Garden Photo of the Day

Perennials & One Special Pond

By Kim Charles

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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  1. User avater
    LindaonWhidbey 09/02/2016

    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?

    1. terieLR 09/02/2016

      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.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/02/2016

        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! :)

        1. frankgreenhalgh 09/02/2016

          Hell Tim - don't tell your wife that! - forgot how you celebrated stuff. Only joking Tim. Cheers

    2. frankgreenhalgh 09/02/2016

      Your the winner today, Linda! Well done. Cheers, Frank (just getting over serious GPOD withdrawal symptoms).

  2. schatzi 09/02/2016

    Looks like Heaven to me and I am sure Lucky the turtle agrees. Beautiful.

  3. Jay_Sifford 09/02/2016

    Beautiful cottage garden that you and wildlife enjoy. What's better than that?

    1. terieLR 09/02/2016

      Agree ;)

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/02/2016

    Great pond and property. Love the turtle and that is a great shot of the water lily. So relaxing.

    1. terieLR 09/02/2016

      Thanks Tim, My bad...the text should have read, "Water lily and Purple Pickerel are well behaved." I hope all is well with you.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/02/2016

        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!

        1. terieLR 09/02/2016

          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... :)

  5. tree_ee 09/02/2016

    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!

  6. user-4691082 09/02/2016

    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!

    1. terieLR 09/02/2016

      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

  7. Luvfall 09/02/2016

    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.

    1. terieLR 09/02/2016

      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

  8. foxglove12 09/02/2016

    Gorgeous garden! The reflections in the water are amazing!

  9. user-7007940 09/02/2016

    Nice garden!!

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    meander_michaele 09/02/2016

    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 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.

    1. terieLR 09/02/2016

      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...

  11. OneKSGardner 09/02/2016

    Beautiful garden!! Love the bridge.

  12. wGardens 09/02/2016

    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!!!

  13. Cenepk10 09/02/2016

    Forget it... I'm on my way over....I cant resist that....

  14. sheila_schultz 09/02/2016

    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!

    1. terieLR 09/02/2016

      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.

      1. sheila_schultz 09/02/2016

        Just as I thought, it's a big WOW! Great combo, Terie. Thanks!

        1. terieLR 09/02/2016

          Aww, thanks friend! I'm still trying to get dinner on the table but plan to post some more pictures tonight so stay tuned. ?

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        meander_michaele 09/02/2016

        Yowza...those lusciously colorful flowers and foliage all jiving together make for a very lively plant party. What a delightfully decadent look!

  15. frankgreenhalgh 09/02/2016

    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

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      meander_michaele 09/02/2016

      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.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 09/02/2016

        Thanks Michaele for the advice - from a calm Aussie now. However, my good mate Kev. may not have recovered!

        1. user-7007498 09/03/2016

          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.

      2. terieLR 09/02/2016

        Aww, thanks Michaele?

    2. terieLR 09/02/2016

      Hi Frank, (yes, one r ;) - I was experiencing the same many cups of coffee while I waited that I had to take all that energy outside! Stellar day here in central NY. So much 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!

      1. user-7007498 09/03/2016

        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.

  16. Plantstuff 09/02/2016

    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.

    1. terieLR 09/02/2016

      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.

  17. Sunshine111 09/02/2016

    Gorgeous!!! I hope you sit down once in a while and enjoy the loveliness you have created…

    1. terieLR 09/03/2016

      Ha Lily, for years we didn't... Now we DO! My husband insists. I comply. Ahh...

  18. terieLR 09/03/2016

    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
    5. backyard

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      meander_michaele 09/03/2016

      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.

      1. terieLR 09/03/2016

        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.

      2. sheila_schultz 09/03/2016

        I agree with you 100%, Michaele... as usual!

    2. sheila_schultz 09/03/2016

      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.

    3. perenniallycrazy 09/07/2016

      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.

  19. user-7007498 09/03/2016

    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.

    1. terieLR 09/03/2016

      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.

    2. frankgreenhalgh 09/03/2016

      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

      1. user-7007498 09/04/2016

        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.

  20. user-7008241 09/03/2016

    That's my kind of garden - restful
    & serene, I love it.

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    HelloFromMD 09/04/2016

    Love the picture after the bridge. great composition.

  22. Chalis2 10/09/2016

    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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