This was one fantastic garden. Stay tuned because my favorite garden on this tour is next.
This was one fantastic garden. Stay tuned because my favorite garden on this tour is next.
Last year I went on a garden tour in Athens, Georgia. I'm going to show you all the amazing gardens I visited.
Again, the above photo has amazing texture and color. Love!
Stay tuned for the next part of our tour of this garden.
This next garden represents all that is classically southern.
It's a complete contrast to the last garden we visited on this tour.
Whereas that garden had an incredible amount of personality sprinkled throughout, this garden by contrast is completely devoid of any personality.
This was a stunningly beautiful garden.
The great lawn was mighty impressive.
The use of rocks was fantastic.
Although I do have to say I've never seen a man-made waterfall that I actually liked. They always look artificial and weird.
I honestly have to say I didn't love this garden. It was clearly designed to be an impressive garden and it is that. It's very beautiful. But I wanted to see more of the owner's personality reflected somewhere.
This sitting area was welcoming and beautiful but it looks like it was bought straight off the showroom floor. I would love to have seen some personal details.
Hope you enjoyed this tour. Stay tuned for lots more.
Here's a video I made of the gardens I visited back in June 2011 during the Georgia Perennial Plant Association garden tour. My very favorite garden during this tour was the first one I visited called "The Dog House". Louise Poer is the owner and designer of this garden. Not only do I love her dog theme but I was utterly and completely amazed by how she was able to artistically cram a colossal amount of plants and doo dads into the small space. This home is in a subdivision with very small yards. You simply would not believe how tiny this garden is until you set foot in it.
Louise's garden was also featured on the best garden show that was ever on TV, The Gardener's Diary hosted by Erica Glasener. Erica wrote about Louise's garden here. Martha Tate, producer of The Gardener's Diary, has also featured Louise's garden several times on her blog, Garden Photo of the Day. Finally, Better Homes and Gardens featured several photos of Louise's garden on their site.
I feel a little guilty for not mentioning the other fabulous gardens I discovered on this tour. They were all fantastic and I found lots of ideas on this tour. It's just that Louise's garden struck me right where I live so that I felt an instant connection with her garden. This year's Georgia Perrenial Plant Association garden tour is happening next month. Hope you can make it! If not, I hope you find a local garden tour you can visit.
There is a lot to see in the garden of this restored Craftsman style house.
Including this totally adorable tool shed. I love it! Adore the light fixtures flaking the doors.
Ok, this crossvine is beyond fabulous and guess what? I have the same one, Tangerine Beauty, growing on my fence.
Pretty much a big ol' wow at the entrance.
Same fabulous light fixtures.
This custom iron gate is just a small hint at the artwork you'll see in this garden.
What I really loved was this second story vegitable plot.
When you climb up the little stairs you see a square foot vegitable garden. How awesome is that?
This is a very small back garden and I love how they've made use of every inch of space.
I've been stairing at my blank wood fence for so long wondering what to put on them to jazz it up a bit. Never thought of anything half as cool as these shelves.
Totally awesome artwork surrounded by crossvine. Love!
Meet Renfroe, the resident dog and guest greeter. He was sweet as cake!
Here's a nice overview of the back garden.
Love the colors of this birdhouse.
This is the upper terrace. Despite having a tiny backyard they managed to terrace it which looked fantastic.
They even managed to squeeze in a garage.
I fell madly head over heels for this ajuga. Must.Have.Now. It's called Burgundy Glow Ajuga and I have the perfect place for about fifty of them in the front yard.
Same agava is blooming in my front garden.
Love these blue urns flanking the entrance to the upper terrace.
A very inviting path.
Somehow they managed to squeeze in not one but two ponds on this small property. The other is in the front.
I love this blue glass globe with the white azaleas flanking it!
Ok, if they can manage to squeeze a hot tub and a sauna on this property then I'm pretty sure I have enough room too. Something to consider!
Delightful Craftsman detailing.
How about that fantastic rain chain?
Ok, I'm definitely not going to put a pond in my front garden but somehow it works on this property.
Nice roundy curved front path.
What I loved about this garden was how so very personal it was. All the artwork was fitted in so well with the plantings. I really enjoyed this garden a lot. Stay tuned for more garden tours from Athens, Georgia.
