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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ms. Doris' Garden

Finally found a couple of hours to visit Ms. Doris, Three Doors Down...I could have stayed and talked plants all day. Here are a few interesting plants and items I photographed today.

I have been lusting after this plant for a year or so now..Aucuba 'Variegata' ... I hope to try and root a piece of this.

Arachniodes simplicior, Indian Holly Fern, Shield Fern, Holly Fern Kiwi...I like the Kiwi name the best. This is a fern I wouldn't mind adding to my gardens.
Camellia are dotted throughout her grand gardens.
Mahonia bealei--Leatherleaf mahonia...I haven't been real found of these plants in the past. Seeing this one up close I may be changing my mind.
Look at the size of this rose hip! The rose was covered in them. When we were approaching this climbing, maybe Cherokee Rose, Georgia State Flower, I was thinking what type of fruit is that!
Love this little iron lawn set. That container behind it is probably a six inch, that gives you an idea of the size of this furniture. Just darling!
Ms. Doris has her Daddy's old rock collection, here is a Coral Brain or Brain Coral...very unique.
We all love a good moss covered rock in the gardens.
She has some areas where nothing will grow, and why should it, look at the natural beauty of the tree roots.
We were standing at the back of her gardens looking toward the back of her home...got an idea of how big her gardens are? Soon all of this will be green and lush!
She and I'm sure Mr. Doris, have been busy laying stepping stones as to have that 'flow' feel. Leaves are everywhere...the price we pay for gardening under beautiful trees.
Up close to the back of her home and leading towards the back of the gardens, see the arch covered in vine to the left, she has concrete poured walkways. Going to the right of the photo the walkway leads right into her gardening shed.

Thank you Ms. Doris for a great couple of hours and letting me photograph your gardens again. I'll be back soon as we have a lot happening around here this time of the year.

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Today I am Thankful for Ms. Doris and her friendship.

25 comments:

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Thank you Ms. Doris for allowing the tour! All those trees!!!!! I'm glad you took photos now so we could see all the trees. Such nice plants still looking good too.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I do hope you will show us this garden when all the flowers are in bloom.
Ruth

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

That was a lovely walk. Thank you. I like Ms Doris' garden.

NanaK said...

Oh you were right, I love that kiwi fern. Ms. Doris' garden was a treat to tour. How nice to have a gardening neighbor. Tell her thank you for letting us come by and visit.

Becca's Dirt said...

Ms Doris has a beautiful place. I love the openness of the yard - so huge. Lots of trees. I can visualize how awesome it is. Great to have gardening buddies near by.

Deb said...

love our visits to Mrs. Doris garden....

tina said...

Those are good sized gardens. I love it when you visit her garden!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I love the last pictures with the view of the house in the background.That garden is full of promise! Can you show it in summer? Pleeease...

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It's nice to see her gardens again. She sure does have a lot of space to garden in. The fern is really pretty, I like the yellowish stripe in the center.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, There are some pretty flowers (orchids and others???) featured on my blog today. We took the pictures in Nov. at the Biltmore House (indoors)... See if you know what any of them are. I do NOT.

Miss Doris really has a huge garden... WOW---does she have fulltime help???? I love the Aucuba 'Variegata' and the Indian Holly Fern... WOW!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Grace Peterson said...

Bless Ms. Doris three doors down. I love her large expanse with trees and many interesting things to see. I love that she likes rocks--me too! And the iron seating is way cool. My fingers are crossed that the Abutilon roots for you. What an awesome plant.

George said...

I hope you'll make more visit to Ms. Doris so we can see her garden when it is in full bloom.

Julie said...

Hi Darla...what a beautiful place to live next door to!!! It makes me think of my brother and sister-in-laws place in Mooringsport, Louisiana....nice yards like this out in the country...covered in leaves! Just gorgeous!!!

Karen said...

Ms. Doris has a beautiful garden; love her rock collections (that coral one is amazing) and her lovely iron furniture. Her soil must be so rich from all of the decaying leaves, I wish I had more around here. Hope to see more of Ms. Doris' garden later on in the season.

Lucy said...

That does seem an interesting garden - coral brains, hairy hips - and a wonderful fern.

Lucy

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Her garden is so big. How wonderful to have camellias. I am thinking of trying a zone 6 one and try to baby it in my zone 5. Do you think I would be wasting my time? The Aucuba has fantastic foliage Darla. I am so glad your Dahlia seeds are sprouting. My new Redskin ones are sprouting too and some of the geraniums. I am excited. LOL! Ms. Doris little lawn set is so cute!

sweetbay said...

Ms. Doris has a lovely garden! I remember you posting about it before.

walk2write said...

That Aucuba looks like it's been splashed with gold. You're lucky to have such a wonderful gardening neighbor just a few doors down.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love seeing unique little things scattered in a garden. The brain coral is unusual, love it. The mossy rock also. I fee like you, it would be easy to spend a few hours wandering around in Ms Doris' garden.
Marnie

Gail said...

Darla, I would love to have a Miss Doris live near me. She has a lovely garden~ gail

Noelle said...

Hello Darla,

What an interesting garden. My son would love the "brain". I like how her garden features such beautiful variegated foliage :-)

Floridagirl said...

I have to confess that I am very jealous of this garden...the sheer size, all of the shade trees, and all of the hardscape and interesting objects. But I must be content with my little half-acre. Love that striped fern! How pretty! I had two huge old mahonias in my Atlanta garden and loved them. The flowers and berries add a lot of color and the leaves have a nice texture. I think I read somewhere, though, that they have become invasive. Didn't know that back then.

Susie said...

Love it! Wish I had a neighbor like that!

daisy said...

What a beautiful backyard! What a blessing those leaves are! Thanks for sharing this peaceful place.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Looks like a beautiful place! I know a lot of work has gone into that, but I'm sure it's a labor of love.
And I love that kiwi fern, too!
That brain coral in neat. Have you ever seen a brain cactus? Those are really cool too.