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A Sweet and Vibrant Garden in Louisiana

By: Kim Charles

Caroline Williams from Louisiana shares her garden full of southern charm.

"I am representing the northern end of Louisiana. My garden is full of rich, bold colors of pink, purple, red, yellow, orange and blue. I have a nice variety of plants, but you will most likely see an abundance of salvias, roses, snapdragons, cannas, verbena, zinnias and black-eyed Susan. Taking a morning stroll or an evening seat in our Louisiana garden is an amazing experience."

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  1. sandyprowse 11/03/2017

    Delightful! I love the angel statue with the lone pink flower. Gardens must be happy in Louisiana with such a warm climate. This one certainly is.
    Sandy Prowse
    Toronto Canada ??

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      Thanks Sandy, we are truly blessed. Most of the flowers will continue to bloom until a hard frost hit. The day these pictures were posted, we were in the mid 80's.

  2. cheryl_c 11/03/2017

    It is still dark here, waiting for dawn, but your vibrant pictures have provided wonderful colors to start the day. Thank you for sharing your 'hot' color combinations!

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      You are so welcome Cheryl, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

  3. mjensen 11/03/2017

    beauty love the statue

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      Thanks mcjense :-) ... I love statues, especially angels

  4. user-4691082 11/03/2017

    Caroline, you have a beautiful garden, and an eye for plant combos! I have a sweet niece named Caroline and it’s difficult not to call you sweet Caroline! What is the stone thing in the background of the photo with the hibiscus? We GPODers are a nosy lot!

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      :-) Sweet Caroline sounds good to me Rhonda. I know your niece have a heart of gold. The stone item is a fountain that I got from Big Lot store many many years ago; and believe it or not, the plant is an Althea tree....some call it Rose of Sharon

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    treasuresmom 11/03/2017

    Love those zinnias & the foliage is so clean! My zinnias bloom like crazy but the foliage always gets rust on the leaves.

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      You are so right treasuresmom. I love Zinnias too...I just try not to crowd them or get the leaves wet when watering

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    meander_michaele 11/03/2017

    I suspect that your multi-hued garden color palette is an indication of the happy heart of its owner. Here's a question that suddenly popped into my do annuals like zinnias behave in a growing zone that probably doesn't have a hard freeze to kill them off? Beautiful shot of the monarch. It found a great place for a meal and a rest.

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      Meander1, Most of my annuals bloom until frost but when I deadhead, I sprinkle the seeds right then and new plants pop up. The process continues. :-)... I just cut back zinnias yesterday and sprinkled those seeds for spring. I do have plenty of butterflies, but sorry to say that this monarch is not one of mine.

  7. Sunshine111 11/03/2017

    Some like it hot, hot, hot! I really enjoyed seeing the colors pop in your garden. Especially the first photo. Thanks for sharing

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      It was my pleasure Lily :-)

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/03/2017

    Bright and vibrant, indeed! I love Salvia and I wager you can incorporate many more as perennials than I can in Ohio!

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      You are right a matter of fact, my salvia are about the last to stop blooming, I get more plants from cuttings and when I'm really blessed, they may come back 2-3 years before I replant.

  9. btucker9675 11/03/2017

    The rose in the first photo made me wish my laptop had a "sniff" function! What a lovely garden.

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      :-) Thanks Beth, but I have noticed that the scent of my salvia is overpowering everything.

  10. JoannaAtGinghamGardens 11/03/2017

    I love your gardens - bold and beautiful colors is right! Mine has all been put to bed for the winter and your pictures make me long for spring. Oh boy, it's going to be a long winter.

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      Thanks Joanna, The very day that I assumed I had replied to you, the temperature was in the mid 80's. My roses, snapdragons, marigolds, zinnias, Salvia, canna and periwinkles are still blooming. Lol, I know what you mean Joanna, I get through the winter by looking back over all of the pictures and making new plans for Spring planting.

  11. user-6536305 11/03/2017

    So vibrant and colorful! Seeing your Louisiana garden photos is an amazing experience as well. Thanks for sharing Caroline!

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      Thank you Lilian, :-) You are so welcome but there's No need to thank me, It was my pleasure.

  12. sheila_schultz 11/03/2017

    You certainly have surrounded yourself with eye-popping colors... I love, love, love them all!!! Treasuremom's comment about the pristine leaves made me go back and look at all the photos again since I had the same thought as I was scrolling through your photos initially. Wow, those are bug free leaves, you must have some sort of magic potion!!!

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      :-) No Potions Sheila...Grasshoppers are the only pest that I have to deal with and they are selective about their meals.

  13. user-7008735 11/03/2017

    Very cheerful and bright, Caroline! I love the true blues of Salvia and yours are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

    1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      Thanks Lorraine, I love Salvia too. You are so welcome...It was my pleasure.

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    Vel Rhodes 11/03/2017

    Hi Caroline,
    nice gardens! I was wondering what is the name of the tropical looking red flower in the 5th photo down. Thanks!

    1. CTpat 11/04/2017

      I think it's a close up of a canna.

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        Vel Rhodes 11/04/2017

        Thanks CTpat. I think that you are probably correct.

      2. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

        You are correct CTpat

    2. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

      I am so sorry for the delay in responding Vel, but I assumed I had responded to when I clicked on reply....Didn't know I had to sign up to join the Discussion before my replies were shared. :-(

      1. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

        Yes, it is a Canna

  15. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

    I thank everyone for their comments and I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures. Flowers are my passion and it is my pleasure to share the joy. I am so sorry for the delay in responding, blame it to my head and not my heart (lacking in the technology department). When I clicked on reply and responded to everyone, I did not realize that the replies would not be shared until I joined the discussion.

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