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Nong’s garden in Ohio, Day 2

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nongnuch Inpanbutr

Welcome to day two in Nongnuch Inpanbutr’s garden in Ohio. If you missed yesterday’s post, here’s what she had to say: “We live in Columbus, Ohio, across from the Scioto River and park with a spectacular view, every day and every season presenting a different look. This garden is an evolving garden–always in the PROCESS, just like LIFE itself–no constant. The goal of our garden is to create a place to inspire peacefulness and containment, to reflect and meditate, and a place for gatherings with friends and family, and to serve our lifestyle.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nongnuch Inpanbutr

“I love to walk around in the garden early in the morning or just before sunset, and just look at the plants and everything. I take a stroll in my garden in the morning with coffee before going to work, and make one round the first thing when I get home from work, even before going into the house, all year round (with snow and rain–people driving by would see me with my umbrella inspecting my garden and probably think that I AM CRAZY.) We built a walking path to serve that habit (to stroll without getting mud on our shoes).

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nongnuch Inpanbutr

“When the weather is warm enough, we have breakfast in the rose garden. We entertain a lot at our patio with views of the river and different reflections of the water depending on the weather and time of the day (funny-my neighbor told me one of her friends asked her if my house is a night club, hearing music and seeing lights and people at the patio all the time). We would describe our garden as everything blending together to serve the eye and lifestyle. The main goal is to have lots of perennials blooming all season (March to November).

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nongnuch Inpanbutr

“We travel a lot, so the garden is the result of bits and pieces inspired by many places around the world. Starting as a Zen garden, then added/morphed with English Garden (roses–more than 36 bushes), Monet’s influence (bridge, irises, tulips, maple), Keukenhof (tulips + other spring bulbs), and major part is lifestyle influence, and also eco/self sufficient garden. We use very little fertilizer or chemicals. Kids like our garden a lot. The front yard is mainly flowers and trees for the look, and the back yard is an edible garden with fruit trees and vegetables. This year in the fruit garden in the backyard I am planting arctic kiwis, grapes, and more apples.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nongnuch Inpanbutr

“I once read this quote (forgot the source), and it is so true about my garden: “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

I’d love to be entertained on that patio, Nong. Sign me up! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing your garden with us.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Nongnuch Inpanbutr

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/11/2013

    Love the poppies and the stone arrangement with the peony!

  2. floweringtree 04/11/2013

    What an awesome garden!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nong is phenomenal because of the way he planted the tulips, the roses and everything else. I like the way he concentrated the beautiful plants at the entrance of his house. Beautiful. Wish I could go there personally to see and admire his garden. Keep up the great work.

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    meander_michaele 04/11/2013

    Nong's garden shows us that when using elements provided by Mother nature, all colors go together. All your flowers are so large and lush...please share with us, do you do a lot of conscientious fertilizing? soil amending? secret sauce? Love the romantic exuberance of the poppies...are they the self seeeding kind that end up being happy surprises?

  4. wGardens 04/11/2013

    "Sign me up too!" :-) Luscious! How very inviting. And that is an awesome up-right rock in the last photo.

  5. tractor1 04/11/2013

    What an array of plantings! Everything looks well tended. I think one would need to be there to fully appreciate Nongnuch's garden.

  6. dukeofargy 04/11/2013

    Fabulous! Your garden is an inspiration to all. Like you, I have a lot of the annual poppies, and many tropical plants here. Unfortunately, I cannot grow roses on this property, but I could on my previous land. How I'd love to sit on your patio and inhale the fragrance of your roses. Fabulous!

  7. bee1nine 04/11/2013

    WOW-again!! Thank you Nong for sharing the encore of your
    wonderful talent,enthused love and joy for gardening!
    Me too, dukeofargy- I'm especially drawn in by the lushness
    of the rose bushes and can just imagine the delightful mix
    in fragrance.!!

  8. pattyspencer 04/11/2013

    Wow - wow - wow!! I am sooo envious - absolutely beautiful and to think you live not too terribly far from me (you either Vojt - lol - you'd think that something would rub off on me on my side of town) The top left photo is amazing! Wish you had taken a pic of the river along with your flowers tho.

  9. Nongnuch 04/11/2013

    Thanks for your kind words/encouragement! I am glad you enjoy my garden, virtually! To answer questions/share experience: Lushes- I give them lost of TLC… …and WATER + Vitamin D from the sun (I think the garden benefit from being near to the river-MOISTURE; fertilizer - for roses I use the 3 in 1 once a year, I gave all plants horse manure two years ago (only one time so far), do my own compost, I think the key thing- at planting, I use top soil with compost (3:1); When I planted tulips, I put a small amount of topsoil in, then sprinkle with chili powder over the bulb (poor critters …too hot for you…...sorry!), then top soil again, when bloom, got eaten up by rabbits, I let them… they cannot eat all couple thousand tulips….. . This is the 3rd year of mass tulips (I still get some back from 6 yrs in the back yard), they were good last year, will see how many I get them back this year, no digging out nor replanting. I am experimenting with the tulip beds to what will be best for the space after the bloom, I put perennial geranium in between last year, annual poppies including California poppies, I welcome and appreciate suggestions. I will share the river view next time…The garden has evolved, I just completed the rose circle(for medtitation) last weekend, stay tuned!...Happy Gardening to all! Nong

  10. user-1020932 04/11/2013

    i had connection issues this morning so only now getting to see the 'rest of the story'. i knew it would be full and colorful as before and i was right. sure you are smiling the entire time you are working in the garden. i think my favorite is the rose walk under the lath roofing but all are stunning. how do you control japanese beetles and blackspot on all those roses? that's a full time job in itself

  11. cwheat000 04/11/2013

    Your garden is exuberant and I love it. A good portion of those roses look like they are from the knockout series. If they are, they are remarkably disease resistant. I didn't spray mine at all last year and I had zero black spot. I don't know what you do about japanese beetles. I work part time at a garden center. So many customers ask me if a couple of six packs of annuals are going to be enough for their containers.LOL, Nong, you definitely don't have that problem. Your yard has serious flower power. Regarding, what to plant after the tulips, I might run with some annual seed mixes. Eventually, you will probably need to replant some tulips, so I wouldn't want to have to dig through too many perennials. One idea might be to plant a bunch of dwarf sunflowers. In mass, that would be as equally stunning as the tulips, and bloom right up till frost. A great kid flower. More poppies would also be stunning in mass. There are so many stunning varieties in the seed catalogs, and as you probably know, they self seed. Other self sowers like nicotiana, cleome, amaranth, and forget me nots ( for added flowers under the tulips) might be nice. Cosmos edged with nasturtiums is another possibility. Too many possibilities! Seeds, however, would be relatively easy to plant and inexpensive, wouldn't disturb the bulbs, could themselves be disturbed if you need to replant bulbs, and would continue your flower power display all the way till frost. I sure whatever you do will be stunning. You look like you have one heck of a green thumb.

  12. Nongnuch 04/12/2013

    cwheat000- Thanks so much for your many good ideas/suggestions , I really appreciate it and will try some of those this year. I have planned/got some forget me nots (inspired by Monet's garden- Pink and blue), glad you also suggested that, will keep you all posted.
    Happy Gardening!

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