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Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Katg
Feb 24, 2010 12:24 PM CST
Welcome to my Garden!

There's quite a story to this property. I'm a General Contractor and I just love building homes. When I built my previous home about 10 years ago, I was sure it was going to be the last one! But never say never!

When I first came here from Canada over 30 years ago I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going! The 2nd day after I arrived, I was invited over to some friends home and on the way there I got lost! I remember being at the dead end of a street and looking over and seeing the most incredible and tranquil sight. I just had to stop. It was something magical - a beautiful pond, with a little waterfall, incredible natural vegetation and a couple fellows peacefully fishing off the bank.

For 25 years this vision was so imbedded in my mind but I had never came across it again. There were actually times I thought my mind might have been playing tricks on me but later resigned myself to the fact that somebody had probably built a house and was blocking it.

Well, about 6 years ago I was checking out some property for a client wanting to build a home. It was in an area that I hadn't been to for a while. After finishing up the site visit, I turned the corner of the street and LOW and BEHOLD...there it was!!! Not only that...There was a For-sale sign as a local developer had just developed the property. I think it took me about 10 minutes to get back to my office and make the call. And, they just happened to have 2 lots left! There was just no hesitation at the time and I just happened to have plans of a "dream" house I had designed 15 years previous that I never ended up using.

It took me 3 years to build this home, as everything that could go wrong....did! We went through 2 hurricanes (one very major) and it seemed I had to do everything twice. It was very frustrating and at times I thought it may have been a bad decision! However, things change when the dust settles and I couldn't be happier.

I've lived here for just over 3 years now and it's been so exciting having a blank canvas to work on. I have about an acre and a half and it's a lot of garden. I have so many dreams and wish lists but it all takes time and money. Right now I do a little bit at a time.

The most appropriate name I could come up with for this home was "Casa Karma"...because I truly believe I was meant to be here! For this, I am a very fortunate soul.

These photos range over 3 years and I had so many I wanted to share that I put them on my Phanfare site (it's very secure). I would also appreciate any ideas that I could add to the wish list!

Click here to visit my garden

Take care

Kat

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Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Katg
Feb 24, 2010 12:47 PM CST
Okay...I have to mention!

Not everything is idealic in the garden these days! We've had several freezes this year (so unusual) and it's not looking good. I still haven't trimmed back things as it's still iffy as far as temps go. Some is going to have to be replaced but I think most of it will come back.

Note to self: Do not push the zones!
Big Grin

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Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana - Zone 8b/9a (Zone 8b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Herbs Garden Art
Daylilies Irises Clematis Roses Region: Louisiana
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BlissfulGarden
Feb 24, 2010 12:53 PM CST
Kat, thank you for giving us a glimpse of your garden! I hope you will post more photos of the recovery process after this ridiculously cold Southern winter. We had a snow/sleet mix again this morning here in Southern Louisiana. So, I don't think there is a way to push the zones anymore... if I plant those plants for my zone, the hard freezes wipe them out. If I plant those plants hardy for cooler zones, the summer heat wipes them out. I think my entire gardening philosophy is going to have to change now with all these recent years rewriting our "typical" weather!

I would love too see and read about your strategies as you reclaim and revive your gardens this year.
~Evey =)

"Grow where you are planted." - My gpa
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
Feb 25, 2010 4:58 AM CST
WOW Kat
I had no idea,just wonderful
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Lilies Irises Cat Lover Dog Lover
Heucheras Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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stilldew
Feb 27, 2010 11:30 AM CST
Kat, I am awestruck! What a wonderful paradise you live in. Did you say you are looking for a roommate? Dog walker? Plant waterer? Lizard Lounge cleaner? I'll volunteer if you'll support me. My favorite thing of all is the Muhly Grass. And the night time shots are fantastic. A true tropical paradise and what an interesting story to go with it. Thanks for brightening my day.

Susan
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Katg
Feb 27, 2010 3:49 PM CST
Thank-you so much Jo Anne and Susan!

Heck ya Susan! I can always use an extra couple hands around here! Smiling
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
Mar 3, 2010 6:43 AM CST
AWESOME piece of paradise! Thanks for sharing.
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Katg
Mar 3, 2010 1:08 PM CST
Thank-you Jan
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
Mar 4, 2010 2:55 PM CST
You are quite welcome. Thumbs up
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Katg
Apr 21, 2010 10:28 PM CST
Well...I definitely have to say that Mother Nature is doing wonderful things these days!!!

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Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Katg
Apr 21, 2010 10:32 PM CST
And it's container time again!! Hurray!

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Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Jan
Apr 22, 2010 7:13 AM CST
Gorgeous!!!
Name: Becky
WI
Charter ATP Member Echinacea I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Daylilies Irises Lilies
Container Gardener Sempervivums Hostas Clematis Peonies Hummingbirder
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mattsmom
May 9, 2010 7:12 AM CST
Perfection!-What else can one say!
Name: DawnLL
Ontario
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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DawnLL
May 9, 2010 3:28 PM CST
Very pretty! Love all the red!!!
Wisconsin
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JuliaJayne
May 10, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Kat, I love your containers. You have a very good eye.

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