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dave

April 13, 2009
9:45 AM

Post #6402482

There are a total of 294 votes:


I have a great specimen plant that I love. (what is it?)
(49 votes, 16%)
Red dot


My favorite garden item is a statue, gazing ball or piece of art.
(24 votes, 8%)
Red dot


I have a favorite arbor, trellis or garden swing. (show us!)
(21 votes, 7%)
Red dot


My favorite garden item is my water feature.
(51 votes, 17%)
Red dot


I am happiest when I can see my bird feeders.
(76 votes, 25%)
Red dot


My favorite garden item is none of the above. (what is it?)
(73 votes, 24%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

April 13, 2009
9:52 AM

Post #6402486

I have a Japanese Maple `Bloodgood' that keeps looking better and better. Thought we had lost it due to late freeze 2 years ago and last year's drought, but here she is, pretty as a picture:

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schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
10:08 AM

Post #6402511

I have a fountain/birdbath. Love to see the birds in it when it gets hot. The water trickling makes a nice sound.

cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
10:51 AM

Post #6402573

I voted other because my favorite garden item is items...
all the color the textures the birds and the butterflies. The entire picture.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
11:19 AM

Post #6402612

It's definitely the obelisk my husband made for me in 1995.

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CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 13, 2009
11:23 AM

Post #6402620

I voted "other". I will be tearing up my pond & rebuilding it. Also will be, (hopefully), building on to the house, & adding a period open porch. This all will change the whole front flower bed, so who knows. Hopefully the new pond will be my favorite.

Thanks to all who have posted pictures of your ponds to give me ideas!
Bernie
joycet
Franklin, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2009
11:37 AM

Post #6402650

Depends on the day!!!! I voted for garden item today though!

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notmartha
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2009
11:47 AM

Post #6402671

My MANTIS tiller-i could not keep up with out it
I have killed one tiller-just couldnt work as hard as i do!!!
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
11:53 AM

Post #6402690

My favorite garden item is a Buddleja pruned to a tree form. It is beautiful and the BFs love it too.

Maggie
joycet
Franklin, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2009
12:06 PM

Post #6402725

Oooohhhh Maggie, do you have a picture of that?
MiniPonyFarmer
Gilmer, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2009
12:22 PM

Post #6402765

I enjoy my little sitting area concrete bench that my husband gave me for valentine's day...

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Hillbilly_Gran
Jasper, AR
(Zone 7a)

April 13, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #6402790

My favorite is my contorted filbert (Harry Lauder Walking Stick) I have had it 9 years now and it survived being transplanted when we moved last year. It was the FIRST plant I moved to the new house. This year I have planted a clematis in it.
skaz421
Wesley Chapel, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
12:46 PM

Post #6402842

Mickey Mouse Taro - EEs are definitely my favorites.

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roseone33
Southern Mountains, GA
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2009
12:49 PM

Post #6402858

My favorite garden objects is actually plural, the vegetables I grow and eat. That's the real essence of why I garden, growing my own food.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2009
1:23 PM

Post #6402984

The last thing I thought I'd ever do... my waterfall and pond is one of my favorite things in my garden. The next is my GH!!!!

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mattsmom
Tomah, WI

April 13, 2009
1:41 PM

Post #6403048

I voted for water feature. This is the antique pump my husband made into a water feature for my garden.

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woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
1:52 PM

Post #6403099

My favorite item has to be replanted every year because it's an annual (got a bunch of seedlings in the GH now). I do love my morning glories, especially this one:

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2009
1:57 PM

Post #6403122

Well, I voted none of the above since as things bloom the focus shifts from area to area or plant to plant. SO it really is the sum of it all together that I love!

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
2:00 PM

Post #6403143

My favorite is my Angel garden. I have 20 angel trumpets planted there, as well as the angel statues.

