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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Char's Garden

There is a garden near my house that  I drive by several times a week.  I always admire it and swear that next time I go for a walk, I'll pass that way.  I finally remembered both my camera and my vow to see this garden on foot.  Fortunately, the homeowner was just arriving as I passed by so I was able to ask permission to take pictures instead of just being some strange person  snapping shots from the street.  As is often the case, the gardener was a delightful person who was happy to share her garden with me and allowed me to go inside the fence to see more. 



Much of Char's garden is visible from the street and I frequently pass by in a rush to get from one job to the next.  Often, I'm not in the best of spirits but the sight of her gorgeous plantings always makes me a little happier to be alive and able to enjoy such beauty!  Thanks, Char for beautifying this busy corner and for brightening many a gloomy day!




Char mentioned that I wasn't seeing the garden at it's best because of the time of year and because they had just gotten a new roof.  The garden looked fabulous to me but we're all our own worst critics.
 There were lots of great pot groupings.  Dig the rosemary!   I love it's fragrance and blue flowers that come early in the spring here and then on and off throughout the summer.


 There are many outstanding  plant combinations here.  Sorry for the exposure but the sun was not cooperating!

Crocosmias looking festive.
Here's hoping for a mild winter for all of our phormiums.   My friend Chris, when comparing the progression of blooms in her garden to a symphony, likens the arrival of rudbeckias to the entrance of the brass section.  One final fanfare from the perennials before the riot of  deciduous tree foliage takes center stage and draws our eyes upward. 
 Although the brass section is blaring, the strings are still playing their softer underpinning  in this corner of Char's garden.
 These mosaic pieces are a broken counter top that Char found while digging in her garden.


This poor frog seems to be suffering from bulimia or maybe he just ate a bad fly.  Love it!
 Although most of Char's garden faces the street,  there are also some quiet private spaces.







 This corner of the garden, which I most frequently see from the street, is cleverly planted so that there is almost always some interesting color going on.  Thanks again, Char, for beaufifying this space!  I hope it brings you as much joy as it does those lucky enough to pass by!




14 comments:

  1. You're so brave to ask for a closer look! Thanks for sharing, I love the recycled counter mosaic pieces. We are all our own worst critics, but this garden still looks fab! Great metaphor of the garden being similar to a symphony.

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    1. I've become much more bold about asking to look at gardens since I started blogging. Glad you liked this garden as it brings me joy several times a week!

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  2. Beautiful garden with lots of lovely personal touches. I'm also amazed that it can look even better than it does. Guess you'll have to go back sometime and show us now that you're no longer the stalker from the street.

    Old tile countertops as mosaic is a good idea, I'll have to look for those next time I'm at the ReStore.

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    1. The ideas we get for our own gardens is one of my favorite things about reading blogs & touring!

      Never fear, I will return to this garden!

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  3. More proof (as if any were needed): gardeners are the nicest people.

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  4. It's nice to see other people creating beautiful front gardens. Over here foliage is in vogue, plants that don't require much maintainance.

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    1. Largely, here it's the same thing with the low maintainance garden trend. Many folks don't seem to enjoy staying home and gardening.

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  5. How wonderful! this is a beautiful garden space. Creative and unique Love it! Thanks for sharing this. I really enjoy going on these armchair garden tours.

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    1. Thanks! I enjoy the armchair garden tours too and we're lucky that there are so many great blogs out there taking us along!

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  6. I like the pink sedum combined with the yellow flowers (anthemis?).

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    1. That's a great combo but I don't know what the yellow flowers are.

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  7. What a lovely garden! So much everything. That frog is funny.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the garden. The frog made me laugh!

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