Today’s photos are from Sue Elicker in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She says, “One of the first things I do everyday is check out your latest garden. My sister Janet in Cincinnati was featured a few months ago and has been encouraging me to also submit pictures.
I have been working on this garden my whole married life (46 years) and always want to improve and change it. My favorite time of the day is morning coffee time on the deck thinking about what I can change that day! I retired 3 years ago (after 31 years with an insurance company) and gardening has taken on a whole new meaning.
One of the perks is passing my love for gardening on to my 8 grandchildren. They are very interested and I let them pick all the flowers they want (this backfired once as my one granddaughter was visiting a friends house and helped herself in their garden). I also love the birds and they are picking up on that, too. They like to buy me lots of hummingbird presents.
My husband has just recently gone part time (after 51 years with the same company) and I have been trying to include him in the process. He is sometimes too eager, as I tend to be indecisive. I have been reading Fine Gardening since the 90s and have saved them all for reference. It is the only gardening magazine I’ve ever needed!”
Aw, thanks Sue! Can I just say that I am DROOLING over that tricolor beech?? That is beautiful! I love your garden. It’s obviously a labor of love–so personal and packed with charm and flowers. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
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I'm with Michelle - that tricolor European beech tree is to die for! Sue, your designs are so original and your story so personal making your garden exceed extraordinary. No wonder the birds all come to your sanctuary. I'm also loving the tropical vibe of your favorite container. I bet you're busier now retired than you were when you were working. Thanks for sharing!
Wow! I don't know where to start. I love it all! The plantings are beautiful and the placement of statues, birdbaths & feeders, all done with determination and care. I enjoy viewing the gardens with my morning coffee, as well. I find so much inspiration on this site. I'm so grateful that you provided the names of the trees, I'm certain I can fit one into my garden somewhere... :-) Thank you for sharing!
What a delightful series of pictures, Sue. They really show your personality and enthusiasm for the process of gardening. It's interesting how, for many of us, it's the doing that matters as much as the finished product. I definitely identify with your addiction to "tweaking" things and making changes. That 'Electric Flash' dahlia is so aptly named...what a bolt of vibrant color. It looks perfect as a backdrop for your favorite container...I hope they are part of your morning view as you sit on the deck...who needs coffee with those exuberant plants beckoning you to start the day. And, your photo capture of your visiting birds are wonderful.
Beautiful! A garden isn't complete without the birds. I love the birds, too, and often choose my plants just for them but fortunately they do have good taste.
Hi Sue, I just want to say how wonderful I think it is that you are passing along your love and knowledge of gardening to the grandkids! I so often feel like we are pulling further and further away from the natural world, and the beauty and joy found in nature. Your garden is a fine example to share and a wonderful teaching tool, too!
WOW, just WOW!
Your Garden is so beautiful, looking wild and well lived in. All of it from flowers to birds, your love for it, is clearly there. Color, texture, pottery, and the invitation for Grandchildren. I too have eight grandchildren and we have created little paths through the garden beds on a hill, that also has many large rocks. We live in Hudson Valley, New York so the big rocks come with the territory. I only have been working on this one for 10 years and even though I don't have 40 years, I will continue as long as it is humanly possible. What a gift for all of us.
I love all your personal spaces... each area has a "stand out" specimen. Your Beech is beautiful and I will be adding it to my Most Wanted list! Your favorite pot is beautiful. Love that Foxtail Fern. I have one that lives outside for the summer that is about 20 years old... Huge! I will be re-potting it again this fall... Thank you for sharing and creating inspiration.
Exceptionally beautiful gardens!!!
Couldn't have said it better than the others have already. Beautiful. And I love your turquoise pots. Turquoise and cobalt blue are my favorites, especially with wine-colored geraniums.
P.S. Love the square-round fountain!
No wonder they call Pennsylvania the Garden State!
Beautiful garden and beautiful photos!!! And all those gorgeous feathered friends - how lucky you are!! If I may suggest - though the pot the hibiscus is in is beautiful I think it might need a larger one to expand its roots to bloom more... Where I l live hibiscus are very thirsty and need lots of space...
Beautiful and mature garden. I love all the variety of plants and colours. It is obviously a perfect place for birds and squirrels!
Looks lovely and peaceful! Thanks for sharing.
Lovely garden, I especially like the cardinal sitting in the tri color beech tree and love the birdbath.
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