Garden Photo of the Day

Carla’s garden in Connecticut, revisited

This picture is looking across the garden with my 14-year-old English Pointer. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton

Today we’re revisiting Carla Wheaton’s (cwheat000) garden in my hometown! Remember when I visited and then posted Carla’s garden back in June of last year (HERE)? Carla sent in more photos last October (HERE). Such a great garden! Today Carla’s sharing spring scenes. Carla, I feel the need to come for another visit soon! I’ll bring Miyako with me…..

This picture is Narcissus ‘Hawera’ with forget-me-nots and the outhouse in the background. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton
This one is an un-named primula with viola and daylilies in the background. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton
Primula and lamium. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton
Front of the house, blue/yellow bed. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton
This picture is Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’, forget-me-nots, and Ilex ‘Castle Spire’. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton
This picture is an old cherry tree with my un-mown lawn, because the wildflowers are too pretty to cut. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton
Miniature narcissus ‘Clare’, Phlox divaricata, and my Harry Lauder walking stick shrub that still needs an uplight in the background. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton
This picture is Japanese painted fern, Epimedium rubrum, and assorted hostas. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton
My messy cutie in the quince tree. Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Carla Wheaton

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  1. SweetPeaGardens 05/15/2013

    Carla, that is a spectacular stone fence!

  2. user-1020932 05/15/2013

    great garden/all beautiful and i re visited the prior posts and they are equally snazzy. i HOPE you open your garden gates in August because i want to see it in person

  3. dirtgirl1949 05/15/2013

    What a truly beautiful garden and yes, that dry stone wall is fabulous.Always nice to view other folks gardens and pick up an idea or two. Enjoying the Spring garden pics as we here in Sydney fast approach Winter.

  4. BethinIowa 05/15/2013

    I love that unmown lawn with wildflowers and old cherry tree. Every time I look at that photo I feel wistful, and now I know why. It is the "perfect spot" of my childhood dream of where I would land after flying all night! (I still love to have those wonderful flying dreams...)

  5. bee1nine 05/15/2013

    Thank you for sharing spring JOY from your yard, Carla!
    Love all those blue forget-me-nots!!

  6. briandowns 05/15/2013

    Thrilled to see Narcissus ' Hawera ' in someone else's garden- love? Also, Tradescantia ' Sweet Kate ' is another real performer for me and the chertreuse color amazingly goes with everything. Hoo-ahh!

  7. Miyako 05/15/2013

    Hi, neighbor! As you may know I am a big fan of primroses, and yours are so beautiful! Some day can I come and admire it with my own eyes?..

  8. mainer59 05/15/2013

    I love it. I also like seeing the garden behind a daily commentator. Do you know what wildflowers grow in front of that old tree? It's a "spring garden" in the British tradition. No need to apologize for not mowing; mowing would ruin the lovely effect there.

  9. user-1020932 05/15/2013

    my favorite foto is the unmown lawn , storybook

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/15/2013

    Stunning garden and stone walls. Each photo is wonderful!

  11. jwiegmull 05/15/2013

    I LOVE blue in the garden. Yours is wonderful!

  12. wGardens 05/15/2013

    What lovely Spring photos of your gardens. I too, love the unmown lawn photo. So inviting and relaxing. Also, I like the stone walls for background and structure. The swath of For-Get-Me-Nots is especially beautiful.

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    meander_michaele 05/15/2013

    Carla, your garden is so alive with joyful and generous colors and plant combinations. I was an incorrigible tomboy growing up and seeing your daughter in the quince tree definitely struck a memory chord! Love your sea of forget-me-nots...they are such a unique shade of blue...makes me think of robin's eggs.

  14. tractor1 05/15/2013

    Lovely spring views... that sea of forget-me-nots make me think they're a gift from Tiffany & Co.

  15. cwheat000 05/15/2013

    Good morning everyone. It is always such an honor and so exciting to see my garden here. Thank you all for the encouraging words. It keeps me striving to make the garden better. Michelle, Miyako, tntreeman, and anyone else who makes it to CT is welcome. Just give me a few hours notice, as the inside of the house suffers this time of year. There is so much to do and i am the only gardener. At any given time, I am sure I have a sink full of dishes and a mountain of toys to pick up. Oh, heck with the dishes, come over anytime. The stone walls seem to be a hit. I can't take credit for them. They were here long before me. The property dates back to the 1800's( although the house was rebuilt in 1934). It was a farm owned by the Bennett family. One of their relatives still lives on the street and has shown me some great photos of when cows were wandering the front yard. Two pieces of the Bennett's silverware from 1888 were dug up in the garden. The Bennett's tombstones lay against one of the garden's stone walls. I have dug up some old cow bones and worried I have dug up the Bennett's. No pun intended, the stone walls give the garden great bones. When my husband and I were looking for a house, 8 years ago, I was looking for a place where I could garden to my heart's content. We could have bought a brand new house for the money, but this place spoke to us. It sounds like bethiniowa understands that sentiment. That old cherry tree area is great little nook. There is a cedar bench hiding under the lilac branches. I think the wildflowers are creeping veronica, but I have never verified that. Briandowns, I too love Hawera daffs. The catalog I purchased them from, described them as elfin. They are just so darn cute in person. The forget-me -nots have self sown nicely. Some may consider them a nuisance, but they pull out so easily from where you don't want them. I am considering more self sowers.

  16. user-7006902 05/15/2013

    What a beautiful spring garden (and all year)! I love your stone wall and accents and the drifts of forget-me-nots. Beautiful combinations. The old cherry tree is art and love the wild lawn. I feel lucky that I just scored an Epimedium at the Syracuse Farmers Market.

  17. cwheat000 05/15/2013

    Good morning meander1. You are still playing in the dirt. I think that tomboy is still in you. This is a great yard for kids (big ones and little ones). Thanks tractor1. You two snuck in while I was blabbing on.

  18. cwheat000 05/15/2013

    Thank you thevioletfern. Enjoy that epimedium! In the middle of all the work that needs to be done in the garden, there are all these great plant sales going on. There are not enough hours in the day.

  19. carolakxxx 05/15/2013

    Amen to your unmown lawn Carla, last year I did not mow the right half of my back yard.....the grass grew tall and I loved seeing it sway in the wind. :) Made me feel I was out in the wild somewhere.

  20. GardenersWK 05/15/2013

    I love your gardens! Thanks Michelle for the old links. I got to see it for the first time in three different seasons. What a treat! We now want pictures of the roses in bloom and the hostas wide open!
    Great garden! Keep up the good work!

  21. sheila_schultz 05/15/2013

    Carla, your gardens speak volumes about the loving care you put into them. I'm sure the Bennett's are pretty happy to be covered with such beauty! ;)

  22. user-1020932 05/15/2013

    cwheat i love your garden and i love your commentary. you gotta be a lot fo fun in person......question,,, why are their tombstones in your garden and leaning against the fence?

  23. cwheat000 05/15/2013

    Carolkxxx- I bet the tall grass in your backyard looked cool. Maybe we can start a lazy mower's trend here. Just yesterday I took a picture of another poorly mowed section of my yard. I'll send in some more pictures. Hopefully, you aren't all sick of seeing my garden. Dsbaloi- thanks so much and I will send some summer pics. Sheila _Schultz - your words are so kind and the picture next to your name is amazing. If you have the time I hope you are joining the Fine Gardening container contest. Tntreeman, I really don't know where the Bennett's tombstones belong. I found them against the west stone wall in the garden and I have left them there. I hope wherever they are buried, it is six feet under, because I do a lot of digging. I hope Sheila is right and the Bennett's like what I have done. No bad ghost action yet.

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