Garden Photo of the Day

A Journey to Iran

By Kim Charles

Ali Mollanazar shares his intriguing garden images from Iran 

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"Dear friends in and out of "Fine Gardening Magazine" who have at least a heavenly common mentality; Gardening.

This, I find a great opportunity so as to approach you – on a gracious pretext gardening!


In fact, I am an aged gardener fanatic for alpine rock gardens. I do run my own on the mountainsides overlooking Damavand Top, in Larijan, Mazandaran, Iran.

I have sent you some pictures of my garden long before, which were received warmly by you. So, I'm pleased to share a few more images with you as herewith attached today. All of the images belong to the late Fall of 2016.

I hope you will like them."

With Warmest wishes,

Ali Mollanazar 


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  1. frankgreenhalgh 11/25/2016

    Hello Ali - Oh how wonderful it is to see your post today of your loverly alpine rock garden! The international language of gardening transcends any differences people may have across the globe. You have a lovely house and interesting garden with spectacular views. Did you personally landscape the garden? Also are they table or wine grapes? Thank you so much for your post today, and please continue to participate in GPOD. Cheers from Australia

  2. wGardens 11/25/2016

    Very impressive! Love all the rock work, as well. And the view is "wow" in itself! A lovely harvest of grapes. You have many interesting plantings. Do you have any special favorites? How long have you been at this location? Thanks so much for sharing with us again.

  3. deannalchurch 11/25/2016

    How wonderful it must be to wander along your pathways. The view, the plants and the yard many lovely things to look at.

  4. user-4691082 11/25/2016

    Hi Ali! What a treat to see your post today. I am intrigued by the shrub in the second photo that almost looks like a cactus. Did you do the stonework yourself? It is well done! Your climate seems arid from the photos. I love the view of the mountains, and especially the winding mountain road. I echo Frank in hoping you will continue to participate in our beloved GPOD!

  5. user-4691082 11/25/2016

    I forgot to ask, what is the smoke that is coming out of the pipes next to the well?

    1. alisonhophing 11/25/2016

      I'd like to know too :)

      1. Quiltingmamma 11/25/2016

        Me too.

  6. alisonhophing 11/25/2016

    A beautiful garden, one can see the love and care you put into it. I love the mountain views as well. Best wishes from South Africa.

    1. frankgreenhalgh 11/25/2016

      Hi Alison great to have another GPODer from the southern hemisphere. Cheers from Oz

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    meander_michaele 11/25/2016

    You are obviously a person of great energy, industriousness, and creativity, Ali who has found gardening to be a wonderful endeavor in which to channel those admirable qualities. Whew, just wrapping one's mind about all that rock rearrangement and placement seems daunting. I like the charm of your water well with bucket and handsome structure . Is it an functioning well that you actively make use of?

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    treasuresmom 11/25/2016

    My, my, my. Every thing is just amazing. Yum, those grapes look so good!

  9. Cenepk10 11/25/2016

    Oh Ali !!!! Your home and gardens are so glorious!!!! Those grapes ?!!!! Such a delight to hear from you & see your garden again !!! Be well & until next time....

  10. tree_ee 11/25/2016

    What an enchanting garden, Ali. I hope you find time occasionally to just sit and enjoy the view.

  11. Quiltingmamma 11/25/2016

    I always enjoy seeing how your garden is so similar to ours half way around the globe. Seeing familiar plants makes me realize how less different we are as humans and fellow gardeners. If only members of the world would have more common interests there would be more peace, less phobias and fears, and just imagine what kind of global garden we could plant.
    Thank you Ali, for sharing your garden gift.

  12. jpgendr 11/25/2016

    How I love peeking in on your garden in Iran! I Agree with Deanna below! and all the other comments. Great photos that help me see proportions and perspective of the space and also details. It encourages me to share some of my garden in photos soon. Greetings from San Diego, California, USA

  13. sheila_schultz 11/25/2016

    I am excited to see photos of your alpine gardens once again, Ali. I'm always amazed with the amount of stonework you have positioned and work with on the slopes surrounding your mountain home, it's absolutely perfect! Like you, I'm particularly fond of alpine gardens and the tiny, hardy plants that can often survive in harsh conditions with very little soil! So nice to hear from you!

  14. wittyone 11/25/2016

    Ali, how nice to see your garden again. All the different levels that you have to work with make for a very interesting look for your garden. How many levels down do they extend from the topmost portion of your garden? It looks as though you could just continue to work your way down the mountainside although energy would probably run out before you ran out of outcropping to expand upon.

    The grapes look luscious. Are they growing on an arbor or something similar to provide a shady area in which to sit and admire all your hard work. I do hope so, you deserve some time to just sit and reflect and plan for the next garden bed----it's often hard to find a stopping place when new plants and planting spots keep beckoning.

  15. dstohn 11/25/2016

    Ali, Thank you so much for sending these wonderful pictures of your spectacular garden! It is so inviting and looks as though there is much more of it, just downhill. Your garden structures beckon to us! I hope you are able to relax in them and enjoy the 'fruits of your labor'. The views that show in your pictures from your garden leave us wanting to see the full view! What beauty from a region we hardly ever see. I look forward to seeing more of your gardens in the future. Best wishes to you for a long and happy gardening experience.

  16. edithdouglas 11/25/2016

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Meelianthus 11/25/2016

    Ali, your garden is enchanting and the mountains in view add so much interest. Your love of gardening certainly shows and you must work very hard as it looks like a large place. Are you smoking something good to eat in your 'smoker'? The grapes also look delicious and ready to eat. Thanks for all.

  18. perenniallycrazy 11/26/2016

    Hey there Ali! Glad you're back. So happy to see that your garden remains beautiful and bountiful, Must be from all that great mountain air and your supergreen thumbs.

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    LindaonWhidbey 11/27/2016

    Ali, due to our Thanksgiving holiday here in the US I missed this most interesting post. As people have said to you here, it is so nice to see garden photos from other countries and to realize that gardening is a common thread throughout the world. Your garden is particularly beautiful and I thank you so much for sharing.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/28/2016

    Absolutely a delight to see your garden again, Ali. Very beautiful and such a wonderful site you have for your home and garden. Thanks for sharing your love and passion for cultivating beauty!

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