This tour never dissappoints so lets take a look at the first garden.
As I follow the driveway to the back I can't help but be wowed by the neighbor's garden on the right.
Here's a great way to use vinca minor. Supremely invasive but looks great just dripping over the edge of these natural rocks.
Wow. I want to sit on that patio in the afternoon and sip some wine.
There are some delights in store here!
But first lets just admire the neighbor's garden through the fence again. Yum.
Awesome. That is the two car garage painted a perfect color to blend with with it's surroundings.
Totally love the curvy bed.
Ajuga (the one with the purple blooms) is my new favorite plant. I now have masses growing in my garden.
Delightful courtyard with potted sago palms. I used to love sagos, which is actually not a palm, but I heard a story about a dog who ate the seeds and he didn't live so I crossed that plant off my list.
I like the way this Clematis armandii drapes over the wall. I've rejected this plant too for now because the shape of the leaves is too tropical for my garden. I may change my mind someday though because it is evergreen and so few vines are.
I'm sure I've never seen creeping fig in a pot. Kind of a cool effect.
And here is the view from the courtyard. Such a pretty scene to dine by! The borrowed view from the neighbor's garden is awesome.
Fantastic tree canopies in this garden.
How about all these fantastic plants surrounding the pond?
What truly impresses me are all the textures! Go ahead and click the above photo to make it bigger. You'll see what I mean and be rightly impressed.
Just past the pond the boarder continues.
Terrific textured tree.
How about that pretty bench? The brightness makes me want to go there.
Such a pretty spot.
And here is the view from the bench. It's pretty but feels like it needs a bit more of a focal point.
Traveling on further we arrive at the garage.
And off to the right, completly hidden from view was this amazing camellia.
I went out of my way to ask it's name but no one knew.
Oh how beautiful it was. Way prettier than my photos.
One interesting thing about this garden was the large photos of the garden on eisals throughout. I'm not sure if they were showing the garden at a different season or were there just to show off their art or maybe they were for sale. Couldn't tell but they were interesting.
Continuing past the garage you head to the next garden room which holds a parterre garden.
And the path to get there was a delight. I love how the path curves around a tree so you can't see the whole thing until you round the corner.
It was so pretty.
And it had neato things growing inside the boxwood.
The path I just travelled is to the right behind those shrubs.
I adore how they made this corner round.
Love the seahorse detail of this sundial!
This intricate iron bench is a perfect focal point.
The above photo is my favorite of this part of the garden.
There is a third garden room just down this path but the sun was too bright and the garden was too new for me to caputure any photos.
So we'll just turn back from where we came.
I have the double, pom pom one in my garden but I don't love it. Next year I'm taking it out and putting in the single.
I so loved this dog statue. Must find one!
And this garden tour would not be complete without yet another photo with the beautiful neighbor's garden as a backdrop. Nothing better than a beautiful borrowed view!
I snapped this photo as I was leaving. The front certainly gives no hints about the treasure hidden in the back! Stay tuned for more of this Athens, Georgia garden tour coming soon.
This dappled shade was perfect on the hot day I visited.
This was a garden for the whole family to enjoy!
Love the "jewels" added to this heart shaped tree wound.
This ends the Henry County garden tour but stay tuned for more garden tours next week!
Welcome to the next stop on last year's Henry County, Georgia garden tour.
What an awesome front yard.
Love this 'thunderhead' pine! Find out about other plants in this garden here.
Pretty gazebo with lovely music.
What really delighted me about this garden is the small size of the plot. It really shows what can be done with a small piece of land.
How about this neato idea for your climbling vines?
I belive I will be stealing this idea, yes indeed!
I truly loved how this vegetable bed was set up.
There is a secret courtyard behind that archway.
I really adored this courtyard. This property is on a corner lot so this enclosed area is perfect for a little privacy.
Looks like the perfect place to sit and have coffee in the morning.
Next week is the last stop on the Henry County, Georgia garden tour. Be sure to visit!
Coll old iron bed. I hope they will turn it into a "flower bed".
Daffodils were beautiful!
Is that an outhouse? Nah, just a little tool shed.Wasn't that tour simply stunning? Maybe it's time for you to plan a trip to Indian Springs, Georgia. Indian Springs State Park, the oldest state park in the whole of the USA, is there.
