple. i can just imagine lying in that lounge chair and looking up through all those beautiful pink blossoms toward the spring time sky.

Re: Sue's garden in Arkansas

Most people have no idea what a beautiful state Arkansas is. My sister lives quite near Bella Vista so I've visited quite often. You have just added another bit of loveliness to the area. The raised beds look wonderful and certainly are called for with the rocky soil that is the general rule. Love the edging around the vegetable garden. Big rocks are such wonderful things----you just have to get them in the right place the first time around!

Re: Surinder's INDOOR garden in New Jersey

My goodness what a lot of work but it certainly pays off since your plants look healthy and happy.

I'm curious as to whether you fertilize them during the winter? I've read that plants being overwintered shouldn't be fertilized since normally they would be either dead or dormant. On the face of it that advice does seem to be sensible but then it also seems that insisting that plants continue to grow through the winter and not providing any nutrients for them to utilize doesn't quite make sense and is mean as well. You certainly wouldn't want them all to suddenly turn on you and take their revenge----that many could do some real damage!

Re: Sharlene's garden in New York

Just beautiful. You've done a great job starting from scratch can be daunting.

I love the garden shed. It makes me think of a train station somehow----maybe it's the clock. An unusual but very useful addition. I rarely wear my watch when out gardening and have to continually run inside to see how much time I have left to play in the dirt.

Re: Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to Irvin and Pauline for the beautiful photos. I have always thought California would be more or less seasonless and so am surprised at the nice color that you have in your trees there.

The pic of the turkey is priceless----perfect for a November calendar page.

I had never seen one with spread tail until last year. A hapless male running behind a group of about 8 girls frantically spreading and folding his tail in an attempt to get their attention. They were having none of that thank you very much!

Meander 1: it's been my experience that those pie curusts that are hard to handle and roll out turn out to be the best most tender of the lot. The proof of the pudding is of course in the eating!

Re: Catherine's garden on Vancouver Island

Love, love, love your entry----wonderful gate---it really sets the scene. What is the vine growing on the one side? Does it flower? We will need spring and summer pictures for sure.

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

WOW! It's all been said already. Just gorgeous.

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

Deb, you're so lucky to live in Wisconsin---beautiful place. I suffer greatly from "Wisconsin envy" . Your garden looks so calm and peaceful. What fun to lie in the hammock and watch the deer looking in hungrily. What is the tall, airy plant in front of the ligularia in the top right photo?

Re: Fall in May's garden in British Columbia

The colors are just beautiful----just as nice as flowers in spring. In fact spring is a favorite because everything is waking up and beginning to come along. Fall is wonderful because everything is still gorgeous in its own way and you know there is some needed rest coming for the gardener

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

What a nice front yard you have, it makes the house look so welcoming.

The agastache is gorgeous. I started several (about the same color as yours) from seed this year and they are doing pretty well. Hope they get a nice and robust as yours.

Love your sign!

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

This is just lovely. What an attractive place to sit and just enjoy being out in the open air. How big is the area? It's hard to tell from the pictures.

I too, would like to know what the purple plant behind the yucca is. It looks very much like an astilbe but surely they wouldn't be blooming so late in the season.

Re: Jeff's season finale in Tennessee

Love the acanthus. I have two (different varieties) here and they are wonderful but have had no success in planting divisions elsewhere. It's amazing when they die back in hot dry summers and then come bouncing back with a little rain and cooler temperatures.

The pitcher plants really look interesting and I might just have to try them although am not sure whether they would be hardy here.

Still waiting for the leaves to come down here but the pine needles are all raked and waiting to be put down as mulch in the shady back where no grass grows. it surprises me when I see them all baled up (tiny bales at that) at the nursery ready to be bought for $4 or $5 each.

Re: Donna's shrinking-lawn garden in California

What an adorable chicken house---I bet the inhabitants just love it.

How much more back yard do you have and do you have plans for taking out the rest of it?

Re: Happy Halloween!!

These are adorable. I love the way they are peeking out from unexpected places all helter skelter.

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

Oh, Carol, this is just wonderful. I grew up in East Texas and so have a soft spot in my heart for the whole place but your place looks like the perfect spot. I also love your approach----start with a plan but then stick things in where there is room for them. I think planned out to the nth degree beds are beautiful and coherent but I like flowering areas to look unplanned as though they are just a wonderful happenstance. You've succeeded beautifully and I can just imagine what a difference your efforts have made in not only your property but the neighborhood as a whole.

Re: Nancy's garden in Oregon, revisited

I love all the nooks and crannies you have created as well as the paths winding toward them with flowers crowding in on both sides! Very inviting.

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

Wow what an enormous amount of work done in such a short space of time. I could see getting the outside work done (and there must have been huge amounts of interior work to do as well) but you've already got a great start on flowering plants. I'm amazed.

I know your mom must be appreciative of all the work done basically for her benefit and the neighbors must adore you all for the rehabilitation of an eyesore.

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

Jane, what a lovely front yard. I love the archway around your front door. It makes your house look so comfortable and welcoming. Makes me want to come in for a cup of coffee and a long talk (about flowers of course).

