You know what I like even more than the grandest of professionally designed gardens? Personal gardens, the funkier and more colorful the better. And I found a fabulous one the other day, thanks to a garden-coaching client wanting to show me the best garden in his neighborhood. Indeed it is.
The gardener, middle-school teacher Jeannie Bloomer (great name, right?) is a collector of not just interesting plants but of interesting stuff. But I love her garden most of all for her lavish use of exotic colors – and for the half a dozen or so seating areas she’s created in a relatively small space.
Incredibly, the outdoor dining room above is perched on the sloping side yard, just outside the kitchen door.
I couldn’t resist buying the big wooden dragon in the center of the photo above – for just 3 bucks.
So now that you’ve seen the kind of garden I fall for instantly, I’m curious – what’s your favorite type of garden to visit? And is there a difference between your favorite garden to visit and the kind you’d want to have yourself? Me, I know I could never pull off what Jeannie’s done here, so I’ll just appreciate her artistry.Posted by Susan Harris on July 17, 2012 at 8:23 am, in the category Real Gardens.