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READER PHOTOS! Peter & Gisela’s garden in Germany

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Karin Grecu

We featured Karin Grecu’s California garden last November (Check it out HERE.) But today she’s taking us overseas. Karin says, “I’ve been long absent from the comment board as I’ve visited my home country, Germany, for a month. With the mild climate and frequent rain, the gardens in Germany are very lush and the relaxed cottage garden style dominates.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Karin Grecu

“What most surprised me on my visit to Germany (I grew up there, but only got into gardening 4 years ago), is that many of the flowers I have to buy in nurseries here in California grow along the roadside there. And I don’t mean pristine wildflower meadows, but side of the road next to a construction site. Among those “weeds” thriving with no care were pincushion flowers, dianthus, thyme, and hollyhocks. If only my unkempt areas sprouted those plants!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Karin Grecu

These are photos of the beautiful backyard of my godfather Peter and his wife Gisela in southern Germany. Not only is it a sea of colorful flowers, many of which Peter has sown and raised in their own greenhouse, but I also liked the pretty arrangement and color scheme of their vegetables. The wooden sculptures, of which there are several more in the backyard, were made by their son Joerg.” Beautiful, Karin! I see lots of one of my favorite herbs–borage!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Karin Grecu
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Karin Grecu
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Karin Grecu
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Karin Grecu

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    meander_michaele 08/22/2012

    It's always a treat when GPOD sprouts wings and goes international! Peter and Gisela, your garden is beautiful...everything looks so sumptuous and I'm sure the harvest from your vegetable garden is bountiful.
    Your son's sculpture is brought an instant smile of appreciation.
    Thanks, Karen, for sending these pictures our way.

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    meander_michaele 08/22/2012

    Oops, sorry for letting my fingers type faster than my brain was working and misspelling Karin's name. I have a good friend I email regularly who has the other spelling so once I start out with K-a-r... I'm on my way to finishing it with an

  3. tractor1 08/22/2012

    I like that vegetable garden, I wish more contributors would include pictures of their vegetable gardens. I'm curious about that wave of deep reddish plants standing tall in that sea of green. My vegetable garden is suffering this year, too hot and dry for nearly all the first two months of this short growing season, and during droughts the fauna desimate more flora, the crows plucked all my pepper seedlings. Karin's son's vegetable garden looks very lush, as does everything else. Thank you, Karin.

  4. pattyspencer 08/22/2012

    A bee's paradise! Love it!!

  5. canase 08/22/2012

    Enjoyed how your godfather included a touch of humor in the way of scuplture to his beautiful and functional garden. The better part of the year I spend in Central Mexico and I'm constantly amazed, like you, at the variety of flowers that grow wild in poor conditions. It is not unusual on a short walk to see zinnias, marigolds, cosmos and verbena, to name just a few, popping up between rocks and cracks in sidewalks and in unattended lots. Interesting to see where some of our favorite annuals thrive as native plants.

  6. greengrowler 08/22/2012

    Lush, colorful, and beautifully overflowing - stunning property. It reminds me of a trip to France with my mother a few years back. We stayed at a 16th century "Manior" B& B in Brittany with extensive old borders - the caretakers were from Texas and knew little about gardening. I was able to help out by moving some plants around and offering a few ideas. I brought back a bunch of hollyhock seeds they've established happily in my yard. Love the European garden style! Thanks for sharing....

  7. KarinCa 08/22/2012

    Thanks for your nice comments, I'll be sending a link to my godfather and his wife so they can enjoy them. Maybe I can recruit them to the GPOD community! Tractor1: Peter is my godfather, not my son...although I'm trying to pass on my love of gardening to my kids, they are only 6 and 8 right now.

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