Monday, June 30, 2014


As you can tell, I've been enjoying spending time with friends, touring beautiful gardens.   Today is another round of photos from those tours, for your enjoyment!

This garden is in Roseville, MN on a large lot.   


Charming garden shed.

The color combination here between the heuchera and the poppy was lovely!

The peonies were in bloom, and so beautiful!

Japanese Garden

Cactus Garden

Another lovely combination.

Larger than life-sized!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


On Saturday, the Garden Club of Ramsey County had its annual garden tour.  Most of the gardens on the tour, however, are owned by gardeners of the Men's and Women's Garden Club of Minneapolis.  Enjoy the tour!

First stop, a garden in Eagan.

A boat filled with coleus and surrounded by a variety of hostas.

Tour organizer extraordinaire, Jerry Shannon, in front of a 15' giraffe.

A lovely combination of colors and textures.

Notice the papasan chair, repurposed as a planter!

 Our second stop is at a garden in St. Louis Park.  The owner is the President of the Minnesota Hosta Society and, as you would expect, the garden is filled with hostas.

This is not a flower garden but it was spectacular!

The pond off the patio.

Loved this one!

Water feature.

Planter filled with succulents.

The red bamboo stakes add a nice touch to the planter.

A few doors down the street is another hosta garden featuring over 250 varieties of hostas!  Included were hostas from Japan, personally acquired by the gardener, and not available in the U.S..

The hosta at the top is named "Dr. Bob."  It was a hybrid hosta from a well known hybridizer, named and given to the gardener, Bob Olson.

"Bride Groom"

Momma Robin (not her best photo). be continued.


Monday, June 23, 2014


The gardens are all out here in Minnesota, and they are spectacular!  I love this time of the year since I love gardening and so many gardens are now on tour.  Over the next few days I will be highlighting some of these gardens.  Sit back, and enjoy the tour! 

Our first stop is a home in Minneapolis.  This is a typical sized city lot, but every inch of it was a part of the garden.

The front of the house was beautifully landscaped, but the real fun was in the back!

Back yard with life-size fairy house, koi pond, and so much more.

Koi pond.  Notice the tiny.


Back to the front yard with a stream!

Now on to the next garden...   This garden is also in Minneapolis but the lot size and shape is not typical.

The gardeners are passionate about iris and have an unbelievable collection.  It was the perfect time to see the garden since the iris are in bloom.

Lovely back yard with more iris, a labyrinth in the top right of the photo,  and the knot garden shown below.

Knot garden.

One of the prettiest iris.

Just a few of the many, many iris.

Another iris... but not as colorful!
On to our final tour of this post.  A friend and I signed up for a class on fairy gardens... not so much to learn about them but more to see the instructor's garden. 
This is bigger than it looks... about 4'x4'.

Come back tomorrow for another garden tour!