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  • Garden/Potting Shed, Created completely from scratch, my charming, 200 sq ft potting shed, has given me many hours of enjoyment as well as a tranquil place to spend time in during the warmer weather.  My first attempt at building something turned out pretty good.  What do you think?, Gardens Design

    Garden/Potting Shed

    11 photos, 12,518 Views, Flag

  • Backyard Re-do, Completely done by ourselves..including taking down the large tree in the center of yard bringing in truckloads of top soil laying the brick as well as making the "tool shed"., Gardens Design

    Backyard Re-do

    10 photos, 92,162 Views, Flag

  • foggy golf course garden, Gardens look so different at different times of day and every once in a while the cat wakes me up early. Often, fog  gathers on the course to form a beautiful backdrop., Gardens Design

    foggy golf course gard...

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  • 2014 Gardens, Minnesota cottage gardens, Gardens Design

    2014 Gardens

    5 photos, 733 Views, Flag

  • Summer cottage garden, Just some views of the garden in summer., Gardens Design

    Summer cottage garden

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  • Jewels of my Garden, "How fair is a garden, amid the toils and passions of existence." (Benjamin Disradi) 

Its the hight of summers and there is an abundance of flora (and fauna) to be witnessed in the garden. The plants have reached their absolute zenith and are  in full bloom.
The colours are rich with a jewel like intensity, varied, tactile textures and heady scent pervades the air. The senses are assaulted in the most beautiful manner. You are exited yet a sense of peace still prevails. Engulfed by plants and walking amongst them easily transports you to a far of exotic land. The buzz of bees, insects and the fluttering of colourful butterflies just adds to the whole experience. The song birds also make a point of making themselves heard.

There are allot of narrow paths in my garden which beckon the visitor to further explore and at every turn there is something exiting to be discovered. Amongst all the cultivated perennials and annuals are self sown verbena bonariensis which dance about in the borders adding vertical interest, lightness, movement and a purple haze. Verbena B is such a wonderful plant its light and airiness lends itself to be planted in the front of the border , creating almost like a sheer veil for the other plants in the background and adding depth to the scheme. Its a favourite amongst pollinators too and is as effective  a support  for dahlias as bamboo canes. (have I convinced you of this plant already?)
Colours and plants are repeated every where with the odd punctuation of large foliage plants ( i.e. hostas, bananas, arum lily, heuchera and cannas). this repetition gives the garden  a sense of continuity and cohesion and one can then relate to different areas while  strolling  amongst the various paths whilst still retaining individual identities.
 I have a keen interest in arts  and working with a living medium such as plants,  do the most wonderful and unexpected things. I am absolutely thrilled at the way the garden has turned out this year,I sort of had a picture in my head to begin with but the results have been far better than expected. I sit here in my garden on my laptop writing this (being carried away even) with a feeling of contentment and a big smile. Gardening is a cycle and a process and I am very privileged and grateful to be part of this  amazing process. May for long we garden., Gardens Design

    Jewels of my Garden

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  • A Neglected 1940's Garden Restored and Now Vibrant and Alive!, Once a beautiful bird sanctuary, my garden was a tremendous challenge to bring it back to life and not only make it a joyous place to be and walk through, but also a quiet serene place as a part of our home.  I spend an average of an hour a day, planting, pruning, watering and creatively thinking of ways to be inviting to birds and entertaining for our guests.  I'd be very interested in your feedback., Gardens Design

    A Neglected 1940's Ga...

    10 photos, 2,572 Views, Flag

  •  Backyard Garden spring 2011, Gardens Design

    Backyard Garden sprin...

    12 photos, 7,625 Views, Flag

  • My Potting Shed, I wanted a pretty potting shed that would enhance the look of my garden as well as provide a place to store all my gardening tools., Gardens Design

    My Potting Shed

    3 photos, 8,660 Views, Flag

  • GARDEN SPECTACULAR, Gardens Design


    33 photos, 4,368 Views, Flag

  • A Victorian Victory Garden, Gardens Design

    A Victorian Victory G...

    21 photos, 5,363 Views, Flag

  • Summer's Reward, A one acre lot full of annual and perennial beds in minnesota, Gardens Design

    Summer's Reward

    15 photos, 9,710 Views, Flag

  • 600 Dollar Throw Away House Front Garden, I bought this house for 600 dollars October 2009. , Gardens Design

    600 Dollar Throw Awa...

    39 photos, 10,763 Views, Flag

  • My backyard garden 2010, Gardens Design

    My backyard garden 201...

    20 photos, 9,922 Views, Flag

  • The Gazebo Garden, My husband and I constructed this garden to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Our boys helped to build the patio and retaining wall. It's our favorite place to hang out in the summer.  The gazebo is screened in so we don't have to worry about bugs.  There are four large maple trees surrounding the gazebo so it is cool and breezy.  We have a hammock strung up between two of the trees and it's a great place to nap or relax. The hammock is big enough for both of us so we use this as a spot to reconnect with each other after a busy week., Gardens Design

    The Gazebo Garden

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  • My Back yard, These are a few of the pictures of my yard.  My husband built the pond.  , Gardens Design

    My Back yard

    4 photos, 14,880 Views, Flag

  • Old California Courtyard , In the style of an old California  hacienda, the entrance to the home is through the courtyard. Surrounded by high stucco walls the interior of the courtyard is a safe haven for the owners dachshunds. Two fountains provide water for the many hummingbirds and other wildlife. All plants and flowers are selected to attract hummingbirds and butterflys. The gate into the courtyard also acts as the front door to the house allowing the french doors (not seen) to remain open almost year round. Design and most of the work by the homeowners., Gardens Design

    Old California Courty...

    3 photos, 1,743 Views, Flag

  • My Garden, Garden, Gardens Design

    My Garden

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