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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Is Your Garden A Great Garden?


I noticed that my garden didn't make the Fine Gardening edition of Great Gardens. For some reason they over looked Chez Cedar.


Today, my garden is perfect. Tomorrow I might be pulling my hair out and complaining...You know the litany: how fast the weeds grow, too much rain, not enough rain or the myriad other complaints I make to my gardening friends. Really more bonding experiences than complaints...


But at this moment the garden is lovely; the colors work together, the plant combinations are just right...we are at peak bloom. It's a good garden, maybe even great.

My great garden:

Has wonderful blooms (spring, summer, fall and late winter)

Lifts my spirits when I am down

Helps me burn off my chocolate calories

Rewards me for all the hard work

Doesn't complain if I don't pick up after myself

Entertains me when I am bored

Gives the neighbors something to talk about

Connects me with other people

Centers me when I am scattered

Is playful (hide and seek with my tools)

Encourages me to be creative

Shares its bounty with other living creatures


Now, it's your turn, what makes your garden a great garden?


Gail

35 comments:

  1. Very cute post Gail and the pics looks like a very magnifcence spot.

    Anything that grows for my brown/black thumb makes for a GREAT GARDEN!!!

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  2. jean,

    I don't believe you have a brown thumb! After all you grew your girls.

    Gail

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  3. Clever post, Gail, and so true. We should all remember what makes our gardens great---what they do for us. I think you covered all the bases for me. And by the way, your photo shows an absolutely gorgeous woodland garden. I love the wine-colored leaves with the yellow flowers, and the blue accent of the pot.

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  4. Hi Gail, like Pam, you have done all the heavy lifting for us, what you said, ditto for me! The woodland shot is perfection, who said they couldn't do their garden justice with their photos? I especially like the chocolate line!
    Frances

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  5. Pam,

    I need reminding from time to time that the garden is all that it is...a pretty great place to spend some time...The burgundy is a Japanese Maple and the yellow is golden ragwort...I planted the maple last fall, what a happy accident.
    Thanks Pam, that's high praise coming from you! Your photos rock!

    Gail

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  6. I think your garden is spectacular, Gail. That photo is, well, picture perfect! The blue urn in the foreground is such a wonderful element. Sigh. I could settle in there quite happily. In fact, I saved your large version of the photo to use as my desktop wallpaper, if you don't mind. :) It looks like a place to dream.......

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  7. Frances,

    Again high praise from another fantastic photographer...I feel a blush coming on;) I love working those calories off, in fact I just had some really lovely Vosges Calindia Bar..very good.
    Thank you Francis...
    Gail

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  8. Nancy, not at all...I don't know what to say...which is unusual! Later in the season when my garden feels brown and ragged and I am discouraged, I am going to take your lovely compliment out and read it over and over again. Thank you...
    I have to admit it is a lovely shot, I especially like the copper on the pole.
    Gail

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  10. I like your list, Gail - you include the attributes of a great garden with no mention of "follows the latest fashion trends" or "is always perfectly groomed".
    I agree with your other commenters - what wonderful composition in that photo at Chez Cedar!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  11. Yours looks pretty great to me. Everything has come together perfectly in that photo. My great garden? It exists solely in my imagination and in that ever elusive place called "someday."

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  12. annie, we are having some Austin weather up here...hot, humid and not spring like at all! Thank goodness the trees are leafing out so the wildflowers can get some protection!

    perfectly groomed and follow the trends won't be caught in my garden, it's too declasse for them;-}

    Thank you, it has been a lovely spring here.

    Gail

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  13. Gail, I agree this is a very clever post. I love the picture too!

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  14. mmd,

    For sure it doesn't have pesky rabbits or squirrels!

    Gail

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  15. Robin, thank you, it was really fun to write it and it's true. I think this is my favorite shot ever of that bed.
    Gail

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  16. It's a beautiful garden. I love the view in your photo today.

    I think a perfect garden has something unusual everywhere you look. I like surprises, and novelty.

