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Carolyn’s Garden For the Birds in Pennsylvania

Today’s photos are from Carolyn Black. She says, “This is my garden in South Central Pennsylvania. I still work full-time and my hobby is flower gardening. My husband and I increased the size of our gardens after we became empty nesters. I love to experiment with container gardening. I like to plan my flower gardens with texture and color combinations. I enjoy the challenge of having a four season perennial garden.

We have a large bird garden in the back of our home. This was created with the intention to create a habitat for birds. Birds need water, food, shelter, and nesting spots and we provide that for them in our garden. We enjoy watching the birds all year long. My husband created a man-made stream for me in our bird garden. That is the focal point of that garden and we enjoy the soothing sound of the running water.

We have two other small water gardens as accents for flower beds. My favorite flower is the hydrangea and we have 21 hydrangea bushes. I enjoy cutting the blooms and displaying them in our home. I like to personalize my garden with items that remind me of family and friends.”

Wow, these flower-packed gardens have been turning me green with envy lately, and Carolyn, yours is no exception! Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  1. perenniallycrazy 07/16/2014

    Such a happy harmonious inviting garden Carolyn! Even if I were not a bird, I would be a regular visitor. Please share your hydrangea photos too.

  2. NCYarden 07/16/2014

    So bright and colorful, you can't help but smile. I'm sure the birds feel they have the best personal gardener in the world. The water feature is a nice addition. I so badly want to do something similar, and now I'm even more inspired. Thank you for sharing.

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    meander_michaele 07/16/2014

    You have a beautiful garden, Carolyn...all that empty nester nurturing energy has been put to great use. I love the picture with the gleam of water skimming over the rock in your cascade. The visiting birds must feel like they are in a 5 star spa and enjoy their feather cleaning dips in actual running water. What is the name of the soft coral colored echinacea and have you had it several seasons to know that it comes back true to that color? I like your inclusion of the pink tones of yarrow....the picture of the vibrant pink with the asiatic lily is very alluring...makes me want to buy some yarrow!

  4. bethnbijoux 07/16/2014

    Carolyn, your garden is exquisite! You have really succeeded in your color and texture combinations. It all looks so inviting and vibrant!

  5. greengenes 07/16/2014

    Gorgeous Caroline! You have been gardening with an empty nester approach! That's what happened to me too. We suddenly have more time and money!
    I sure like the yarrow! I tried a pot of this too, this spring. Its great to have an area for the birds in mind. They just seem to come around to the water on a hot day. They are so fun to watch as well. So iam sure your gardens are awesome when your hydrageas are all in bloom! We sure would love to see that! Thanks for sharing and have a great summer!

  6. annek 07/16/2014

    Ahh, what a beautiful garden! In particular, the photo of the imprinted rock and pansies warmed my heart. That's a lot to take care of and still work full time, but you're doing a grand job. Yes, if would be fabulous to see your hydrangea photos, if you get the opportunity!

  7. VikkiVA 07/16/2014

    Carolyn your flower garden is breathtaking! Are the blooms on the hydrangea in the 10th picture really as red as they appear? Do you know the name of this hydrangea? Vikki in VA

  8. GrannyMay 07/16/2014

    Love the yarrows Caroline! It has been a while since I have seen masses of them featured with other sun-loving perennials. They are gorgeous! And I echo the request to see more of your 21 hydrangea bushes. Thank you!

  9. willysmom 07/16/2014

    A question, Caroline: is that a small solar panel next to your waterfall? If so how do you like it? I have a small pond but I would love to add a waterfall. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gardens.

  10. GrannyCC 07/16/2014

    I love all the bold colours. Wonderful garden for you and the birds.

  11. LWyre 07/17/2014

    I love it. I think photos never do justice so I can only imagine how beautiful and vibrant it is in person!

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