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

You have done an extraordinarily good job in such a short time. I too hope that the next owners will appreciate all that went into creating such a wonderful setting for the house.

You seem to be taking the move with good grace and as an opportunity to do it all over again. I think that at least half the fun of gardening is in the creative planning and implementing of that plan. Once that's done all you can do is add things (up to a point) and then move them around a bit. It would have been nice if you had been able to stay for a few more years to see the gradual transformation of your original ideas.

Happy house hunting.

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

Great containers and such interesting mixes of flowers. Love the one with the ornamental cabbage, third from top on the right--nice color combination. Is the ornamental grass in the back in the container or just growing inground behind it?

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

I love the purple chair. A great color! It looks wonderful with the dark purple plant cascading down the side. And the daisy addition is great. I like how you use one thing from something else that then became a birdbath. Nothing like having things do double and triple duty.

Re: An inspirational healing garden in Toronto

Wow, Mary, what a wonderful job you have done with what could have been (and too often is) a very sterile environment. I know that just being around plants out in the sunshine makes a tremendous difference for people who are healthy. How much more so for someone who is not so healthy and who may have mobility issues. You've gone above and beyond in your service to the people living in this facility . I'm certain that they must appreciate all your work and effort.

Re: Karen & Ted's garden in North Carolina

Love this garden. It has a very serene feel to it. The doors to the garden shed give it just the right amount of liveliness. What color are they? Someone said pink, someone said red but on my computer they look almost fuschia. Whatever, it was an inspired choice of color.

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

Well I'm late to the party (yet again!) as I was not here yesterday to see this.

Loved it! As was said earlier it is nice to see how everything fits together and seeing unfinished areas does make it seem more real and invites suggestions for possible additions that could be made.

But it is somehow just a little creepy. Not when it's done with the owners permission but once these google glasses get to be in current circulation (and you know they will once the become available and the price comes down) just think what they will do in terms of eroding the already eroded area of privacy!

Re: Darwin is a dreamboat!

From the title and the initial picture I thought that Darwin was the dog. He's definitely a dreamboat as well! So dignified looking too. He doesn't have to create anything to qualify----he can just exist.

Love the wheelbarrow and the butterfly chair----really nice. Oh and the pergolas as well. Actually all of it is wonderful! How lucky you are to have Darwin as an enabler.

Re: We saved this tree!

My goodness has it been that long?!

I've thought about that tree quandary now and then and am so pleased that the "keep the tree people" came out on top.

Looks wonderful and I'm sure the tree is greatly relieved by its reprieve.

Re: John's Garden in Wisconsin

That is one determined sunflower. Don't you love serendipity?

I think for gardeners it's usually more process than product although the product is usually pretty worthwhile also.

Re: Kerstin's garden in New York

The corydalis lutea is lovely and how nice that it is spreading itself around. I've had a pink variety for a long time but it goes back underground shortly after blooming. I've just put in the lutea this year and knew that it continued to bloom but figured that the "continued bloom" would be intermittent. But not at all---full bloom ever since it initially started----so nice. Hope mine is as obliging as yours since I can use it in a number of other places.

Re: Jeff's patio is done!

Well, yes, I too would like to know about the little people behind the potted mum. You just leave out the most important points in your description!

Re: John's garden in New Jersey, revisited

I love the pic of the joe pye weed framed by the zebra (?) grass, Just beautiful with the sun slanting through it.

And who could resist the blue grey chair underneath that wonderful big shade tree?


Re: Bridgewater Village Store, 2013

This is beautiful (every time). Whoever designs it does a wonderful job.

Concerning community beautification efforts the small town in Arkansas where my sister lives started one several years ago. I don't know whether it has been continued but it seems such a good idea. It's called Adopt A Spot. They went around and selected a number of eyesores that could be upgraded with some landscaping, took pictures, and posted them in various places around town. They invited civic groups or individuals to adopt one of the spots, plant it out, keep it weeded and watered. Then the middle of the season once everything had had a chance to fill out and start flowering they took a second set of pictures and posted "before and after" shots on posters around town. It could work I think since one improvement many times sparks another. It spreads out the work and monetary outlay and gives individuals an opportunity to make their town a more attractive place to live and do business.

Re: Renata's garden in Connecticut

Love the fountain. It looks so elegant backed with all that wonderful ivy. Makes for a very relaxing feel.

I would think that working with such a steep slope would take a lot of thought and planning. You've done a great job.

