Landscape Design forum: What does your garden say about you?

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Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Mar 17, 2010 7:28 AM CST
"Gardens are a form of autobiography." ~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993

  • How does your garden reflect you?

  • Or, since so many of us are starting over in a new location, what do you want your garden to say about you?
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Mar 20, 2010 9:01 PM CST
My garden says:
  • I'm an unrepentant plantaholic.
  • I suffer from gardening ADD.
  • My ideas exceed my budget, time, and available land.
  • No housework is getting done here during the growing season.

Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Mar 21, 2010 1:20 PM CST
Now see, my gardens say almost exactly the same thing!

Oh, and that I'm way too cheap, which is why I only have one or two - of *everything*, lol...
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Sunny
NW Tennessee
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Hineni
Mar 21, 2010 5:33 PM CST
I'd like my (future) gardens to say:

- Carefree, eclectic style
- Cottage-y look
- Scent-sational
- Treasures heirlooms and natives
- Nurtures pollinators, good bugs and wildlife
- Weeding is FUN-damental (hah, that will be a miracle)
- Has trained the dogs to stay OUT OF THE BEDS (another miracle pending)
- All of the above that Red and Sheyl said...LOL!
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Charter ATP Member Region: Tennessee Region: Georgia Garden Art Cat Lover Butterflies
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knoxred
Sep 1, 2010 4:53 AM CST
This was originally a Gardening in Tennessee thread. Thought I'd pop it up for the Landscape Design members to see.
Name: Susan
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, home of the Calgary Stampe
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Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
Jul 11, 2011 2:51 PM CST
Mine says:
I'm not afraid to try new things that are waaaay out of my "zone" - I'm zone 3b, and plant Texas natives (Datura & Brugmansia)
I love planting vibrant colours together.
Perennials are my friend - I will plant perennials and a few annuals that no one else has.
I will plant flowers that "don't go together" - Mint and Honeysuckle
I love traditional flowers - Bleeding Heart, Lilacs, geraniums, as well as non-traditional
I will wait for the perennials to come up - good things and beauty come to those who wait. This year I'm reaping the benefits of that patience.
Housework?? What's that???????
Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
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knoxred
Jul 12, 2011 9:34 AM CST
A bold adventurer, yet with patience!
Name: Susan
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, home of the Calgary Stampe
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
Jul 12, 2011 9:09 PM CST
yup, that's me!!
Here's my tiger lillies I have them alongside fushia Sweet Williams, so I think that's adventurous Rolling on the floor laughing Smiling
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Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Name: Patricia
Goldthwaite, TX (Zone 8a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Tip Photographer Region: Texas Cat Lover
Irises Daylilies Lilies Hummingbirder Birds Raises cows
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patrob
Jul 13, 2011 10:14 PM CST
Mine say, "Thank goodness she finally found a landscape designer who will tackle a job like this in the middle of nowhere!" I have waved the white flag and called in help. How much help I can afford remains to be seen, but we will have a plan for the front yard at least in a couple of weeks. It's hot as h### in the middle of Texas, so an irrigation system is a priority. I am really hating the heat and drought, and the heat and drought seem to be the norm for us the last few years.
Name: Susan
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, home of the Calgary Stampe
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
Jul 14, 2011 11:06 AM CST
Pat - I'd love to see your garden now/then! I'm sure you'll be following the progress with pictures?!?!?!
I always love to see a new garden unfold. There's always so much potential that not everyone can see, unless they're a gardener. Thumbs up
Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Name: Patricia
Goldthwaite, TX (Zone 8a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Tip Photographer Region: Texas Cat Lover
Irises Daylilies Lilies Hummingbirder Birds Raises cows
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patrob
Jul 14, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Sticking tongue out I'll post before photos as soon as I have some improvement photos to go with them. I've started blogging, but we are still in the pre-plan stage.

Name: Susan
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, home of the Calgary Stampe
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
Jul 14, 2011 4:19 PM CST
btw - my garden says I'm a finicky little thing, so keeps watering, and fussing with her garden! I'm always "fine tuning" it, with perhaps different flowers and locations each year, and sometimes different flowers. I wait and see what the neighbours notice and then give them a "fallow year" before planting them again Rolling on the floor laughing
Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Name: Phyllis Hackman
Tyler,TX area (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Clematis Echinacea Garden Art Region: United States of America Roses
The WITWIT Badge Vegetable Grower Region: Texas Ponds Plumerias Peonies
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mibus2
Aug 6, 2011 10:58 PM CST
My garden says I have some wonderful gardening friends that have shared plants with me since arriving in Texas 4 yrs. ago
It's a hodge podge of variety traditional, bulbs, tropicals
It gives retired hubby something to take care of when I have to work
Garden More Work Less
and it is yelling now
PLEASE SEND RAIN TO TEXAS
Hilarious!
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Aug 7, 2011 5:47 AM CST
I agree with everyone above.
I will add my gardens are "randome perennial"
More planned but yet a bit casual
Attention to color companions
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Aug 7, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Phyllis,

Dahlianut lives in Calgary, Alberta and put "Send your rain to TX" in a tag line under her name and location. Smiling Lovey dubby For Texas and Oklahoma, the Farmer's Almanac said, "Summer will be a bit cooler and rainier than normal..." HA! Which Texas and Oklahoma they talkin 'bout, again? Glare Should cool down and get some rain after Labor Day. Even in 1980 it did and we had one of the wettest Springs on record the following year. Go figure.

Debra
Coffee: Mother Nature’s jumper cables.

http://debra96.wix.com/green-amber-gardens
Name: Susan
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, home of the Calgary Stampe
Charter ATP Member Dahlias Enjoys or suffers cold winters Ferns Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Region: Canadian Vegetable Grower Container Gardener
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Tallulah_B
Aug 7, 2011 3:35 PM CST
Debra - I also live in Calgary, as does Dahlianut, and we've had Enuff Rain already! We even had hail the other night, with some damage to our plants. Be careful what you wish for, Phyllis ........ hopefully you get a mix of gentle rain, and a thorough soaking without getting the damage from wind & hail!! Whistling
Susan
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Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Aug 9, 2011 6:34 AM CST
Check this out.Makes me fel like a cheap skate
http://afkra.blogspot.com/2011/07/hanging-flower-baskets-par...
Name: Red
Knoxville, TN
Charter ATP Member Region: Tennessee Region: Georgia Garden Art Cat Lover Butterflies
Seed Starter Container Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Ferns Irises Bulbs
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knoxred
Aug 9, 2011 9:59 AM CST
Oh, my! It looks like the board from a Candyland game! The Victorian-style bedding is both wildly impressive and horribly impractical, but we can take away some good concepts for our own gardens:

Gardens can be fun!
Big splashes of color make a bold statement.
If you like to change up the look of your gardens from year to year, annuals are the way to go.

And, of course...
If you want to create a huge water-intensive garden in the middle of the UAE, you'd better have some oil money backing you! Hilarious!
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Gulf Coast Region: Louisiana Region: United States of America Lilies
Roses Irises Garden Art Container Gardener Amaryllis Bulbs
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Debbie
Aug 9, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Man, that is just gorgeous!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Aug 9, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Our gasoline dollars at work there, I guess.

A friend sent me these pictures she took in Tacoma, WA. Not as large as the gardens above but still impressive for one little Asian man who does it all, methinks. Smiling



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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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