Garden Photo of the Day

Veronica’s garden in New Hampshire, revisited

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre

Happy Monday, everyone! The last time we saw Veronica Guyre’s garden in Lyme, New Hampshire, was back in May of 2012 (refresh your memory HERE).

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre

It was love at first sight for me, so I’m so happy she sent us some 2013 photos last week! Vee says that it’s been a challenging year for her garden. Puh-leeeaaaase, Vee. If this is a challenged garden….. GORGEOUS!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Veronica Guyre

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  1. user-1020932 09/09/2013

    i only wish my place could be so challenged! absolutely spectacular and i'm blown away,,, then i visited the previous post and i was blown away again.

  2. bee1nine 09/09/2013

    I'm blown away by all the blue.
    All simply gorgeous, indeed!!!

  3. user-1020932 09/09/2013

    i keep coming back to these photos. question: did you design/install everything yourself or was there help involved because that is A LOT of work with unbelievable results.

  4. jwiegmull 09/09/2013

    OMG, this garden is to die for! I love the color combinations. I would love to see more of the landscape views in addition to the wonderful closeups of combinations that we saw today please.

  5. flowerladydi 09/09/2013

    Veronica,, it is sooooo beautiful!!! Love the backdrop of the evergreens, and the peeling bark of the birch in the background,,,,it sets it off so brilliantly!
    LOVE IT!!!

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    meander_michaele 09/09/2013

    Sigh, Veronica, your garden plays the "blues" to perfection and hits every note right! Your flowers and foliage are just gorgeous. These are the sort of pictures that I can get lost have a wonderful eye for framing and capturing a wonderfully pleasing vignette.
    Could you pop back in and share what made this year challenging for you and your garden? Too much rain? Too little?

  7. mainer59 09/09/2013

    Gorgeous, thick and full. The first picture has the lushness of a June garden but the flowering plants are the ones that come midseason. Like others (bee1nine), I love all the blue. Some I can identify from a distance in the first photo, but not all. Could you list them? The close-ups show nice combinations of annuals, perennials and bulbs.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/09/2013

    Amazing! Great shots to boot!

  9. JanisCort 09/09/2013

    Love the cool colors. My favorite palate

  10. lilyladyinma 09/09/2013

    very nice Veronica - combos and texture for seasonal enjoyment!

  11. debrees 09/09/2013

    Your garden is gorgeous! You have such an eye for design and I love your plant combos. I am currently refurbishing a border and this has definitely inspired me!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. Quiltingmamma 09/09/2013

    Wowza! that is a lovely garden - particularly seeing what it came from. Your combos are lovely and the true blues are stunning. It deserves a second 'wowza'!

  13. Wife_Mother_Gardener 09/09/2013

    Truly beautiful. I love the rhythm in your plantings. Great work!!!

  14. tractor1 09/09/2013

    An absolutely gorgeous array... and I have to agree that's a lot of labor of love. I also like that rock wall, from what I can see of it... I like that compacted crushed stone too, much nicer than cheapo builder's gravel. LOL I too would like to see more wide angle shots. Just a friendly hint, next the lighting isn't right use the flash for close ups. Thank you, Veronica.

  15. cwheat000 09/09/2013

    This is one of my all time favorite GPOD gardens. I am not sure how I missed commenting on it in May. To have tons of flowers, but still look neat is a really hard feat. The lines, the colors, the abundance, is all to die for. I having a hard time picking a favorite combo from your photos. They are all gorgeous. I love the viola. Do you treat it as an annual?I see some veggie plants mixed in. I am starting to really like that idea. I also would love to know what that bluish sedum is along the edge. Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  16. GrannyMay 09/09/2013

    I can only echo everyone else's comments - stunning combinations of annuals and perennials! Love your use of blues and whites with just pops of yellow or pink. Yes LOTS of work, and worth every minute!

  17. LagottoinPDX 09/09/2013

    Thank you for starting my day off so happily. Soothes the soul.

  18. GrannyMay 09/09/2013

    Veronica, I forgot to ask, are most of the tall, blue, spiky plants varieties of Veronica?

  19. arthurb3 09/09/2013

    wow! Just beautiful!

  20. SherylSherman 09/09/2013

    When I click on the different photos, it no longer displays them, the page jumps but doesn't change the large picture. So disappointed!

  21. sheila_schultz 09/09/2013

    Soothing is definitely the word for your color combinations, Veronica, and lush perfectly describes the feel of your gardens. They are nothing less than glorious! I do hope you have some help caring for them, if not... could I have the name of your vitamins?

  22. GrannyMay 09/09/2013

    To SherylSherman - that has happened to me when the website does not initialize properly. Exit and try the link again. Good luck.

  23. Tomboy1950 09/09/2013

    Wow! I am inspired to get to work in my garden this fall so I can have a beautiful garden in June just like this one.

    SherylSherman: I have had the same problem all of last week. What I noticed was that the advertisement on the right doesn't load (the little wheel just keeps going round and round) so you can't move off of the first page. It is most annoying.

  24. quinquek 09/09/2013

    So beautiful! I too would love to see more of the landscape views. This has given me some great ideas in thinking about larger-scale beds and the repetition of plants and colors to carry the eye. (I basically need a gardener's paint-by-number plan.) Is that cranesbill "Biokovo" that I see?

  25. quinquek 09/09/2013

    I'm an idiot. I should have checked out the previous links. "Biokovo" it is.

  26. Cynthia 09/09/2013

    I love this garden. It is the same color pallet I use, but unfortunately the similarity ends there. Are those pathways made of loose gravel? In the one photo it almost looks like the gravel is embedded in something. I would like use something like that for my driveway. I too, would love to hear what challenges you had to deal with this year. My garden did not survive the year's challenges as beautifully as yours did.

  27. tractor1 09/09/2013

    Cynthia: That paved area looks to me like compressed crushed stone. I have that for the roadway to my barn. The crushed stone was laid out with a machine the same as what lays out black top. Then a large heavy vibrating roller is driven over it several times compressing it... with smaller areas a hand operated vibrator will suffice. It makes a very stable surface but still one must be cautious when plowing snow not to dig in. I plow mine but I leave a few inches of snow.

  28. wildthyme 09/09/2013

    When I take close-up shots it's because I have something to hide, but from your 2012 shots that's obviously not the case here! Lovely, lush garden, something we struggle with here in dry Montana.

  29. kyaker 09/09/2013

    Thanks everyone for all of your kind comments, they are much appreciated.

    The first photo with ‘blue fortune’ Agastache (an annual for me), ’fragrant angel’ Echinacea,'bright eyes'Phlox and ‘blue horizon’ Ageratum was taken on 8/29/13. My perennial garden is 6 feet wide by 50 feet long and is below a retaining wall. It borders the curve in my stone-embedded cement driveway.

    To keep my list of garden challenges short, I’ll just say that moles and voles caused a lot of damage last fall. Dozens of perennials, all of my daffodils and iris, and most lily bulbs did not survive to see spring. Leaf diseases were rampant this summer from torrential rain storms and high humidity. Fortunately, I keep a nursery bed of perennials behind my vegetable garden!

  30. janeeliz 09/09/2013

    Veronica, your garden is luscious! I love all your blues, ...and your pinks...and your yellows. You have created a VERY special garden out of that blank slate! And everything looks so well tended. If you are ever on a garden tour, please let us know.

  31. prettygarden 09/09/2013

    Beautiful! I learned a lot about how I want to work some areas of my garden just from the photos. Thanks for sharing

  32. wGardens 09/10/2013

    GREAT photos, great combinations!

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