Garden Photo of the Day

Rokas’ garden in LITHUANIA!

Today's photos are from Rokas Bernotas, who says, "Dear gardeners, It is so nice to see photos of different gardens, to feel personalities of gardeners through their creations. Here I would like to present a couple of pictures of my garden in Nothern Lithuania. It is sandwiched between a small river and a pine forest. The garden is in the process of development. Myself I am mature gardener. First two gardens were developed with my father. Now my son, Rapolas, helps me at this garden. The place is an old farm with old apple trees. My wife has planted many flowers. I am more interested in trees and shrubs. Recently I began to plant apple trees from seeds. Look forward to result :)" Rokas, your property is dream-like! The fields, the mists, the trees, and the elements you've added–all so wonderful! We need even more photos! Thanks so much for sharing.

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Come and meet up at the  Northwest Flower and Garden Show this year!

I'm scheduled to give another GPOD talk (A few of you will be getting emails in the next two weeks as I put together the slideshow…), and a number of people have emailed to say that they'll be at the show, and that they'd love to meet up with a bunch of fellow GPODers!

The RSVPs so far:

Glenda Curdy (Nurserynotnordstrom)
Tia Scarce
Jeanne Cronce (Greengenes)
Sheila Schultz
Shirley Graves
Chris Niblack (ChrisSeattle)
Kielian DeWitt (Annek)
Linda Skyler (Meelianthus)
Kathy Schuler

So…who else is going to be there?? Let us all know in the comments, and we can start planning an outing! Perhaps after-dinner drinks one night at the bar at the Sheraton?  I'll repeat this announcement for the next week or so, at least, and keep a running list of who's coming….enticement for even more people to come. Oh, and when you comment to say you'll be there, give us your real name so that I can plan name tags that include both that and your screen name…

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  1. user-1020932 01/22/2015

    Rokas, i LOVE your garden every square inch of it. i see not only a garden but a family. the photos with the mist, that third photo with the forest and dark clouds, the swing from the tree, the hydrangea and spirea the natural grass and finally the house at night with a lighted window. this has been a real treat for me and i thank you for sharing your photos. i can't imagine having the patience to grow an apple tree from seed, i'm guilty of wanting everything right now! you really do have a beautiful place to call home, i want to live there too!

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      It is very nice place :) You come and you relax there...

      1. user-1020932 01/26/2015

        thanks, Rokas. if i visited i would never leave! it's very calming just to see your photos. thanks again for sending to Michelle

  2. user-1020932 01/22/2015

    i'm still looking at the photos, is that a log house?

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      There is 50 years old log house with the whitewashed ancient oven. I try to maintain the old character of the house and place.
      There are plenty of birds around. To see family of swans - usual sighting :)

      1. user-1020932 01/26/2015

        yes, Rokas, we need more photos . i am truly entranced by your garden. share them here, please, or share to me on Facebook. i know very little about Lithuania and now i need to know more!

  3. perenniallycrazy 01/23/2015

    Your garden is a true gem Rokas! What makes it even more special is that it a multigenerational family affair. Hope you are able to share more photos with us. Thank you.

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      Thank you very much for nice words :)

  4. Nurserynotnordstroms 01/23/2015

    Rokas,I want to feel like a kid and go for a swing and run across the grassy field,oh to be a kid again. You have a lovely piece of property and I think you are very lucky to garden with your son Rapolas. My grandfather had an apple orchid and so when I was reading about you and your gardens my wonderful memories came flooding back.I will look very forward to seeing your gardens grow. Please keep us caught up on your progress.

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      Yes, it is an old farm. I had to transform it, tio return to a relaxed shape. But from the begining there was very relaxing atmosphere :) There is orchard with old apple trees. Now I am planting new one.

  5. Torcuata 01/23/2015

    Beautiful place. So peaceful and well taken care of. Thanks for sharing.

  6. NCYarden 01/23/2015

    This is an amazing piece of land and fantastic garden. How cool that it has become a family endeavor - to be admired for sure. I really love the very natural appeal it all has, and certainly the forested surroundings and river. How exciting to have so much space to eventually add your personal touch and gardening sense. Definitely looking forward to the result. Enjoy, as I have enjoyed looking at these photos. Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      This garden is situated in the center of the biggest forest area of Lithuania. It borders two nature parks. The garden has unique atmosphere :)

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    meander_michaele 01/23/2015

    Rokas, your property certainly sings a beautiful that communicates serenity and happiness. Any garden scene that includes such a generous tumble of large white flower heads as your second picture showcases has my attention. Are they from a viburnum or hydrangea bush?

