Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Garden Tour to a Wildlife Cottage Garden Continues


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Our tour of Christy and Barry's wonderful wildlife garden continues with a buckeye butterfly sipping some nectar. It is clear the buckeye butterflies have found something to be happy about. There are many many plants to please even the most discriminating butterfly in this garden.
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Here irises, salvia, and zinnas mingle amongst the boxwood.
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Another one of the wonderfully creative vignettes in Christy's garden. Don't you love the pumpkin?
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More flying critters on blanket flower. This is probably another Crosswing Skipper.
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This is a mystery plant to everyone so I am asking my blogging friends that if they know what this is that they please let me know. Thanks!
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This garden is flooded with sunlight, color, and whimsy. I wished the sun was not so strong when I visited but sometimes it happens like that. In warm sunshine gardens zinnias are awesome. Their bright, bold colors grandly stand up to the sun and say "Bring it on Mr. Sun!"
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Here is a snapshot of the front door. I think Christy said she and Barry have lived here for about 7-8 years. To see all that they have done to the five acre garden in these few short years makes my head spin-it is a LOT of work! But it is clear it is all a work of love. I like very much how the front door is cushioned with evergreens but has a lot of flowing flowers to add interest.
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A path through the frontyard gardens. Anyone driving by this house will easily recognize gardeners live here. The entire front and backyards sparkle with color.
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More of the frontyard gardens looking toward the road. The massing of the plants and the groupings of hot colors really rock this part of the garden.
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As promised, here is a longer shot of the irises. There were several groups of irises blooming in this lovely wildlife cottage garden on this sunny October day....

in the garden....

I think Christy may wish to try her hand at blogging so I have agreed to let her post a guest post on this blog at some point. Please show her your support and let her know some good points about blogging. 


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21 comments:

  1. Iris in October!?! So hard to imagine "up here"...

    I am drooling over that path in the front yard. (I need one in our BACK yard.) And yes, I DO love that vignette - especially the double washtub. I need one of those, too :)

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  2. That garden is so beautiful! That first shot is a competition winner. I bet you can even see the molars in that butterfly's mouth! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  3. What lovely gardens in a wonderful countryside. If I lived near there I'd want to stop and enjoy the view every time I drove by.

    They have done a great job in just a few years, and the gardens will only get better with age.

    FlowerLady Lorraine

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  4. I do enjoy a nose around a garden to see what people are growing especially to get the insects in. Looks like a jolly good garden for wildlife

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  5. Love the photo of the watering pitcher and zennias! Such a homey feel to me....

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  6. Would love to about Christy's garden. Hope to see here sharing on the blog.
    Thanks for the great photos of the "art" in her garden. New ideas!

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  7. What a lovely gardent - thanks for the tour! The pumpkin does provide a nice seasonal touch.

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  8. I love the front entryway--the evergreens make a nice backdrop surrounded by such a variety of flowers and other shrubs. And the path through the front garden is so inviting--I need to get me some rocks!!

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  9. Thank you to all for the nice comments about our garden. And a special thanks to Tina for putting us on her blog! Cheers, Christy and Barry

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    1. Yeah Christy you got on here!@ Welcome to blogging!

      And thanks everyone for your nice comments.

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  10. Really gorgeous! I especially love the front plantings. Yes, it says "I love plants!" Very welcoming, colorful, and delightful. I hope Christy enjoys blogging as your guest, enough to start her own blog. I would love to hear more about her garden.

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  11. I adore those zinnias and wish mine were blooming...some wonderful ideas for beds and paths

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  12. That is a lovely garden! I would love to have that much room. Thanks for sharing this.

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  13. Thank you for taking us along with the tour. It is always interesting to see other gardener garden as a garden is never the same.

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  14. That is an inspiring garden~would that more folks would garden in their front gardens! I wonder if that plant id dog fennel~Eupatorium capillifolium?

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    1. Gail, I think that must be it! THANKS!

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  15. How nice to see a garden with flowers and green plants growing :)

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  16. I particularly like the rocky chunks along their borders. Very charming. My iris is blooming in October too, and even though it's gorgeous, I think it looks incongrous in the autumn garden!

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  17. I was going to say Dog Fennel, but since I am behind in my reading it seems as though Gail beat me to it. Good call. :-)

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