Garden Photo of the Day

Scenes from Bonnie’s Pennsylvania garden in 2013 (12 photos)

The gardens have seen the addition of an antique mall sculpture.... Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Bonnie Pancoast

We’ve visited Bonnie Pancoast’s garden three times (refresh your memory HERE, HERE, and HERE), but it’s been a year and a half since we’ve heard from her, so I was happy to see a batch of photos from her in my inbox last week. They’re a collection of moments rather than a tour, and her garden is just as charming as ever.

…as well as a kinetic sculpture.

Bonnie says, “I submitted photos last year and thought I’d send a series of photos sharing the progress of the gardens. As in the past, the gardens continue to expand with both divided and self-seeded plants, repurposed hardscape, and hours and hours of toil. ”

The potting shed is central to vegetable and herb garden.

Your hours of hard work have paid off, Bonnie. The garden is lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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Another addition to the garden is a bottle tree.

**** The push is still on–get outside and take some last minute shots, or compile a few you took earlier in the season. I’ll be eternally grateful…. Email them to [email protected]. Thanks! ****

The reflection of the barn in a raindrop.
Larkspur and the climbing rose ‘Polka Dot’ mingle in a roadside garden.
The gardens at Valley View begin flowering early with winter aconite…
…and early blooming iris.
Self-seeded calendulas mingle with a now established self-seeded daisy mum
Pollinators continue to move through the gardens helping to create the seeds for next year’s plants
The gardens surrounding the labyrinth also continue to expand. I am proud to report that a class from Moravian Theological Seminary held their class at the labyrinth. It has always been my dream to share the gardens with others.
In past years the front bed was planted with a selection of annuals that would continue their display through the autumn months. This year the celocia that self-seeded last year exponentially exploded.

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  1. user-1020932 10/17/2013

    bonnie, it all looks wonderful,,, the color, the plantings, the labyrinth and i esp. like the kinetic sculpture (i'm old school hillbilly so for me it's a whirlygig). also re visited your previous features and enjoyed that as well. AND another blog, i'm either slow or lazy because i could never keep up with a blog,, i'm glad others can and do

  2. Daisy64 10/17/2013

    Bonnie, I loved your pictures of your gardens. You truly have an eye for the camera. The colors of your garden are so vivid that I felt like I was visiting in person. Thanks for sharing!

  3. flowerladydi 10/17/2013

    Wonderful Bonnie! I love the sculpture with the sedum,juniper and carex,,,, a nice touch,,, and, is that a weeping white pine I see in the background??? I am crazy for them!
    Great job on the photos too,,,,, the reflection of the barn is awesome!,,, also love your celosia! I never think to use them,,, but after seeing yours and how prolific they are, may consider it in the future! The labyrinth is great!, How nice to be able to share it with others,, that a great compliment to you and your endeavors!

    You home is lovely,, and I am sure the neighbors love what you have done,,extending to the end of the yard with you corner planting by the spruce is great!

  4. gunnevi 10/17/2013

    Best Idea for old bottles I've ever seen. Nice and cheap!

  5. mainer59 10/17/2013

    I like the way you have distinct styles in different places, the vibrancy of the celosia contrasts with the peaceful labyrinth. I particularly like what I would call a romantic style, by that I mean the roadside corner with the fence and the antique mall statue. It is wonderful how you try all sorts of different things, including season extending flowers such as the aconites (and primroses in a prior post). Best of all is how well you take care of everything once it is installed.

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    meander_michaele 10/17/2013

    It's always fun to have fresh pictures of gardens that have been featured before so we can enjoy how things are evolving. Lucky you, Bonnie, that your celocia from the previous year were so generous in their reseeding...this year's volunteers have put on a fabulous show of bold color...quite an attention grabber! All you new additions of ornamentation look very well placed and settled in as if they have always been there. Great job.

  7. Jamesjoseph 10/17/2013

    Bonnie I am from PA and love your garden. I just got started hope I can catch up to other people that post pictures on this site. I also have a bottle tree One last thing I always read the comments put up here I wish I could express myself like most of them do.

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    HelloFromMD 10/17/2013

    Bonnie, your statue looks wonderful in its setting. I like how the color of the sedum flowers echo the brick wall and how the lirope foliage contrasts with the conifers. It is a lot of work, but I bet your figure reflects that! My pants get very baggy by the end of the spring work.

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    meander_michaele 10/17/2013

    Bonnie, the quality of the photographs and the choice of subject matter on your blog make it like visiting an outdoor art museum. I'm looking forward to perusing your past posts all the way back to the beginning ...and will try to pace myself and not rush through them like a greedy child in a toy store.

  10. Aarchman07030 10/17/2013

    The gardens are really lovely.

    Daniela's extraordinary color arrangements led me to believe that she must be a painter, and Bonnie's photographs suggest so clearly that she has a photographer's eye for composition--her blog makes it abundantly clear that she is as gifted with the camera as she is with the spade.

    These multiply-skilled GPOD'ers are so impressive!

  11. bee1nine 10/17/2013

    The charm and beauty portrayed in this 'collection of moments' photo's are spectacular!
    I also took the pleasure of capturing previous revisits and
    blog,, and they are, also.
    Your photography skills is divine! Shows you are a serious
    photo buff. Wonderful angle and macro shots, too.
    Uh-oh, here goes,,,I'm sure it helps to have a good camera,
    as well. Not what I own!
    Enjoyed very much, thank you, Bonnie!!

  12. GrannyMay 10/17/2013

    Your hours of toil have certainly paid off, Bonnie! I especially love your corner scene - such a great camera angle! - with the rose, larkspur, daylily and split-rail fence, then your house in the background. Perfect!

    And I must ask, what is that round black item behind your winter aconite, beside that wonderfully coloured stone?

  13. GardenersWK 10/17/2013

    Bonnie, your garden and pictures are so clear and warm! Made me happy just looking at them!
    Your blog is beautiful! I need to go back and enjoy it when I have time.
    Aarchman07030 - thanks for suggesting that I am a only talent with color is when I deal with blooms or plant material..for all other color needs we refer to my hubby who is the color guru in our family (formulated hair colors and interior paints in his past career)

  14. tractor1 10/17/2013

    Fantastic photo compositions... all twelve... would make a fine garden calendar!

  15. cwheat000 10/18/2013

    You have an interesting blog with great photography. What is that white caterpillar?amazing! Lovely garden. I am amazed at how well your celosia self sowed. It made me take a second look at a plant I had never considered.

  16. bonniep53 10/18/2013

    Thank you all for being so gracious with your comments. First, the white caterpillar has been identified as a Butternut Wooly Worm. I started using a Nikon Coolpix P510 in February of 2013. Before that I used a Canon Point and Shoot! The black object is a bowling ball and yes, it is a Weeping White Pine! Sometimes we never know how our words and responses touch another person's soul. Let me just say today was one of the most difficult days I have experienced in quite a long time and all who have participated in this blog today, including Michelle for posting, have uplifted my spirits and have validated my self-worth. Thank you.

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