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Friday, August 4, 2017

Peter's Garden: Part 3

Be sure you see Parts 1 and 2 before looking at this post. 

Several years ago Peter converted an unused garage into a greenhouse. I think the idea was to have it as a place to overwinter all of the tender plants in his Danger Garden, plus the many he has in pots in and around the house. But then he went shopping at nurseries again, and more shopping, and I'm not quite sure where he's going to put all the plants that keep hopping into his shopping carts, or all of the new posts he picks up. 

But that is Peter's problem. We just get to enjoy.

 My camera was overwhelmed and didn't know where to focus. I guess the draping Spanish moss caught its eye. 

 So many cool pots, so many cool plants, and just general coolness. Hey, it's bright in here, dude. 

 Stone plants - Lithops - are something that has always fascinated me. 

 Potted bulbs.  Yes, I know. Just when you are overwhelmed with the seriousness of this plant collection, you happen upon something like this. Balance. 

 I hope you don't mind being watched. 

 Wow!  OK, what else can we find?

 Ah, another clearing ahead. 

 Hmmm. Hand rails? 

 A word here about all of the hands. As I learned from his blog, each 4th of July Peter and a friend have a tradition of getting together to do a craft project. This year they made concrete hands, molded in rubber gloves and shaped and draped into various positions. You can read about it here.

Peter is a teacher, and since we were the only visitors for awhile, we sat here in the shade and talked a bit. About the house and all they have done, and about school, of course. Oh, and there were cookies! Delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies!

And then Peter showed us the door.
 We went through it, reluctantly. 
We didn't really want to leave. 


  1. Oh my gosh! Thank for telling me about your post, Linda. What a totally incredible garden. How does he ever keep them looking so perfect?

    1. Kay, Linda's skill with camera angles avoided the garden's many faults. It usually only looks like this for about 15 minutes in the middle of the night on July 17 after which everything falls to pieces.

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  3. Wow, you really noticed a lot and took some great pictures from angles that I don't often think about. Thanks again for visiting and for being such an inspiration in so many ways and for three, count'em, three, posts about my garden. You're welcome to come back and stay as long as you'd like any time! In answer to your question about where everything goes: The tomatoes and basil go away making room for another table that's currently folded, some of the plants are bulbs that go dormant in the winter and are stashed under the tables, tuberous begonias get stored in the basement, some of the cacti become houseplants for the winter, and other plants that can take the cold but not the wet move to that round stained glass room. The greenhouse shelves and tables get really crowded but, as you know from having your own greenhouse, it's nice to visit a bit of summer during the winter months.

  4. Linda, thanks for these 3 wonderful posts about Peter's garden. You've really done justice to it. Like you, I didn't know where to look first in the greenhouse. You captured so much more than I did.

  5. how fun, great addiction to have...

  6. This is the work of one person? It is so grand.

  7. It is no wonder your camera didn't know where to focus. One's eye can't find a place to focus. The hand rails are a hoot. I love all those hands and the heads. I wonder what it sounds like when all those heads get to talking? "Did you smell that brugmasia? Did you see that turn of the lily?" The Greenhouse seems like an artists lair. I can sure see why you didn't want to leave.

  8. I wouldn't have wanted to leave either.
    I went to look up Lithops and watched a cute video showing how they react to being watered.

  9. Wow! I wouldn't have thought there could be so much in one garden. This part is overwhelming with all the stuff to look at and admire. Thanks for introducing me to Peter's love of plants and whimsy. :-)

  10. This is a garden one needs to view slowly. There is so much to see that it would be easy to overlook a treasure. You did a great job finding all the cool stuff. What an imagination. He would be a fun teacher for sure.

  11. Thank you for showing Peter's wonderful garden in such a fun and detailed way. I enjoyed the tour along with your commentary which matches his style so well.

  12. Thank you Linda for these posts sharing this wonderful garden with us! And thank you Peter for all your imaginative work in creating this garden and then for sharing it through Linda's wonderful photography. It is truly a magical place!

  13. Linda, I enjoyed looking at Peter's garden through the lens of your camera! I missed so much! Both, the pictures and commentary explain a lot about the garden, but it always be a mystery for me!
    Also, thank you for your nice comment on my blog!


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