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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTOS! Julie's garden in Pennsylvania

comments (14) October 18th, 2011 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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A wide view of our shade path and circle lawn where you can see Sedum Frosty Morn on the corner of the circle.
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Our hill garden (Rosa The Fairy, Stachys byzantina, Sedum Autumn Joy, Canna King Humbert, Echinacea purpurea and Perovskia Little Spire).
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Our hill garden (Rosa The Fairy, Stachys byzantina, Sedum Autumn Joy, Canna King Humbert, Echinacea purpurea and Perovskia Little Spire).
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This is the walk from our driveway to our back door (Aster Peter III to the left).
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Dahlia Heat Wave with Canna King Humbert and pink Japanese anemones.
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Sedum Frosty Morn with Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra Aureola).
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The new English ivy topiary balls I am training which are sitting by our garage door.
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Sedum Frosty Morn under northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) near our Circle Lawn.
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A wide view of our shade path and circle lawn where you can see Sedum 'Frosty Morn' on the corner of the circle.

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Photo: Courtesy of Julie Witmer

Today's photos are from Julie Witmer from her Zone 5 Pennsylvania garden. She says, "I am quite surprised and pleased with myself at how good everything is still looking in October. Our first freeze will be here in a couple of weeks so I am trying to soak it up!" So pretty, Julie! Thanks for sharing! 

**CLICK ON EACH PHOTO for captions that describe what you're seeing**

As I said yesterday, keep those photos coming, folks! While I can't post everything that comes in (please don't be offended if I don't feature your photos--they're all beautiful!), I'll do my best to feature as many of your gardens as I can.

Thanks! ---Michelle



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Comments (14)

Vespasia writes: So lovely, a really natural garden that makes the transition from summer into fall so well, gorgeous Posted: 4:16 pm on October 18th
wittyone writes: Maybe regular people as opposed to professional gardeners would make for a better distinction between the two.

In general, professionals with degrees in horticulture certainly have an edge as to knowledge about placement and color schemes as well as the varying cultural habits of plants. Also someone working for a public garden will have more money to spend on hardscaping and plant material that most home gardeners.

Regular people for the most part just stumble along slowly gaining knowledge by trial and error and lots of reading in the meantime. It takes awhile to get there, and a lot never make it.

As a result wonderful gardens like the one featured today demonstrate what can be accomplished by someone working with fewer tools than a professional and therefore are more encouraging to the general run of gardeners.

Posted: 3:43 pm on October 18th
Wife_Mother_Gardener writes: Thanks everybody for your very kind comments on our garden!

As a mommy to three little ones, I do most of my gardening during afternoon times. But it really is my reading about all sorts of gardens - public and private - that fuels me to keep trying to better my plant combinations and succession plantings.

It is so encouraging to us home gardeners to see other home gardens done in spare time with limited funds! (My plants all come from our small-town nursery and from searching big-box stores bargains, for example.) But it is also so valuable for us to look, and spend time, at public gardens and see what we can learn from them. We are all in the pursuit of creating Beauty, after all!

Thanks,
Julie Witmer Posted: 2:25 pm on October 18th
MichelleGervais writes: Volunteers are truly amazing. Thanks for spotlighting them, tractor1 & soilgoil! Posted: 12:12 pm on October 18th
soilgoil writes: I come from a family of avid gardeners, including a young professional with advanced degrees in horticulture. I myself am a veteran Master Gardener. But like tractor1, I want to give credit to the volunteers who give so much time, talent and energy at public gardens. My sister is one of them. When budget cuts forced layoffs at the University of California, Santa Cruz arboretum, she and another RN jumped in to renovate several of the overgrown and sadly neglected gardens. The results of their many hours of labor are evident. These ladies, and a host of other volunteers, have made the difference between a weedy jungle and a tranquil oasis where everyone may enjoy the glory of nature. That being said, I want to commend Julie for her lush, lovely October garden. And thank you, Michelle, for giving ALL gardeners their due. Posted: 11:30 am on October 18th
greenthumblonde writes: Mmmm. All I need is a hot cup of tea. Posted: 9:10 am on October 18th
MichelleGervais writes: I could not agree more, tractor1! I've worked for a public garden in the past, have many friends who work in public gardens, and have met oodles of gardeners at public gardens around the country. Lemme tell ya, they're not in it for the money. They just happen to do what they love for a living, and they're thrilled to share what they've learned with me and our readers (they get just as excited as you guys do when their work is featured here). They and the gardens they create are unmistakably real, and really, public gardens exist for the public's inspiration and enjoyment, thanks to the generous people who have funded them throughout the years.

That said, I love today's garden, too! Julie, that canna and anemone combo is KILLER. Posted: 8:36 am on October 18th
elizh writes: It's really gorgeous. Love the sedum and the pumpkins along the pathway.
Posted: 8:32 am on October 18th
forloveofflowers writes: Absolutely beautiful! Love these photos for inspiration! Posted: 8:32 am on October 18th
tractor1 writes: It's very unfair/shallow to denigrate those who do a labor of love in the public gardens... they are REAL people too... most of whom are volunteers, individuals and groups from local gardening clubs. For more years than I care to remember, since grade school, I volunteered at The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and now I give of my time, efforts, and personal funds helping to beautify our small rural village, and I also volunteer my gardening skills along with many other volunteers at the local golf course... what is this REAL people business, ALL gardeners are REAL people and all gardens are REAL gardens. Differentiate by calling them public/private gardens, but stop it with this infantile REAL business. Thank you for your understanding. Posted: 8:06 am on October 18th
smesq writes: This is a beautiful garden! I agree, I love seeing gardens from REAL people! She has done a wonderful job.
Posted: 7:11 am on October 18th
meander1 writes: I wouldn't have thought that a tropical like Canna could give off such a great autumn vibe but the colors in your 'King Humbert' are perfect for fall. Posted: 6:34 am on October 18th
grayjohnson writes: This is what I've been looking for... other people's gardens. REAL gardens, from REAL people who love their dirt! Love the placement of their plants and share the beauty. Thank you! Posted: 6:03 am on October 18th
JulieBW writes: Sooo lovely! I tire quickly of hearing peoples comments who think that gardens are gone after July... Posted: 5:13 am on October 18th
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