Virtual Garden Tour

mac48025August 22, 2014

Some have been kind enough to ask for more pictures of my garden. Be careful what you wish for! Being in the landscape profession for over 30 years ( yes, I started early at age 2) and partying for 4 years at Michigan State...... I mean obtaining a horticulture degree I've been blessed with a lot of landscape experience and resources most haven't, but none of that compares to the inspiration I recieve from passionate gardeners like yourselves. Enjoy the pics and if they inspire you half as much as yours have me I'll be happy.

My garden was started in 2010, but not in earnest intil 2011 with much of install the last two years. It's a typical suburban lot measuring 75'x125' but without lawn looks bigger. Only about half the garden is dedicated to hosta's as I just have to dedicate space for koi, butterflies and hummingbirds.

A view from across the street.

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Look out the front window

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:19PM
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From the front door

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:20PM
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Into front yard courtyard

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:22PM
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Last for today. Looking down the driveway.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:23PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Ooh, ahhhh, drool, glassy eyed with wonder! How beautiful is THAT!?

Mac, I hope you take this the right way, but you have your own veritable park! What gorgeous setting, I really mean it. Your property is probably a traffic hazard...in that people literally must stop in their tracks or cars and stare!

D r o p. D e a d. G o r g e o u s. Really. MORE, please.

Jo

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:28PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Nothing Spartan about that yard. ;-) I particularly like the courtyard. What tree did you pick for the center?

tj

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:30PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Still drooling here in Delaware, Mac. Your gardens are spectacular to say the least. We do share a love of the same color palate in our perennial plantings - the cool and serene purples, blues, pinks, and whites to set them off. Be careful what we wish for - MORE,,,,,

DD

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:46PM
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mac48025

Thanks Jo! Mostly just neighbors driving by in our quiet sub or the occasional passerby wondering what nut lives here. And the front is subdued compared to the back!

Thanks hemlock junkie. I just realized that out of the 15 or so dwarf conifers I have, I don't have a tsuga cultivar. I must remedy that. It's a tricolor beech in the middle.....or more accurately 'Roseo-marginata'.

A view of part of the butterfly garden for my Canadian hosta friend. It was just planted last week so it needs to fill out more.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:52PM
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don_in_colorado

Oh my, these are beautiful pics, Mac.

Michigan State, eh? Do you have H. 'Spartan Glory'?

Do you NOT have H. 'Wolverine'?

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:58PM
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mac48025

Thank you DD, but we must do something about that salivation issue of yours! Must be from the knee surgery. Yes, I tend to like cool colors but as you can see from the butterfly garden I like it hot sometimes.

Here's a cool combo for you. Guacamole and Hibiscus 'Summer Storm'

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:59PM
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mac48025

Lol Don, and thanks. No to Spartan Glory or Wolverine but I do have Spartacus.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:00PM
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don_in_colorado

Oh, Spartacus is a favorite!

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:03PM
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hostahosta

I'm speechless. Just stunning. Love the different garden rooms, and views. Please post more! Really, more pics.

By the way, I'm a rival...Ohio State alum.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:16PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Oh pooh, Mac. My bandages are all wet - thanks a lot. I'm simply amazed at what you have accomplished in such a short span of time.

DD

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:23PM
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mac48025

Thanks HH and any foe to the wolverines is no rival to me! Maybe now that we are better than UofM we will have to become your worthy opponent. Gotta love RichRod. Lol

Welcome to my jungle.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:24PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Thanks, mac.

" I don't have a tsuga cultivar. I must remedy that."

Might I suggest Tsuga canadensis 'Bennett'?

