Your gardens are lovely Cathy! How in the world do you grow gardenias in your climate? Is it a standard that you bring indoors in the winter? Stay warm on this frigid day! ♥
Yes, Martha Ellen, the gardenia "tree" is in a pot that gets brought inside. This year I tucked artificial Christmas magnolia picks into branches and have decided to leave them in until I can take it outside in the Spring. At least it doesn't look so forlorn.
Wow! You have a stunning garden, Cathy. Seriously, these photos look like ones you see in gardening books! You should DO a book. The landscape looks like it keeps you really busy but it is just beautiful. Can almost smell the lavender - my favorite. Something else I'm partial to is all the white picket fencing. And what a nice place to "go to" on this very very cold January day with nary a green thing in sight. What is the yellow-ish material on the ground under the pieces of slate [??] which are underneath what looks like a miniature rose bush in a big terracotta urn? With the white wire fence surrounding it? Almost looks like dried corn - but that can't be. Can it? Now I'm intrigued... :>)
Hi Janet! The thing about garden photos is they focus on one plant or one area at a time and you get the impression the entire garden is beautiful! :-) But in reality, this collection of photographs only captures a moment in time when everything looked its best. I've been putting in gardens since 1992 and changing their look from time to time. The "yellowish material" is pea gravel. Moles kept destroying the lawn, so we decided to dig it all up a couple years ago. The wire fence was put up to keep Gabriel, my Westie, from escaping--he can't jump that high. I always wanted a house with a white picket fence around it! This house did not lend itself to that, so we enclosed the side yard when our youngest was little (he's 26 now). I have the wonderful memory of him climbing under the back gate like Peter Rabbit :-). We had to put in a board and build up the threshold to keep him in! Later we dug up all that grass and put in a raised bed garden. Years later my husband built an arbor and we added pea gravel and slate to make a patio under it. That is a miniature rose and the slate we've dug up on our property. It's part of the problem we have growing things here on Braddock Mountain.
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