Terrie and Bud have worked together to create a lovely garden space, complete with a special pond.
"We added this pond 10 years ago. Water lily, Purple Pickerel has been well behaved. A few years ago Bud built a platform beneath majestic maples where we enjoy reprieve, surrounded by ligularia (the rocket), brunnera, hosta and a hammock. Springs feed the pond from above and beneath. Water ripples continually from bass movement. Our turtle, Lucky, suns at waters edge and occasionally on a lily pad. Because of the pond, waters are now restricted and Bud was able to build our Garden Cottage. Last fall I brightened the interior by white-washing."
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Good morning, Terri and Bud. What a great relaxing garden you've created. That pond is amazing and it's fed with a spring? How perfect is that! Your entire property looks like a well tended park. I'd love to see more of your garden shed, too. What a wonderful place to commune with nature and Lucky:) Also, what part of the world is this?
I'm not sure where all of our Gpoders are this morning since my comments are usually last being on the west coast but for some reason this did not get shared by email today. Kim, are you taking over for Alexandra?
Thank you Linda. We are in central New York at the base of the Finger Lakes. (Zone 5) Bud and I bought the property and built here in '89. For 27 years we have been developing and pushing outward. The Garden Cottage was built (by Bud) to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. I will put a few more pictures of it on this page later today. Our gardens were featured in Fine Gardening 2015 April/May issue.
* The email notice didn't come here until noon.
I didn't get notice until noon, either. Glad I looked.
Congrats on your anniversary. What a great celebration to build a garden structure. Lorraine and I had our 30th a couple of years ago. I'm not certain how we celebrated, but I'm sure it involved food! :)
Hell Tim - don't tell your wife that! - forgot how you celebrated stuff. Only joking Tim. Cheers
Your the winner today, Linda! Well done. Cheers, Frank (just getting over serious GPOD withdrawal symptoms).
Looks like Heaven to me and I am sure Lucky the turtle agrees. Beautiful.
Beautiful cottage garden that you and wildlife enjoy. What's better than that?
Great pond and property. Love the turtle and that is a great shot of the water lily. So relaxing.
Thanks Tim, My bad...the text should have read, "Water lily and Purple Pickerel are well behaved." I hope all is well with you.
Oh, that 'Terie'! Really is a magical space. Do you have to do anything about mosquitoes?
Things are fine in Ohio. Finally some cooler weather for a few days before it gets hot again. There's always something doing well and something floundering in the garden here. Now some things that like it dry are rotting, but things that like heat, humidity and moisture are growing like weeds!
Have a great holiday weekend!
Mosquitoes are generally not a problem here. For most of this summer we experienced severe drought so the few bugs that made it were gobbled up by the birds. Things have improved a little now. In regards to the pond, no mosquitoe problem because of moving spring waters and hungry bass. Then there's always the bats... We like the bats... :)
I do like the way you've made transitions from lawn to woods. The white furniture and bridge make a nice contrast to all the green, and what a lovely pond . . . lucky Lucky!
What a beautiful garden! I'm so jealous of the shade! You have done a magnificent job! Did Bud build the bridge? Keep up the good work!
Hi Rhonda, we had the Amish build it for us. It's portable in case we would need to relocate it temporarily. (at least 4 strong men) That came in handy when 1. Winter's frost heaved it 2. Placement of the rocks
I am jealous of that deck, what a great spot. And I like that you used a sizable container to bring plants up to the deck.
We find the best part of this deck is that we cannot see the rest of the work that needs to be done from this viewpoint. Win-win
Gorgeous garden! The reflections in the water are amazing!
Hi, Terie, I got busy after breakfast and haven't had a chance to check for a fresh gpod until now. Wow, I would have felt seriously gypped not to have had a chance to see your sharing for today...yours is one of my favorite of all time gardens! Everything continues to be beyond sublime (don't think it gets any better than that). What a heavenly seating area your raised platform is...so restful and tranquil. I love the mysterious quality that the reflection of the hammock on the water provides to the picture. I teased my husband by hiding the top part of the photo from him and asking him to describe all that he could identify. OK, easy to recognize the adirondack chairs and table but, oh, he was stumped on what looked like an arched... something? Ha, I am revealing how easily I can be entertained in playing tricks on my hubby. Bud has done such a wonderful job on the projects he has had a hand in and your vision in the surrounding plantings show you are an artist at heart.
