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Lady Garden, April, 2012

Planted on the edge of wildness just three years ago, the Lady Garden will someday grow up to be a secluded outdoor room. It is one of my favorite spaces, for it is the best place on the property for watching and listening to wildlife. Today I saw a HUGE bunny in the area, as well as a much smaller one. Easter bunnies, for sure! They were hopping to their business, so I unfortunately couldn't get photos of them.

Other elements of the Lady Garden are easier to photograph:

This Stromanthe tricolor spent the winter indoors and seems to be relishing the great spring weather we are having now:Something has been chomping on that leaf! I hope it's not the big bunny and his relatives!

Here are some more of my favorite plants in the area:Top: Mock orange, Philadelphus coronarius. Clockwise from middle left: Variegated Pittisporum; Pieris japonica; Japanese maple 'Butterfly'; Felt fern, Pyrrosia sheareri.

The following are all considered wildflowers. The top two are ones I planted. The bottom ones might be considered weeds!
Top: Heuchera, Epimedium. Bottom: Wild aster and another wildflower, unidentified.May you be blessed with peace of spirit, and may each morning bring renewal of hope and joy. Happy Easter!   Deborah

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Reader Comments (22)

The Lady Garden is looking quite lovely at this time of year. Perfectly understandable why it's your favourite spaces. I too have a Stromanthe, which I just adore, but it seems to be suffering from something at the moment and not looking as good as yours. Love the wildflowers ... including the supposed 'weeds'. We have 'weeds' here too that look rather lovely.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernieh

Happy Easter Deb.....what a stunningly peaceful place that you captured with your pictures...it is an oasis at the edge of wilderness...I love it.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View

Those chairs and table seem like they are in such a nice spot! What a nice little nook! I love seeing all the little wildflowers that turn up on their own in my garden due to my sad lack of weeding :) They are always a pleasant surprise! Happy Easter!

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIndie

The statue with the ivy head-dress looks spectacular.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterb-a-g

How lovely to have such a secluded place to watch the wildlife! Last year was the first in 20 yrs when we didn't have a rabbit arriving on Easter Day, will wait and see what tomorrow brings!
Happy Easter to you and your family Deb.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPauline Mulligan

All of your garden shots are beautiful, but I love the photograph with the table and chairs. It just looks so serene and inviting. I can just envision myself sitting there, with a glass of iced tea, soaking it all in. Your Philadelphus is way ahead of ours this season, but it froze here again this morning. I expect ours is confused with the erratic temperatures here this spring.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCurbstone Valley Farm

Those chairs at the Lady Garden looks so inviting, to be surrounded by such a beautiful setting! Happy Easter to you and your family :)

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

The Lady Garden is looking lovely at this time of year. Such a peaceful retreat, have a wonderful holiday, Deb.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Everything looks great! The unidentified wildflower on the right is galanthus, or snowdrops.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCasa Mariposa

This seems to be such a serene place. So beautiful the setting, so wonderful the plantings. The "lady" presides over it regal stature.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

That looks like a lovely place to sit and think... about all of the chores I am avoiding. :)

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPrairie Cat

Beautiful - I love secluded places in gardens! Your white flowered epimedium is lovely. Happy Easter to you!

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterspurge

Happy Easter to you and your family, Deb.
The Lady Garden is looking lovely. I really like the way you've partitioned and named the areas in your garden.

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBom

Happy Easter to you too, Deb! Your Lady Garden is looking peaceful, calm and beautiful. I look fwd to seeing what other interesting plants emerge!! Astrid

April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

Dear Deb, Your 'Lady Garden' is full of grace and such lively varieties of greens! Lovely! Happy Spring! Is that Mock Orange blooming already? Beautiful photos! Peace Carol

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarolflowerhill

Hi Deborah! your garden always looks great! Why you called this part lady's garden? Maybe in honor of the lady's head you keep there? I love that felt fern! And the scent of philadelphus... I'm looking forward to seeing mine in flower!

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto


Have you ever been to Little Cypress Natives in Florence? They specialize in wild flowers and have the most amazing collection of native azaleas. It is located at 4970 Country Rd. 41 across from the Forks of Cypress. My sister and I were there this past weekend and the wild azaleas were just beautiful. They are having an open garden every Saturday this month.

I thought you might be interested because their woodland gardens remind me of yours.

Best Regards!


April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Anderson

Love that felted fern - I haven't seen it before. I also noticed a prety variegated leaf - is it a variegated dogwood? It looks so lovely and fresh.

I know that this part of your garden is still being developed and I'm fascinated to watch each step.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Chapman

A secluded garden room and the best place to observe and listen to wildlife -- sounds like heaven to me! Your lady of the ivy looks so wise and serene.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersweetbay

The Lady Garden looks very relaxing, and the idea of sitting in the garden is a good one---exactly how do you do that?!?

Hi Debs,

Why did you choose the name 'Lady Garden,' - is it the statue? - Or is there another reason? It does have a feminine feel - soft, floaty planting, pinks, lilacs and purples. The wild flowers are beautiful!

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Garden Furniture

Than you all for your comments! I appreciate each one of you. For those who asked, yes, the Lady Garden was named for the lady head statue. And Karen, you asked about the plant with the variegated leaf. It is actually a variegated ficus, a tender plant that will have to move indoors for the winter. Thanks again to everyone. You are the reason I write this blog! Deborah

April 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott
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