Garden Tour 2014

1Garden tour 2014 -- A Pinch of Joy
Welcome to our garden!  When the cold of winter and rain of spring finally gave up and allowed us to actually BE in the garden, we took the opportunity to rework everything!  I’d love to show you the results!  Our yard is very shady so you’ll see lots of hosta, coral bells and astilbe!  This collection stretches along the neighbor’s fence to the east.  Clematis are growing up the arch in the middle.  

2Back yard West -- A Pinch of Joy
This is looking the opposite way.  The white lattice behind the blue heron figure hides the big electrical box that started this project.  Last year the power company dug up and replaced the lines all through the neighborhood.  We painted the fence gray to match the house — a big improvement from the dark brown it has always been!    Lots of pictures coming. . . .

3Corner garden -- A Pinch of Joy I like to tuck little surprises in here and there. 

4Lady -- A Pinch of Joy

Another surprise.   I like the detail on the Garden Lady.  

5Hydrangea Collage
I planted seven hydrangeas last year — plus the five we already had.  They all made it through the winter.  I am delighted to see the variations in color!  There are six of these planted in front of the heron.  They are still too short to be seen over the hosta, but they are doing great! 

6Back yard north -- A Pinch of Joy

We added the privacy fence across the north.  It blocks the view of the cul de sac behind us and the busy street beyond that.  Just makes the whole garden look better!    This photo was taken right after the fence was installed.

6Tomato Collage
This is what the raised garden bed looks like today — full of tomatoes and cucumber vine!   Looks like we will have BLT’s on the menu soon! 

7Garden Container - A Pinch of Joy

Container garden with red geraniums and sweet potato vine.  This is the first year  I’ve used sweet potato vine — love it!  The chartreuse color makes a magnificent contrasty foreground for almost anything you put with it!  

8Double Lily -- A Pinch of Joy
Double lilies from my mother’s garden.  Starts have moved all around the country with us. 

9Toward Deck -- A Pinch of Joy
Looking toward the house.  The baskets and planters seem to have a hard time filling out this year — between cold, rain and more rain alternating with 90 degree days!   There are steps behind the tree to the lower level of the deck, which stretches almost the full length of the house.  There is also a pergola over the raised portion of the deck.  We spend a lot of time working, eating and relaxing there in good weather! 

10Lantern -- A Pinch of Joy
An old iron lantern just beyond the deck.  That’s jacob’s ladder to the left and liriope to the right.  This area gets some morning sun. 
11Pump  A Pinch of Joy
A pump from Wheel’s family farm.  It works!  But not here — no water supply 🙂    
I hope you enjoyed your look around!  We’ll see what’s out front of the house another time! 

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  1. Your garden is beautiful! I’m working on getting ours to hopefully someday resemble yours! Your hydrangea are beautiful!
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  2. What a beautiful Garden…Don’t you love the flowers that Hosta’s put out once a year? I always thing they are so tropical and pretty!
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