Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tranquility

On the north side of our house, running beside the deck and into the alcove by the stairs is my Japanese garden.  All my gardens have theme names, it makes keeping plant lists easier and when talking to someone about plants in a particular bed.
This bed started with a big Buddha and evolved from there with shade lovers like the Japanese forest grass Hakonechola 'Aureola' and Japanese painted fern 'Burgandy Lace'.  There is also brunnera 'Jack Frost', pink bleeding heart, solomon's seal, astilbe, meadow rue, hostas, turtlehead, and ligularia dentata.
 Because I enjoy the tradition of afternoon tea, it was fun to add this element here too.  In the early  spring this area has trilliums and bloodroot that provide some colour until everything else grows.
My next door neighbour who is a very good photographer enjoys the Japanese garden that faces their property through our wrought iron fence.  He took a photo similar to mine a few years ago and made it into a beautiful piece of art called 'Meditation'.
I'm linking with Tracie at Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thursday, won't you join us as we show new or old photos of our cottage gardens.

22 comments:

  1. Omigosh! I love love love your garden, especially how you incorporated a buddha as focal point. Really tranquil and peaceful!

    Happy Cottage Flora Thursday!
    -marie

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  2. What a lovely garden...that photo your neighbor took turned into a beautiful work of art!!

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  3. Hi Judith,
    It looks beautiful! Love the unepected pop of color from the teapot:-) How fun to have such an artistic neighbor!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  4. Judith - adoring your buddha in the japanese garden, so fun to have different gardens themes throughout your landscape. Thanks for sharing this lovely post with Cottage Flora Thursday's Garden Party - i really look forward to seeing it again as it emerges..xoox, Tracie

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  5. What a tranquil garden. My daughter would enjoy this space as she is fascinated with Asian cultures. Visiting from Fishtail Cottage. ♥olive

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  6. Hi Judith: I don't believe I have seen your buddha. I will have to look closer next time. V

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  7. Your garden looks so peaceful. I really can't wait to get out and work in mine. Still winter here though.

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  8. You keep inspiring me! I love the tranquility of a garden.

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  9. Beautiful garden Judith, I hope you have a copy of the picture your neighbor made. It is fabulous. Take care, Jen.

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  10. Both you and your neighbor...very clever.

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  11. Judith, I love your Japanese garden! It definitely does look like a very tranquil spot to sip your tea.
    Hugs, Beth

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  12. Hello! Beautiful garden! Its great that you have a spot where you can sit and enjoy the peaceful aura!

    Hugs,

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  13. Beautiful - and how lovely to have a piece of art inspired by your garden. I'll be it's a perfect place for tea on a hot summer afternoon.

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  14. This is such a beautiful post. I can imagine what a magical place your Japanese garden is. So pretty and peaceful!

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  15. A lovely peaceful garden. Solomon's seal and astilbes are two of my favourites too.

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  16. Calling by to visit your Cottage Flora Thursday post, how lovely to have a garden that can be themed. Ours is very much a working garden with a few splashes of colour.

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  17. what a wonderful garden the tea pot is perfect.
    Happy April Fools day and hugs from Savannah, Cherry

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  18. Hi Miss Judith...

    Your comment on my bloggie today made me smile big! YEP...age matters ONLY if you're CHEESE! :)

    Your gardens are breathtaking. IN MY DREAMS!

    xoRebecca

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  19. I think it is terrific to have themed gardens - I go more for color or location - but, perhaps it would be better to name them! Lovely garden
    Hope you have a great weekend,
    kathy

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  20. Judith,

    Stunning shade garden! I love your plant combinations. Japanese painted ferns are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

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