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A Romantic Icelandic Garden

I painted the windows and door white this summer. I think it gave the garden a whole new look. My two apple trees are in front of the bench and the large tree at the far back is a Cherry tree.

We are in love with Anna Ingibergsdottir's romantic Icelandic garden, and we think you will be too!

"I have a small romantic garden in Iceland. In it I have a small greenhouse, gazebo, pond to name a few things. We manage to grow Apple trees etc. I have twice gotten a reward from my town for my garden."

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We sometimes eat in the garden house. I have tried to make it cozy there. During the winter time it is storage for all the patio furniture, outdoor décor, etc.

The stones I used for the pond all came from the hole I made for the pond. Around it I use mostly hosta plants.

I like this Aruncus dioicus in front of the greenhouse. It keeps the greenhouse from being too hot when the sun shines. Laburnum to the right.

Before there was just grass there, now white stones and wood stepping.

I like these Danish strawberries. They bloom pink all summer. There are, however, very few strawberries.   : )

My son fishing.   : )

This is one of my favorite perennials, Eryngium alpinum.

Garden at night.

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  1. user-1020932 08/21/2015

    Anna, no wonder you got awards for your garden! i love every inch of it. that strawberry is a dandy and i wouldn't care if it had strawberries or not , the flowers are enough to give it merit. your son fishing is just like my grandson in my little pond and i gotta say,,,,,,,,,,,that white cat is HUGE! it's a great space you created and i'm glad i got to see it

  2. NCYarden 08/21/2015

    Anna, this is a most charming garden. That goatsbeard is amazing. And I spot that beautiful golden chain tree. I do miss mine terribly. The garden house is just too cool. I think I would dine in there pretty often. I could use a feature like that in my own garden. Thanks for sharing you beautiful garden...well done.

  3. raleighgardener 08/21/2015

    Lovely, just lovely! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Quiltingmamma 08/21/2015

    I agree with Jeff, who needs berries when you can have those pink blooms! Anna, what an absolutely lovely haven you have created for your family. Just beautiful. Poor you digging out all those rocks, but you used them to good purpose....and that garden house! I think I would try to fit in a bed and just move out there for the summer. Very homey. I am sure the garden is quite romantic - particularly at night. I had to look up golden chain tree - how lovely is that? Then I had to check out Iceland temperatures. You must get a gulf stream affect and be in the south of the island. Sadly, this tree won't survive most of Canada's winters. Thanks for sharing these, and I can fully understand the awards for your garden. Great job.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/21/2015

    Charming and romantic are definitely apt adjectives. How cool to see a garden from Iceland, and a great one at that. Love that Eryngium: stellar!

  6. buckgardeners 08/21/2015

    Okay, now I want to move to Iceland. What a fairytale garden. The garden room...sigh... Love it!

  7. Vespasian 08/21/2015

    Me too, a perfect garden for me, intimate and interesting. My husband visited Iceland many years ago and always said it was a lovely, friendly country, I guess it hasn't changed. I love all the "rooms" in your garden Anna, so inspiring.

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    HelloFromMD 08/21/2015

    What a beautiful place. So magical. The paths, buildings and gardens together create a wonderful space that anyone would feel privileged to live there or get an invitation to lunch. Gorgeous!

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    meander_michaele 08/21/2015

    Anna, I always feel a little tweak of envy for somewhat more northern garden situations where hosta can be used so effectively in full sun...yours look so perfect surrounding your pond. Mine would fry to a crisp without shade protection. I share your enthusiasm for your Eryngium's so playful looking and such a great color. Your garden house is pure enchantment and it's so nice that you spend time in there.

    1. user-7007076 08/21/2015

      Yes, enchantment is the right word to describe your garden! You've done a great job of keeping a cohesive whole by repeating the same elements like your garden house with the scalloped design in your wooden fence. As well as the gridwork in your windows with your fence and lighting. Your garden is very lovely...I see why you've wine two awards in your town :) Also, what a great space you've created for your son to play and explore. I love that photo.

