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Garden Tours:  flaflwrgrl, Ann

By Sharon
October 29, 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 way down south to Florida where Ann will take us through the gardens she has created. You are going to love what you see!

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
Seed Starter Permaculture Region: Kentucky Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Mindy03
Oct 28, 2011 6:29 PM CST
Beautiful gardens Ann. I look forward to seeing your new area develop. Please keep us posted on how it goes.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Oct 28, 2011 6:58 PM CST
Oh, yes, they are beautiful. Thank you for showing us your garden..Loved it!!! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 28, 2011 8:20 PM CST
Thanks Margaret & Charleen. And Charley would be welcome to eat a few of my flowers any day!
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: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Oct 28, 2011 10:47 PM CST
Ann I love the gardens you have created, such a sense of peace and enjoyment without all that weeding, mowing and watering. I can't wait to see what you create at your new home. What an adventure it will be.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
Purslane Garden Art Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: North Carolina Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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vic
Oct 29, 2011 2:39 AM CST
What beautiful gardens you have Ann - WOW Thumbs up

And I can't wait to watch you build and grow on your new property. Please post lots of pics.

You sweet doggie is a doll Lovey dubby

Thank you for sharing your beautiful gardens with us.
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
Oct 29, 2011 4:01 AM CST
Very nice tour, Ann. Enjoyed it! Big Grin
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)
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
Oct 29, 2011 4:41 AM CST
You did such a great job with that first house. I love transformation photos.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Oct 29, 2011 10:23 AM CST
You have an art for design, too, Ann. Ya done goood~.

I think I'll like your new place even better. It has room to stretch your eyes outwards as well as upwards (love those trees!)

Looking forward to seeing grow.

Shoe
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo) (Zone 10b)
Leap. The net will appear.
Charter ATP Member Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Permaculture Plant and/or Seed Trader Tropicals Farmer
Dog Lover Garden Art Cat Lover Orchids Garden Ideas: Level 2
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AlohaHoya
Oct 29, 2011 12:38 PM CST
Wonderful garden and so healthy!!! Thanks for sharing!
It's all about choices.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Oct 29, 2011 1:47 PM CST
Beautiful gardens, Ann. I love all the colors and how there's always something blooming. Good luck on your next adventure in gardening. Please keep us posted. I'm going to mention this article to the Texas bunch. We like having you visit us too!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 29, 2011 5:50 PM CST
Thank you very much Lynn, Vic, Tee, Jo Ann & Carol. Vic, my doggie is a sweet but at times STUBBORN (terrier) doll.

Shoe, thanks *Blush* ; but I'm not so great at interior design (gulp). But I don't like to spend as much time inside as I do outside. And you're right about the room to stretch the eyes outward as well as upwards. Elbow room! Deep, deep breathing room. And vistas. I can't get over the vistas. It's the right time in our lives for this property. When we first saw it; it wrapped itself around our souls like a warm, comforting patchwork quilt.

Bubbles, You are the sweetest thing. I like visiting the Texas bunch too. So much of the same things grow there as here.

Everyone, I will post photos even though the building process has not yet begun as we are still in the planning stages. I have begun a blog. Right now it's about discovering the wonders to be found on the property. And I will need all of y'alls help to ID some of the plants & trees. Won't you please visit me there?

http://garden.org/blogs/view/flaflwrgrl/
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: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Oct 29, 2011 5:57 PM CST
See you in Blog County, ATP.

Shoe Smiling
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
Oct 30, 2011 8:05 AM CST
Oh, gosh, Ann, that place is pert near perfect. Hurray! And seeing it immediately took me back to being a child living on the Space Coast (a lonnnnnnnnggg time ago Hilarious! ). Didn't realize I had missed Florida so much. Thank you for letting us tour. Looking forward to see the progress on your new place.

Debra
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Thank you Debra & I'm glad I could do a time rewind for ya.

Hope you'll stay tuned to my blog. I'm going to use it also as a feedback place for questions/opinions/experiences on different things related to the house. IE: gas fireplace - vented or unvented, expanding foam insulation questions/experiences etc...., etc..... there are a billion things DH & I will have to decide on. I will need you guys to give me some help & opinions.
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: pam
NW Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member
pestee45
Oct 30, 2011 9:46 AM CST
You have done a LOT of work. Good job.
I know you will have lots of fun on your five acres. Very pretty place. I live in N. FL too. NW FL to be more precise. I look forward to seeing your pics as you build. Sounds fun.
Pam
Name: stephanie king
cut bank, MT z 3a-4b
Life is what you make it, so make i
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Enjoys or suffers cold winters Roses Clematis Region: United States of America
Peonies Daylilies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Echinacea Irises Cat Lover
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rebloomnut
Oct 30, 2011 10:21 AM CST
Ann darlin I am in absolute AWE. What a wonderful and I might add Caring piece of heaven you have created. You deserve and Hats Off for all the work and creativity you put into it. The colors of the blooms along with all the greenery and the placement are just lovely. You are saving water and not adding poison to anything and the birds are loving you for it. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

I have found that animals love mulch when it is hot as it cool from the soil beneath so that cute lil pooch has to love it. Cannot wait to see what you do with you new property and I love the big old trees with the moss hanging from the branches. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 30, 2011 10:34 AM CST
Thank you Pam & Stephanie!
As to the 5 acres.... those big old trees are going to stay --- every single one of them! We need to have some branches big as tree trunks cut off one of the largest Live Oaks for both the health of the tree as well as to expand the view. Those branches are literally dipping down to within a few inches of the ground & reach out about 45' from the tree trunk. I will do my darndest to turn the pasture grass into wildflower meadows. I won't be adding many other trees -- couple 3 Magnolias for no southern home is complete without a few. Plantings of flowers immediately around the house. The property is telling me what to do with it & it's saying not to domesticate it too much. Wild & natural is the way to go. Nature has set the tone & I couldn't possibly improve upon that which has already been determined.
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 ~~



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