Are you a list maker? Love to cross done items off your list? Do you sometimes make a list and include already completed items just so you can cross them off? Yeah, me too. If you’re a list makin’ southern gardener then you will love this book: The Southern Gardener’s Book of Lists: The Best Plants for All Your Needs, Wants, and Whims by Lois Trigg Chaplin. Yes, over 200 lists covering: trees, perennials, ferns, annuals, vines, shrubs, azaleas, roses. All these lists are designed to help you create the garden of your imagination.
Want a list of trees with showy bark? It’s in there! How about a list of perennials for alkaline soil? It’s in there! Need a list of deciduous shrubs with fall color? You got it! There are so many different lists of plants that work in southern gardens coving topics I’d never even thought of before. I’ve got book marks stick into several pages of my copy. But this book belongs to the library so I need to get it back to them soon. This would probably be one that I’d actually buy to keep on my shelf as a good reference tool when I what to change something out in the garden.
Might as well check out this book from your local library first before you buy it. And lots of public libraries in Georgia have this book on their shelves. Those outside of Georgia can click here to see which libraries near you have it. (hint: type in your zip code so you can find the closest library that has it). Enjoy!
Visited Indian Springs, Georgia on Easter.
Found an amazing garden there.
It's a cute little town.
I was delightfully surprised by the gardens I discovered there.
How about this cool Rose Garden carving?
And this amazing wood carved bench?
Beautiful formal lawn.
Colorful tulips everywhere!
I didn't want to leave. But there is much more coming soon!
Here are some of my favorite garden links from this week:
Tips on photographing your garden.
Some beautiful flowers for your garden.
Love this DIY watering can for your seed trays.
Super cool DIY net box.
Spring issue of the online magazine Leaf.
Some pretty cool garden design articles.
This week's Dream Garden.
Lots of plants nestled here and there. For a list visit here.
Thanks so much for visiting this garden with me. Next week we'll visit another garden from this tour.
Have you ever flipped through a garden book only to find yourself ooing and ahing over every single page? That’s exactly how it was for me when I opened Roses in the Southern Garden by G. Michael Shoup. From the first page to the last I was overcome with the beautiful photographs of old fashioned roses growing in gardens of the deep south. Now I’m not talkin’ about hybrid teas here. Those are the ones for years wouldn’t do right and often died in folks’ gardens. This book features roses that will grow in our heat and humidity and are utterly beautiful. Southerners, have hope! There are indeed roses we can grow without sprays that will survive in our weather.
It’s not just pretty pictures either. Author Michael Shoup has been growing roses for years. He’s the owner of The Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio, Texas where it’s pretty darn hot! He provides lots of information about the kinds of roses that do well for use here. I’ve ordered roses from The Antique Rose Emporium, including my namesake, the ‘Felicia’ rose. I’d never ordered roses through the mail before and I was amazed when they showed up in pretty big pots. No bare root for them! Which reminds me, I need to put in an order lickity split so I can get them into the ground before our heat wave. Here's a little bonus video of Michael Shoup talking about easy care on the Central Texas Gardener TV show:
Sorry to say there are only a few copies of this book available at public libraries in Georgia. But your librarian will help you order a copy or you can do it yourself online here. Those outside of Georgia can click here to see which libraries near you have it. (hint: type in your zip code so you can find the closest library that has it). Enjoy!
Here are some of my favorite garden links from this week:
Start your seeds in a beverage container.
Make a garden hose spring wreath.
Cute wine cork birdhouse.
Incredibly cool new garden app.
Getting kids to eat their vegetables and grow them too.
Flowers in Hithcock's Vertigo.
Recreating Eden international documentary.
Read Proven Beauty magazine online.
Remeber the beautiful garden tour we started last week? Here we are in the back garden!
The collection of plants in the back garden is extensive. Check out the list here.
This garden is situated on the banks of lake Dow. What a view!
Must protect those fish from the local birds.
Not from these birds :)
Aren't they adorable?
Sweet love birds.
There was so much to see and admire.
This view was particularly breathtaking.
Sweet kitty cat memorial.
Fake heron. He looks real though, doesn't he?