Ahh...there you are. Your heartfelt comments always give me warm and fuzzies. I am cracking up, trying to imagine what your husband was thinking it could be. Yes, my Buddy has allowed me to indulge over these many years and often claims he has spoiled me. I like to think I've spoil him right back. Blessed for sure!
* Watch for more pictures later when I have time to upload a few...
Beautiful garden!! Love the bridge.
Lovely! Looks so inviting for a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings! Great shot of the turtle, also! Always love seeing your gardens... one of my faves!!!
Forget it... I'm on my way over....I cant resist that....
What a wonderful surprise to find that GPOD finally surfaced and a piece of your exquisite garden was being featured today! You know how much I admire your work, Terie, so seeing photos of this new space made me grin from ear to ear! What a way to end the week!!! You and Bud make such a great team, you are both incredibly talented.
The garden cottage is perfect and downright dreamy, it looks like it has been there for ever. The pond fed by a natural spring, the moveable bridge, the platform with a hammock, the turtle and mosquito eating bass... one could easily write a fairy tale while taking in the beauty of your property. The only thing more I could have asked for would be a close-up of that large container on the platform. It looks pretty amazing from afar!
Thanks, Terie. Have a fun Labor Day weekend everyone!
Hi Shiela! Thank you for the lovely comments and garden appreciation. You asked for it... These pictures were taken last month when Ligularia 'rocket' launched.
Just as I thought, it's a big WOW! Great combo, Terie. Thanks!
Aww, thanks friend! I'm still trying to get dinner on the table but plan to post some more pictures tonight so stay tuned. ?
Yowza...those lusciously colorful flowers and foliage all jiving together make for a very lively plant party. What a delightfully decadent look!
Hi Terie (with one r?) & Bud - Just getting over a serious attack of GPOD withdrawal symptoms down here in Oz (my world was turned up-side down!). The post was more than 12 hours late, and I even contacted Kim (new administrator) to seek an explanation etc. Kim promised a new post and has delivered (well done Kim!) whilst I was having nightmares about the delay, and boy I'm glad because your garden is an absolute ripper. If that was the 30 anniversary present, Terie, what is your man going to deliver on the big ones in future? Pressure is on I say.
I endorse the comments of everybody else (now I know your situation, Linda), but wonder about the bass. Do you have any bird problems with them? Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Frank in Aussie land
Keep Terie and Bud's beautiful garden in mind, Frank and, on a day that gpod is late or doesn't show up at all, put Terie Rawn in the search box and you will have lots of fabulous pictures from different seasons to enjoy.
Thanks Michaele for the advice - from a calm Aussie now. However, my good mate Kev. may not have recovered!
It was a tough go for me when GPOD was a no show last night and this morning, Frank. Just got home from work at 7pm, and needed to spend the last 90 minutes of daylight in the garden getting ready for next Thursday.
Just getting on the blog now.
Have a great weekend.
Aww, thanks Michaele?
Hi Frank, (yes, one r ;) - I was experiencing the same withdrawal...so many cups of coffee while I waited that I had to take all that energy outside! Stellar day here in central NY. So much todo...so little summer.
We do have heron visit occasionally. (blue and green) We lost a couple goldfish to the Blue. Little Green come in for the frogs who gather in the runoff pipe areas. Because we are ever-present they don't stay long. In the spring and fall we have a few duck that swim the edges for a couple days. A couple times I have seen Belted Kingfisher perch in the trees and one night I heard a Black-crowned Night-Heron. Cool jets!
Hi, Terie: 3 weeks ago we have a blue heron that found my tiny pond under a Japanese maple just outside our front door. He/she now visits every morning between 6 and 6:15 am. Our pond only holds 70 gallons of water and has had 4 goldfish in it for 4 years. Now there is only 2 left :(
I hope he moves on. It is weird to see such a large bird in a very suburban development.
