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Nina’s garden in Montana, Day 2

Photo/Illustration: All photos by Michelle Gervais

As promised yesterday, here’s MY batch of photos from Nina Eadie‘s garden in Corvallis, Montana. They’re mostly charming details that she probably takes for granted, but they bowled me over in a big way. Tomorow we’ll see Nina’s dry stream bed, which will illustrate just how talented Nina is a designer, because it’s so very different from this area. Stay tuned!

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Nina’s cute potting shed attached to her house

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  1. perenniallycrazy 03/04/2014

    What a dream garden Nina! It is everything and more that any gardener would love to have. Such a treat also to see it through your eyes as well as Michelle's.

  2. flowerladydi 03/04/2014

    Nina,,,,, again,it truly is lovely!!! Love your goose nesteled in among the strawberries and roses,, so cute,,,,,,love the side corner by the entrance with your Karl Forester,,,, just love it all!,,,, and of course,, there is your absolutely charming garden shed!,,,,, what I would give for enough room to have one,,,but yours is like a little get away,,,,, and,,,,, the photo through the window of your dog,,, so cute!
    You have done a fabulous job,,,, and the love you have for it all comes though in all that I see! Thank you!!!

  3. user-7006902 03/04/2014

    So many wonderful details! I want to work all day in that - what to call it - it is so much more than a potting station. And so neat! Thrilling plant combinations, comfortable viewing areas, vistas and a retreat - your garden has it all!

  4. GardenGrl1 03/04/2014

    So many different flowers and plants! I love the sitting area, where you can relax and take it all in! The shed, of course, is amazing!
    I really like your onion-curing setup. Each year I plant more, and struggle for space in the sunroom.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden!

  5. tractor1 03/04/2014

    An amazingly titanic transformation from what was a short time ago a desolate weedy lot. I love that potting shed, and a good idea having it part of the house. And that's a grand harvest of onions. Very nice, Nina.

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    meander_michaele 03/04/2014

    Nina, it has to be so interesting for you to see the vignettes that Michelle captured in pictures. Does the 3rd photo down show your entrance from the road or, hmmm, maybe it's the entrance into the vegetable garden from your driveway? Funny me for trying to figure those sorts of things out...doesn't matter 'cause it's so pretty and welcoming, regardless.
    That onion harvest deserves a standing ovation...I suspect your neighbors look forward to when it's sharing time!

    Add my voice to the chorus of "love your potting shed" looks like a very special place to turn dreams into reality.

  7. wGardens 03/04/2014

    Thanks, Nina and Michelle! What wonderful areas in the garden.... and the garden shed is FAB! I would love to have something like that! Looking forward to tomorrows photos!

  8. Annesfirst 03/04/2014

    Your garden is just beautiful. I love the textures and the way you've treated all the transitional spaces. I'm new to gardening: what are the flowers in the top right photo?

  9. bee1nine 03/04/2014

    I'm loving the idea of your delightful potting shed room attached to your house for ease and convenience. Could this
    have been a sunroom originally? Just needed to ask? This is
    so neat in every way!

    Thank you Michelle for your extra wonderful peeks around Nina's lovely garden!!

  10. quinquek 03/04/2014

    Love the garden, love the vegetable garden and I want your potting room sink for my kitchen! How lovely to have the vegetable garden all open. Mine looks like Fort Knox with the multiple fencings for the deer and groundhogs.

  11. sheila_schultz 03/04/2014

    Nina, everything about your surroundings is so comfortable to look at... the placement of the trees and conifers, the intermingling of the flowers, and all of the little touches in between. My big question is, how the heck do you keep your dreamy 'potting shed' so darn clean???

  12. wildthyme 03/04/2014

    Once again, thank you all for your kind comments. And Michelle, I am overwhelmed by your photos! In answer to questions:
    Meander1, yes the third photo on the left shows the gate to the veggie garden/aka dog yard off the driveway (from where Michelle stood to take the photo next to it you would see the gate to your right).
    USMG2000, the plants in the top right photo are: black currant in back, taller, frothy pink flowers are Jupiter's beard, the shorter pink flowers are nasturtium (I think they're Cherry Rose?), the whitish flowers are an annual salvia, and the little trailing yellow ones are another annual, but I can't remember it's name!
    Bee1Nine, the 'greenhouse' as we call it isn't original to the house. We built it originally as a place to start seedlings, since that's a 5 month process here and it was really a mess in the house! But we do use it as a sunroom in the winter, and then again once the seedlings go outside. I also use it to store all my garden paraphernalia, and to overwinter a few tender plants. It's proven very useful, but like most gardeners I wish it was twice as big!

  13. wildthyme 03/04/2014

    Sheila, fortunately you can't see it up close! The floor is cement with a drain, which helps a lot, but it gets plenty dirty!
    Quinquek, the sink in the greenhouse was one we picked up at a little second-hand store in Fishtail Montana years ago when we lived in California. I'm glad we finally found it a home because it weighs a ton and I was tired of moving it around! It is a great bathtub for the weiner-dogs!

  14. GrannyMay 03/04/2014

    Wow, I can see why you were bowled over by Nina's garden, Michelle! Such attention to detail - every part of it is so well thought out to be both beautiful and functional. Not to mention neat and clean! Nina, you are an artist, each part of your property contributes perfectly to the overall tapestry. Wonderful!

  15. wildthyme 03/04/2014

    Flowerladydi, you're probably wondering how a weiner-dog could look in the window that high!?! It's actually just a garden flag, but it is a spittin' image of one of our little guys!

  16. cwheat000 03/04/2014

    I love all the details. Your garden is what most of us aspire to. UCMG2000, I think the trailing yellow flowers in that picture are creeping zinnia (San vitalia).

  17. GrannyCC 03/04/2014

    Gorgeous potting shed. Glad to hear it gets dirty!! I think the yellow flower is creeping Zinnia Sanvitalia. Great in pots too. What a lush and peaceful oasis you have created.

  18. GrannyCC 03/04/2014

    Just wanted to say thank you for the information on the raised beds. I live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia so we have lots of cedar which certainly doesn't rot the way some other woods do.

  19. user-1020932 03/04/2014

    Nina, it's as i expected it would be, snazzy! everything is just perfect

  20. wildthyme 03/04/2014

    Thank you cwheat000 and GrannyCC for identifying the yellow flower as creeping zinnia Sanvitalia! It was a great little annual, creeping in among the other flowers and blooming non-stop until the first really cold frost. I definitely will be looking for it again this year.

  21. annek 03/04/2014

    Nina, your garden is just as lovely in reality! So well designed and overflowing with wonderful colors. Well have to do another garden tour this summer!!

  22. bee1nine 03/04/2014

    Thank you Nina for answering my question. Notably referring
    it to be as your 'greenhouse'/ sunroom! :)

  23. GardenersWK 03/05/2014

    Great gardens Nina and hubby! What a beautiful place for retirement! I can't wait for tomorrow's post!
    I now have to find some hollyhock seeds!
    Do you start your onions from seed indoor under the lamps? Great production!

  24. grannieannie1 03/11/2014

    I thought Montana would be a hard state to garden in but you proved that wrong. Your choice of soothing paint colors (tans, cream) for chairs and potting area (I'm envying that potting area) blend so well with nature, too.

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