And later in the year when its friends join in...

tj

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:37PM
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mac48025

Nice tj. Great suggestion. Love the pic with it and the blue hosta. I had 'Albo-spica' and one with yellow new growth but the harsh winter did them in....along with my abies nordmaniana 'Golden Spreader ' :(

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:43PM
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mac48025

Forgot the pic with some conifers.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:47PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Yes, it was a tough year for a lot of us in the upper midwest and Picea orientalis was was the biggest surprise as to lack of hardiness.

tj

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 7:50PM
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mac48025

Yet my 'Skylands' did just fine. My fav conifer. Thujiopdis dolobrata 'Variegata'

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 8:05PM
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mac48025

Sorry I digressed. Back to the tour. Into the backyard. My hosta nursery.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 8:07PM
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Jon

Eye candy.

Jon

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 8:36PM
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mac48025

Thanks Jon. As long as it doesn't become deer candy!

Entering the backyard. Sorry for the hoses laying everywhere, I was too lazy to put them away.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 9:07PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Mac - In my eyes, you are a master gardener. Have you ever thought about taking classes to achieve that distinction? You would be an amazing teacher and lecturer.

DD

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 10:50PM
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sherrygirl zone5

So lovely! Words cant describe! I have had dreams to do that in my front yard but probably never will, not sure i have the guts to do it. Not possible for me to eliminate all the grass in my backyard, I have 5 dogs, they need some space. I will just be happy looking at your pictures!

Sherry

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 11:10PM
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zkathy z7a NC(7a NC)

"much of install the last two years."

I am in year 3 of a ten year garden project. I guess 30 years experience and $$$ of education makes it comprehensible, but I can't even think that fast.

Soo impressively beautiful!

Kathy

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:14AM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Mac, it is a pleasure to have a glimpse of your garden. You layer your plants so beautifully, one forgets the boundaries are those of a suburban lot. And the koi pond with the butterflies and the birds must all be factored in. Your garden is a welcome haven for them all.

What a treat! I think you are a master gardener already. :)
My friend who is a master gardener tells me hosta won't grow in Mobile....so they did not teach her everything! :)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:30AM
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Linda's Garden z6 Utah

Mac, You have created such a lovely garden! I truly am in awe! I would love to see more pictures...maybe one of your Skylands?

Linda

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:52AM
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mac48025

Wow. Thanks for all the great responses everyone.

DD you're too kind and I believe you answered your question. Just being thought of as a master gardener suffices for me and I don't think a certification saying so would change anything. To me it's kind of silly regarding ones self as a master after only taking a six week course! We can all be masters of our gardens and buy more hosta's instead of paying for the course. I very much appreciate your sentiment though and wish I lived in Delaware so I could demonstrate it by planting hosta's for you!

Thanks Sherry. You need not remove all your lawn, just take a small section at a time and own it. Eventually you might end up without a lawn on the front. My God. Five dogs? How do you keep them from killing the lawn? My dog must drink round up as his urine is lethal.

Kathy. If gardening required quick thinking I'd be lucky to grow a dandelion. From the few pics I've seen of your garden you've done an amazing job already and I foresee a gorgeous garden for you. I soooooo envy your property. The most important thing is to have fun with it!

Further into the backyard.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:47AM
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mac48025

Moccasin, you're too kind. See. We are all master gardeners already. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and while a formal education can build a solid foundation we can't ever learn too much and I've found the best knowledge comes from other gardeners. This forum has surprised me with its wealth of valid information. I guess I thought it be like the French model date from online. Lol

Another pic.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:52AM
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mac48025

Thank you. Ask and you shall recieve. Picea orientalis 'Skylands'. I topped it to create a spreading plant.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:54AM
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sherrygirl zone5

Mac, 5 dogs but they are small, shih tzus, they stay out of my beds in the backyard. I already have 3 good size beds in th front that have seen serious overhall this season. One bed under a big blue spruce is only a year old. My problem is keeping up with maintenance. Have edited the past few years to make it easier. I enjoy doing the upkeep myself, just have to think hard about what i plant now.