    And it should be soothing and peaceful to spend time in.

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  17. My garden is a great garden because of the way I feel when I see it or am in it. No matter the weeds, the dividing, the whatever, I feel happy in it and I love it. It will never make Fine Gardening but that is ok with me.

    Super nice post Gail.

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  18. herself,

    Those are good qualities..,novelty, surprise and peacefulness.

    Tina,

    That is a great garden! Can you imagine the maintenance to have a Fine Gardening garden!


    Gail

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  19. Ha Gail, you are too funny! My garden is great because of working off those ice cream calories :-)

    I love my garden, it's my place to think, smile, be happy, be a part of nature, be artistic, see the world through rose colored glasses and more. I especially love to share it with other people and to visit their gardens too.

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  20. I don't know why they didn't select your garden for their edition--it looks great to me! I also like the blue pot in the foreground; I love that shade of blue in the garden. What's great about my garden? I guess it's just the fact that it's all mine, and I can plant whatever I like.

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  21. Gail,
    You covered all aspects I guess - it is a very good post defining what is gardening about :)
    I liked best line with 'scattered myself'
    Photo is georgeous!

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  22. My garden makes me feel happy when I feel down, and hopefully it may feed us a little this year

    LOM

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  23. Melanie,

    Ice cream, yummy, java chip with chocolate...but I digress;) Those are great garden characteristics!

    Gail

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  24. Rose,

    They are ours...we can be as creative as we want to be, without having to please other people. The blue pot was all blue and the paint peeled but I like it that way, too.

    Anonymous,

    Gardens don't judge or expect us to be happy...they just help us be happy! What have you planted?

    Ewa,

    I caught the garden looking her best, she had put on her favorite outfit and posed quietly for me. The camera loved her that morning.

    Gail

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  25. That woodland scene looks good enough for any garden magazine to me.

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  26. Bill, It's my front yard! Right below the screened porch we added to our house a few years ago...hope you have one, it is a good way to enjoy the garden when the mosquitoes arrive (yesterday)! Thanks, I think the garden is a great garden.

    gail

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  27. The picture is great Gail! Your garden is looking good. What makes my garden great? It's all me. Nothing good was here before so I can say I did it all myself! I hope that doesn't sound too egocentric. Hmm you're a therapist, I'd better be careful what I say I might get analyzed! ;)

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  28. Dave,

    I see a strong individual, very insightful with healthy ego strength! No way are you being egocentric...you made the garden; but I know what you mean, I sort of feel funny saying how much I like that photo!

    Thanks, I am glad you liked it, too!

    gail

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  29. Aw heck, who needs to be in a magazine when you can display your garden in all it's splendor for the world to see right here on your blog?

    Yes, we all need a constructive way to burn off our chocolate calories. At least I'm not feeling the need to scarf down several daily any more!

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  30. cinj,

    I have been eating way too much chocolate lately...and not working near as hard at burning it off!

    You're so right who needs all that attention! We get enough on our blogs!

    gail

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  31. Wow, you said it all. I have nothing to add and thanks for defending our regular but perfect gardens.

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  32. susan,

    You're welcome...I think my garden is wonderful most of the time!

    Gail

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  33. Oh, that picture of your garden is breathtaking! I love the colors and forms.

    And great post! I know that one thing my garden has always done for me is give me something to look forward to. :)

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  34. What makes mine a great garden is those rare and wonderful moments when it all comes together and the vision I see before me matches the vision in my mind. It sounds like your picture captured such a moment for you and no wonder! That's an absolutely splendiferous view ... Fine Gardening's loss is our gain!

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  35. lori,

    That is another great garden characteristic ...one that gives us something to look forward to...and thanks for the compliment!



    Cindy,

    Another great garden characteristic ...when a plan comes together. You said it better! Thank you, for adding that one, I usually credit luck rather than a plan when it comes together, but others can visualize and I can't! It's a great skill.

    Gail

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom.


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