Garden Photo of the Day

Perfection is boring

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

I love wandering a formal garden and finding a coiled garden hose in the midst of the order, in plain sight. It brings everything down to earth and reinforces the fact that a garden is a labor of love, not just a showpiece. I spotted this neatly coiled hose in the Cross Estate Gardens in Bernardsville, New Jersey.


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  1. Deanneart 07/21/2011

    LOL love this shot Michelle! My hoses are always out and about except during a garden tour, especially during weather like we've been having this summer.

  2. user-7006895 07/21/2011

    I love the site of hoses -- it makes a garden looked more "lived in" and active. Next time I need to purchase a new hose I'm going to buy one in the festive colors they come in now to add a little zip to a quiet corner.

  3. Vespasia 07/21/2011

    So lovely, restful and above all cool, we are expected to hit 38 degrees here (just north of Toronto)with it feeling like 48 or possibly higher with the humidex factored in. I will be keeping this cool image in my mind. My hoses are also out and about and handy.

  4. wwross 07/21/2011

    Michelle -- You little minx! You changed your picture!

  5. M_Fox 07/21/2011

    Michelle, What a peaceful photo with a touch of reality. Thanks for posting.

  6. gottagarden 07/22/2011

    How about a hose stretched out and snaking through the beds, is that ok? MIne are only coiled up when company's coming.

  7. MichelleGervais 07/22/2011

    wwross--Yes, I thought a picture change was due... that said, I hate every picture ever taken of me!

    gottagarden--my hoses are NEVER coiled. My husband hates it. But I've been testing this ultra thin hose for the past couple of days, and it's SO much easier to wrestle. I might start being a bit neater. But probably not.

  8. Lynnzi 07/22/2011

    Thank you thank you - my hoses are never coiled up or out of sight and I'm always giving myself a hard time for not being neater. In this weather they sometimes get used twice a day so why bother. Thank you again!

  9. petuniababi 07/24/2011

    I like your new picture!!Thanks for the makes me feel more human.Thought i was the only one.

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