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    sheila schultz

    Your gardens are more than inviting Susan, and I love the way your path begs to be followed! I knew you'd get the container bug ;) it's pretty addictive ;)

    Now, now, Sheila, there's no need to gloat just because I'm a Johnny come lately. ;-) Glad you enjoyed the virtual tour!

    Christina Salwitz

    Your little jewel box of a garden is just lovely! I wish I could be there to see it in person someday. I totally sympathize with the over planting tendency, guilty as charged here. :-)

    I hope you can see it one day, too, Christina! I wonder if you like it because it reminds you a bit of your own little jewel box garden, which *l* hope to see someday.


    Thanks for the garden tour, Susan. Your garden is beautiful, playful, and so welcoming. I smiled over your comment that the acid green wall is a subtler shade than the purple you had there before. The color is fabulous, but subtler? The jury is out. :-)

    Aside from the bold use of color, which I have an affinity for too, I like how you worked it in on wooden panels (free-standing fences? I can't really tell), showing that you don't have to have masonry walls a la Tucson to introduce color into vertical surfaces. Might you show us sometime how those wooden panels are constructed and how they fit into the larger design of your garden? I'd love to know more.

    I guess subtly is in the eye of the beholder. :-) I was inspired to repaint my Keeyla Meadow's garden. She is the master of fearless color, but I thought her use of lime green in her shade garden was bright without being over the top. Unfortunately the pots weren't chosen for this wall, but I have to draw the line at my recently diagnosed container addiction somewhere...


    Lovely Susan. Sometimes I wish each blogger that shows their garden had one of those overhead watercolor renderings of their gardens so it can be seen how it all fits together. I've thought about creating one for my own!
    I did a sketch for a Fine Gardening article that was loosely based on my own garden, but I can't find it! I have an early version, though. I'll mark where the panels are (that's what Pam is interested in) and post on Facebook.


    And I was expecting photos of night lighting. ;-) loved the birds splashing
    If I had the photography skills (and could wrestle the controller away from Nick long enough) you would DEFINITELY be seeing photos of the garden at night.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    I love the bold color and sharp contrasts in your garden design. It is great looking and it really draws you in as a very comfortable spot to spend a bit of time.
    Thank you, Charlie! We do spend a lot of time in the garden (there's a reason we choose thick cushions and lounge chairs with give instead of something more stylish, but less comfy).

    Laurin Lindsey

    I love your garden, it is beautiful and inviting! I love the black pottery against the colorful wall.

    Laurin, thank you for your kind words!

    Jean |

    Susan, your garden is delightful! I would love to make a path like that out to my gazebo. You said you started with flagstone set in gravel but then you changed it to "set in DG." What is DG?

    Thank you, Jean! DG is decomposed granite - essentially very small granite fines (usually beige colored). They form a surfaced similar to hard packed dirt and while they can get a little muddy in winter, for the most part, they can be swept or blown when cleaning is necessary. Much less effort than gravel. A good, casual choice for dryer climates when an informal look is desired.

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