Re: Victoria's garden in Indiana

tractor 1 I may have to go with some of that cheapo gravel rather than the shredded bark mulch around the stepping stones. This walkway is a new addition and put in hoping to slow down the run off from the lot above us and the patio when the gutters overflow. I have a major wash out right now after a couple of downpours. We'll see how it holds with just regular rain and then decide what to do.

meander1 Yes, the bench is the same paint as the trim on the potting shed. I love that color all by itself but it really goes well with the two greens of the shed and the green of the pine and holly. Makes the trim really pop. And yes, the bench by the pathway between the house and herb garden is just across the way from the potting shed and behind the herb garden. There is a curved backless bench in the back corner of the herb garden that is also painted that same color.

cwheat000 You will love the chaste tree. I dithered over getting one for a year since it was listed as hardy only to the zone below mine. But since I am right at the bottom edge of my zone I decided to give it a shot and with a lot of mulching it has done fine. I do wish I could grow it as a tree and a couple of zones south that would be possible. I've seen pictures of it in tree form and it has a gorgeous shape and is covered with flowers! It has a very Mediterranean look. The stone is easy to come by here since this is an area rich with limestone quarries and numerous fabricators.

Re: Mary's garden in upstate New York

The wisteria is gorgeous. Is it growing as a specimen or on a support of some kind?

Love the Raspberry rumba peony. Have never seen that before. Must get one for the area where I am clearing out the deer food ( daylilies) and replacing them with seemingly non deer food peonies.

Re: Another of Jeff's gardens in Tennessee

Very nice, but not landscaping for a floriferous flowerbed crazy person.

What are the two light colored fountain shaped shrubs in the top left hand side picture?

Willows? Those "something Nishiki" willows? I do like the shape of those.

Re: woodland plant


You win the prize! I googled galium concinnum and it's a dead-ringer. It's so nice to know----now all I have to do is remember it!

Re: Jane's garden in Maine, revisited

Absolutely lovely describes this perfectly!

Re: Tatyana's blue poppies

Beautiful! I first saw them at the Botanical Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland----what are those? I need to get some! You know how it goes. I remember reading somewhere that when growing them you should not let them bloom during the first year but let the growth go into the root system. Hard to sacrifice those blooms with such a gorgeous specimen and one with such a short life span as well.

Re: May in Terie's garden in New York

I agree with Meander1 about the double flowering bloodroot----they are gorgeous. You got a real deal by having it given to you. I've seen it in at least one catalog and it's very expensive. That's the problem with those ephemerals-----they are lovely, delicate and SMALL so you need a mass of them to really show them off but they cost the earth and then vanish back into the ground for another year's snooze. The catalogs always show about 30 of them clustered together blooming away exuberantly but the reality of putting out just one or two (all I can afford) looks scanty. I can't get them to do much multiplying for me.

Re: Nina's garden in Massachusetts, revisited

Beautiful garden. Almost as beautiful as your cat.

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

Kevin, How do you mow that lawn? It looks quite steep!

I think the peony is either Bowl of Beauty or Gay Paree (they may be one and the same)---you know how catalogs like to rename plants to make them sound more interesting.

Re: Spring at Winterthur, Day 2

Is that first one a Japanese Maple as vojt suggested? The color looks right but the curly, wavy branches made me think initially of Harry Lauder's Walking Stick but I don't know what the foliage looks like when it first leafs out.

What ever it is, it's gorgeous! I want and, of course, NEED one of those.

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

The little nest is just beautiful. I found one that looks much like yours. It is all lined with what looks like down. So soft and cozy looking and beautifully formed.

How do they do it with just their little beaks to work with???

Re: Beth's garden in Iowa, Day 2--Bird Garden, Big Garden, & Fairy Tale Garden

This is just beautiful. When I saw the first batch of photos with all the hostas I thought, "Oh, she must have deer fencing." What a nice job you have done with it. Doesn't look like a fortress after all. A great deal of envy going on here!

I have a corner lot with the garage on one side and the front of the house on the other. Makes it pretty problematic for fencing---can't figure a way around it. I have three deer trails crossing my lot the long way and unfortunately, lots of travelers wending their way along them munching as they go!

Re: Spring in Jeff's garden in Tennessee

Meander1 is right about the sweeps of lawn lending a gracious air to your plantings. They give a person a chance for things to sink in before encountering the next interesting collection of plants.

I know what you mean about the excitement of plants coming up in the spring. I remember one spring when I ran in to tell my husband (NOT a gardener) that such and such was up and wasn't it wonderful??!! He looked at me puzzled and said, "Oh did you think it had died over the winter?" I said no, I knew it was down there but now it was UP! He just somehow didn't understand why I was so thrilled.

Re: Anne's garden in Manitoba

I can't begin to imagine gardening so far north but you seem to be managing magnificently.

How many gardening months do you actually eke out? Do you have a greenhouse or sunny area inside where you can have some plants to keep you company during what must be a long, long winter?

The primrose is a gorgeous color. I love them. What variety is it?

Re: Susan's front yard makeover in Illinois

Quite an improvement. I love the shapes of the beds. Reading the list of the plants I would (if it were mine, of course) eliminate the vinca minor immediately. True, it is an attractive flowering ground cover but it can be terribly invasive. The roots twine themselves around other plantings and are virtually impossible to eradicate once it's established since any little bit of root left will regenerate. Just a heads up here!

