Garden Photo of the Day

A Garden of Accidental Beauty

By Kim Charles


 Tom's New York garden feels both informal and artistic.

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"Hi, my name is Tom Fisher and these are pictures from my modest garden in Lancaster, NY near Buffalo. I don't have any training in gardening and like to profess that I have a cottage style garden mainly because it's informal and feels artistic. I enjoy the accidental beauty that seems to simply emerge sometimes by plan but most often by experiment and good fortune. I love the quotes, "to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" and "every flower is a soul blossoming in nature" together they express what gardening is to me. me…seeing and enjoying the beauty of life every day and planting seeds for the beauty of tomorrow. 

I hope you enjoy my pictures."


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  1. grannieannie1 11/11/2016

    You have an artist's eye and some of those photos look like oil paintings! The tomato picture deserves to be in a Burpee catalogue. Well done, absolutely beautiful, Tom!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/11/2016

    Serendipity has worked well for you! Gardening really is full of surprises, hope and happy accidents. You've really embraced those beautifully.

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    user-7007816 11/11/2016

    I like your "cottage" garden and the philosophy behind it.

  4. user-7007498 11/11/2016

    Gardens can have such a peaceful and calming effect on our lives. We can be enthralled by its beauty, whether accidental or intentional. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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    meander_michaele 11/11/2016

    I love when gardens offer up happy surprises...some combination of plants that create magic when seen your fifth picture down. Your photos are beautiful. Ha, and, for some reason, I suddenly feel a craving for a BLT for lunch...even without the B.

  6. user-3565112 11/11/2016

    As Bob Ross said " There are no mistakes only happy accidents) All of your photos are terrific & the framed one is a beautiful combination colors & texture. I like your quotes & this is a beautiful & tender way to close out the week on GPOD. Thank you & good luck, Joe

  7. NCYarden 11/11/2016

    Inevitable beauty, planned or unintentional, and ultimately delivering happiness. Certainly it's why we garden. Our gardens continue to surprise.

  8. clculp1961 11/11/2016

    Thank you for the tour of Your Garden. If You have extra flower seeds please send them my way ?

    1. user-7008303 11/11/2016

      Seed harvesting and sharing is on my list to start doing, then I'll start feeling like a true gardener. Thanks you've inspired me to start doing that.

      1. clculp1961 11/11/2016

        ? if You have any extra accidental beauty flower seeds
        Chris Culp
        119 Joppa Road
        Beaufort, SC 29906

  9. greengenes 11/11/2016

    Tom, I so enjoyed seeing and reading about the beauty you have arranged. Unplanned or unlearned you have the spirit of gardens and plants! Thanks for sharing!

  10. wGardens 11/11/2016

    Your philosophy provides a great source of pleasure. Very nice outcome! What is the variety of that red rose? Beautiful! Great framed photo, also! Wonderful fountain as well! It is a nice accent.

    1. user-7008303 11/11/2016

      Thank you for your comments. The roses are Rosa ricarda, red carpet roses

  11. sheila_schultz 11/11/2016

    Tom Fisher, I love how you approach your gardening with such thoughtfulness... and the quote you shared with GPOD today, "to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" is a perfect way to end our week. Thank you for taking us into your gardens.

  12. edithdouglas 11/11/2016

    Love both the philosophy (I practice it myself) and the photos. Thanks so much.

  13. thevioletfern 11/11/2016

    Beautiful! I love when plants are given the freedom to express themselves. I enjoyed that little peep in the grape vine. Robins nest in my wild grape vines, too. I never tire. I also enjoyed the "framed art" — wonderful!

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    LindaonWhidbey 11/11/2016

    Tom, you've expressed exactly how we feel when walking around our garden but I think that you are a gifted gardener and there is nothing accidental about the beauty you've created. You also seem to be a gifted artist if the painting is yours. Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-7008303 11/11/2016

      All are just photos taken on my phone but i'm pleased to hear one looks like a painting!

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        LindaonWhidbey 11/11/2016

        You fooled me:)

  15. schatzi 11/11/2016

    Beautiful, happy, healthy plants - and your photos look like fine art, especially the last two and the first one, of the grapes. Great job! Enjoy.

  16. user-4691082 11/11/2016

    I like the photo of the grapes! How do you use them? I liked your quotes also. I didn't get the framed picture. Is it a photo of your garden that you framed? Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-7008303 11/11/2016

      Thanks for your kind words. The framed picture is also a photo of my garden. I thought it looked picturesque so I added the frame. The grapes are growing on an Arbor that acts as a side entrance to my back garden and are for show and simply eating as a snack while I garden.

  17. Meelianthus 11/11/2016

    Goodmorning Tom, you have captured the true essence of gardening through your writings and your wonderful photos. Your "experiments" are spots of beauty to be treasured, you are very artistic. Thank you for sharing

    1. user-7008303 11/11/2016

      Thank you for your kind words.

  18. Coveside 11/12/2016

    You've captured my favorite parts of gardening: the surprises and combinations that delight! Thanks.

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