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Virginia Garden Full of Azaleas

A beautiful spring full of flowers

Pat Clements sent in today’s photos.

I live in a hundred-year-old home in Mechanicsville, Virginia. When we moved here I said I was only going to have a small herb garden. Well, four gardens later and I’m still going strong!

Thanks for visiting my garden.

gazeboMy gazebo, where you can find me every summer morning having my coffee and reading.

A bench to rest and listen to the wind chimes!

hostas in containersI drilled holes in galvanized buckets and planted hostas. They overwintered just fine. (Editor’s note: This is also a great way to protect hostas from the voles that love to eat hosta roots in this part of the country.) The red flowers are azaleas.

gazing ballI just love gazing balls!

garden pathwayThis pathway used to be out of control with weeds. We dug them out, put down high-quality landscape cloth, and covered it with pea gravel. It was labor intensive (says my husband!), but it is one of the best things I ever did.

azaleasThe azaleas were especially gorgeous this year.

garden entranceSide entrance to the shade garden guarded by St. Fiacre.


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    treasuresmom 05/12/2020

    Love all those azaleas. Mine have been finished quite a while here in the deep south. It would be lovely to sit on that bench with a cup of coffee & take it all in.

    1. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

      It’s a great spot to relax! Thank you so much!

  2. pam_clemmons 05/12/2020

    Such a lovely and colorful garden! The pea gravel walkway is perfect for the area. Thanks so much for sharing Pat 😊

    1. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

      Thank you so much. It is a very peaceful place for a rest!

      1. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

        And I do love the pea gravel path! Maintenance free!

      2. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

        And yes the gravel path is wonderful! Maintenance free!

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    simplesue 05/12/2020

    Such a pretty garden and home back there in the "Azalea forest"!
    Your gazebo is absolutely picturesque in your inspire me to sit at my garden table to have coffee/tea...somehow I only end up working in the garden and forget to enjoy it that way.
    I'm not Catholic/religious but love a good saint like St. Francis for his association with kindness towards animals a statue often used in gardens -so when I saw your St. Fiacre statue - I was surprised and curious and got side tracked googling him and love what I learned " hermit and gardener"
    That garden path is super! A garden without a path is missing that feeling of discovery, and finding beauty around each corner no matter how short that path is...and I found myself wanting to walk on that path!
    Great job on your garden and thanks for sharing!

    1. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

      Wow! Thank you so much! And yes you must set aside some time each day to relax & enjoy your garden. Even if is 30 minutes. A cup of coffee or tea & a magazine! St. Fiacre watches over my garden!

  4. user-5117752 05/12/2020

    What a heavenly visit I had in your garden today! Every thing so lush and colorful! To think of sitting in that gazebo or on the bench just wondering at the gifts of nature - and your hard work!!! Thank you for taking the time to share!

  5. user-5117752 05/12/2020

    I forgot to mention how much I loved those pails! How very clever! And the honeysuckle arbor! Well, I could just go on and on!

    1. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

      Thank you so much! The paid are cheap & the voles can’t chew through them!

  6. btucker9675 05/12/2020

    What a glorious garden!

    1. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

      Thank you so much!

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    meander_michaele 05/12/2020

    There's just something about Virginia and azaleas...a match made in heaven. Yours are gorgeous and I love how the colors and sizes of the different varieties just blend into a soft wall of visually delightful flowers. Your approach to planting some hostas in the pails also allows the hostas to be elevated and enjoyed closer to eye level...a win win.

    1. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

      Thank you so much!

  8. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

    Sorry for duplicate post & misspellings. Just learning to navigate this site!

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    pattyeckels 05/12/2020

    Nice “herb” garden. Lol looks like you got started and couldn’t stop. Beautiful!

    1. PattyLouise 05/12/2020

      Yes that is so true! Thank you so much.

  10. carolineyoungwilliams 05/14/2020

    Thank you for sharing Pat. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous. I truly enjoyed the tour. Love the colors, the accent pieces and the choice of plants used. I loved it all.

    1. PattyLouise 05/15/2020

      Thank you so much!

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