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      Yes, it hydrangea. Flowers are speciality of my wife. I would love to spend more time in the garden :)

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/23/2015

    Rokas, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos of your great property. That's so cool that you are planting apple trees from seeds. I read a great story all about apples and their origins. I don't know if it is true, but it said that virtually no apple tree grown from seed is alike because of the genetic diversity in them. This is also a treat because my wife's maternal grandparents emigrated to the United States from Lithuania. We may never see it in person, but it is grand to see the photos of your home in Lithuania. Thanks!

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      Dear Tim,

      Old orchard has been grown from seeds by previuos owner. So I continue...
      Gardening is very popular in Lithuania.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/26/2015

        How wonderful. I never really understood how different apples could taste until we started visiting orchards and picking apples ourselves, instead of buying them at the store. I read that you make cider, too! Thanks for sharing your beautiful, God-blessed property. cheers,

  9. wGardens 01/23/2015

    Your photos are so wonderful. Such a beautiful place~ so serene, so loved. It is indeed a special place too, when 3 generations work together to share a nurturing of your gardens. Thank you so much for sharing your photos. Please do send more!

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      Well, I have been taking photos for at least 45 years. And working in the gardens. This is my fourth garden. But it is unique. It is so nice to go out in August at night. And to observe shooting stars.

  10. user-7007366 01/23/2015

    A garden and a family to work in it. Blessings and beauty shine through, thank you for sharing such lovely pictures.

  11. greengenes 01/23/2015

    Simplicity at its finest, Rokas! You have a wonderful tree for a swing! This does bring back memories for me of my grandparents home. I so enjoyed the last "Good night" photo! You have magical place! I was looking for "scarlet kale seeds" on the internet and amazon found me some and when I received them in the mail they had come from Radviliskis Lithuania! What chance is that! Well Rokas, thankyou for sharing your life and your garden with all of us. May you and your family have a wonderfilled year ahead! Enjoy your garden!

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      Dear Jeanne,
      Thank you for encouragement :)

  12. GrannyMay 01/23/2015

    Thank you for sharing your garden with us Rokas. It looks like it was already a wonderful place. Love your photos! With plenty of room to add more apple trees, shrubs and flowers, whatever you wish, I'm sure you will make it even more productive and beautiful in the years to come.

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      I wanted to share images that show beauty and tranquility of the place. Even if a storm is coming...

  13. wittyone 01/23/2015

    These are beautiful pictures. I love the last one with the silhouette of the house with that lighted window----very evocative. How long have you been gardening there? Do you have any idea how long it will take the apple trees grown from seeds to get to real apples hanging on those trees? It will be beautiful when they begin to bloom for you not to mention the good apples for eating. The trees and shrubs are lovely but I would really like to see some of your wife's flowers when they begin to bloom this spring and summer. Send more pictures please.

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      I started to care about this place 10 years ago. But since 8 years I have been posted outside my country, I could work only during summer breakes. The apples grown from the seeds, they are from distant country. So I brought only seeds. They grow third year already. Hope they will bloom in three years...

  14. GrannyCC 01/23/2015

    Thank you for sharing your garden Rokas. Your property is so serene and beautiful. What a wonderful spot for an orchard. What do you do with all those apples? The property reminds me of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada.

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      Dear Catherine,
      Last autumn I made some 50 l of hard apple cider. Not bad at all :)

  15. sonjafeatherstone 01/23/2015

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden and surroundings. Your choice of when and what you have photographed in regard to light is wonderful.

  16. Cenepk10 01/23/2015

    So beautiful. So so beautiful. So grateful to see….

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      Thank you :)

  17. Cenepk10 01/23/2015

    My kind of countryside setting…Looks like heaven on earth to me

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      It is very relaxing place. It is nice to receive friends there for BBQ and wine. It is nice doing nothing there. And then getting up and attending trees...

  18. geckogirla 01/23/2015

    Your place is very inviting, warm and natural!

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      It is a god blessed place :)

  19. user-7007327 01/23/2015

    A joy to see. Tranquil, beautiful, and dream like.

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      It is a wanderful place. But sooo many mosquitoes...
      And birds, and toads...

  20. lizmessick 01/24/2015

    I have such a sense of history and family when I look at your beautiful garden and home.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  21. foxglove12 01/25/2015

    So much light and space! Love the old trees and the misty photos! Simply gorgeous!

    1. user-7007371 01/26/2015

      I was charmed by this shy mist :)

  22. fromvirginia 01/26/2015

    Very dreamy and lovely. Thanks for sharing Rokas.

    Michelle: very excited to be coming to Seattle for the show! My first trip to Seattle. Look forward to meeting all. (Yvonne)

  23. user-7007371 01/26/2015

    Dear Diane,
    It is a wonderful place. That is why I wanted to share images of it with community that appreciates such gardens :)

  24. wittyone 01/27/2015

    Like your previous photos these are beautiful. It would be lovely to come and sit in your outside eating area and talk with you and enjoy the views that you have provided. Thanks so much for sending the additions. Keep us posted on the growth of those apple trees.

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