  10. kathytharpsafris 08/21/2015

    Your garden is very beautiful and inviting! Love it, from USA, Iowa

  11. annek 08/21/2015

    Lovely, Anna. A storybook setting. I love the warmth and charm of your garden house and the surrounding gardens beckon!

  12. GrannyMay 08/21/2015

    Your garden is a little gem, Anna! It is a restful haven, with all the features one would want, perfectly fitted into the small area. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Catasetumkid 08/21/2015

    What a beautiful, peaceful garden you have, Anna. I love it! Thank you for sharing.

    1. GrannyMay 08/21/2015

      Hi catasetumkid. Your ID name intrigued me, so I Googled catasetum and discovered that it is the name of a group of unusual orchids. Are you a collector? They look lovely, but seem difficult to grow.

      1. Catasetumkid 08/22/2015

        Hi GrannyMay! Yes, I'm a collector. I grow many different types of orchids, including catasetums. Actually, they are relatively easy to grow and flower!

        1. GrannyMay 08/22/2015

          It would be great to see them. Could you send photos to this gardening blog and share them with us here?

          1. Catasetumkid 08/22/2015

            I'll try to do that soon! Glad you hear you're interested.

  14. user-3565112 08/21/2015

    Following this site is like sitting at the counter in a coffee shop & watching a group of friends enjoying each others company & sharing common interests. Everyday someone new comes in ,shares their garden & is warmly welcomed. All the comments are positive , helpful & at times humorous. When the coffee shop closes the you leave a little better educated ,encouraged & feeling your efforts are worthwhile. . As a bonus you see gardens like this one that are picture perfect & full of ideas. Following this site is a good way to start the day.

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      LindaonWhidbey 08/21/2015

      Joe, you said exactly what I tell my husband every day. I love this site and hope to post my a non-drought year.

    2. eddireid 08/21/2015

      You are so right, Joe! This is why we have to drop by each morning.

    3. wGardens 08/22/2015

      Well said, Joe! I feel the same way!

  15. umachandel 08/21/2015

    What a beautiful garden! I especially liked the strawberry flowers. Thanks for sharing.


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    LindaonWhidbey 08/21/2015

    Anna, it's easy to see that your garden is a labor of love and Eryngium is also one of my favorites. Thanks for a glimpse of life in Iceland.

  18. Meelianthus 08/21/2015

    Oh so VERY lovely Anna with a very distinct Scandinavian charm. The pond you made is a real winner and what a great little spot for your son. So beautiful throughout and what fun it would be to wander

    thru your gardens.

  19. perenniallycrazy 08/21/2015

    I'm so glad you stopped by to share your garden photos. I've always wondered what a Scandinavian garden looked like - it is totally charming! Your grandson is utterly cute and those Danish strawberry flowers are quite delightful. Hope you return with garden photos of the other seasons.

  20. eddireid 08/21/2015

    I started to list all the things I really like about your wonderful garden, but then realized I love it all. Garden buildings from the smallest to extremely large, fascinate me for they are so open to imagination and whimsy and you have made yours charming.
    Love the Eryngium and the strawberry flowers, etc etc. quite simply, lovely.

  21. sheila_schultz 08/21/2015

    Anna, your gardens, both in the day and the evening, are are perfectly charming. They are filled with so many thoughtful details, it is no wonder you were honored with awards from your town!

  22. greengenes 08/22/2015

    Wow, Anna! I didn't know you could garden like this in Iceland! It is beautiful, crisp and full of surprises! Your pond is wonderful and all that you have done is well worth anyone to see and also to give you much praise and awards! Simply beautiful!

  23. wGardens 08/22/2015

    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful garden! That is an especially nice night photo! It is all so nice. Do send in more photos! We love them!

  24. user-5063352 08/22/2015

    Thank you all for your kind words. I will send in winter pictures to show you this winter. Thanks again.

  25. Cenepk10 08/22/2015

    This is so gorgeous.... Just stunning. So much of your personality is shining through....

  26. foxglove12 08/22/2015

    Award winning! It shows! Gorgeous.

  27. thevioletfern 08/26/2015

    I'm in love! So calm, serene ... from the paths, to the pond, to the plants, to the quaint garden house ... must add those strawberries to plant wish list, too.

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