LK
plantladyhou
Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2009
2:11 PM

Post #6403198

I voted "other" because for the first time in many years I am able to have a beautiful garden and someone to help me take care of it (Wish I could do it all on my own as I used to but can't) The whole garden just blows my mind and others probably wouldn't think it's so great but I do and that's what counts.

Ann
fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 13, 2009
2:17 PM

Post #6403227

I start the day with a cup of coffee at the dining room window while looking out on our small koi pond. Always something different to see - frogs, hummingbirds, butterflies, new blooms, etc.

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skaz421
Wesley Chapel, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
2:27 PM

Post #6403286

Ann - how about posting a picture?

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
2:33 PM

Post #6403321

Debra, that pond is sooo nice!
LK
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6403337

I am soooooo jealous of all these beautiful water features!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2009
2:44 PM

Post #6403413

LOL!!! woofie, I was thinking the same about your MG!!!! Gorgeous pink!!!
pajaritomt
Los Alamos, NM
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #6403425

I would love to have a water feature but would have to blast rock out with dynamite to get one. So I guess I would say my favorites are my fruit tree collection pears, apricots, cherries, plums, crabapples, peaches and quince.
Or it would be my iris collection -- something like 300.
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2009
3:12 PM

Post #6403544

My favorite garden feature is whichever one of my plumeria is currently in full glorious bloom; this varies...
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2009
3:26 PM

Post #6403603

My favorite garden feature besides the plants especially the roses themselves are some hardscapes; my big beautiful iron gazebo dh built for me; a Marian grotto that Dad built for Mother and I inherited and brought to my garden. This is the gazebo during our rare December snow.

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kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6403763

I voted other because my favorite item is my cheap old lawn chair. I can move it from place to place so I can enjoy the view that appeals to me that moment. It gives me a place to rest and relax after a hard day in the sun. It hoses down after being covered with dripping cherry juice after an afternoon of pitting cherries. It is zero maintainance and always ready for me.
petralittledog
Salina, KS
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2009
4:07 PM

Post #6403812

Favorite item is a garden bench, my DD4 & her DH made for me, out of the old wooden fence that had to replaced from around our yard. Do wish we hadn't taken so much of that fence to the dump, so we could have a couple more in the yard, but really like the one I have. It is out on the back fence line, behind an arbor and the butterfly bushes are in front of it. It is a completely different perspective on the yard from there and I can sorta be in my own private hidey hole & sit & read, when the weather is nice enough. No picture now, haven't splurged for a digital camera yet.

This message was edited Apr 13, 2009 11:11 AM
daylilydreams
small town, MN
(Zone 4b)

April 13, 2009
4:08 PM

Post #6403814

I voted other. There is a lovely Weeping Caragana 'Walker' that is lovely, under it is a toadhouse and ceramic toadstools that chime in the wind for a whimsical touch. I hope to remember to take a photo of it this year.

This message was edited Apr 13, 2009 11:09 AM
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 13, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #6403935

I chose water feature, but should have said other, because I love the flower cart DH made for me. He made the stream, too, which is one of my favorite things. And then there's the other water feature, and the raised bed, and... Guess DH is the best thing in my garden!

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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 13, 2009
5:05 PM

Post #6404091

This is a toughy poll. Only one thing? hmmmmmm
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2009
5:31 PM

Post #6404216

Very sweetly and perfectly said, KaperC. My DH does lots for me too.
Petralittledogs, I would love to return to Salina, we moved away when I was quite young but still remember the house we had; actually started school in Salina. I edited this to add, how long have you been in Salina?
Joann

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fleursdefouquet
Ferndale, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 13, 2009
5:43 PM

Post #6404295

Lenjo, the photo of your gazebo with snow is breathtaking!

kathy65468, I love your choice! It's hard to beat a good lawn chair. They are certainly underappreciated.
petralittledog
Salina, KS
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2009
5:48 PM