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

Wow, this is adorable. Don't apologize for being a rookie gardner. I often think that rookies come up with the most interesting combinations and layouts simply because they aren't bound by all the rules and regulations that get written in stone by all the landscapers and master gardeners. It gives you a lot of freedom to just pick and choose and do it your own way. Not only that, a person gets a lot of satisfaction by figuring things out on their own and going with the flow.

Re: what is this creeper

Cyclamen! Yes! Now that I think back (way, way back------at least 10 years) I did plant one in that general area. It never bloomed for me and must have been overtaken by the asters at some point and any blooms were obscured.

I'm moving that dude soon so that i can enjoy the flowers (hope some do show up!) one day.


Re: Dorothy's garden in Maryland

Dorothy, the plantings you have nurtured are absolutely lovely, well placed and lush. One would think you had wonderful soil and water conditions to work with from the get-go.

What fun you will have in your new location---starting from scratch with plants but with a 25 years of accumulated gardening knowledge to work with.

Be sure to take "before" pictures of your new place so we can keep track of your progress in the future.

Re: Linda & Terry's garden in Ontario

Treeman about controlling the ivy. I manage to contain (not control it) by edging. I use blocks of limestone edging about 4 inches tall around the areas of ivy. It has to climb over the edging and then down again before it can start rooting past the edge. If you trim about once or twice a year it won't have made the leap over the barrier and you can just grab loose handfuls at the top of the edging and cut it back without having to pull the individual vines up by the roots and then cut. Does take some time but is not nearly so laborious.

Re: Christine's bayside garden in New York

Michelle, couldn't we just once in awhile have a mediocre garden? Just to keep gardeners like me from feeling like such a failure.

Re: Jane's garden in Maine

Jane, the bog garden next to your shed is enchanting. I've tried to grow a good many of those plants (I especially love that variety of primrose) with little success. Just don't have a wet enough spot to make a go of it.

Lucky you, to have two gardenwise helpers when help is needed. The gate your son made is lovely.

Re: More from Jeff's garden in Tennessee

I must be a kid at heart after all! I LOVE the "head in the hole" and the blue insulators add a great sparkle! Show us the frog with the crown---I wanna see, I wanna see.

Re: Carol Jean's garden in Wisconsin

What a smart idea using the arbor sections as fencing. How nice for you that they were exactly the right width and on sale---what a deal! Sometimes things like that work out. I know what you are facing with the new sunny exposure. We had an enormous beech tree taken down this fall and now there is all this new sun to work/deal with. At least my sun is coming from the east and so not so drastic a change as your western sun would be.

You are so lucky to have a yard that is easily fenceable to keep the deer out. I'm on a corner lot with the driveway on one side and the front of the house on the other so fencing is somewhat problematic. The deer problem becomes worse each year with no relief in sight from the city so fencing is really the only real solution ----- if you can do it.

Re: Mary's garden in Wisconsin

It's wonderful when a trip to the dump can be so exciting and rewarding! I have a friend who does regular dumpster diving at a nearby big box store and she says that you would be amazed a what they throw out as unsaleable. Once plants have stopped blooming out they go.

More power to you. You've done a great job so far.

Re: Kathy's potager in upstate New York

Wow! great job. You've transformed this corner of your yard and have nicely camouflaged the chain link fence and less than interesting backyards of your neighbors. Not only that-----home grown food. Who could ask for anything more? Maybe this will give your neighbors some ideas and get a backyard garden trend going.

I too, think your use of the wine bottles is so creative. I have been collecting blue wine bottles (such a gorgeous color) but don't have nearly enough to line a bed of much size. We usually buy our wine in those big jugs (cheaper that way) and they wouldn't look nearly so nice as edging.

Re: Helene's garden in Ontario

Wow, what a turnaround and in such a short time! I love the blue deck. It's so much more interesting than a plain stained one would be. How nice that you decided to amend your carefully laid plans and incorporated those planting beds along the way----they really make the area look spacious and bountiful. Serendipity often works well if the gardener is courageous enough and willing to let the project play out on it's own terms. A great job!

Re: Happy 3rd Birthday to the GPOD!!

Michelle, I am amazed that you were able to winnow it down to so few. All the posts to choose from are so beautiful, creative, and unique.

I love this site and visit most every day. Keep up the good work!

Re: Judy's garden in Oklahoma

The trumpet vine grown as a standard is really eye catching.

This summer on our way north we passed a similar one and like your inquirers my first thought was what kind of tree is that? It was blooming so prolifically and such an unusual color and time of year. On the way back home I looked again and realized what it was.

A trumpet vine "tree" is on my list of spring things to do here.

Re: Carol's voodoo lily in Georgia

That is some plant! How tall is it?

plant lady: I do know that voodoo lilies grow in southern Indiana so growing them in your area may be a possibility. I've never grown them but know a member of our plant exchange group who has. He was quite fascinated by them. Maybe it's a guy thing?

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

Kate, you have done a magnificent job---especially while working against clay soil. It's the pits!

I think it's especially difficult to start out pretty much from scratch with such a large amount of area to work with. Small areas and mostly just sun or shade makes for limitations but also give a person less room for waffling about trying to figure out how to break it up into discrete areas and what to put where.

