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Rebecca’s New Jersey Garden

Beautiful wildlife and flowers

Planter in the shape of a girl holding a basket with yellow flowers growing in it

Today we’re off to New Jersey, where Rebecca Cullen is sharing some scenes from her garden. She’s gardened in the same place for four decades, and we’ve visited her garden before (Four Decades in a Garden).

Planter in the shape of a girl holding a basket with yellow flowers growing in itCheery yellow pansies (Viola × wittrockiana, cool-season annual) fill this sweet little planter.

A bicycle painted purple with red daisies in the basketThis is such an unusual use for an old bicycle! Its baskets now hold blooming gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii, Zones 8–10 or as annual).

box turtle with bright markingsA beautiful box turtle with particularly bright markings is a welcome garden visitor. Though they like to eat a wide variety of plants, box turtles don’t have a big enough appetite to do much damage in the garden.

A large urn with tall pink flowers growing in itSometimes going by the common name of ragged robin, Silene floscuculi ‘Jenny’ (Zones 5–8) is a double-flowered form of an old-fashioned garden perennial that is loaded with airy pink flowers.

A cauldron with white flaking paint hanging from chains and planted with red geraniumsRebecca’s garden is full of unusual containers. Here an old cauldron is filled with red geraniums (Pelargonium hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as an annual).

scotch broom plantScotch broom (Cytisus scoparius, Zones 5–9) is a serious invasive weed on the West Coast but is less of a problem on the East Coast.

A childs wagon with three pots of flowers in it.An old wagon is filled with flowers.

A begonia with large red flowers in a pot hanging from a white fenceA tuberous begonia (Begonia hybrid, tuberous group, annual) with rich red flowers.

A brown rabbit sitting on a chair outsideAs long as they don’t eat too much, rabbits can be an adorable addition to a garden.


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  1. PattyLouise 05/20/2021

    Lots of inspiration in your garden! Lovely!

  2. wittyone 05/20/2021

    Love the ornamental rabbit! Hope he doesn't have a large family living nearby.

    1. Rebeccazone7 05/20/2021

      Actually, I have one baby living under my front porch, but for some reason the deer have changed their path and aren't around. I'll take rabbits any day...

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    simplesue 05/20/2021

    Never heard of that beautiful "ragged robin" flower before, so airy and pretty.
    I love the way you appreciate the presence of little wild creatures in your's a part of the enjoyment of gardening that some people don't seem to know how to appreciate.
    And you've found beauty in everyday objects like the purple bike, and the antique cauldron- nice touches!

    1. Rebeccazone7 05/20/2021

      I had never seen the "ragged robin" before either, but fell in love with it. Will treat like an annual and then if it does well, will plant it on. I have such fun and find it such a stress reliever to come up with new ideas outside. Thank you for your kind comment. Garden on...

  4. btucker9675 05/20/2021

    Love, love, love your artistry in the garden!!! I miss gardening in NJ so much.

    1. Rebeccazone7 05/20/2021

      Thank you for your kind comment. It's always a work in progress and never static.

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