Garden Photo of the Day

Part 2 of the Bunny Garden

Revisiting a garden in Napa, California

Welcome back to another view of Nanci Kerby’s incredible garden in Napa, California.

This is a wild, informal garden that relies on generous planting and self-sowers to create a relaxed atmosphere. At the end of the path, just in view, is an arch covered with grapevines.

A closer look at the grape arch. It is a simple wire framework, now loaded with grapes.

The garden itself is a riot of different plants. The grape arch is at the right of this photo.

This photo is of the same part of the garden, but later in the season. With its combination of many different plants in the same space, this garden changes dramatically through the seasons.

We know from her earlier contributions to the GPOD that Nanci loves roses. Here they form a beautiful backdrop to this garden.

Easy to grow in nearly every climate, zinnias and sunflowers are classic cottage-garden annuals. They always create a warm, nostalgic scene in the garden.

In the spring, sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus, annual) join the grapes on the arch! Sweet peas are a much-loved plant for the beautiful fragrant blooms, but they can be a bit fussy to grow in some climates. They hate hot weather, so careful timing is necessary in most climates to ensure a good bloom in the cool of the spring. To learn more about growing sweet peas, check out our guide to growing them.

 More sweet peas.

The bunny of the garden in the spring, surrounded by tulips and self-sowing borage (Borage officinalis, annual).

A honeybee stops by to visit the borage flowers.


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    meander_michaele 12/05/2018

    Oh, my, Nanci, your arch literally dripping with lush grape clusters is quite a sight to behold. It's truly spectacular. And, then to have the floral display of the sweet peas weaving amongst the grape charming. No wonder your bunny loves his place in your garden. It's all very special.

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    treasuresmom 12/05/2018

    Those sweet peas are so pretty. I am zone 8b & it gets hot here pretty quickly. Many years there seems to be only a week of spring but I am giving it serious thought to give sweet peas a try.

  3. Cenepk10 12/05/2018

    All my life I’ve wanted a garden that looks like this ! Beautiful- I really enjoyed yesterday’s post as well. Loved the pic where you show the pots buried in the ground for gopher protection. Just really opened my eyes to the design for some reason. Just a stunning garden & I’m so grateful you shared ...

  4. Cenepk10 12/05/2018

    Also - I have never gotten the sweet peas to grow from seed in the 6 years I’ve been here- Read to plant the seeds in September for spring blooming. I’m outside of Atlanta so it gets very hot & humid here fairly early in the season. We’ll see. Those sweet pea pics were quite the tease for me !

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  6. user-7056504 12/06/2018

    Love the borage! I struggle with people here who don't like self-seeders.... why fight free plants!

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