Sherry

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 12:07PM
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BungalowMonkeys z6 VA

Every photo just gets better and better. Amazing how much you have done in really not that much time. Just beautiful!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 12:19PM
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madeyna(7/8)

Thankyou so much for posting pics of your stunning garden. You seem to have most of my favorite types of plants growing there. Hydrangeas, hosta ,conifers and a pond. If I had you for a neighbor I could give my beds back my horses and just drool over yours.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 12:31PM
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mac48025

Your dogs stay out of your beds ? Mine is constantly in them but amazingly does little damage. I think he thinks he's a jaguar. I find filling a bed with hosta's greatly reduces weeding. That's my story and I'm sticking to it

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:46PM
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mac48025

Thanks bmonkeys. It's amazing how much you can accomplish once the kids move out !

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:49PM
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mac48025

Madeyna, you're welcome to drool on them anytime, anything to cut my watering :)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:53PM
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mac48025

Just a couple more to complete the tour.

Leaving the backyard.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 7:27PM
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mac48025

My ditch by the road.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 7:28PM
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mac48025

Ditch from opposite end and that completes this portion of the tour. Thanks for all your kind words, support and inspiration. Since I'm in the middle of re-planting parts of the front, courtyard and driveway I'll have some new pics next week to show the changes. Think lots of brunnera.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 7:33PM
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Ruth_MI(z5MI)

Just one word - WOW!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 9:25PM
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Oaktown

I just wandered over into this forum and my jaw hit the floor.
mac, that is amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Makes me want to run out and get some hostas.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 9:31PM
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don_in_colorado

Mac, you're influencing me to do things my wife won't like! UNTIL I'm FINISHED! Then she'll LOVE it!!

stupendous and sublime, Mac. Great stuff.

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:01PM
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BungalowMonkeys z6 VA

Don you crack me up. Was thinking the same thing in regards to a fish pond. The husband will protest, but when it's done, will love it.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:36PM
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mac48025

Thank you to everyone. Your kind words have inspired me to rip everything up and start over! Well, a few sections at least. Here's what I'm planting tomorrow. My wife thinks they're for a clients job ( no idea who have her that idea) and she won't even notice that they end up in our yard. Not that she would care anyways but it's fun seeing what I can do before she finally notices. So Don and Bmonkeys go ahead and do what you want......your spouses can thank you later. Something tells me Bmonkeys knows just how to get what she wants from hubby and if he's a smart man he will eagerly oblige! My brother Don on the other hand, good luck. Lol

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 7:58AM
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don_in_colorado

How many gallons is your pond, Mac?

Thanks,
Don B.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 1:09PM
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mac48025

Between 4000-4500 gal.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 1:56PM
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don_in_colorado

This vigorous fellow will outgrow his 450ish gallon pond in a season or two. He said he wants to go live with Uncle Mac. Can't say I blame him. : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 3:17PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

My LORD! That is gonna be a Cujo KOI, Don. How would one go about rehoming a supersized koi? I guess it could be done, if you thought about it for a while.

Every garden needs to have the sound of splashing water, Living things need water. How to add it to my garden for easy maintenance and not too complicated a production is the issue with me. I have lots of wild birds, some that won't come to a feeder will always show up for a shower and a drink before dinner. It is about 115 on our deck right now, and the sun goes over the peak of the roof about 2pm, so it is too hot to do anything outside. I have the misting water sprinklers going in two areas, and birds are in the fig trees bathing on the wet leaves and eating the ripe fruits. It's the second crop on this tree for the season.

My fish bowl (huge flower pot) sprung a leak about 2 years ago, and I don't have the time to install a rubber liner this year. I'll wait for next spring. Then add some "mosquito fish" ...guppies actually. Maybe something larger if it holds its water. I need a water feature and a mountain to make a real Chinese style garden. The mountain could take a while. :)

What you've done, Mac, is simply inspired. One of the photos with the tall yellow flowers and the depth of plantings reminds me of the plantings in some Royal Botainical Gardens of England. I think you would enjoy those pictures.
The link to the person who uploads those garden photos is below. I "follow" his albums.

