Garden Photo of the Day

Surinder’s garden in New Jersey

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Surinder Chadha

Today’s photos are from Surinder Chadha in Old Tappan, New Jersey. Surinder says, “I came to the U.S. in 1968 from India after completing my graduate studies in engineering and working in India. In the U.S. I studied for almost ten years to complete my professonal doctoral in engineering and MBA honors in finance. I worked in the U.S. at large consulting engineering companies for ten years followed by 25 years with AT&T and then over eight years with MetLife, and recently retired.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Surinder Chadha

“Next month I will be 71 years old. My hobbies are reading, gardening, and tennis. I have enjoyed gardening from childhood. I have lived in Old Tappan since 1982. I do gardening year-round. However, because of the weather we can only have outdoor gardens from May through October. My indoor winter garden is more beautiful than my outdoor garden because deer are a huge problem in Old Tappan and my choices for outdoor flowers are limited.”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Surinder Chadha

Surinder, if your indoor garden is anywhere as nice as your outdoor garden, we need to see it, too! Send photos!

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 Surinder Chadha
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Surinder Chadha
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Surinder Chadha
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Surinder Chadha
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Surinder Chadha

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  1. user-1020932 09/05/2013

    now that is a summer deck. welcoming and full of color. my favorite plant is that Crown of Thorns, i've never seen one so lush and full (yes, Michelle, it's Euphorbia millii :) )

  2. crizmo 09/05/2013

    Surinder, your containers are delightful. Would I be off base to think that you and Lakshmi friends?

  3. jwiegmull 09/05/2013

    This house just appears to scream out that "yes, a gardener lives here." Your deck containers were incredible. Might we see some pictures of the landscape too?

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    meander_michaele 09/05/2013

    Surinder, you're certainly a person of great accomplishment and discipline and that includes taking excellent care of all your beautiful containers. Since they are so lush and gloriously flower filled, you must be conscientious about fertilizing. Could you share what your technique is in regards to that? I always mean well and then get lazy...sadly, my plants pay the price.
    When you referred to your winter indoor garden, is it mostly composed of these pots brought inside?

  5. bee1nine 09/05/2013

    WOW! That is what I call a gorgeous brimmed- filled deck! Such loveliness now growing in their prime, indeed.
    And do I see some of your lush indoor plants as additions, out for "summer camp" LOVE IT!!

  6. joycedaffodilhill 09/05/2013

    What a lush display of color and texture! PLEASE let us see your winter gardens, it will be something to look for during the bleak months away from our gardens. It seems your age is one that supports gardening. My husband and I are your age and everyone wants to know why we keep working at our gardens. For the joy of seeing nature at it's best. Keep gardening.

  7. wGardens 09/05/2013

    You must have a blast putting your containers together. Lokks great; thanks for sharing!

  8. tractor1 09/05/2013

    Wow, you must keep a spread sheet for tracking all those containers. What type of engineering? I'd like to see the property landscaping too. I'm concerned about that spruce tree, with that added soil and plants at it's base it's slowly dying... never plant anything under a conifer... and especially do not over water spruce, they don't like wet. Still may be able to save it, remove those plants and added soil, and do not water that tree.

  9. GrannyMay 09/05/2013

    Surinder you have certainly created a warm and beautiful welcome on your deck! My favourite view would be probably the third last photo, with the ferns at the back. I would love to see your indoor winter collection too.
    I wonder what deer-resistant plants you have used in your garden and do the deer come up onto your deck as well?

  10. tractor1 09/05/2013

    An article about straw bale gardening (not hay) was posted in my company's weekly paper, I meant to include the link:

  11. GrannyCC 09/05/2013

    Beautiful containers, what a lot of work. I would love to know what fertilizer you use. I always put Osmocote on mine early in the season but I know some people give there containers some fertilizer once a week when they water. I too would like to see pictures of your indoor garden.

  12. Quiltingmamma 09/05/2013

    Lovely garden and immaculate yard. If these are recent photos, I am impressed. My pots look pretty ratty and scraggly by now, but I don't take good care of them. I am interested in your yard beds and 'winter' garden as well.

  13. sheila_schultz 09/05/2013

    Surinder, you must love gazing out your door and seeing that wonderful riot of color! Looking at your deck definitely brings a smile to my face. I can't wait to see photos of your indoor gardens this winter!

  14. cwheat000 09/05/2013

    Surinder, your garden is so bright and lively. You have a beautifully maintained deck and yard. I love those late season zinnias and dahlias.

  15. user-2438129 09/05/2013

    I am humbled by such wonderful comments from all of you. Many thanks for the advise on not to plant anything under the Blue spruce tree, The tree has been in my yard since I moved in 1982. Every year I plant Caladium in the circle around the tree. May be in future I will not plant anything under that tree. Under all my trees I plant Caladium which bring lots of color. I plant about 400 Caladiums every year.

    I primarily use Miracle Grow fertilizer in the begining of the season and when plants grow little bigger I use bloom buster also from Miracle Grow to help with more blooms.

    I have found that Begonia is one of the safest flowering plant that deer rarely eat Begonia and I plant at least six to seven hundred begonia plants. Marigold is another plant deer do not eat. Also, deer do not seem to attack Zinias. However, they love Dalhias. I do use organic deer resistant spray for other plants.

    It will be my pleasure to share my indoor winter garden pictures. My winter garden is in full swing from October through April. I do bring some plants indoor but the winter plants are very different from the outdoor plants. My winter garden is a combination of hanging garden with some plants eight feet long along with ferns and very few flowering plants.

    Thanks once again.

  16. user-1020932 09/05/2013

    wow, Surinder, i'm blown away by the number of plants you install every year. if Caladiums haven't hurt that spruce tree in 30 years i say, plant on. i met a fellow gardener who swears by Vicks Vapo Rub as a deer repellent. i have not yet tried that but will . i will look forward to seeing your winter garden

  17. palmgirl 09/06/2013

    surinder,what a beautiful display.i have never seen Euphorbia milii grown in containers before,now I know what to do with the few I have. Thanks for sharing your wonderful garden.

  18. user-2438129 09/07/2013

    The Euphorbia millii/crown of thorn is one of my favorite plant. It blooms year round both indoor and outdoor. I have one with red color bloom and another with white color bloom. The best part is they need minimal care. Similarly many other Cactus plants that I have bloom beautifully inside the house and require minimal effort to grow.


  19. user-1020932 09/07/2013

    i'm glad to know you also have a cacti collection. i have many and appreciate them all for their easy care and for their sculptural qualities whether they flower or not. send pics of those too!

  20. delancey 09/08/2013

    Surinder: I am awed by the lushness of your flower pots! I decided a few weeks ago my fall project will be learning which types of seeds to sow in order to have full, healthy containers; perhaps starting annuals myself will give better results than buying what's on offer in May. I have only two large pots in front of my house and I hope next year to have them look half as good as yours.
    Gardening is great exercise, and though I'm not always up to doing as much as I'd like, even a short tour around the yard is beneficial. And, all the reading, planning, reevaluating; those help our minds stay limber as well.
    In other words: gardening is good for the body and the soul!

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