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Garden tour- part1


Couple of days ago several people in our community opened their gardens (charity event) to public. It was beautiful sunny and hot day and we decided to go and see what other people are growing.
I am posting few images of these gardens:
I think the first one was fantastic and the lady owner was very dedicated gardener and must have spent lots of time to maintain it so pleasant and spotless.
She has a little orchard as we entered her property.

There was a good sized pond (to the left) and this little cryptomeria japonica looked just right in the rocky setting.

*The pond itself *

And a bench by the pond shaped as books

even a full size working waterwheel. Water was pumped from the pond and a little creek was created to flow it back in the pond.

She had several cottages on the property used as sheds and this was one of them. It had mossy roof with ferns growing on it.

Japanese maple was embellishing this cottage’s deck

Mature kousa dogwood in full bloom. Seems like every garden had one or two

Sambucus nigra black lace (in the pot) looked nice against the green hedge which I think was arborvitae.

Quite a few roses. This was one of the David Austin’s English rose

She referred to her garden as a “country garden” as there were elements of country living

Ornaments around the garden:

Water well

Gargoyle at the entance:

One of those fancy copper mobiles:


Our next visit was to a real country living place.
There were 2 different gardens on the same property. One, although on an acreage was just surrounding the house and the back yard was quite small…just big enough for relaxation but involved also a protected area (from deer) to grow vegetables and herbs. in 1ft style division..
We could have tea at this house and talk to a master gardener and our local celebrity garden writer Helen Chestnut.

At the entrance was Fagus Sylvatica Black Swan several kinds of Berberis and junipers and Japanese maple.
They built and landscaped the house 7 years ago.

Blueberries almost there.

Small backyard with red Japanese Maple, bamboo and Mahonia combo

Weeping Yoshino Cryptomeria. (I think)

Beautiful roses which did not photograph well.

A place to relax

Elderly owners lost their cat recently. Decided not to replace it. Now they have this:

I am sure it is not the same.
Further down the road on the same piece of land there was a horse farm with 3 generation of occupants…. all ladies said they enjoy gardening. The interesting part of this garden was the neat little pond recently constructed. The area was fenced and other perennials and annuals planted.

Pond area:

Other interesting area at this horse farm was a large vegetable garden all fenced and surrounded with roses.
It was feeding a large family.

Many country style posies were planted here and there.

Bold perennial Centaurea macrocephala

This is the setting of this farm.Photo of hay fields was taken as we exited the gates.

We did not have access to horses.
The next garden I’ll skip. It was an B&B and not particularly nice or well maintained yard.

In part two of our garden tour I will show another farm house, a lake shore property (an artist’s garden) and a plant collector garden.
We visited 7 gardens all together

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What wonderful gardens I enjoyed your tour and thank you Klahanie for sharing.

10 Jun, 2015


What a lovely blog. I really enjoyed looking at this. Thanks.

10 Jun, 2015


Thank you Thrupenny and Digginfit for your lovely comments.
Snoop, the garden was not their priority. I am sure the place inside was wonderful.

10 Jun, 2015


Thanks so much for sharing these imaginative gardens Klahanie . . . just beautiful. Added to favourites!

11 Jun, 2015


It's nice to visit other gardens. Interesting to see how people keep them :)
Enjoyed your photos ...

11 Jun, 2015


Wow stunning gardens Klanhanie, thanks for sharing look forward to part two! :-)

11 Jun, 2015


Thank you for your compliments Sheila, Hywel and Simbad.

11 Jun, 2015


I enjoyed seeing these gardens Klahanie, your photo's are really lovely thankyou for sharing....

11 Jun, 2015


Thanks Lincslass for your visit and comment. Glad you liked it.

11 Jun, 2015


Enjoyed this blog very much.

11 Jun, 2015


Thank you Stera

12 Jun, 2015


Thank you for sharing really enjoyed your blog and look forward to the next:)

12 Jun, 2015


Thank you Nana_d.

12 Jun, 2015


That first garden is amazing. Everything is much further on than here in Scotland.

12 Jun, 2015


We have beautiful weather for more than a month now Linda.
The first garden showed the love of gardening.

12 Jun, 2015


Thanks for the garden tour. The blog is nicely laid out and easy to follow, wonderful gardens and scenery. I loved that book bench. I think my own garden is more in style of country garden.

12 Jun, 2015


Water wheel is a kick. You also don't see backyard streams done often. I'm not sure why. Harder up keep or need more water here in California because of evaporation?
They do catch the eye..calming.

12 Jun, 2015


Such lovely gardens to visit. It was obvious that the owners had spent a lot of time and thought, (not to mention money) in making their gardens beautiful places to be in. I'm looking forward to reading part two.

13 Jun, 2015


Thank you Bathgate for your compliment.

Stan, You are right. Although many people have ponds there are not very many streams.

Thank you Homebird for your visit.

13 Jun, 2015


Wow, its very nature , peaceful and very Beautiful, Klahanie :-) XXX

16 May, 2016


Lovely to be reminded of this beautiful blog, and enjoy it again :)

16 May, 2016


Thank you Junna , good to see you here on Goy again.

I am thrilled that you enjoyed it second time Sheila. Thank you :-)

16 May, 2016

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