Patty Spencer: Your menu sounds delicious. I'm coming to your house for Thanksgiving next year!! I've got turkey, cornbread dressing, roasted potatoes, spinach souffle, cauliflower casserole, pumpkin pie and chocolate pudding . Maybe we could trade off every other year. This is too much cooking for such a small crowd here. Sounds like you must have a houseful to feed.

Re: Ali's mountainside garden in Iran

How ambitious of you to attempt a garden in such an inaccessible spot and one with such dramatic and breathtaking vistas just there for the taking (looking). You have done a wonderful job of it. How long has it taken to build you house and fashion your garden? I can only imagine how truly awesome it must be to sit out on your terrace or gazebo and gaze over what nature has produced for free (no cost or labor) and then look also at your addition to the scene. Must be wonderful.

I know exactly what you mean about never running out of ideas for changes and additions----planning and implementation provide never ending pleasure.

Re: Jan's winter escape garden in Florida

Wow! You must have tons of energy to go from a "fall cleanup" in Ohio straight into a "pseudo spring clean up" in Florida. I'm always exceedingly glad for a respite (dream time) during the winter.

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

As a devotee of crowded, cottage type plantings I have to admit that I really like your plantings. They are so calm, basic and compatible with the local environment. I'm especially impressed by the huge boulder in the last picture and the irregular border around it. How much does that baby weigh and how long did you dither about where to place it before starting on that bed?

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

I can see that a lot of work has gone into the making of your garden. I especially like the little shed with the quartet of birdhouses nearby. Hooray for accommodating husbands!

I think Trial and Error is the only way to go----"Oh, that didn't work, well what can we put in its place that will thrive?" It keeps you interested and trying new things.

Keep at it!

Re: Kielian's garden in Montana, in Autumn

Beautiful flowers and so many for so late in the year! Like trashywoman62 I would like to know what the purple flower is. Almost looks like a zinnia but is so full and what a luscious color!

Do you ever get a chance to actually use that hammock?

Re: Carolyn's garden in Ohio

Your paths are wonderful====I love them especially the first one. I would have thought that the combination of gravel, stepping stones and the little bricked in area would seem cluttered and distracting but, with the rounded rock-edged beds curving out, it just looks charming.

Re: Dennis & Jeanne's garden in North Dakota

What a lovely and serene vista you have provided.

I'm amazed at how those trees have grown in only 6 years. We have a huge ( over 65 years old) tree in the back yard that will have to be taken out soon. Sigh! We're trying to envision what and where to put a replacement. Good to know that a fair size tree can materialize in only 6 years.

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

Since I live in a deer clogged small town I'm interested in what deer-resistant plants you utilize. And how do you keep them away from those lovely hostas in that one picture? I wish I could emulate your attitude toward the deer but with so many around it's quite difficult. They are just everywhere and totally unafraid of people. A neighbor two houses down from me has seven (count 'em!) deer that sleep in her backyard on a regular basis and I have three deer trails that cross my yard (two in the back and one in the front). Hard to be deer friendly with that scenario.

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

Beautiful work.

I'm envious of those wonderful crocosmia--so lush looking. I have a patch that I have moved portions of about 4 or 5 times looking for a spot where it will thrive. It seems to be a no go for me. It comes up and doesn't die but doesn't flower either!! Guess there are some plants that a person is just destined not to grow.

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

The petunia/cabbage combination is delightful. I love the way the pink and purple of the petunias pull out those same colors in the cabbage leaves.

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

The only word for this is GORGEOUS!

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

What a fine example of a nursery/display garden. Nurseries of this type are so useful, not to mention wonderful just to walk around in and experience. Being able to see a mature plant, the size and shape and associated plantings, is quite instructive. But then having the material available right there on the spot gives the "looker" a chance buy with the hopes of siting the plant material appropriately so as to achieve maximum effect.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Phillippa's garden in Wyoming

Phillippa, what a beautiful lush garden you have created. You've certainly covered some ground in your moving adventures and must have had some steep learning curves with such diverse locales. Has it been difficult leaving so many gardens behind or do you consider it a new opportunity every time? Having lived in the same house for over 30 years I would be heartbroken to move and leave all my efforts (small though they are) behind.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Linda's containers in Maine

Well, I like the blue birdbath----an interesting planter for succulents or even cactus that don't need much soil or water. Tractor 1, sometimes birdbaths are just too shallow to really function as birdbaths and so an alternate use makes sense.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kathy's garden in Massachusetts

This is lovely.

I especially like the third photo. So beautiful, misty, and above all else WET!

After three months with almost no rain at all, I keep seeing rainy pictures and feel like a man crawling through the desert seeing a mirage just ahead that I never reach.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Michaele's container gardens in Tennessee

I, too, love your containers. What is that one with the big high wheel in the topmost picture? I't so different looking and such a nice size for those little pots. Such nice combinations---I don't think you need change anything or ask for suggestions!