Post #6404319

I moved here about 28 years ago from SW Kansas. Certainly is a different climate here. I was born& raised out there, but only one of my brothers lives there now. What was the circumstance of your move to Oregon? One of my Dads sister & her husband moved to Oregon during WW2. She has been gone several years, but Uncle Elmer is still alive. Where is Mount Angel located in OR?
Greta

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 13, 2009
6:57 PM

Post #6404640

I don't have a favorite right now. I don't have any great garden art at the moment. As for plants, my favorites change daily depending on what is blooming. I walk around the garden going "Oh, Ahh, Oh my, I love this. I love that." I love them all!
woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
6:59 PM

Post #6404651

Um, KaperC, do you ever loan out your DH? (grins) Can I borrow him? Pleeeese? He does nice work!!!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

April 13, 2009
7:46 PM

Post #6404825

Thanks, Woofie. Nope, it takes enough gentle pushing and shoving to get my stuff done! He loves hearing that, though. :-)
DMgardener
(Daniel) Mount Orab, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2009
9:19 PM

Post #6405225

I have several plants that could be called specimens.

*1. A HUGE Iris that reproduces at an ungodly rate( at less than 6 mos. old it produced _6_ flowers!). If anybody wants some just contact me...
*2. My Ipomoea collection that is constantly growing
*3. A lovely Sage that is stunning in full bloom and attracts hummingbird plentifully.


woofie, your Morning glories are gorgeous! I just love that white flower with the pink star. What is it's name? Where did you get it?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 13, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6405333

My fav thing is my self-seeding annual Datura - the white inoxia ones, although I like the Metel Ballerinas - the Black Current Swirl is beautiful, too.
PuddlePirate
North Ridgeville, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2009
10:35 PM

Post #6405516

My greatest garden treasure is my Dawn Redwood.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 13, 2009
10:42 PM

Post #6405551

Other, favorite things are all the walls and beds I've made from the native sandstone taken off the hill behind the house. Just looks so natural...

Doug
cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 13, 2009
11:52 PM

Post #6405822

Right now it is my new little greenhouse that replaced a very old ugly rusty shed.
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

April 14, 2009
12:23 AM

Post #6405931

My wheel barrow! I've had it for many years.
Planter56
Buffalo, NY

April 14, 2009
1:33 AM

Post #6406353

My favorite thing is my entire garden and everything that grows, walks, crawls, hops, squawks, hums and so on. As long as I can see and hear and get around amongst all of that, I'm good :)
passiflora07
Fern Park, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2009
2:50 AM

Post #6406778

"Other"

White gazebo where I married my husband :)

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cathy4
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2009
2:54 AM

Post #6406789

Lovely, just perfect.
LeePerk
Zolfo Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2009
2:56 AM

Post #6406797

My favorite is my sitting area looking out over my rose & BF garden.

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Kaelkitty
Adelaide
Australia
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
7:26 AM

Post #6407397

My favourite item would have to be a plant (any plant) Which ever plant I am looking at right now, LOL!...

BUT, having said that, it is pretty hard to go past my nearly 40 year old Leutchenbergia principis.

Ciao, KK

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weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 14, 2009
10:16 AM

Post #6407513

Hi KK, I bet thats only one of alot of nice things you have!
I'm loving all the pictures of everyones favourite garden bits! Aren't we a lucky bunch to have such great things to cherish.
I have lots of favourite places in the yard, and lots of favourite plants, but I voted for water feature, as DH and I sit there when resting from heavy gardening and count the frogs, dragon flies, goldfish e.t.c. Its a very therapuetic place.

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DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2009
12:33 PM

Post #6407854

Home made armillary sphere.

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

April 14, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #6408008

I voted for plants, our dwarf collection of iris plants. while I enjoy the whole garden, without those, the garden season would be a bust.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2009
1:24 PM

Post #6408047

Weedwoman, a pond made from a boat! I just love it. What original ideas we have as gardeners!