Here is a link that might be useful: UKGardenPhotos on Flickr

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 4:20PM
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mac48025

Big koi need big ponds and my pond is not nearly as big as I'd like. I only have five koi ranging from 26-27". When I re-do the pond it will be over 10,000 gal so that I can have a good collection of large koi. Quality Japanese koi make hosta's seem dirt cheap. Pun intended.

Thanks moccasin. Awesome link. I could spend days walking those gardens. Hopefully some day I shall.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 5:03PM
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don_in_colorado

I love your koi, Mac. So beautiful...

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 6:21PM
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mac48025

The Japanese call them " living jewels ". Sounds right to me.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 7:52PM
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don_in_colorado

Makes me want to expand my pond in a big way. All three koi in the pic are great, but the copper-colored one on the left is quite eye-catching, perhaps because of it's uncommon shade. At least I rarely see it, personally.

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:21PM
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don_in_colorado

My koi in the pic is less than half the size of any of Mac's, Mocc. About 12 inches long. But he's growing fast. I actually have an acquaintance with a massive koi pond who has agreed to take him next spring. He's rapidly outgrowing my puddle. : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:26PM
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mac48025

The copper colored koi is called a chagoi, Don. They grow the largest and are the friendliest. The biggest one measured something like. 68"! I won't be happy until mine has reached 36". It's grown 7" in two years. Gotta love giant koi and hosta's.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:06PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Mac, koi and hosta gardens seem to go together. I read a lot about koi for a while, but of course did not have a place to keep even one. There were some of the white/orange banded variety available locally, which I saw, but did not try to buy.

Presently, I'm looking at an above ground livestock tank which is fairly good size, but not for koi. I forget the term for the fish, they are like small koi but without the feelers on their lips. Ummmm, SHUBUNKIN.....that's it!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:32PM
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mac48025

I agree moc. Koi and hosta do go well together. Both are loved by the Japanese also. Shubinkins would work well in a small water feature as would sarasa comets. Sarasa comets are red and white with somewhat koi like patterns. Could get by with just an air stone and weekly 20% water changes. The water from the goldfish tank is great for watering the garden.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 6:10AM
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luuk(9b)

Mac, absolutely fantastic, you have create a lush garden, ...inspires tranquility.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 1:47PM
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mac48025

Thanks so much luuk.

Here are some updated pics where I've re -done some plantings.

New courtyard plantings. Replaced the actaea hillside black beauty and heuchera southern comfort with royal standard and brunnera Dawson white.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 6:11PM
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hostanista

mac48025, I have to run out and purchase a new keyboard. (Drool......)

Amazing gardens!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 7:37PM
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mac48025

Thanks hostanista. Never knew gardens could illicit such Pavlovian responses!

Here's an attempt to add more color and texture to the front bed. I added carex Bowles golden , heuchera paprika, actaea hillside black beauty and brunnera's looking glass, dawsons white and Diane's gold. Wish I could capture the beds better. Maybe I'll try a panoramic pic.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 8:02PM
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mac48025

Another pic

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 8:04PM
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mac48025

Another

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 8:05PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

I feel like I'm touring Longwood Gardens, a famous arboretum in PA created by the duPonts. Are you familiar with them? In what state do you reside? You don't have your zone listed.

DD

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 9:19PM
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hostatakeover z6a swMO

Just have to add my two cents that your gardens are breath-takingly beautiful, Mac. Love the layers and different textures. Your pond is simply stunning ~ about the largest and most lovely I've ever seen in someone's yard.

I see gardens like this and realize how unimaginative mine are, but it also inspires me to set higher goals.

Thank you so much for sharing!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 9:40PM
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mac48025

While my gardens are a far cry from Longwoods I appreciate the comparison. It's rewarding creating our own pieces of paradise, no matter how big or small they may be. My garden will always be in a state of ever changing flux but I look forward to getting it to the point that I can just tinker with it. Within five years I should be there ! I live in Michigan. zone 5 yet we had a zone 4 winter last year.

