Garden Photo of the Day

Renata’s garden in Connecticut

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase

Today’s photos are from Renata Chase in Higganum, Connecticut. She says, “You’ve shamed me into sharing some garden photos. I don’t own a camera so these were all taken with a cell phone.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase

“My gardens are planted on the steep slopes surrounding our deck with pergola. My goal was to create a lush area where we entertain with lunches and dinners alfresco all summer long. With the ceiling fan, we were even able to a have a couple of dinners outside during that oppressive heat we had last month. I’ve included a shot of a lunch we had last year!”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase

Mwahahaha, my shaming is WORKING! Thanks so much, Renata. I don’t mind camera phone shots one bit. It’s just great to get even a glimpse into someone’s garden, because gardens are so personal, and we are all voyeurs! I love how you’ve used the color red as a unifying theme in your garden. Plus I’m a huge fan of pergolas, and that fountain is stunning. Thanks so much for sharing!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase

See? Renata listened, too! You guys are on a roll! You know you wanna be in the cool crowd… I’ll say it again: This is prime time to take some photos in your garden. So get out there with your cameras and send some in! Email them to [email protected].

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Renata Chase

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  1. crizmo 08/12/2013

    The path from the garage to the pergola flows like water, really nice how the steps cascade.

  2. user-1020932 08/12/2013

    all very inviting and i would love to have a meal in the garden! i like all the mix of plants in your selections and i'm always a big fan of using tropicals and various palms in the personal areas of a garden. i've searched for years for an urn just like yours to use as a fountain,,, no luck yet finding one i could afford. i'm a cheapskate. great job!

  3. dirtgirl1949 08/12/2013

    Well done Renata, a gorgeous lush garden, wish my garden looked even half as good as this. Love it.

  4. pattyspencer 08/12/2013

    Great pics! Really love the fountain!!

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    meander_michaele 08/12/2013

    Renata, it must be such a delight to sit in the shade of your pergola and be surrounded by such lush and yet tamed greenery. I love how the series of tall evergreens are like architectural exclamation points and establish a rhythm of repetition. The sounds of your lovely fountain must add the perfect background soundtrack to quiet thoughts or lively conversation. Everything looks great!

  6. lovemyyard 08/12/2013

    OK blog fans, I met Michelle through friends and we had a great picnic dinner on the beach in Wading River. She is every bit as warm and fabulous as you probably imagine. She made some of the best cookies I have ever tasted. Send her your photos so the blog can go on!!!!!

  7. tractor1 08/12/2013

    I like Renata's fountain too... I think it's more a planter than an urn... I especially like those sculpted tiles surrounding the pool (needs a couple three goldfish). That lunch looks delish, looks like roast pork loin and a marinated veggie salad... and it's time to unstopple another vino! And I like the array of well tended plantings. Thank you, Renata.

  8. tractor1 08/12/2013

    lovemyyard: You live in my old stomping grounds, Lung Guyland's north shore... During the 25 years I worked at BNL I lived in Wading River, Rocky Point, Shoreham Village, and Port Jefferson Village... the north fork is still great farm country and boasts several fabulous farm stands and pick your own farms/orchards, some I still miss. For me the east end of LI contains the finast seafood eaterys on the planet... catch of the day literally means catch of the day, often catch of the hour.

    This was a good weekend, my grands visited.

  9. sheila_schultz 08/12/2013

    Not much is better than a meal with friends surrounded by lovely gardens! Your use of tropical's make it all so exotic... beautifully done, Renata!

  10. wittyone 08/12/2013

    Love the fountain. It looks so elegant backed with all that wonderful ivy. Makes for a very relaxing feel.

    I would think that working with such a steep slope would take a lot of thought and planning. You've done a great job.

  11. cwheat000 08/12/2013

    The botanical amphitheater around your all fresco dinning table, has created a really special spot to dine. That food looks delish, too! I am glad your lack of a camera didn,'t stop you from sharing.

  12. cwheat000 08/12/2013

    Tractor 1- your granddaughter is a beauty!

  13. NevadaSue 08/12/2013

    Renata, Your garden is beautiful. I love how you have used a variety of textures and colors in the shrubs with the ferns and tropicals . What a lush inviting place to spend evenings and enjoy meals. I'm not sure what the large round leaf plant in the first picture is but I think it is awesome.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. GrannyMay 08/12/2013

    I'd love an invitation to an alfresco lunch right there! The low stone wall partly overhung with a variety of greens is my favourite pic. Thanks for sharing!

  15. RenataCT 08/12/2013

    Thank you for all the nice comments! The plant in the foreground is a ligularia. The urn was from Homegoods (<$100)so keep looking,and the slope requires a ladder & plank scaffolding sometimes! My husband built the stone walls, the pergola and put in the fountain. I will let him know it was a hit! Renata

  16. cwheat000 08/12/2013

    I just noticed, in my comment, my spell check changed alfresco to all fresco. Oops.

  17. tractor1 08/13/2013

    cwheat000: thank you.

  18. user-1020932 08/13/2013

    cwheat, i'm thinking your spell check had it right with all fresco, i would be having every meal there

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