Re: READER PHOTOS! A grotto garden in Pennsylvania

What a beautiful little hidden gem. What are those little lights anyway----electric or candles? Votive candles would be beautiful with the light flickering among the nooks and crannies in the wall.

Gorgeous! All your work transformed that backyard into something really special.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Veneeta's garden in India

This is beautiful and I can imagine all the work that went into the planning and implementation.

The seating areas alongside the water must make for a refreshing and restful place to sit and talk with others or just read a book.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cheryl's garden in Massachusetts

I'd say you are well on your way (f not already there) to that cottage garden in you head,

I think that garden in their mind's eye is what every gardener works toward.------ where there are no hungry critters wreaking havoc, there is plenty of rain spaced out over the growing season and all the plant combinations come together as planned.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Betsy's garden in New York

This would be beautiful and terrific for someone with lots of room and no obstacles to overcome but you show great persistence, perseverance, and creativity. My gardener's hat is off to you!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Alyson's garden in Washington state

Beautiful garden----so serene looking.

Your mention of bears, cougars, and deer took me by surprise. I would have thought that the first two would take care of the third. Here in southern Indiana we are totally overrun with deer so I'm thinking that a nice cougar in the back yard might be a solution to that problem.

Re: Margareta's garden in Connecticut

The frog is a wonderful touch!

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut

I love the grouping of the fountain, guacamole hosta and the yellow waxbells.

You do realize that you will have to give that yellow wax bell quite a bit more room to grow at some point? Mine is about 6 feet across and 5 feet tall. That's after 12 years of growing so you've got a few years yet to work with. Mine is planted next to a Blue Billows Hydrangea which is billowing away and causing some crowding. Even when looking at information about size at maturity, spacing is hard when you're looking at a large area to be covered and putting in fairly small plants

The shape of the leaves and the general shape of the plant is really nice. Also you don't see it too often (at least not around this area). It's nice to have something that is somewhat out of the ordinary so you can feel knowledgeable when someone asks you what that plant is and where did you get it.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cande's garden in Iowa

I love gardens created this way---from bits and pieces gathered from friends, relatives, and orphaned plants. It somehow makes the whole seem more real and less staged. And it's so nice to look at a plant and remember the person who gave it to you with all the associations of a past or present relationship.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kathy's garden in Illinois

Oh, Kathy, moving after such a long and successful term as head gardener must have been a difficult but well considered decision. Things do change and gardeners as they age often have less energy and mobility and so downsizing becomes a necessity but it does offer the possibility of a new adventure. I hope you will have a manageable swath of land to start landscaping at your new residence. Maybe you will be able to start a gardening program of some sort at the retirement community. With all your knowledge and obvious skills I would think that the management would be thrilled to have you move in and start digging.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Trina's California fishing buoy frogs

These are just adorable. Wish I had a beach for things to wash up on and the imagination to take them in hand and make something this cute.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Harriet's garden in Maine

What a wonderful ideal. How many truck loads of soil did it take to fill it?

Daylilies are a wonderful hardy plant and with all the varieties you can get a long season of bloom and lots of different colors. How do you manage to keep the deer out? In the last 5 or 6 years they have become so prevalent around here (in the middle of town even) that I am in the process of digging out a large bed of daylilies that have been multiplying for about 15 years. For a few years the deer just ate the flowers, now they start munching when the leaves are just a few inches out of the ground! I refuse to feed those freeloaders any longer.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Ana's garden in Portugal

You say you have "some success here and there". Wow! I'd say that if the wisteria was the only thing you had growing there that would be more than enough to claim total success.

Absolutely luscious looking.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Cynthia's garden in Kansas

This looks wonderful. You are so lucky to have a husband with access to big rocks and big machines to move them around with. I love rocks and since we live in southern Indiana, a major limestone area, am always seeing nice specimens just laying around for the taking. When I point these wonderful rocks out my husband inevitably says, "Do you have any idea how much that is likely to weigh?" That of course ends the discussion.

It is hard not to be impatient about slowly filling out a planting area but very rewarding to watch small plants fill out to the size where they can be divided. Once you get to that point you're in business.

Good work! Keep at it!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Denise's garden in upstate New York

What a nice job of layering. I think that is why the area seems so large. And how kind of your neighbors to help out with those wonderful tall interesting trees.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sarah's garden in Illinois, Day 2: The back yard

I hope you've planted some trees as well. It always makes me sad to see those new treeless subdivisions. But the trumpet vines make a good stand-in.

The sweet autumn clematis is gorgeous and the fragrance is just wonderful especially at a time of year when flowering plants are in the minority.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Tim's garden in Ohio, Day 2: The front yard

Just beautiful. Nice house as well.

Have you started on your backyard yet or are you resting from your labors?

Re: READER PHOTOS! Lola's garden in New York

This is just beautiful. Your husband made a wonderful job of it. Had he done anything like this in the past or did he learn on the job? Hope you gave him a great big thank you for all his hard work!

The little frog in the last photo obviously likes it----look at that big grin!

Re: READER PHOTOS! More from Kielian's garden in Montana

Oh my, this is gorgeous---especially that first one. I keep reading books set in Montana and this verifies the descriptions of the beauty of that state.

