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READER PHOTOS! Terie’s garden in New York, revisited

Solar balls give an interesting glow after dark. From left: 'Autumn Joy' sedum, 'Magilla' perilla (coleus look-alike), old fashioned bleeding heart, 'Black & Blue' salvia, liatris, and phlox with lily here and there. TWO WAYS TO ENLARGE! Click directly on the image to enlarge in a pop-up. Click HERE to view the image in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn

Terie Rawn’s garden in Newfield, New York, is one of the most popular gardens we’ve ever featured on the GPOD (refresh your memory HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE), so I was so happy when Terie sent in this series of photos to share. This time she’s showcasing a theme that seems to be emerging in her garden.

An antique lightning rod gets repositioned annually.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn

She says, “A collection of decorative garden-art has yielded various balls over the years. The purple bowling ball is featured in the current October issue of Fine Gardening. Visitors to the woodland have made mention that their reluctance to the use gazing balls was put to rest after viewing how they were implemented in this perennial settings. As you can see cobalt is favored because of my perennial preferences.”

What great use of garden art, Terie! I love the blues. Thanks for sharing!

Yard sale treasures rest among tri-colored ajuga, primrose, wild ginger, and seed sprouts of impatiens.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn

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An old rusted plant stand turned upside-down holds a ball in place next to a giant blue hosta. Behind stands Queen-of-the-prairie waiting to burst it’s cotton candy-like flowers.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn
Trees, garden, and clouded skies are reflected in shiny gazing balls surrounded by purple spiderwort, white liatris, yellow daylily, and pink phlox.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn
Hosta, feverfew, sweet William, and petunias are just a few cuttings that hold up well in shallow water.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn
These hand blown ornaments were found at a local farmers’ market and displayed under the umbrella. They make a great visual when dining on the deck.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn
White astilbe grace this glass ball along side a garden path. In the background are variegated & regular Solomon’s seal.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn
The flickering flame of this oil lamp welcomes friends. I change out the arrangements depending on the available foliage.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn
Broken pottery showcases lobelia at the base of a stone wall that edges the garden.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terie Rawn

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/09/2012

    Just beautiful, as usual. I especially love the photo of the blue ceramic globe with the hosta, both as garden and photograph!

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    meander_michaele 08/09/2012

    Christmas in doesn't get any more delightful...each picture is like unwrapping a wonderful surprise. I have started to dip my toe in garden ornamentation like this and these photos only inspire me further. Although,I know the challenge is to keep things in impeccable good taste as you have done
    Terie, your eye for detail is delicious and enchanting. We are so fortunate that you share your garden with us.

  3. tractor1 08/09/2012

    I really like Terie's cobalt globe theme, subdued enhancements without being outlandish. I looked back over all Terie's past submissions and found it very refreshing to see a garden that is created and maintained by the owner rather than obviously by a professional landscaping company. Great garden, Terie, and very nice photography... thank you.

  4. thegardencatkeeper 08/09/2012

    Your gardens are lovely. Very calming. I could sit there a while and sip some iced tea.

  5. sheila_schultz 08/09/2012

    As always, Terie, your gardens are exquisite. You must have a magical elixir to add to the soil when you do your plantings. The garden art is just icing on the cake for all to see. You are not only a masterful gardener, you are also unquestionably an artist. The beauty you create is a gift. Thanks.

  6. soilgoil 08/09/2012

    Thank you for giving me The Blues this morning, Terie! I, too, am a lover of blue as a compliment to the greens and golds of my garden. I look forward to seeing your artistry again and again.

  7. terieLR 08/09/2012

    Hi gardeners. Such meaningful compliments cause a slight blush... oh wait, that may just be the sun-heat on yet another summer day! Are you as dry as we? I've had to cut back many perennials and wave goodbye until next year. Keep dip-toe-ing meander1 and be sure to let us peek. Tractor1, so glad that you appreciate photography as well. It's something that I long to further develope. (no pun intended) So nice to hear from you all today. ;)

  8. greengrowler 08/09/2012

    Terie, I share your love of blue/purple in the garden - especially with lime green and magenta - with a little orange thrown in for drama! My husband bought me a huge cobalt gazing ball about 20 years ago, which holds a place of honor every summer. Hey, didn't I see your garden featured in the FG Magazine recently?? (Still love the paper magazine!! Always save it to read on weekends in the garden...) Yours is a most beautiful garden!

  9. terieLR 08/09/2012

    Y yes G-growler. The famous purple bowling ball made 'winning tip' on pg.12 of the October issue. By the way, my containers sure aren't adding up to the visions that you inspired early this spring :/ I'll try again next year...

  10. tractor1 08/09/2012

    GreenGrowler: I do most of my important reading in my library, it has the best view in the house! LOL

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    meander_michaele 08/09/2012

    Cute, tractor1! I have an untidy stack of Fine Gardening magazines that sit on the floor of my equally private "library" just within reaching distance from the seat of honor. I find the articles endlessly interesting...they are usually timeless and I never throw any issue away.

  12. sheila_schultz 08/10/2012

    Terie, I understand the disappointment of containers not reaching their potential this year. There's not enough water from a hose to counteract the record setting heat of this summer. Garden Conservancy Open Days hits my doorstep on the 18th and I'm just hoping nothing else dies! Mother Nature has challenged gardeners this year...

  13. pattyspencer 08/10/2012

    Love all the blue in the garden. It draws your eye to each and every space. Love it!

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