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The Lady's Green Room

The Lady is surrounded by leafy splendor in her garden room. There are walls of verdant trees, and, overhead, foliage arches across the ceiling.

Of all my garden spaces, the Lady Garden is becoming my favorite. The arbor swing has a great view of the hydrangea walk and is up close to bird and other wild life activity. I like to watch the trees and listen to the sounds in the garden. Squirrels play, and the gentle tunes of wind chimes mingle with bird song. It is a peaceful place that Lou and I both enjoy.

Most of the planting beds feature hostas. They are well suited to the filtered sunlight this area receives. As June begins, they are growing full and I love their colors and textures:Clockwise from upper left: Francis Williams; Sum and Substance; Whirlwind; Big DaddyAnd here is a birds nest fern, an indoor plant spending the summer outdoors. As long as I keep it watered it likes the subtropical temperatures.

While green predominates, as it usually does in my part of the world in summer, there are some colorful red accents:

And a few other things which add some interest:

The Lady Garden, 2011, is still immature. I am waiting for ground covers to cover the dirt floors. Boxwood and tea olives have yet to grow together to form hedges which will delineate two sides. I am still tweaking the stone paths. The planting beds need lots more plants! Meanwhile, garden ornaments, colorful pots, and temporary plants help to fill in. But things are growing, and it is beginning to feel like a real outdoor room.


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Reader Comments (29)

I am really liking this garden too... what a restful space. You see an immature garden that needs more plants and more work, but I see a lovely enclosed garden room already! The swing and the two chairs make me want to come in and sit a while.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurrie

Beautiful as always and so restful looking. I think I would have a hard time actually working in the garden when I could be sitting in the Lady Garden.

What a beautiful garden room. I could sit there and swing the entire afternoon away. It provides such serenity now and surely will mature into a secret retreat. I love your added ornaments and accents. I have some wind chimes in my potager. I love to plant and weed while the chimes ring. They drown out the village bustle.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterthevioletfern

Beautiful and very inviting room, Deb. It really has atmosphere and a feeling of tranquility. I like all the shades of green. Your ornament is very classy as well.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

You garden is gorgeous. I feel as if I am looking at a garden magazine. I especially like the last collage.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOne

...and a very inviting room too! I actually love the variety of green shades in your Lady Garden, it's very restful and cool looking, even it the temperatures there may be sweltering. In summer our greens here tend to be more monochromatic, and less visually interesting. I do like the little pops of color here and there, both in foliage and flower, it helps to keep the eye intrigued.

Deb you've done a wonderful job creating this garden, it looks lovely and can only get better, some lovely varied textures in your greens, it must be a very relaxing place to be,
Deb when ever I read about your garden I feel like I am on another planet, with the winds we get I just can't imagine windchimes and chairs outside and though there is much lush greeness you never mention rain is there lots of under ground water from far off mountains or something? Frances

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsland Threads

Lovely lady - the red accents and the pots but mostly the underplanted urn with fern and views beyond is what beckons

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ PatioPatch

It really does look like a relaxing room. Love all the greens. Looks quite peaceful.

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolley

Green is so restful, you have created a beautiful tapestry of foliage with accents of reds - divine!

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPauline Mulligan

You have a wonderful garden, Deb. That green room looks so relaxing and inviting. If you are anticipating what it will look like weeks from now then I will be waiting as well. It looks fantastic as it is but I am excited at the notion that you know it will be much better.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBom

It is very beautiful, peaceful and tranquil. I loved the views, you have a good eye for composition.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMasha

It's looking beautiful, Deb. Don't you just love watching/experiencing a garden area mature -- both enjoying it as it is now and imagining what it will become. The swing looks so inviting.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJean

The Lady garden looks so cool and peaceful just the place to sit and contemplate how beautiful it is becoming. I love all the different shades of green, and your images of Hostas are exceptional. Christina

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Now that I am finally back in internet land, I can spend some time catching up on my reading. And what a great one to start of with. You know how much I heart your lady.

Wonderful start! And there is more gardener's fun to come in the tweaking.
All summer gardens should include a space like this one to be enjoyed even in the heat of the day.

Thank you for your wonderful post. I always enjoy reading about your garden.

Cooling to say the least. However, I would imagine the humidity is well on its way. Beautiful room to say the least. Thanks for stopping by and deadhead'n.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreggo

The garden is so beautiful already and I love your descriptions of it!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersweetbay

What a lovely retreat! It seems like such a peaceful place in nature. You have created a respite away from the everyday grind. Thank you for sharing your piece of heaven with us.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Sage Butterfly

How beautiful and peaceful it is! I love the Lady, all the Hostas, and your inspired accents.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinny

Hi Deb,

I just came over from Kilbourne Grove to see where you live - the triple digits sounded familiar. I'm up in NE Alabama, west of Gadsden. I've been here since mid-2007 so I missed those events in the 90s but my property also lost several trees in the tornado episode from that time period and I've heard about the blizzard from several folks. I was fortunate - no damage from the recent tornado events either. I'll be taking some time soon to wander around here looking at your lovely garden.

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara H.

Deb I can see why this is a favorite...so lush, lovely and peaceful...the swing is calling my name...

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

What a beautiful space! I have the same table and chairs on our deck outside the kitchen doors. We have a glass of wine there, overlooking the pond! WHen I saw your post, it was as if someone moved our sitting place to a verdant and magical room!

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJayne

I can see why this is a favourite area of your garden. It seems like a great place to sit and be quiet.

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I don't think I've seen a garden room that comes alive as it's own entity before. Yours doesn't have a generic personality -- it could walk and talk! Very, very nice. :)

Lady Garden. I love the name. I have a garden lady, but I don't call her garden the Lady Garden. I went with the cliched Secret Garden.

Your Lady Garden is quite lovely.


June 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergarden337

I like the ambience of your garden, lots of lush green, with little pools of dappled light filtering through. Everything around the bench in the lady garden is very calm and serene. The Hostas are so tactile, with their heavy textures and green patterns. The flagstone underneath looks very settled already with the plants tucked around it. I can see why it is becoming one of your favourite sections.

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNorthern Shade

Hello Deb,
I can see why you love this part of your garden so much. You have created a wonderful retreat and I bet there is always some wildlife around to watch.
Me and my husband also love sitting out on our back patio watching the birds, butterflies, froggies, small snakes, squirrels and whatever comes across our little garden oasis.
Happy Gardening
Paula Jo

This garden is just stunning, I love how you have used textures and such a simple color palette. I have recently moved to a new house and this is my first year trying to make the garden "my own". Its a lot of work but here is one of my garden rooms

Also do you have a problem with deer eating those beautiful hostas?

June 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZoe
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