Thank you hosta takeover. I need to place a rear view mirror type warning on my pics. " Objects may appear larger than they are." Lol. Pond is small to me and I'll enlarge it soon. It's only about 25' long and 4500 gallons in volume. I think it looks large based on how much space it consumes in my small backyard. I appreciate your kind words and like you I find inspiration in so many others gardens and incorporate what really moves me from their gardens to mine.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 6:57AM
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don_in_colorado

I'm sure the pond looked a lot bigger to you when you first put it in, eh Mac? : )

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 6:18PM
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mac48025

It looked huge when it was just a hole in the ground! The right camera angle makes it look bigger too. A pond can't ever be too big!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 6:46PM
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muktowngal(Z5 WI)

What indescribable beauty. Many botanical gardens do not look this amazing. What part of the country do you live in? Can the fish live in the pond in the winter?
I was in awe over the fantastic front garden.... I had no idea what was to follow.
Now we will need to see photos of your client's gardens

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 4:45PM
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mac48025

Thanks so much muktowmgal. I'm in SE Michigan. Supposedly a zone 6 but I don't believe it ! :) The koi are fine during the winter as the pond is 5' deep and I run a bubbler to keep a whole in the ice for gases to escape.

A clients yard you say? Guess I can do that.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 5:06PM
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splitrock

I am studying your work with shock and awe! I have a ditch that needs to be planted now. Thank you so much for posting.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 5:10PM
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BungalowMonkeys z6 VA

Wow! If I come into some money I'm flying you to VA, handing you the credit card and saying have fun. That is perfect, what lucky clients. Do you have a website for your business? You should include it in your member page for potential clients, who see these wonderful pics.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 5:24PM
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hostas_for_barb

Wow mac, what a beautiful shot. So many different colours and so many Hosta. Absolutely lovely!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 6:17PM
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mac48025

All right split rock, that's music to my ears. No where is it written that drainage ditches have to be ugly. Just realize that it's most likely an easement and should the city need access you might need to move plants quickly.

Bungalow. I think gardening in your area would be ideal. Michigan has beautiful summers but I wish they were longer and more mild. I'm thinking virginia should change their motto to " Virginia is for gardeners". No I don't have a website. I don't advertise at all. I don't even have job pics. The reason I have a few now is that my client was up north when we were working at her site and I wanted to show her the progress. I really should take more pics and then you'd see some really impressive properties!

Here's a little water feature I put in for her grand kids to play in. Anything for the grand kids!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 6:33PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Beautiful pic, Mac - even if I have to turn my laptop around!:(

DD

edited to say I just discovered if I left click on the photo, it rights its self up. duh!

This post was edited by DelawareDonna on Wed, Aug 27, 14 at 18:51

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 6:47PM
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mac48025

I must be doing something wrong as the pics are always right side up on my iPhone :) If they are showing up wrong let me know as they are all the way I went when I view them. Sure your head is on straight DD? Sorry, couldn't resist. Posting a random pic I just took. My hand should be on the left.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 7:02PM
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DelawareDonna(7A)

Correct orientation. Very nice back on that leaf. My head is on straight, and my stitches are gone. Follow up apt. revealed that I had a large medial meniscus tear with torn cartilage and fluid on the knee. 6 more weeks of recovery. So I will become a pest on this forum. :) :)

DD

P.S. Check out your brother's last comment on the "Can't keep my head on straight" thread.

This post was edited by DelawareDonna on Wed, Aug 27, 14 at 21:00

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 8:55PM
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mac48025

It's Marilyn Monroe showing the under side of her skirt. Love the hosta and the story behind its name.

Damn girl, you tore your knee up but good. I had ACL reconstructive surgery long ago so I know what you're feeling. If Captain Kirk upside down didn't help maybe this tranquil setting will.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 9:22PM
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