Sunday, June 19, 2011

Garden Tour!

I recently had the privilege of peeking behind several garden gates. 
Here are the highlights. 

 Cute or creepy? 

 If mine gets half this big, I'll be happy. 

 Bee heaven. 

 Typically I'm not a fan of orange but this border works. 

 How's about some eye candy?

This entire backyard was almost completely devoted to pond life. 

 A creative take on the hanging basket. 

 A pristine Hosta.

 So pretty...

 Don't you just love this fence with the trellis work? 

 I didn't notice the bird poo until I uploaded this photo.

 How totally Zen is this? 

 I captured my friend Tom in the mirror. Tee hee. 

 For those of us who adore pink, the bicycle...

...And the pretty pot holder... 

 ...And the tea cups. 

 Another profoundly gorgeous hanging basket.

 I really loved this combo.

 A touch of Asia.


 I love how this Japanese Forest Grass lights up this spot.

 Complementary orbs. 

 My photo doesn't do this water feature justice. 

 Succulents, anyone?

 My Plume Poppies are nowhere near this size yet. 

 Pretty Verbascums demand an overseer. 

 Doesn't this just beg for a sniff? 

 More Japanese Forest Grass.

 I love how the pots are plopped right down within the ground cover. 

 A sweet little side yard oasis. 

 This vignette makes the most of a narrow side yard. 

 Couldn't resist the pink Dianthus.

 Love these Nasturtiums

 Pretty Lettuces, don't you think? 

 I love this sweet sculpture.

 A lust for rust!

A Drawer-full of sweet Impatiens, perfectly placed under a shady tree. 
Hope you enjoyed the tour. 


  1. It must be the curious in all of us, that makes it so appealing when someone else opens their garden to us.

    Love how they used the pots in the garden, and the whimsy pink.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  2. Thank you for taking me with you on your gardens tour. They are all so well kept and neat and tidy, it make me want to go neaten my own garden. I especially loved the beautiful flowers in the glass jar but can't figure out what they are.

  3. WOW WOW WOW quite the gardens. Beautiful.

  4. Great tour, it's nice to see other people's gardens underway. That row of knipofia red hot pokers is incredible, what a way to welcome you to an estate. June snuck up on us, I could spend the majority of my time exploring peoples gardens.

  5. Just delightful! Grace, each photo outdid the last, loved that sculpture of the two people. This is how a garden should look, so unplanned but organized.


  6. I ♥ garden tours - and this one was especially wonderful. I agree about the orange - don't usually like 'em, but these work! And my eye was drawn to blue pots & accents... The (was it?) hot pink dish rack as interesting, too. I enjoy yard art and whimsy and this tour certainly had some along with the wonderful plants.

  7. Lucky you! How fun. I think I like blogs so much because I get to peek in other people's gardens. The bicycle is great!

  8. Grace! those are beautiful gardens, I especially love the blues and pinks of the decorative items! How funny: the lust for rust pic? That is a antebellum bird from an iron gate in South Carolina. I purchased one, myself, ten years ago in Charleston. It is a treasured possession, it looks fabulous in that setting!

  9. Oh Grace, I love your garden tours! The hanging basket with the hosta was very inspiring. It's delightful to see other people's gardens. The variety of style and color. I think you need a pink tea cup and plate rack :)
    BTW..your new header photo is gorgeous!!

  10. I'm so jealous, I've been wanting to go on a few garden tours lately, there are a bunch in my area. I love that golden forest grass too, with the black ajuga around it. And the mossy water feature. And that long mass planting of red hot poker.

    Wonderful! Thanks for taking us along.

  11. A lot of inspiration on this garden tour. I still want some Japanese Forest Grass! I love, love the succulent container...

  12. Wow! What a fun day!!! I think my favorite is the row of hot poker flowers along the wire fencing. They are so dramatic and elegant, but also humble and rural in their setting. So many great ideas too! I really like the pea gravel walkway between the lawn and the concrete edging - and those conical hanging baskets are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I forgot to add, the Red Hot Poker plants are just awesome. I have two that I started from seed three years ago, no flower yet. I believe I keep them to moist, they are native of Africa right?

  14. One of the things I love about your devotion to pink, Grace, is the multitude of beautiful ways you show it in your photos. There's nothing better than being shown a new way to appreciate something! Thank you also for recognizing the lovely oranges in the bee border - it's clear they can be combined with pink tones. I keep trying but it clearly takes a designer's eye to carry it off, so count me out of that esteemed group!

  15. I love visiting open gardens. Lucky girl! My fav is the pot with the hosta, fern and fuchsia. Such texture! As for the leaf man face - creepy. :)

  16. I hope my Kniphofias grow and grow into a border like that!! What a great garden to visit. I like the repeat of the blue from the pots to the chairs. And.....I WANT that container of succulents!

  17. How exciting! I love the bee heaven, and I am amazed at the succulent strawberry jar! I think I could do that! I've been wanting some fountain grass for a while, but not sure where to put it - never thought about a pot! Thanks for the tour!

  18. Thanks for the lovely tour, Grace! lots of really nice combinations. I haven't been on a tour in ages... might have to do it again.

  19. I loved it, Grace. So many marvelous ideas! I never cease to be amazed at how clever and creative gardeners can be! Love the 'Perfection' shot! gail

  20. This garden is so TIDY Grace. I look around mine and it doesn't appear anywhere near as neat! (or have as many cool plants!) The pink bicycle is fantastic as are all the containers.

  21. Great tour! Love the blue pots, the fence and those kniphofias are stunning!

  22. Really enjoyed accompanying you on your tour of the town, Grace. Your garden should have been on the it would fit in perfectly with it!

  23. So fun. I love love love that pink bicycle. How can you not smile when you see that? But my favorite is the long, long border of Red Hot Pokers. Everytime I see one, I scream out: RED HOT POKER. I can only imagine the pandemonium that would ensue if I saw that border in real life. "Who's the lady screaming over there by the driveway?" THAT WOULD BE ME.

    Great tour Grace!

  24. I enjoyed the tour, too, Grace. I think my favorite was the orange and pink border. Those flowers were blooming their hearts out! There was lots of cool garden art, too. The pink bicycle was awesome! I agree, your place should have been on the tour, too.

    I have a friend who gave me a plume poppy plant recently. I hope it has room where I planted it.

    That side yard with the blue chairs gave me some ideas for our front yard.

  25. burkejoan42@yahoo.comJune 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Grace, I downloaded one of your pictures, they are so beautiful. I could learn a lot from you on gardening! Joan Burke


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