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Garden Tours:  Calsurf73, Mike

By Sharon
October 15, 2011

Welcome to All Things Plants: Garden Tours. Each week we'll take you on a tour of the lovely gardens of one of our members. Join us now as we travel to California where Mike will take us through the gardens he has created. You are going to love what you see!

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Oct 14, 2011 6:18 PM CST

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This has always been one of my favorite gardens and I love seeing how it changes from time to time, especially when Mike finds more castoffs and spiffs them up to use them as garden decor. That wonderful angel and all of the cats are so very, very cool!

I hope everyone's clicking on the photos to enlarge them. A lot of the details aren't visible in the smaller photos.

You put a lot of work and love into that garden, Mike, and it shows.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Oct 14, 2011 6:34 PM CST
Oh Mike - what a stunning, beautiful, gorgeous, whimsical, fabulous garden? WOW! Hurray! Thumbs up

Your photos are so good it feels like I'm right there.

Thank you for sharing it with us and thank you Sharon for this lovely article Thumbs up
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Oct 14, 2011 6:35 PM CST
Mike, what a truly artistic and beautiful creation your garden is!

The ornaments , statues and arbors are so well integrated among the plantings.

A joy to see it. Thank you! Lovey dubby
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 14, 2011 6:42 PM CST
Mike: I agree with what everyone else is saying ... your garden is absolutely beautiful, your hard work just shines! Being a cat lover, I love the kitty features and your trash to treasure adornments!

Thank you Sharon & Trish for letting us take a stroll through Mike's garden!
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Oct 14, 2011 7:00 PM CST
Your garden is like eye candy! Just beautiful!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Oct 14, 2011 7:18 PM CST
Beautiful, Mike! One would think you do a lot of gardening or something....lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Oct 14, 2011 7:53 PM CST
Thanks so much to all of you for your compliments, especially to Sharon and Trish for making this possible ! This garden does go through periodic changes (as I get addicted to one plant or another...you can all relate, I'm sure !) and the garden art comes and goes as well, depending on what I find in the alleys around here. LOL
Zuzu's garden has been an enormous inspiration for mine as have many others that you all share your pictures of.
Next Spring, this will be featured in a magazine called Flea Market Gardening. I have yet to even see a copy of this magazine since it isn't on the racks here, so if any of you know where to get it, let me know !
In comparison to the size of gardens the rest of you have, this is comparable to a postage stamp. It's only 2500 sq. ft. and I ran out of planting space years ago ! Right now I'm considering some major chages...someone stop me !
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Oct 14, 2011 8:00 PM CST
If we yelled stop, Mike, we'd be deprived of all your fun creativity!
Just consider us your enablers.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 14, 2011 8:09 PM CST
I loved it all, but my very favorite photo was the aerial view. I just want to keep looking at that photo. Lovey dubby
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 14, 2011 8:58 PM CST
I think Lynn has just expressed exactly what i wanted to say so .... DITTO!
Mike, your gardens reflect you to a tee! it is apparent when you look at them. One doesn't even have to actually know you to see that. Marvelous & wondrous!

Thank you Mike. And thank you Trish & Sharon.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
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SongofJoy
Oct 15, 2011 5:32 AM CST
Yours is one of my favorite gardens, Mike. I loved my CA gardening and I love the way you are doing yours!! It takes some great creativity to fill a space the way you have. A space doesn't have to be huge to be full of special things. Kudos on top of kudos. Thumbs up

(OK, I've gushed enough for now.)
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 15, 2011 5:48 AM CST
Charming! Charming ! Charming!
The roses are dreamy and cats dont hurt either.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
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Ridesredmule
Oct 15, 2011 8:33 AM CST
Oooooooo! I remember that "dumpster" angel before you did the work on it. Beautiful. Love your gardens Very beautiful. Lot of work and love there. Great Job Mike...
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 15, 2011 8:36 AM CST
Congratulations on being featured in Flea Market Gardening Magazine next spring! I picked up a copy earlier this year at the grocery store or Home Depot or somewhere (can't remember) but I haven't seen it on the shelves again. I just googled and kept getting some other website but then found this facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flea-Market-Gardens/2007529966...

It seems it's a once a year publication ... February. I will look for it again early next year!
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Oct 15, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Thanks, Lynn, Ann, Tee, JoAnn, Charleen and Lin !
Lin: I think you're right about it being a once a year publication. I did what you did and came up with that same first site. I don't belong to facebook, so I don't know about that. I'll ck. out the link.
The people who came and took the pictures do photography for a many other magazines, not just gardening themed ones, and they're hard to get hold of via emails. They sent me copies of the photos they took but I was afraid to give them to Sharon for fear I'd get sued or something like that...ya just never know anymore. For all I know they might not ever even use it in ANY issue. Oh well !


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sewNsow
Oct 15, 2011 5:09 PM CST
Mike's garden is beautiful. I'm loving these garden tours.
About that Flea Market Magazine. I got the first one. Loved it. I got another issue,not sure if it is #2 or 3.So it wasn't a once a year one. The first issue was a keeper,the other one I got,not so much.JMO.
Doris
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Oct 15, 2011 5:14 PM CST
LOVE your garden!!
Name: Katie
Stafford, VA (Zone 7a)
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gonegardening
Oct 15, 2011 8:45 PM CST
Enjoyed this tour very much! I think I have to go back and take a second look! What a clever and creative person you are....and what an eye you have for finds! It looks like a very fun...and much loved...garden.

Thanks for allowing us in...and congrats on having your garden published!

Katie
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Oct 16, 2011 11:45 AM CST
Thanks for opening up your garden to us, Mike. And thanks to Trish and Sharon for putting it into 'words'.

Love the way the big tree is trimmed!

Drooling
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Name: Veronica
zone 5b
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indygardengal
Oct 16, 2011 11:52 AM CST
Stunning!!
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