Garden Photo of the Day

Kathleen and Don’s garden in Pennsylvania

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathleen and Don Engle

Today’s photos are from Kathleen and Don Engle in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Kathleen says, “My husband, Don, and I are recently retired public school educators. When we built our home I had a very small flower garden and each time my husband would go golfing, I would dig another garden.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathleen and Don Engle

“Twenty-five years later I am still moving and searching for that perfect plant; but now I have the time to sit and enjoy not only all the flowers, but also the many birds and butterflies. That’s why I have two swings; one in the front yard for morning tea, and one in the back for my afternoon tea.”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathleen and Don Engle

Absolutely gorgeous, Kathleen and Don! This is the type of garden people dream about. Thanks for sharing, and feel free to send MANY more photos!

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathleen and Don Engle
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Kathleen and Don Engle

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  1. LauraAllen 07/11/2013

    Your window box looks like a bridal bouquet! Beautiful!!!

  2. user-1020932 07/11/2013

    michelle is right,,,,,,,,dreamlike. sort of like that film "the secret garden" when you pass thru the gate and suddenly color everywhere. i don't imagine you get much time to use those swings with the garden chores you have to keep up with, great garden

  3. briandowns 07/11/2013

    Delish!I wanna walk down that path. Love seeing the Tricyrtis used- it is a no-show in so many gardens and deserves more respect.

  4. wGardens 07/11/2013

    Ah, how wonderful this is! Beautiful selections, placement, colors, inter-play... wow. Well-done.

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    meander_michaele 07/11/2013

    There is something magical about the combination of sumptuous hydrangea blossoms and an inviting white wicker swing timelessly beautiful. LauraAllen is so right about your window box looking like a bridal bouquet. And, in fact, each setting in your photos would be a sublime backdrop for a wedding...hmmm, just in case retirement gets boring and you want a second career in running an event venue.

  6. flowerladydi 07/11/2013

    Just Beautiful !,,, so peaceful,,,, LOVE the tree (swing ),,,with the chandelier,,, your hydrangea look wonderful!!, and the flag stone - charming!
    Love the bird bath,,,, really just love it all!!

  7. bee1nine 07/11/2013

    I'm enthralled by all the beauty that surrounds you! As you
    must be, to now have much more time to sit back and enjoy.
    Thank you Kathleen and Don for sharing these fab photo's!!

  8. tractor1 07/11/2013

    Great accouterments (much more than chachcas) and lovely mature plantings. But this is mearly a tiny appetizer, I need many more photos to feel satiated. What is that tree behind the swing, an ancient weeping cherry?

  9. KathleenME 07/11/2013

    I wish all of you could join me for a peaceful cup of tea. The large tree is a weeping cherry. It's very magical to sit on the swing when it's in full bloom. Behind the swing is a spring shade garden that makes it even more special. Thank you all for being so kind.

  10. GardenersWK 07/11/2013

    Your gardens have classic beauty! We should give credit to Don for golfing so often so that you Kathleen got so much accomplished! Your garden looks so healthy right now! Do you have problem with slugs? How do you keep them from eating the beautiful shade foliage?
    I noticed Crocosmia foliage by the white obelisk! or it could be gladiolas. Crocosmia is another underused plant that more gardeners south of zone 5b should grow more for this time of the year.

  11. n2hostas 07/11/2013

    Just beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  12. BlueDane 07/11/2013

    Kathleen: Your gardens are WONDERFUL!!! I love windowboxes. What is in the middle of your windowbox, is it some type of garden ornament?

  13. GrannyMay 07/11/2013

    Kathleen, you may still be searching for that perfect plant for that particular spot, that is what gardeners love to do. But, from what I can see, you have earned the right to sit back on your swings, enjoy the beauty you have created and be proud of what you have accomplished over 25 years of hard work. Well done!

  14. humbleearthgarden 07/11/2013

    Absolutely beautiful and so serene! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  15. largeamy 07/11/2013

    This is a beautiful garden, Kathleen and Don. I especially love the birdbath/fountain and the window box. WOW!!! Thank you for sharing your little Pennsylvania paradise.

  16. KathleenME 07/11/2013

    BlueDane, in the middle of the window box is an electric candle in a lantern. It looks so romantic at night. The back arbor also has soft glow mini solar lights.

  17. sheila_schultz 07/11/2013

    I feel like I just walked into an Impressionist painting. Your gardens are like a dreamscape with all of the soft pastels. Beautiful, Kathleen, just beautiful! Enjoy.

  18. Meelianthus 07/11/2013

    Exquisitely done. I would love to sit in the swing and enjoy the beauty.

  19. terieLR 07/11/2013

    Everything is so dreamy Kathleen! I love the idea of putting the electric candle inside the box. (that's thinking outside the box) I am going out right now to do the same. :)
    Thank you and please, MORE!

  20. ancientgardener 07/11/2013

    I don't know how you have time to sip tea and keep your garden so beautifully, but more power to you. The window box is exquisite. The entire garden is lush and lovely. My lobelia tends to wither and quit mid-summer no matter how tenderly I care for it. What's the secret? It is so beautiful.

  21. cwheat000 07/11/2013

    Kathleen and Don, your garden is so romantic. Both swing settings are sublime, but that shady spot is calling me. You have definitely perfected your gardening talents over the years.

  22. darylsavage 07/12/2013

    Love that white wrought iron fence and the swing. Maybe the fence was found? I know you said you have lights on the arbor, but wonder if you would consider a climbing rose,and or vine on it. I got an arbor a couple of years ago and put 'Zephrine Droughin' going up one side, and 'Hall's honeysuckle' coming up the other side. They both bloom in June and the sight and smell of both is fantastic; would recommmend them. Enjoy your garden.

  23. Sneha_S 07/12/2013

    Everything done so perfectly, I feel like I'm looking at some beautiful paintings!
    Thanks for sharing.

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