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Garden Photo of the Day

Laura’s garden in Connecticut

There are cute little birds nesting in the birdhouse this year! Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Continuing on in my neighborhood, today’s photos come from my dear friend and neighbor Laura Allen’s garden. Laura and I spend tons of time in each others gardens, swapping ideas, ooohing and aaaahing over our newest endeavors, and lending a hand when just two won’t do. We swap plants, share tool recommendations, and brainstorm on design ideas together. I love her garden. It’s homey, personal, and beautiful.

A sure-fire combo: variegated pulmonaria and lamium, Japanese painted fern, and a blue hosta. Cool and lovely! Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

I have to give a shout-out to her husband Bruce, too. He built her a gorgeous pergola last year (I need to get good shots of it all lit up at dusk before we share it with you), and is always up for a new project, even when he jokingly blames me for putting it in Laura’s head! He eventually forgives us, and then feeds us something scrumptious off his grill. Enjoy!

Sundial on an urn–genius! Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

***Dig out your camera, take a big long walk around your garden, and SEND ME PHOTOS! Thanks!!***

***One more thing…..have you always wondered what your fellow GPODers are like in person? Never thought you’d get a chance to meet them? Check this out…. While the GPOD isn’t officially a taunton forum, it’s close enough, and I wanted to extend the invite. Anybody at all interested? I’d be willing to search for some gardens to tour…

I love this combo–a euphorbia that Laura leaves in the pot over winter with some annual lime and bronze sweet potato vines. Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
A sweet little succulent container. Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Bunny and chicken, coexisting! Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
Laura found, yes FOUND, this vintage flamingo while digging on the hillside in her yard. Score!! She patched his broken neck with concrete and had Rob make some quick metal legs. She says there were still some flecks of pink paint on it when she found it. Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
A beautiful old bed frame makes a charming backdrop for Laura’s new fountain. Laura wanted me to wait until she mulched this bed before I took a photo, but I just couldn’t wait….so use your imagination! Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
St. Francis of Assisi watches over the garden. Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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  1. user-1020932 06/19/2013

    all nice, i thought the bed was a gate until i read the caption, i'm jealous as always of your Pulmonaria but i gotta say, i LOVE the Flamingo resurrectii. did you feel like Indiana Jones when you dug it up? i would have

  2. Miyako 06/19/2013

    I visit this garden very often, and the care these plants receive is amazing. And it has a little bit of Michelle, myself, and other friends, as some of my plants came here, and some of hers are with me. So in a way, I feel like it is about 10% my own... It is so peaceful.

  3. Miyako 06/19/2013

    I visit this garden very often, and the care these plants receive is amazing. And it has a little bit of Michelle, myself, and other friends, as some of my plants came here, and some of hers are with me. So in a way, I feel like it is about 10% my own... It is so peaceful.

  4. Miyako 06/19/2013

    I visit this garden very often, and the care these plants receive is amazing. And it has a little bit of Michelle, myself, and other friends, as some of my plants came here, and some of hers are with me. So in a way, I feel like it is about 10% my own... It is so peaceful.

  5. pattyspencer 06/19/2013

    Beautiful! You and your friend complement each other. The pictures of the fountain and the bedframe is my favorite!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/19/2013

    can't decide which object i love more: the bed frame, the bird house, or the little stone bird on the scotch moss nest!

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    meander_michaele 06/19/2013

    Sounds like such a fun neighborhood to be part of...filled with garden chit chat and plant swapping...that special comaraderie that fellow gardeners know so well.
    What a great find the flamingo was and how nice that he/she survived the neck repair and leg surgery. Count me as a big fan of the pulmonaria, hosta, fern combo...is that some kind of gauzy bamboo fencing behind them?

  8. GardenersWK 06/19/2013

    I love the urn with the sun dial and the pot with euphorbia. I have the same pot so I will steal this idea for next year!
    I miss the camaraderie with a neighbor gardener that moved to Florida two year ago. I fell that 10% of my plants came from her and 50% of the inspiration.

  9. rwotzak 06/19/2013

    meander1, "a fun neighborhood to be part of" is an understatement. The riverfront, the gardens, and especially the people, all make it an impossible to leave. We are very thankful and we spend many hours working, relaxing, and having fun together.

  10. cwheat000 06/19/2013

    The flamingo is an amazing find! Without the pink color, dare I say he's even classy. Your garden is fun and warm. The euphorbia /potato vine combo is divine.

  11. tractor1 06/19/2013

    A wonderfully cozy garden your neighbor and friend Laura has created. I think I need to start collecting more chachkas... so far I've tucked discarded kids toys into nooks and crannys of my rock walls; there's a whole collection of old metal Tonka trucks from when they were full size, some are so well hidden I've forgotten where they are.

    Yesterday my next door neighbor planted a variegated Norway maple to commemorate their 30th wedding anniversary... I think it's going to need some support from wind and probably a fence to protect it from deer come fall. I planted a similar size Princeton elm a few days ago and yesterday added support stakes after seeing it whip about in the wind.

  12. arthurb3 06/19/2013

    Beautiful!!

  13. Sheila_Schultz 06/19/2013

    I think you must live in one of the most wonderful neighborhoods anywhere! The gardens we have seen are all so warm and inviting, and that doesn't even include the plants! Also, the pulmonaria/lamium combo is so good... I've done it in the past but had forgotten. Thank you for reminding me since I have a trouble spot with a pulmonaria that is screaming for this addition! Yay!

  14. LauraAllen 06/19/2013

    Re: The flamingo. Our backyard drops down about 25' to the lower riverfront property and I've been cleaning up the hillside hoping to eventually terrace in a stairway. For the 120+ years our house has been here the slope has been used as a garbage dump and I have dug up many, many trash cans full of boiler parts, toilets, tin shingles, asbestos and broken glass. The flamingo was my reward and my incentive to continue. After all, there could be a sibling still buried somewhere!
    The fence is cedar posts and bamboo screening, an idea we took straight from Michelle's yard. (I am shameless when it comes to lifting ideas from her). It gives us a sense of privacy yet still lets some light filter into the shade garden.
    Left to me own devices my gardens would be nice but thanks to my neighbors/friends Michelle, Miyako and Michael it is far, far better than that.

  15. jagardener 06/19/2013

    Now I know what a real garden bed looks like. Most certainly an idea to copy. Thanks.

  16. user-1020932 06/19/2013

    you have singlehandedly created a new wave of flamingo fans

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