Some summer garden favorites

In my garden design and maintenance work I get to visit and interact with many other garden lovers. I’m thrilled by some of the ideas my clients express and how they encourage their plants to make whimsical statements. Here I share a couple of my favorites.

But, before we get to the photos, I must apologize for the quality of these posted below. My camera was stolen in July, forcing me to use my phone camera for many of my shots. The phone camera does not capture close-up photos like those I’m used to capturing with my much-missed camera.  Still, you’ll get the concepts.

A cottage garden planting surrounding  two statues one might least expect to find in a Connecticut garden … giraffes.

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I love that it appears one giraffe is nibbling on the flowers while the other is standing watch.


The morning glory chair.

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Not for sitting but, certainly, a conversation piece.


The best quote I heard all summer came from a client while we inspected the small ornamental cabbage plants that had overwintered along her patio. While I didn’t get a photo of her cabbage, it looked much like the holey ornamental kale in my own garden.


When I noted that cabbage moths found her plants she replied, “Yes, but I like lace. It adds great interest and the caterpillars need to eat, too.”

Love that attitude, and how fellow gardeners can brighten a day … any day.

My holey kale doesn’t look so bad after all!

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6 comments for “Some summer garden favorites

  1. September 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I saw similar giraffes in a Buffalo, NY garden. They certainly do make you do a double take!

    • September 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Kathy, were the giraffes you saw set up so they appeared to be munching on the blossoms? This is such a fun look.

  2. September 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Joene, I love the photo of the griaffes. Every garden needs a little bit of whimsy!

    • September 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Debbie, I couldn’t agree more. A little bit of whimsy = fun.

  3. September 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    The giraffes are perfect, and one does seem to be browsing the garden plants.

    The comment about lacy foliage is smile-maker. My hostas (the few that I grow) are the laciest plants you could see… more holes than greenery, and I am going to explain that it is just the way they grow, a special cultivar of lace leaf hosta!

    • September 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

      It’s all in the attitude … and presentation, Laurrie.

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