Thanks for coming along with me on this beautiful garden tour. Stay tuned next week to the next stop on last year's Henry County garden tour.
There’s nothing better than draggin’ home a bunch of books from the library. I came across a book recently that summed up everything I love in a book, Madison: A Classic Southern Town by William R. Mitchell Jr. and photography by Van Jones Martin and James R. Lockhart. It features fantastic photographs of gardens and houses in Madison, Georgia. Now I love this little town. If I’m ever near there I try very hard to carve out time to visit one of its many antique shops. This picturesque southern town retains is historical beauty today because Sherman did not burn it during his March to the Sea during the War of Northern Aggression. The book is not strictly about gardens but every other photograph features some part of a home’s garden. It can’t help but do that because it’s the landscaping that truly enhances the architectural beauty of a house. Hop on over here if you’d like to visit the blog of one of the landscape designers whose work is featured in the book.
Not too many copies of this book available at public libraries in Georgia. But you can certainly order a copy to be delivered to your local library. Your librarians will be happy to help. Or you can do it yourself online here. Those outside of Georgia can click here to see which libraries near you have it. (hint: type in your zip code so you can find the closest library that has it). Enjoy!
The owners of this garden are long time members of the McDonough Garden Club.
Lots of pretty plants tucked up in there.
And a totally irresistable path that leads to a pretty fabulous back garden that I'll show you next week. Stay tuned! In the mean time be sure to visit last week's Henry County garden.
Alrighty you Georgia gardeners, listen up! This is the garden book you NEED: Month-By-Month Gardening in Georgia by Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener. Once again I’m recommending a book that you really should own. This is a guide to your garden that you wish your house came with when you signed up for that mortgage. Walter and Erica have put together an easy to follow guide that will help you figure out what needs doing in the yard every month. This is the perfect book to give to the new Georgia gardener or as a housewarming gift for someone with a new home. I wish I’d had this book when I moved to the suburbs and was confronted with a lawn for the first time in my life. But it’s oh so much more than just lawns. It also includes what needs doing to: annuals, bulbs, edibles, perennials, roses, shrubs, trees, and vines too. And it’s set up monthly so no need to get overwhelmed with a year’s worth of garden advice at one time. Just flip to the month you need and read the few pages that apply.
Georgia gardeners and gardener wannabes run on down to your local public library and check out a copy of this book. Every library in Georgia will have a copy! Find them here. Those outside of Georgia can click here to see which libraries near you have it. (hint: type in your zip code so you can find the closest library that has it). Enjoy!
Over the weekend I visited the Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta. This year, 2013, marked the 25th anniversary of the show. I’ve never been to a flower show before so I didn’t really know what to expect.
The Good: It was so cool to see lots of landscape designs with so many different plants. They were all labeled so you could figure out how to replicate these designs in your own garden. It was also fantastic to see several vendors in one location. I bought a variety of neato products.
The Bad: No signage directing folks where to park. It was way too crowded. The space felt too tight for the number of people squeezed into it. Many of the plants in the display gardens where decidedly worse for wear.
Coral bark Japanese Maple
The Ugly: I simply couldn’t get past the fact that the Best in Show display garden had a misspelling in the title: It’s Zen, Ya’ll. Really? Must we Georgians show our ignorance? Just plugging this phrase into Google would have shown the error. The gentleman I spoke with put the blame for the misspelling squarely on the shoulders of the show organizers. That’s one side of the story I suppose. Y’all is a contraction between the words you and all. Ya’ll is inaccurate.
Overall, I’m glad I went to the show so I could discover what it was all about. But I won’t be going back again. It was simply too crowded. I will find my garden products online if necessary and derive inspiration from garden tours.
I was totally mad for a group of cool garden posters. Check the out here.
By far my most favorite display garden was designed by Terranova Landscape: "Old Dog, New Tricks".
There was a moss kitty cat and kitty box as well but the photos were too blurry to post. This puppy has great taste in art!
Vegetable raised bed.
Loved this water bucket flower holder.
Isn't this rustic fountain delightful?
Over in the vendor section I really loved these french flower buckets.
This was by far my favorite booth. She has such great style!
Another shot of the same booth.
This was an awesome booth too.
Great talent for display!
Did you visit the Southeastern Flower Show?