Doug
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6408145

Don, I like your homemade armillary sphere; it looks cool. Did you form the circles or were they something your recycled from something else? Joann

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2009
1:55 PM

Post #6408170

My favorite objects THIS WEEK are the two chairs that my DSis's Grandkids (that we share) painted for me. They were over for Easter and we did a lot of fun things and one was to paint the two chairs that I recycled for the porch of my potting shed. They will make me smile for a long time to come.

Love the stories, and pictures everyone has shared!!

Sheila_FW

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Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 14, 2009
2:42 PM

Post #6408421

Sheila, now that is the best garden addition anyone could wish for.
margaran
(Maggie) Jacksonvill, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
3:36 PM

Post #6408643

Joycet: I'l post one today. If you like it, I have rooted cuttings.
Hillbilly_Gran: Is the walking stick something that can be rooted from a cutting? I'd love one if that's possible.
Jeri11: that's GORGEOUS!
mattsmom: That is SO quaint. I love it!
plantladyhou: Do you have any pics?
Lenjo: I love your gazebo but I also REALLY love that picture. I miss the solitude and introspection of winter. When I lived up north, winter was always the time that I looked into myself and laid the groundwork for changes in my life. I miss it. Down here there seems no time.

Maggie
LeePerk
Zolfo Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2009
4:47 PM

Post #6408964

weedwoman that is just to cool. Who would have thought to do that. I just love the boat..
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

April 14, 2009
4:57 PM

Post #6409013

Weedwoman, the water feature boat is just Way too cool! What a great idea.
joycet
Franklin, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2009
5:55 PM

Post #6409204

Oh Maggie that would be AWESOME!
SongsofJoy
New Hampshire, NH
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2009
5:59 PM

Post #6409221

Definitely my watergarden! I'll refrain from posting a picture again since I've posted it several times in the past, but it is truly my escape and serenity!
joycet
Franklin, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #6409240

WEll, I HAVEN'T SEEN IT!!!!!
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 14, 2009
6:30 PM

Post #6409461

Yes pic please.
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
8:09 PM

Post #6409909

I also have a beautiful Cathedral wind chime which I adore.

This message was edited Apr 14, 2009 4:10 PM
Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
8:11 PM

Post #6409918

And I forgot to add the picture - here it is

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TexasLise
Navasota, TX

April 14, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6410014

I don't have one favorite item, but on the whole, my favorites are my roses: noisettes, teas, hybrid teas, English roses, miniatures, miniflora, floribunda...I make small "arrangements' and bring them to the community center and to neighbors...helps me feel useful...
FlowrLady
-South Central-, IL
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #6410438

My "FAVORITE" thing in my yard/garden is whatever is blooming right now. SO, I have 'new' favorite things all year long. It makes me happy to see blossoms in the winter, and I feel accomplishment whenever I see something blooming. God is good.
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2009
10:01 PM

Post #6410483

My favorite thing is definitely a plant, I just can't pick one. Basically it is all of them because I like the beauty of life.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 14, 2009
10:09 PM

Post #6410513

I eliminated anything living from my list (otherwise I would never be able to choose) Now I have it narrowed down to 3 things... well er no 4 things... um maybe 5... ARGH!
SongsofJoy
New Hampshire, NH
(Zone 5b)

April 15, 2009
12:45 AM

Post #6411213

ok, two arm twists is all it takes ;o)

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SongsofJoy
New Hampshire, NH
(Zone 5b)

April 15, 2009
12:51 AM

Post #6411249

and the stream

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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 15, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6411265

OUTSTANDING SongsofJoy! Beautiful shot with the astilbes in the forground. After deep consideration and many lists I have chosen. I choose my garden shed because 1) it brings hummers 2) a colony of bees live in its walls and 3) it was originally a little girl's playhouse so has a luvly history.

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CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #6411596

I noticed that 21% of the folks voted for the same thing I did: bird feeders. Yet no one has described theirs (yet) , or published photos, perhaps because the idea is so simple: You put out seed, or suet, or fruit, or nectar in the summer, and all year 'round, beautiful feathered creatures come to entertain you. I have several different feeders hanging in my yard outside my windows. They make me the happiest.
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 15, 2009
2:37 AM

Post #6411789

Pics?
susan505
Roswell, NM
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
4:06 AM

Post #6412128

My favorite thing is an arbor made by my hubby, every thing is hand made, he designs and cuts the iris out by hand and bent the pipe by hand. I keep telling him I'm going to give it away, so he will make me one with all kinds of flowers on it, but its still in my yard, lol. Susan

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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 15, 2009
4:23 AM

Post #6412188

Its wonderful how many have chosen things made by their loved ones. You wanna bet you never, ever give it away Susan505? :-)
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
4:36 AM

Post #6412215

I love this trellis covered in Bougainvillea...especially at night! My Loved-one didn't make the trellis, but is in charge of the growth and give's blood every time he trims or try's to re-weave the branches. Such a beautiful pretty plant, but the thorns are horrible!

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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 15, 2009
4:40 AM

Post #6412225

Zonal envy! Zonal envy! I'm greeeeeeeeen.
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
4:42 AM

Post #6412230

I guess my second favorite thing is my family of heads! hehehe

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
4:49 AM

Post #6412247

Oh, third thing!

Love these passion flowers! All from a little sickly 6" clipping...they smell like Johnsons baby powder!\

(By the way...I have about 200 favorite things in my garden!)

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susan505
Roswell, NM
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
4:50 AM

Post #6412253

I will when he makes me the new one with all different kinds of flowers and a gate to go in my front yard thats fenced, which I hope is this summer. The one I have he made so he could see how long they would last in the weather, it sits on the north side of my house and has been there for 6 years now and its just as good as it was the first day he put it there, needs a little paint but dont we all, lol. And KatG I love your heads, I need one so I would have an extra one, LOL. Susan
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2009
5:17 AM

Post #6412316

Hey Susan...as you know "two head's are better than one" hahahaha
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2009
11:45 AM

Post #6412750

Other ...WORMS and my incredible soil are my favorite consistent garden features!

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2009
12:37 PM

Post #6412907

KatG that bougainvillea is to die for!!! But my favorite are your heads!!!!
joycet
Franklin, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2009
12:57 PM

Post #6412982

OMG those heads are fabulous!!! Love the jewelry!
rhodiegirl
Deering, NH
(Zone 5a)

April 15, 2009
12:58 PM

Post #6412987

I built a small flowerbed near my front door for the hummingbirds. Last year they drank from their feeder that was hanging off my front porch and they were going after one plant. This year they will be going after more than one plant besides their feeder.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2009
1:01 PM

Post #6412998

What was their favorite plant last year?
happyNdirt
Summertown, TN
(Zone 7a)

April 15, 2009
1:05 PM

Post #6413011

Though I do love all of the blooms in my gardens, the birds flying in and out of them seem to make it all whole!
Kristi_L
Kalamazoo, MI

April 15, 2009
1:42 PM

Post #6413176

Good answer 4paws!
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2009
1:48 PM

Post #6413198

I love my pond. It is so relaxing to just sit..do some thinking and watch the frogs and Koi.

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treelover3
Minneapolis, MN
(Zone 5a)

April 15, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6413452

I chose specimen plant and that plant is my Tolleson's Blue Weeping Juniper. I love this tree and its weeping form. (it's also the oldest and largest plant in my yard.)
Planter56
Buffalo, NY

April 15, 2009
3:05 PM

Post #6413560

That's a really lovely pond BeaHive :)
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2009
3:22 PM

Post #6413665

I picked arbor, because of the clematis that is blooming right now. It will bloom all summer, but this is the most flowers it has ever had at one time. I can't wait till it covers the whole arbor. It has to come back from the ground each spring...

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2009
3:32 PM

Post #6413715

But I have to add that the waterfall/ pond DH made is my real favorite...

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woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

April 15, 2009
4:57 PM

Post #6414180

I'm a sucker for walkways, and I just LOVE the one in your bougainvillea pic, KatG!
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2009
5:19 PM

Post #6414290

yardqueen..that is a beautiful clematis & your pond is lovely!
knpeterson
Waynesville, MO

April 15, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #6414708

My favorite feature in my garden is my beehive. I love my little hard workers! They help all of my plants be more productive and the more I plant, the better off my worker girls are! I just love listening to the quiet hum of the hive and watching them go about their day-to-day. The honey is a nice bonus too! :)
twinkielee
Minden, LA

April 15, 2009
6:57 PM

Post #6414719

My favorite "thing" is remembering the friends and family members who have contributed cuttings and such to my garden. Not only do I have the beautiful plant or blossom to enjoy, but I also have the memory of the special person who gave it to me.
DATURA12
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2009
8:24 PM

Post #6415086

My favorite garden feature is my sofa topiary, it reminds me of just how ill I was when I created it and just how far I have come since then.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 15, 2009
8:35 PM

Post #6415121

Peg, how could that not be your favorite thing?? It is a georgeous labor of love and determination to prevail. I really want to one day see it in person, it is surreal!
Sheila_FW
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #6416114

Great sofa datura. WOW!

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6416121

Datura you forgot the topiary "remote and TV" to go with it! I love it.

Doug
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2009
12:26 AM

Post #6416177

It looks so comfy, I just want to have a seat and drink a cuppa tea!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2009
1:12 AM

Post #6416389

These are some beautiful photos. It's too hard to choose one thing. I think that the flowering plants are my favorite and I have flowers from about the middle of February to the first of November. Here are some azaleas that are blooming right now.

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yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2009
1:48 AM

Post #6416564

That is a beautiful combination of plants!
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6416698

I can't take credit for it but I love the creek that runs through my back yard.

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Camillia84
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2009
3:19 AM

Post #6417021

My fave was my Dragon Fountain that I had in my front yard. Unfortunatly a car ran through our yard & destroyed him a couple of weeks ago.
Good news---replacing him by the end of next week---bigger---better!!

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KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
4:18 AM

Post #6417250

Datura...that is absolutely unbelievable and beautiful! It's just awesome!

Thank you so much for posting that photo!

Kat
Laurie1
Burwash Weald
United Kingdom
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2009
6:52 AM

Post #6417486

I think the greatest feature of my garden are the amazing views we have - it is startlingly beautiful, and I constantly garden with them in mind - to work with it rather than against it, in fact there would be no competition - the land beyond my garden wins everytime. A constant reminder that I am just part of a larger whole.
jomoncon
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2009
3:24 PM

Post #6418588

Mt favorite is definitely my little pond. It's in a 50 gallon Rubbermaid container that means a lot to me. It belonged to my Dad who passed away two years ago. He & I often spoke about turning it into a little pond at his home, but with Katrina & everything we never got around to it. I think he'd be proud of what I've done.

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McCool
Millbury, MA
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2009
4:26 PM

Post #6418858

Other --- a nice red tomato, warm from the sunshine.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 16, 2009
5:15 PM

Post #6419029

Yum!!!
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2009
5:43 PM

Post #6419110

dragons are very good--also can't get enough gargoyles here...
Debbie
KatG
Port Charlotte, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #6419188

Yum is right!! I think I'm just day's away!

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dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2009
7:33 PM

Post #6419577

I like your heads KatG. Definitely a step up from Chia pets.
eileentibet
Center Barnstead, NH
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2009
7:45 PM

Post #6419662

My favorite garden items r are rocks.. Many look like they are jewels. White ones, black ones, some are colored like smoke. Large and small and every size in between, They are my favorites
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2009
8:48 PM

Post #6419959


Some great stories and memories that everyone has shared! It's been fun to read this thread!

I suppose my favorite 'plant' right now is my Bleeding Heart that is blooming like crazy along with my white daffodils. A very pretty combination and I didn't plan for it! Isn't that the way it always happens?!

Now I have to get busy making a gazebo or water fall or cute garden shed!

So much creativity here on Dave's to enjoy!

tabasco
cactuspatch
Alamogordo, NM
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2009
9:11 PM

Post #6420069

My favorite is my bench. I love to sit here and have some tea and just admire my roses and the mountains in the distance. We can also view the city's fireworks display from this bench. DH gave it to me just before July one summer so we call it our 4th of July bench.

I love all the rocks we have collected over the years too, the flagstones and my arch that is covered with a red rose too!

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tropicsofohio
Hilliard, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2009
1:11 AM

Post #6421139

my banana plant:) this pic was taken the day of the big windstorm, before it got really bad.

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mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #6421280

I have a wooden swing in an arbor that sits in the back of my yard...I can sit there and survey my entire backyard! It's my favorite place to get a few minutes of serenity in the evening when I get home from work. We bought it several years ago--when they delivered it, they would not move it past our driveway. My DH and a neighbor moved this VERY heavy wooden arbor all the way to the back of our yard... truly a labor of love. It's such a peaceful spot, and allows me to enjoy our entire yard. Most evenings, my DH sits with me. Other evenings, my male golden retriever likes to sit on my lap and swing with me. My other favorite feature is our small pond. We don't have any plants or fish, but often have a golden retriever or two cooling off in the water (even in the winter). I love the sound of the waterfall, and the birds it attracts.
What a great thread-I've enjoyed reading all of the posts. It sounds as if there are many great memories in everyone's garden.
Datura--I love your sofa
Jomoncon...I'm sure your dad would be very pleased with your creation--it's beautiful

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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6421486

I love our birdbath, as here in the woods, you never know what kind of critter will be drinking, bathing, or even sleeping in it, lol. Last summer, the raccoons took naps in it to cool off!
carolyn_haack
Saint Petersburg, FL

April 17, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6421488

I voted for art...for me, it's the statute of Diana at the center of my moon garden (and the memory of my DH helping me move 820 lbs of her across my yard) that I cherish the most.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2009
1:08 PM

Post #6423109

Jomocon... You have done a great job on the pond your Dad dreamed of; I know he is proud and you should be too. Nice memory garden.
kygwens
Paris, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 17, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #6423424

So far my favorite is my cocker spaniel concrete pup I purchased in New Orleans-he is very authentic! :)
zonkel
Florence, MS
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2009
2:34 PM

Post #6423470

My soon-to-be favorite (no pictures yet; it's a mess now!) is 3 arches that I have strung together to make a run-around place for my kids and an entrance to the vegetable garden. I knew better, but I planted a Halls honeysuckle along with 3 grapes, 2 clematis and a trumpetvine and the honeysuckle collapsed the cheap temporary arch I had planted it on. I've dug up the honeysuckle rootball and will replace the cheap arch with an iron arbor, and put a grapevine on it. I'll replant the center of the arches with baby-blue-eyes groundcover. I have banana, hibiscus and arborvitae in the curve of the arbors, a live oak and our little orchard on the other side. Hopefully these arbors will provide cover for the anole lizards that I like having in the garden to get rid of bugs!
Susan
hopflower
Santa Rosa, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2009
2:51 PM

Post #6423564

My whole garden. I just love it and look forward to working in it every chance I get. I have many favourite sweet peas in it each spring and early summer that I love working with, and some superb lilies in the summer, narcissus in the autumn, and everything else all year round!
holeth
Corpus Christi, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #6425811

My Eustoma have been my babies for the past few years. I'm growing clarkias & godetia this yr...(Thank you for trading...you know who you are!!!)
I guess the Prairie Gentians are going to have to share the attention!

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2009
2:07 AM

Post #6426303

Those are beautiful!
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2009
4:13 AM

Post #6426668

I just bought a selection of Eustoma or lisianthus from Burpee, I had them once before and they are a wonderful plant, I have 5 tiny little seedlings in the greenhouse too. I hope they make it. Nice to see them here.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2009
4:37 AM

Post #6426720

My daughter just gave me a gift certificate to Al's Garden Center for my birthday today! Think I will go looking for something special tomorrow. I am so excited as I have heard many good things about Al's and have never been. An adventure! Yeah!
saya
Heerlen
Netherlands
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2009
11:30 AM

Post #6427229

I just love everything in my garden...I even love weeding..LOL
DEMinPA
Selinsgrove, PA
(Zone 5b)

April 18, 2009
11:44 AM

Post #6427270

My favorite is my $2.00 yard sale car. In the spring it holds a container of daffodil bulbs. In the summer a container of annuals. In the fall a pot of mums. In the winter wrapped presents.

This was the fall a year ago.

Don (DEMinPA)

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2009
1:15 PM

Post #6427495

don..very cute!
bordersandjacks
Seabrook, SC
(Zone 8b)

April 18, 2009
5:02 PM

Post #6428246

I'm loving looking at everyone's pictures!!! I chose my bird feeders. This is my thistle feeder bombarded with goldfinches. We're just starting to put out all the hummingbird feeders. It's the hummingbirds visitors comment on when they come to visit- it sounds like a fighter squadron revving up at times!

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HappyJackMom
Happy Jack, AZ
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2009
7:21 PM

Post #6428722

I voted 'Other', as I love the weird rocks we find on our acre. 'Cookie's Rock' is my very favorite.

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Laurie1
Burwash Weald
United Kingdom
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #6428858

Now that is a rock to be envied!! Lucky gardener.
cactuspatch
Alamogordo, NM
(Zone 7b)

April 18, 2009
9:59 PM

Post #6429241

Love Cookie's Rock! Looks like an Indian well?
HappyJackMom
Happy Jack, AZ
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2009
12:37 AM

Post #6429815

No, not an Indian well, it's was just an impression in the rock from weathering. We enlarged them to make watering holes for the birds. Here's what the rock looked like before we ruined it. Weathering, water, flowers and Turkish Speedwell give it the look of today. I'm glad everyone enjoyed it, I sure do. There's more out there that have to be towed to the front yard with the 4X4.

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holeth
Corpus Christi, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 19, 2009
1:17 AM

Post #6429992

Keep feeding those goldfinches in SC! What a beautiful pic!

First time my pop saw a goldfinch while mowing the lawn (I was maybe 7 or 8?) he had my mom call animal control because "somebody's pet canary got out!" How funny is that!?!

Anyway, if the birds are all in SC, perhaps they won't steel my seed for trading up here in PA!!! Adorable little thieves!



kathymac
Citrus Heights, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 19, 2009
8:49 AM

Post #6431142

Hi all! First time voting! Enjoying everyone's stories and photos!
I voted other. My favorite things are the 6 redwood planter boxes that my son built for me from redwood fence boards and scrap 2x4s that were left over from a previous fencing project. He's very creative and built them without using any plans. He also built the covered box on the porch, where I keep some of my gardening supplies. I love these planter boxes because no two are alike, and they allow me to garden in my backyard on my concrete patio, and also near the front porch, which is where this box is, because the soil in this area is too shallow for anything to grow.

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greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2009
1:22 PM

Post #6431591

I voted other and I have to agree with saya. I love all my plants & appreciate their special attributes. At least, I've narrowed it down to the plants.
mothermole
Deer Park, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 19, 2009
5:02 PM

Post #6432407

My pond!

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islandgirl62
Griffin, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2009
3:05 PM

Post #6461205

A Waterfall that I built in my yard, and I have always dreamed of having a shabby chic cottage look, with a twist of tropical/beachy type added in.

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