Garden Photo of the Day

A New Found Passion

By: Kim Charles

Bimala T. Lima from Hopkinton, Massachusetts has recently discovered a new passion–gardening!

"My dream of gardening finally came true when we bought a house in Hopkinton, MA. I am originally from the mountains of Nepal, where my parents used to farm to survive. I couldn't believe I had a passion for gardening, until I began in May 2013. When we first bought this house it was full of poison Ivy and all types of invasive plants. I have cleared most of the land and started flower and vegetable beds. This year, I built the backyard waterfall–a very important project for me. My little sister was getting married, so I had to rush everything. Thankfully, everything came out great. Hopefully my gardening will inspire somone. I have had few garden parties this year….everyone was happy to visit my garden."

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 08/15/2017

    Hello there Bimala (lovely name) - Glad your dream was realised. Thanks for posting your wonderful story, and pics. demonstrating your innate gardening interest and skills. Great work designing and building your water feature for your sister's wedding. Must have given you a good workout! Bet your garden parties were also real hoots. Cheers from Oz

  2. Doxnmomx2 08/15/2017

    I love your garden! The waterfall is wonderful with the different levels. Your sister is very lucky. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      Thank you Peggy!

  3. Maggieat11 08/15/2017

    Welcome to the wonderful world of gardening. Looks like you fit right in, in grand style. WONDERFUL job; you have accomplished so much. Your guests must enjoy their time there very much. Your waterfall turned out beautifully. Congratulations! Well done!

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      Thank you Margaret!

  4. wittyone 08/15/2017

    My goodness that waterfall certainly doesn't look like it was a rush job. I can't imagine trying to get a garden ready for a wedding. Such a lot of pressure to get everything looking wonderful at some particular point in time. Your efforts were a great success. i bet you got lots of accolades from all the wedding guests.

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    LindaonWhidbey 08/15/2017

    Hi Bimila, quite an accomplishment for a new gardener. I think you're hooked!

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      I agree, definitely hooked.

  6. bsavage 08/15/2017

    What a wonderful oasis you have created!

  7. Jay_Sifford 08/15/2017

    I can identify with the poison ivy and invasive. I've taken out hillsides of those here on my land. It's worth the effort. You've done a great job. Happy gardening!

  8. user-7007498 08/15/2017

    Thanks for sharing your story and newly found passion for gardening. You've done a great job getting the weeds out and exposing the bones of your landscape. The water feature is lovely. Great selection of plants. I hope you have enjoyed the process as well as the outcome.

  9. zlata_nelli 08/15/2017

    Hello Bimala, what a wonderful job you have done! I love your water feature! it must be lovely to sit near by and listen to the sounds of water! No wonder you are hooked on gardening, it just makes us happy, right? Thank you for sharing your space with me!

  10. user-7008421 08/15/2017

    Just beautiful!!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/15/2017

    Wow. I'm so happy for you being able to fulfill your desire and find your new passion in gardening. How exciting. Your property and garden look great and I love your water feature.
    Nepal? I hear it is beautiful and scenic, but it sounds like it was a hard life for your parents. Have you been able to visit?
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      Thank you!

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    meander_michaele 08/15/2017

    Hi, Bimala, so nice to see a lovely garden from Hopkinton. I used to live there from 1986 to1993 and it was where my great love for real hands on gardening was born. I wasn't as ambitious as you seem to be...what with tackling a water feature with the time pressure of having to have it done for your sister's wedding. You must be a pretty impressive person! Looks like you have a lot of dappled shade which is nice for the gardener to work in and keeps lots of plants happy.

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      Thank you, this days I start working on garden around 6am so I don't get burn. Maybe it was good that I had pressure, Somtimes I can't even believe myself lol.

  13. Meelianthus 08/15/2017

    Bimala ~ Welcome to the incredible world of gardening and what a beautiful job you have done with your gardens. I love your waterfall and pond, how happy your sister must have been to have this as part of her wedding celebration. Looks like you have lots of space to fulfill your new passion. Thanks for sharing all of your work with GPOD.

  14. JoannaAtGinghamGardens 08/15/2017

    It's all so beautiful! I especially love the waterfall.

  15. bimalathapalima 08/15/2017

    Thank you everyone for awesome compliments! Yes, it was hard work specially one time I was over tired and sick for few days. But I naver gave up. I had to finish work I started. The waterfall was not easy I probably spent 2 months finishing up completely. I had made few mistake. But now I can just seat here and enjoy! Thank you again.

  16. jeffgoodearth 08/15/2017

    great job! it all looks wonderful. Nothing like an upcoming wedding to get us up and into action.

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    user-7007816 08/15/2017

    Wow. I'm impressed with what you have already accomplished, and, it will only get better. Looks like you have a setting that is full of possibilities. Go for it!

  18. VikkiVA 08/15/2017

    Beautiful garden Bimila. You should be proud of all your hard work. Love the water feature! Vikki in VA

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      Thank you Vikki!

  19. foxglove12 08/15/2017

    Very beautiful and serene. Great job!

  20. mjensen 08/15/2017

    it is so beautiful. i love gardening, right now only have small spot. my old house had big back yard, which was just grass until i turned it into a huge garden all my myself and by hand, really miss it,

  21. user-4691082 08/15/2017

    Hi Bimala, great job with your property. I had a good friend that lived in Hopkinton. I remember it was very rocky there so your effort is doubly impressive. They also have mosquitos the size of drones.. gardening 101- the plants you have today do not stay the same size. 2-you will find new plants that you love better, so you either keep making new beds or you tear out what you've done and plant the new ones. 3-plan on spending a lot of money on this new passion! It really is a life long learning that brings much pleasure. 4- winter is spent assessing and planning for the next season. Good luck and welcome!

  22. thevioletfern 08/15/2017

    Such a beautiful paradise you have created. Your passion is evident. I am reminded of when I was "bitten" with the gardening bug. Lately, unbelievably, I am tired of it but you have renewed my spirit - thank you. Love the waterfall and stone work. Enjoy!

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      Thank you Kathy!

  23. Sunshine111 08/15/2017

    How inspirational! You must be so thrilled to have your own little piece of land to call your own. And to turn it into a garden of Eden to boot!

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      Yes I am Lily love spending every minute I can in my garden.

  24. user-7008735 08/16/2017

    Welcome to the club, Bimala! You've done a lot in just a few years; your garden looks lovely! I have many happy memories of a month spent trekking in Nepal years ago from Pokhara to the Machupuchare base camp and the Annapurna Circuit. Such a beautiful country with such incredible views! I especially remember an afternoon spent hiking through a forest of gorgeously scented Daphne bholua in full bloom. We also saw Rhododendrons as tall as the cedar trees here in BC. Magnificent! I hope you will enjoy many, many garden parties with your appreciative guests for years to come.

    1. bimalathapalima 08/16/2017

      Thank you so much Lorraine! I am glad you have been to Nepal. ?

  25. Cenepk10 08/16/2017

    Really a work of art. Waterfall is amazing & adore your veg garden !!!

  26. ludmilasilbershtein 08/16/2017

    It's just tremendous garden, Bimala! You are professional gardener! Thank you for shairing your great job!

  27. cyannenglandproodian 08/19/2017

    Your garden looks as if it has been there for many years. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  28. user-6536305 08/21/2017

    You truly have a green thumb. Very impressive and artistic work. Thanks for sharing.

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