Monday, May 28, 2012

Lakeside Living - Garden Tour

If  you have a lake lot, the lake is usually the center of attention.  Not so in this yard!


Although, just sitting here, staring at the lake would be heavenly!  There were a couple of seating areas like this, and a large deck attached to the house.  Definitely a place I would love to go for some rest and relaxation!


But these owners don't just sit around, they also grow their own vegetables.  Just look at this beautiful vegetable garden.  It was perfect.  Not a weed anywhere!  I love the gravel pathways around each raised bed.  They grew a mixture of vegetables, herbs, and flowers for cutting.


And look!  A chicken house!  It was adorable.  Loved the little rooster sign on the side.  And the basket hanging on the hook for gathering eggs.  There was even storage on the outside for her tomato cages.  Very functional!


Punctuations of color were achieved with numerous container plantings.  They were placed near every seating area, along pathways, and on every step.  They were all gorgeous, imaginative, and each one was different.


But that's not all!  They obviously loved water, because they also had a pond!  With waterfalls, lilies, and goldfish.  And if you're wondering, the larger shed next to the chicken house is a painter's studio.  What a great place to get away and spend some time on a favorite hobby.


There was so much to see in this garden, the lake was just an added feature, not the main focal point!  Now, that's Lakeside Living at its best!

This was a part of the Home Garden Tour put on by Smith County Master Gardeners.  The first garden, Woodland Wonderland, can be seen HERE.

What garden will we see next?  A Vision of Versailles!


38 comments:

  1. Wow - lake, gardens, pond, chicken house and even a studio! That is too cool. Garden tours are so fun. Hope you had a great holiday weekend! : )

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    1. They had it all! I loved this property! :)

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  2. Oh My Gosh---how fabulous... We have some fancy dancy places around here on some of our lakes and golf courses. Our little house looks like a 'chicken house' compared to many homes in our area...

    Hope you have had a great Memorial Day and weekend. We certainly have.. George grilled us some steaks tonight...YUM.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. The house was not big. The garden was the best feature! Those steaks sound good. I need to get the grill out!

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  3. What an interesting place to visit and get some inspiration!

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    1. I really liked the chicken house. It looked like something anyone could build. Loved the fact that she also had storage features designed with it, too.

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  4. Quite a garden. My husband and I enjoy our local garden tours. We always come home with such good ideas. Can't wait to see the next garden.

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    1. I love garden tours, too. I can't imagine, though, how these gardeners get it all together for so many visitors!

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  5. Beautiful...is that an Oakleaf Hydrangea in the last photo? It's gorgeous!

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    1. Yes, it is - and it was big and beautiful! Although I didn't show them off, she really had some nice plants. You could tell she loved to garden.

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  6. Incredible, thanks for the tour

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    1. I really did enjoy this garden. It would be a nice garden to live with, too.

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  7. Green is normally a lovely colour. However, it's very unbecoming on me, yet I'm currently decidedly green with gardening envy!

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    1. haha - I'm green with envy that these gardeners had absolutely no weeds in their garden! Something I'll never achieve!

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  8. Holly, I loved that vegetable garden with raised beds!

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    1. Nadezda, that was my favorite part. They were such a nice feature. And the fact that she grew so many different things in them - vegetables, herbs and flowers - just made them more beautiful and interesting.

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  9. Your right it was a focal point. Everything looked wonderful, but I think because they probably lived there year round and they made it a home.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Yes, it was definitely a home and not just a vacation get away. That does make a difference, doesn't it!

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  10. Talk about luxury. Fantastically over the top with the easy chairs. Must be a mad dash to protect them if it rains, and heaven forbid if a bird dare poops on one.

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    1. I thought the chairs were beautiful, but I, too, wondered about the rain - and the wind! Hadn't thought about the birds! haha

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  11. This garden has everything, and all of them are pleasant to look at. A well loved and cared for garden :)

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    1. It was quite beautiful, and you're right - well cared for! A real working garden, too!

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  12. Beautiful, lush and relaxing, but also work to keep it going. What a fantastic place to call home.

    FlowerLady

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    1. They have taken this garden and put it in not only beautiful plants, but also functional features that were also quite beautiful, such as the chicken house and the vegetable beds.

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  13. It doesn't appear that the gardener's of this garden have any time to sit and relax. Beautiful.

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    1. That's what I think! Those chairs must be for company! ha! :)

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  14. Beautiful plantings - love the bright colors! Thanks for the tour. It's so fun to see other's gardens and get ideas.

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    1. I did love the container plantings. I am terrible with container plants - I always forget to water them, but these made me think I should try a little harder!

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  15. More more please!! That was a lovely tour - quite inspiring!

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    1. I hope these garden tour posts will inspire others. They are always inspiring to me! :)

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  16. I'll never have a weedless perfect garden, but I can dream! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'll never had a weedless garden, either, and can't even imagine being able to maintain one!

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  17. What a fabulous garden...not a weed huh...couldn't do it...they just follow me...

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    1. haha - me, too! I think if I weeded every day, I'd still have weeds!

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  18. I love their veggie garden too, in fact, I am quite envious as mine doesn't look nearly as good. Thank you for the tour.

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    1. Mine looks a mess. I think this gardener must have taken a LOT of time to keep hers as neat as it was!

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  19. No weeds? Gosh, there's an idea - might catch on I suppose. Not at the Priory though I fear. D

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    1. haha - I don't think my weeds are going to give up, either! :)

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