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Pat’s garden in Delaware

Roses and foxgloves

Today’s photos are from Pat Honecker. She says, “Our garden is in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Recently it was on the Sussex Gardeners garden tour. My husband and I have done just about all of the garden work since the house was built in 1999.

Siberian iris and 50-year-old pink peony

We back onto a wooded area, so our gardens are at the mercy of deer, raccoons, and rabbits. We have finally decided to only use plants that do not attract pests, and perhaps someday we will reach that goal. Sitting on our patio or porch sipping a glass of wine in the evening we feel we are in idea paradise.”

Kousa dogwood and a peek into our secret garden

Pat, I love the lines of your beds, and that arbor is wonderful! Everything looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Old fashioned bridal wreath and lilac

Send photos of your garden to [email protected]. Thanks! –Michelle

Japanese maple
‘Miss Kim’ lilac

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    meander_michaele 07/09/2014

    I'd love to walk through that beautiful rose bedecked arbor and feast my eyes on all those lovely plant combinations in person. Your garden areas all have a very beguiling serenity ... I can easily imagine how gratifying it must to sit and sip at the end of the day and enjoy all that you have created.

    1. PatsyAnn 07/10/2014

      Thank you so much. I had no idea our garden was special. A good friend told me that I was too fussy. Others would admire it. What a nice surprise. Pat

  2. perenniallycrazy 07/09/2014

    I'm with meander1 - wish we were both on that garden tour too Pat! Hope that you can elaborate more on your strategies to create paradise.

    1. PatsyAnn 07/10/2014

      About my strategies: If I'm not sure about something, it gets dug up and transplanted until it does work. Every plant here has been replanted two or three times. Never give up! Although every now and them I remind myself, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." That is a New England attitude that I share. Plus, I have been a faithful reader of Fine Gardening Magazine for many years, and read flower catalogs over and over. This has been very helpful. Also, a professional gardener told me how important it is to have curvaceous edges. Pat

      1. perenniallycrazy 07/10/2014

        Great tips Pat! I think we're all faithful readers of FG. I've kept every magazine I have and dig them out when I need inspiration or want to look up a gardening concern. I totally agree that cuvaceous edges are the way to go! Those will never go out of style - always beautiful.

  3. annek 07/09/2014

    Perfectly manicured, Pat. I'm in love with your arbor, stone edging, secret garden and lovely blue birdhouse. Lots of work, but it sound alike a labor of love

    1. PatsyAnn 07/10/2014

      Annek, come on over and I'll show you around. My husband, Carl, was delighted with your comments. Me, too. Pat

      1. annek 07/10/2014

        If I ever get the chance to visit delaware, I guarantee you that I'll stop by for a tour and a good, long visit about gardening! What a lovely thought!

  4. thegardenlady 07/09/2014

    it all looks beautiful and tranquil; glad you are smart enough to sit and enjoy it; i wish there were more photos; thanks for these

    1. PatsyAnn 07/10/2014

      Thank you, I will try to post more photos. We are retired and definitely not bored. Yes, we do like to sit back in the early evening and admire our work.

  5. VikkiVA 07/09/2014

    Your garden is lovely and the laic is to die for!

    1. PatsyAnn 07/10/2014

      The Miss Kim Lilac scent was the biggest comment at the garden tour here. I'm happy you liked it. Thank you.

  6. MichelleGervais 07/09/2014

    Trying to get Tractor1 back in business, everyone! That test comment was me.....

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