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A Special Garden Influence

By Kim Charles

Carol Forbes shares her unique and special garden.

"I initially started having the idea for my garden when I was fostering Chinese children. I started with growing bamboo and Japanese maples then dug out 2 small ponds. It started to take shape from there. I love my garden, thanks for looking at my photos."

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 03/15/2017

    Hello there Carol - Great work with your foster care and 'Carol's garden'. You certainly have crammed plenty of interesting plants and containers into your garden. I love the stones and ladder, and all your 'knick knacks' (don't know if this term means anything to you guys!). Keep up the good work. Cheers from Australia

  2. user-4691082 03/15/2017

    Good morning all! Carol, I'm saving your garden for tomorrow. Right now, I'm off to have surgery on my other hand! And yes, Frank, we say knick knacks also!

    1. frankgreenhalgh 03/15/2017

      Good luck with the surgery Rhonda. Hope it goes well for you. Cheers, Frank

    2. user-7007498 03/15/2017

      Good luck with surgery today. I hope it's nothing serious.

      1. user-4691082 03/15/2017

        It was scheduled a while back. It's just a CMC joint arthroplasty. I had it done this
        morning. I had a nerve block, so my left arm feels like wood! I hope I'm well enough to go on Sunday!

        1. user-7007498 03/16/2017

          Hope the surgery went well. Will check in with you on Saturday. I am a definite go for Sunday.

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      meander_michaele 03/15/2017

      Best of luck with your hand surgery, Rhonda. We take the functionality of our hands for granted until a glitch develops and then we have more awareness of what complicated instruments of essential usefulness they are.

      1. user-4691082 03/15/2017

        Thanks Michaele! You are so right...thank the Lord it's my left hand this time!

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      LindaonWhidbey 03/15/2017

      Good luck, Rhonda. I hope that it doesn't hamper your gardening this summer. It would be a shame if your husband got to do all of the weeding:)

      1. user-4691082 03/15/2017

        Thanks Linda, I'm still numb from the anesthesia. I'll only be out of commission for a month or so!

  3. Maggieat11 03/15/2017

    I enjoyed your photos, Carol! So many interesting things going on and WOW, that Japanese Maple in the ladder photo is a real stunner! Do send in more pics sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Quiltingmamma 03/15/2017

    I really enjoyed your garden photos this morning Carol. It is infrequent to see such height in a small space, but I like it; it lends a sense or mystery and adventure. I am sure the children loved racing to see what was around the next corner. A thoughtful initial plan that seems to have become a special result for yourself as well.

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    treasuresmom 03/15/2017

    How much land do you have that you have planted? It is amazing!

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    meander_michaele 03/15/2017

    You might have started small, Carol, but, as with the acorn becoming a mighty oak, your garden grew and added lots of personality and pizzaz. I like how you have kept some grass as edging along your really sets things off. And, like Margaret, I was struck with appreciation for the deep red/burgundy of your lace leaf Japanese looks to be a beauty.

  7. Chris_N 03/15/2017

    Hi Carol. What an exuberant garden! You have given it such a personality and it looks like a fun place to visit. Oh! It took me a while to realize the first photo is an earlier iteration of the garden. Nice to see the changes. And even with those lions guarding the gate I see you have rabbits sneaking in!

  8. user-6841468 03/15/2017

    Carol, where are you located? Beautiful lush garden and as others said, beautiful Japanese maple. You must love to sit out in your garden and relax.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 03/15/2017

    It's charming and l love your inspiration! Love that ladder used as a stand in the garden and it is a great color!

  10. thevioletfern 03/15/2017

    I love how your garden has such a grand entrance! I can feel the transformation when I enter your photos. Beautiful! You should love it!

  11. sheila_schultz 03/15/2017

    It's obvious that you have created your own little garden of eden, Carol. Isn't it amazing how much joy our gardens can give us? Enjoy every leaf and petal, your garden is lovely!

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    LindaonWhidbey 03/15/2017

    Good morning Carol and thanks for sharing your internationally inspired garden. It must give you great solace to have such a beautiful private space in which to work and play.

  13. user-7007498 03/15/2017

    Good afternoon, Carol. As others have said, I love the Japanese maple peeking out amongst the wall of bamboo. Great color contrast. And the ladder, awesome. Great choice of color. Such a great vertical element. Well done.

  14. LaurelEm 03/15/2017

    So many beautiful things going on. I sense that this garden would be one where I would be saying "Oh, and look at this" at every angle. Good work!

  15. Cenepk10 03/15/2017

    This lovely garden reminds me of Yiayia's garden in Greece. Love it !!!!

    1. user-7008413 03/15/2017

      Thank you

  16. user-7008413 03/15/2017

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments I am from Glenrothes Fife in Scotland

    1. frankgreenhalgh 03/15/2017

      Wow Scotland, Carol! A lovely country. Are you near Inverness and Culloden? It would be great if you could continue to participate in GPOD. Cheers from Oz

    2. user-7007498 03/16/2017

      Wow, Carol. Would never have guessed Scotland from your pictures. We hope to see more of your garden.

  17. foxglove12 03/15/2017

    Wow! so pretty and inviting! Love the ladder feature.

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