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Highlights from Daisy Lane

By Kim Charles

John and Deborah Holt, from the Northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, show us their young plants that mostly came from generous friends and perennial swaps.
"We live on Daisy Lane, so we planted lots of daisies and we have even tried (with mixed results) to have a wildflower meadow in the lower front yard, because we don’t want to mow several acres.

The waterfall and fish pond are tended to by John.  You can tell that we are trying to garden in the woods behind our home – with hostas and ferns.

The garden along the white split-rail fence is Deb’s domain, and still a work-in-process."

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 08/01/2017

    Great work, Deborah and John - obviously a good team! You certainly have used your gifted and swapped plants to perfection, and added considerable value to your property and Daisy Lane. Marvellous rock work and split-rail fencing. Cheers from Oz

  2. user-7008787 08/01/2017

    Deborah and John, such a beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing!

  3. tennisluv 08/01/2017

    Great looking garden. I love the stonework on the walls, waterfall/pond and walkway. You two make a great team.

  4. user-7007498 08/01/2017

    Good morning, John and Deb. Thanks for sharing your garden with us this morning. I really like the fence and accompanying perennials. Nice mix of colors. My favorite combination are the hellebores and ferns. I just love them together. Great job.

  5. user-4691082 08/01/2017

    Did you create the water feature or did you inherit it? It is really cool! You are off to a great start. Go on Pinterest and look at evergreens. There are a multitude of varieties to tuck in here and there which will boost your winter interest. Great job labeling plants!

    1. deb_holt 08/01/2017

      Thanks. Labeled the plants this summer. We added the water feature and all the stonework. The lot was overgrown with weeds when we built our home 5 years ago.

      1. chelleisdiggin 08/01/2017

        Great job! You have been busy and it's turning out beautifully.

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    meander_michaele 08/01/2017

    Who wouldn't want to see Daisy Lane as part of their return address? Sounds like pure country charm, John and Deborah, and your flower lined white fence and oh, so handsome rock wall definitely do it justice. I love the little tucks of ground cover that have nestled into the soil pockets of the wall. Everything looks like it is growing great and you will soon be giving away plants as well as receiving them. It's very gratifying to be part of the circle of gardening generosity.

  7. Maggieat11 08/01/2017

    Looks like the two of you make a great team. Your gardens look wonderful, I love your stonework also. A bonus to have the mature woods to work with! Great job!

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    treasuresmom 08/01/2017

    Love it all. Amazing!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/01/2017

    Looks awesome and what a great property. Every garden is in process, so I'm sure you're aware that the fun and hard work never end! Of course I'm especially crazy about the stones and stonework!

  10. sheila_schultz 08/01/2017

    Your border of daisies (+) fronting the white fence is such a welcoming combination to your property... it must make you smile every time you pull in the drive! The photo of your waterfall garden also caught my eye, I really like the step effect of the flat stones placed down the mild slope carrying the water to the pond. It's all lovely.

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    LindaonWhidbey 08/01/2017

    What a great setting in which to garden. Love the stone waterfall seemingly coming out of the woods. Does that end at a seating area, I hope? You have the best type of woods with plenty of clearings for plantings and paths. Also, like your fence garden with gifted plants. Thanks for giving us a tour.

  12. NCYarden 08/01/2017

    Wow, the stone work...just creates a perfect setting for all those mixed shady plants. And a water feature...such a wonderful complementary finish. Can only begin to imagine what else is coming as you progress with this endeavor. It really looks fantastic. You've got good friends to get you this far. And similar to you, I live on Fuchsia Pl., and aside from really liking these blooms, feel a little compelled to make sure Fuchsias have a place in the garden too. Thank you for sharing.

  13. JoannaAtGinghamGardens 08/01/2017

    Oh my, the plants, the stones, the paths, the flowers... I love it all! It's all so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Doxnmomx2 08/01/2017

    Such beauty! I'm always amazed at how fabulous GOPDer's yards are. Such inspiration! Your sharing friends must smile when they pass Daisy Lane knowing they contributed to the welcoming garden.

  15. greengenes 08/01/2017

    What a delight to see your gardens today. The white fence really anchors the beds. Love all your rock work too! Gardens are always in motion because thats gardening! Have fun!

  16. Sunshine111 08/01/2017

    how charming and delightful!

  17. user-7008805 08/01/2017

    I too am pushing out into the woods and loving the change from the traditional bed style of gardening. It's where I want to be most these dog-days of summer. Even the weeds look better! Forge onward friends!! It looks great!!

  18. user-6536305 08/01/2017

    A nature transition of woods and garden. Nice lawn and edge. Whose domain is it? Beautiful garden and hardscape. Love your stone paths. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. deb_holt 08/01/2017

      Thankfully, John's got the lawn and edge covered!

  19. zlata_nelli 08/01/2017

    I love your landscaping! Garden is forever developing, right? Our garden started 12 yrs ago with a bare lot and went from a sunny to shaded garden. All the plants that were sun loving are now not doing so great, but slowly I am changing it. Getting older means more easy gardening, although it will never be maintenance free. Thank you for sharing your beautiful space.

  20. user-7008735 08/01/2017

    I really like the way your classic white fence provides a frame for your flower border. The stone wall and the water feature are also lovely. Lucky you to have so much more space to fill with plants!

  21. Chris_N 08/01/2017

    You've been busy the last five years. Everything looks wonderful. Great waterfall - stream - pond.

  22. Cenepk10 08/02/2017

    It's right pretty on Daisy Lane !

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  24. user-6896762 08/15/2017

    Hi Deb,
    I love your stonework!! Beautiful garden!

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