Terie my friend your pictures are beautiful as always. Terie and I met through the FG GPOD. I have had the pleasure of being in her garden and I will tell the rest of the GPOD readers it is beautiful. Terie has worked in harmony with Mother Nature to develop a symphony of plant material. I have experienced many gardens but very few have provided me with the sense of what I call a garden hug. It wraps its arms around you. You feel calm, wish to linger and at peace. Terie has captured this beautifully and it is always a special place to visit.
Dear Shar, I treasure your new-found friendship first and your gardening spirit second. You truly inspire me to press on. I eagerly await the GPOD post that you are working so diligently to prepare for. Stay tuned garden enthusiast!!! You. Will. Be. Amazed.
Gorgeous!!! I hope you sit down once in a while and enjoy the loveliness you have created…
Ha Lily, for years we didn't... Now we DO! My husband insists. I comply. Ahh...
Thank you for checking in this afternoon GPODers. We were delighted to read your thoughtful, positive comments. Many of you have come aboard more recently and are not familiar with our woodland gardens. If you would like to see more pictures please search, "Terie's Gardens in NY"
Here are a few more pictures to go with today's post...
1. Garden Cottage
2. original interior
3. whitewashed last fall
4. pond deck from the bridge
Oh, my, Terie, the interior of your cottage is the very definition of the phrase "to die for". I wouldn't have guessed how much the whitewash treatment amps up the charm factor but it really gives everything such a soft dreamy ambiance. Sigh...perfection all the way around...inside and out.
Ha, I just realized the pictures didn't download in the order they were uploaded. ?
I am drawn inside more frequently now that it's brighter. Afternoon teas have become a favorite with our granddaughters and their little friends this summer.
I agree with you 100%, Michaele... as usual!
Like Michaele, I couldn't have imagined the difference the whitewash would make. It's taken the interior of your lovely cottage from rustic to... romantic? Your granddaughters will always have magical memories of tea parties with their grandma, what a gift ! Terie, you and Bud are such fine stewards of your land and all living creatures that pass through. Thank you for sharing the beauty with GPOD.
I will always love your garden Terie! Thanks for posting more photos. Missed your garden photos for a long time now... I hope you'll be featured more regularly.
Terie: Late to the party, as the GPOD didn't post until noon, and I was already swamped with work. Just got home and had to spend the last few minutes of daylight getting my garden ready for a tour that will occur next Thursday.
I just pulled out my issue of FG #162, and read (again) your article "Carving a garden out of the woods". Your story is fantastic and the pictures in the magazine are wonderful.
Loved you post today. The second picture, with the pond and the bridge, not only reveals the beauty and serenity of your garden, but you ability to capture such a wonderful scene for us. Love your shade garden. The borrowed views, from other posts, are stunning. The photo of the cottage garden shows your talents as a gardener. Thanks for brightening up my evening.
So nice to know the article still speaks to you Kevin. The issue still circulates here between family and friends. Thank you for taking time from your preparations to comment so thoughtfully and 'ponder' with us. ;) I hope good weather smiles on your tour next week.
Hi Kev - There is something funny going on with GPOD. A GPOD post (for Jeff Calton) was placed on the Fine Gardening web site yesterday (Saturday our time) and placed ahead of Terie's post. Jeff's post was targeted at your Labor Day. An email wasn't sent out alerting folks to Jeff's post. Have you seen Jeff's post on the web site, and is there a new policy on week-end posts (or was it simply a mix up)? Cheers, Frank
Frank: Thanks for the tip. There was no email about Jeff's photos. I have no idea why it is before Terie's post. Not sure what is going on.
That's my kind of garden - restful
& serene, I love it.
Love the picture after the bridge. great composition.
Ahhh, your gardens are so very lovely and lush! I especially like the setting with those relaxing chairs and hammock. What a wonderful spot to enjoy all the fruits of your labors.
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