Re: The GPOD's 2nd birthday!

Wow, Jane, this is really amazing. You mean that there is asphalt underneath these plantings, you didn't dig out the asphalt and then pile the dirt? It's hard to believe that these are growing and thriving with so little dirt to support them!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Gary's Japanese garden in Nova Scotia

I love the red trim. It looks beautiful with the orange/yellow roof material. I've never seen shingles with that coloration before but it works great!

Re: Which came first?

That is such a beautiful soft color. The rhyming pattern of the bricks and the pedestal and pot also create a lot of harmony. Oh, and the chartreuse of the moss on the bricks goes so nicely with the blue of the pot.

Whoever came up with this whole scheme was really thinking!

Re: A grand, classic statement

What idea could I utilize? That there is a lot to be said for simplicity, order and formality.

Difficult for me since I really like detail and abundance and lots of color.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Bonnie's garden in Pennsylvania

Just beautiful! It's inspiring to see someone using their own time and labor and working with what is available. Many would just bemoan the situation and be disgruntled or depressed. Instead you did something with what you had and made a gorgeous retreat for yourself and others. Great job!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sheldon's garden in the Catskills

What a beautiful sight!

It's dark and gloomy here in southern Indiana and most of the leaves are gone.

Thanks for sharing.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Nora's garden in Australia

This is quite well done and does look tranquil and inviting. It's so encouraging when someone faced with changing gears drastically doesn't just fling up their arms and say, "There's nothing that I can do in this situation".

I do agree with wwross that keeping debris out of the pea gravel could be difficult. Not only that, the gravel absorbs and then radiates heat and makes for a hot, arid feeling when covering large expanses. My mother-in-law living in Florida had just such a lot surrounding much of her house which had been put in because of water restrictions there.

The suggestion of ground covers by wwross is a good one to add a few patches of green in the graveled area. Fortunately most ground covers seem to need a lot of sun so there should be a good many different varieties to choose from.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Marilyn's golden garden backdrop

Those sugar maples really do "glow". There is a huge one adjacent to one of the windows in my son's room. During the height of the color season every time I get to the top of the stairs and glance into that room I think, "Oh, darn, he's left the light on yet again!" And then realize that this is natural lighting. How nice.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Julie's garden in Pennsylvania

Maybe regular people as opposed to professional gardeners would make for a better distinction between the two.

In general, professionals with degrees in horticulture certainly have an edge as to knowledge about placement and color schemes as well as the varying cultural habits of plants. Also someone working for a public garden will have more money to spend on hardscaping and plant material that most home gardeners.

Regular people for the most part just stumble along slowly gaining knowledge by trial and error and lots of reading in the meantime. It takes awhile to get there, and a lot never make it.

As a result wonderful gardens like the one featured today demonstrate what can be accomplished by someone working with fewer tools than a professional and therefore are more encouraging to the general run of gardeners.

Re: The flower gardens at Old Westbury

Well, I for one, think that the photographs look great. After all, we don't need detailed photographs to get the general impression and ideas for utilizing design elements in our gardens.

Most gardeners will be familiar enough with plants to figure out what that pink thing in the back is and won't need finely focused photographs to enlighten them. And if information about a particular plant is desired then one can always ask and most likely get a reply.

These are beautiful. How nice to have those wonderful backdrops of gazebos and detailed stone or brick walls to work with. These pictures give you a good idea of plants that can be utilized to have abundant flowering at the tail end of the gardening year.

Keep it up Michele.

Re: Feelin' the heat...

I know how that little guy feels! It's cooled down considerably since then so he's probably brought out his winter jammies this last week and has been snuggling down in his nest these past few nights.

Re: Living in the front yard

This does make for a nice, relaxed-feeling entrance. But would work best on a quiet, leafy street. Would not be so pleasant on a busy street with lots of passing traffic, motorcycles, loud trucks etc. ----- unless, you enjoy that kind of hubbub.

Re: Repurposing architectural details in the garden

Oh, tractor1, I love the color and the rust adds a lot of character. White would be much too blatant there.

I do think a vine of some sort might be nice but not one that would totally cover the trellis and obscure the wonderful shapes of the design. Maybe something climbing up just one side??

I'm amazed that her husband let her drag iron railings from Arizona to Illinois--- husbands are usually so practical!

How nice to finally find the perfect spot for something like this.

Re: READER PHOTOS! The best of the tomato season

Beautiful! And what imaginative names to go along with the many varieties offered.

Re: There's ALWAYS room for a garden

Truly amazing. Somebody ought to build them some nice planter boxes to work with. Just think of the display they could produce!

Just goes to show you how easily some people with lots of space and time let little obstacles get in their way while others just work with what little they have and accomplish wonderful results.

Re: Les Quatre Vents - An optical illusion

Wow! That is interesting.

An everyday job though, I would think, keeping it clean enough to maintain the illusion.

