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WATERFALLS

We are members of our local water garden society.  Yesterday there was a lunch at one of the members homes and we were able to tour their garden and also the gardens and waterfalls of a few other members homes.  Their backyard puts mine to shame.  It is absolutely spectacular.  There are several waterfalls and ponds.  The ponds are filled with koi and other tropical fish.  On the hills around the waterfalls were lots of plantings.  Providing a great deal of color were many coleus and the bright green sweet potato plants.  There were also several elephant ear plants for height.  Their yard sloaped upward from the house and patio making for good viewing of all this beauty.  The back of their lot was bordered with several large pine and other varieties of trees, providing a good backdrop to this setting.

Here are some pictures of their garden but I know they don’t even do it justice.

WATERFALL

ANOTHER WATERFALL

UPPER WATERFALL

 To the left of this waterfall was a pool house where they had a koi camera .  You could see the fish swimming on the TV.

WATERFALL ON SIDE OF HOUSE ENTERING BACK YARD

There was also a beautiful swimming pool with a waterfall spilling into it. Could you ask for a more beautiful and relaxing setting. 

POOL AND WATERFALL

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WATERFALL

Last night I was sitting on the porch and looking at our waterfall and decided to try and capture the beauty of it with a picture.  The sky was also interesting with no stars and lots of clouds.

WATERFALL AT NIGHT

 

WATERFALL AT NIGHT

CLOUDY NIGHT

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The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is put on by the Royal Horticultural Society.  It is one of the highlights of the gardening calendar, offering inspiring gardens, floral displays and ideas for every gardener.  There is so much to see here that it took  about 5 or 6 hours to get through it all.  There were several display gardens with various themes and over 90 floral exhibits by growers. The fun part was listening to all the comments and opinions about the displays.

DISPLAY GARDEN

DISPLAY GARDEN

DISPLAY GARDEN

 The vendors displays are all done very beautifully.  This gives you an opportunity to see many varieties of roses and all other flowers in full bloom before you buy.

VENDOR DISPLAY

VENDOR DISPLAY OF ROSES

 

VENDOR DISPLAY OF ROSES

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The CASS SCULPTURE FOUNDATION is twenty acres of woodlands.  It provides an ideal setting for an extraordinary collection of 21st-century British sculptures.  The foundation provides a platform for the sale of these large-scale sculptures.  The sculptures are placed so that they just fit into the landscape.  It is a perfect setting for them.

The people I was with had me stand with  the stick people with cameras, since I was constantly taking pictures.

SPIRIT OF LIFE

PAPARAZZI

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BRAMDEAN HOUSE, ENGLAND

This is a private house with a lovely herbaceous border, originally the work of legendary garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.  There are 2 full time gardeners who maintain this garden, along with the Mrs. The borders on each side mirror each other. They also have bee hives on the property to help polinate the flowers.

BRAMDEEN HOUSE

BRAMDEEN HOUSE

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BETH CHATTO GARDEN

Beth Chatto’s garden is located in the English county of Essex.

Beth Chatto is a garden designer and author who has influenced modern-day gardeners by her choice of plants for any given situation. The gardens began in 1960 from an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows.  As you can see from the pictures today it is a thriving, spectacular garden

BETH CHATTO'S GARDEN

BETH CHATTO'S GARDEN

BETH CHATTO'S GARDEN

BETH CHATOO'S GARDEN

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Last summer these elephant ear plants only grew about a foot tall.  I wintered them over and planted them in the pond this summer.  They are now 4 – 5 feet and too tall.  I don’t think I will put them in the pond next summer.

ELEPHANT EAR PLANT

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