Irvin Faria emailed me last week to share this photo of his wife’s garden. I had to know more. He says, “Pauline is my wife of 58 years. She will turn 79 in December and continues to care for the entire garden herself. She is a “Tasha Tudor” of the west. My contribution involves moving small trees and shrubs. The garden is open to the public in spring (~May), fall (~late November) and summer (~July). More information and private tours can be arranged by calling (916) 944-3305. I took this photo of the upper back garden in May 2011. It features a kousa dogwood combined with a ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese maple and overhanging branches of ‘Sazanami’ Japanese maple. The Gary Price bronze boy fountain “Bugs & Bulbs” is surrounded with ensata iris.” Irvin has promised to send me a DVD with lots more photos of Pauline’s garden – I’ll share them as soon as I get them! Stay tuned…
One more bit of business: yesterday there was lots of talk of wanting more home gardens featured in the GPOD. Here is a summary of my response:
“For the last two years, most of the posts on the GPOD have come from my travels as an editor here at FG over the past 10 years. I’ve visited tons of private gardens across the country, and featured lots of photos from those gardens, but after more than 460 posts (most with multiple photos), that well is starting to run dry.
Now I’m challenging you: Send me photos of your gardens! We’ve featured lots of reader photos in the past, and they’ve always been my favorites. Some tips on how to get your photos featured? I’ve noticed that portraits of one flower or leaf are snoozers for you guys. All I get are snores (no comments, and very few “likes.”) Close-in shots of plant combinations, same thing. But you seem to love outdoor living areas and unusual plantings or ornaments, especially if they’re home-made. Whimsical garden elements always generate a smile, too.”
So get going, gardeners! Do like Irvin does and send me your garden photos! I need all the help I can get to feed the GPOD beast…. Email me at [email protected] with GPOD as your subject line. Attach the highest-resolution images you have, and send lots! I’ll only email back, though, if I plan to use your photos.
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