Re: Topped off with plants

It certainly is a lovely collection of plants. But doesn't it somehow defeat the purpose of the handrail ----- giving a walker something to hold onto as they teeter down those steep steps? Or is the handrail is easier to see from the top?

Re: The cats of Atlock Farm

There nothing like having knowledgeable supervisors stationed around to keep the peons on task. I have a great foreman (Handsome) who keeps me on my toes.

Re: A followup on the heavenly hell strip

This really is a nice little oasis right there by the street.

The tall purple plants are most likely verbena bonariensis. They make a nice bouncy, gauzy filler all summer long.

Re: A Hudson Valley bee skep

Bee skeps are a perfect look for a cottage garden. Love them! They aren't difficult to make if you know a bit about basketweaving. I've tried, but mine always come out looking pretty lopsided and inexpertly made. Very wabi-sabi I guess, but I always end up getting rid of my production. Maybe practice makes perfect?

Re: READER PHOTOS! A startling visitor

He doesn't even look real, does he? Looks like something rigged up for a sci-fi movie. Gorgeous.

Re: A not-so-humble hell strip

I think the term "hell strip" was coined by Lauren Springer Ogden. I do know that the first time I encountered the term it was in an article in Fine Gardening concerning how she had planted out just such an area in front of her home.

I do wish I had a "hell strip" to plant out but unfortunately no hell strips, boulevards, or tree plots available in my neighborhood.

Re: READER PHOTOS! The coolest vintage garden tool ever!

This is wonderful! It looks like a really big snail trailing through that vegetable patch. Good that it's not the real thing. It could do a lot of damage very quickly.

Re: Gairdin an Ghorta Irish famine memorial garden

It is lovely. I found it interesting that it is located in County Kilkenny. My great grandfather was the youngest child in his family and the only one born (1851) in this country. I'm reasonably certain that they emigrated as a result of the famine in Ireland. To commemorate the change in their situation they named him George Washington Kilkenny.

Re: READER PHOTO! Falling Snowflake, Cedar Waxwing

What a wonderful photograph! I have never seen a cedar waxwing in the flesh but this must be the next best thing.

Re: Wow the mailman!

Just gorgeous. Love the sweet alyssum puffing out along the edges. An oldie but goodie with a wonderful fragrance.

Re: Morning glories in the afternoon

Love morning glories---especially blue. Years ago in Montgomery, Alabama my Dad and I routinely took a deliberate detour on the way to my school just to see a house with the whole end side of a porch totally covered with blue morning glories.

What a way to start the day!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Wildlife in a California garden

The pictures of the animals are really wonderful but even better are the bits of green in the pictures. Here in Indiana we are covered with much more snow than usual and much colder temperatures. Seems like spring will never get here again.

Re: READER PHOTO! Mystery flowers

Such a clever idea. The copper color looks wonderful with the pale tan grasses.

Yes, copper has certainly gone up in price the last year or so. Hope your flowers are not near the roadside or you might find someone has "picked" them for a sumptuous bouquet.

Re: Paint the garden red! Or green...or blue...

Wow! These are great! I have a shed full of cast off things that we have yet to get rid of. Now maybe I can salvage some of them as possible decorations for some of my flower beds. Not being blessed with the ability to revision ordinary things as decoration, having possibilities like this showcased is a wonderful resource for me.

Re: Even baby plants need to be seen!

Ditto here in southern Indiana. Am tired of feeding those free-loading deer!

Vinca is not high on my list either. Incredibly invasive and should never be planted anywhere near a flower bed. Once it infiltrates (which it will!) the only way to rid yourself of it is by digging everything out and starting over. Not my idea of fun.

Re: READER PHOTOS! A gem of a succulent garden

This is just gorgeous! I am getting all sorts of ideas.

I have a dry area alongside a graveled path just behind a breezeway which is in dire need of some sort of drought proof plants. I've never done much with succulents or plants for dry areas so this never occurred to me as a possible solution. Something like this would be perfect and look great too.

Thanks Jane, for the wonderful photos.

Re: A perfect marriage of plant and pot

The agave is nice but the little one sticking out of the fish's mouth in the second photo is really cute. Is it really there or am I imagining it?

Re: This plant's future is in your hands...

It's beautiful, has been well taken care of and is obviously very happy right where it is. Previous comments about some judicial pruning, extending the bed underneath it and even widening the porch steps, if the budget allows, are exactly right.

You will regret it if you take this wonderful specimen out.

Re: Just one more cup of tea, please...

Well, I generally don't like trees and bushes shaped and pruned to shapes other than the ones they would normally take but these are so well done (maybe that's the secret) and the shapes are so soft and organic looking that i can't help liking these.

Re: Birdhouses are a pop of color in borders

What is that tall bush behind the birdhouse in the topmost picture? Does anyone know?

I really like bright colorful accents and these compliment the flowers just beautifully.

Re: A perfect marriage of plants and hardscape

This is wonderful. I particularly like the pinky/grey/lavender succulent on the bottom step with the orange of the other plants.

Well done!

Re: There's an anteater in the garden!

What is that plant in the upper right-hand corner of the picture? It looks like Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors!