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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?
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!
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?
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.
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!!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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...
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! :)
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.