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Tower in the garden

Tower in the garden

And you probably thought I was kidding, didn’t you?  … So this is the story of friends getting together to enjoy each other’s company, share gardening stories, and have a walk about our gardens.  “Tour” is such a formal word.  We were among friends and there was laughter,  a relaxed atmosphere, and it was a very enjoyable day!  Oh, and yes, that tower is in a fabulous garden.

Susan and her egg painting

Susan and her egg painting

The organizer of everything wonderful is my dear friend Susan.  She has such a wealth of knowledge, and knows tons about plants too!  I couldn’t ask for a better friend.  We laughed when I took this picture because I love the painting above her head.  It was a very sly way of me capturing both. :-)

I love Irish pottery

Beautiful Irish pottery

I love pottery.  Isn’t this purple design lovely? We enjoyed coffee (or tea) and homemade scones at the start of our visit.

Cup of tea to start our morning

Cup of tea to start our morning

Susan’s garden is amazing.  There is a great deal of beautiful stone work in addition to the tower!  It has a very welcoming feel all around. I found it difficult to capture it in pictures, try as I may.  Even though you might not get the entire feel of the garden, I think you will enjoy seeing bits and pieces as captured through my lens.

Stone entryway to an open garden (perfect for gatherings)

Stone entryway to an open garden (perfect for gatherings)

Stone hideaway that is very much like Newgrange in County Meath!

Stone hideaway that is very much like Newgrange in County Meath!

View of the lake  from lower garden

View of the lake from lower garden

Not so much a gardening picture as a picture to remind us to sit and enjoy the view...

Not so much a gardening picture as a picture to remind us to sit and enjoy the view…

The sound of the water on the shore is so relaxing

The sound of the water on the shore is so relaxing

Leaving the lower gardens through the stones

Leaving the lower gardens through the large stone entryway

Blue hydrangea

Blue hydrangea

I especially love the boxwood lining the path/garden.

I especially love the boxwood lining the path/garden.

I don't think I was completely successful in capturing all of the front garden. There was was too much for my lens!

I don’t think I was completely successful in capturing all of the front garden. There was was too much for my lens!

lacecap hydrangea

lacecap hydrangea

hydrangea which is supposed to be green (but is quite pretty the color it is)

hydrangea which is supposed to be green (but is quite pretty the color it is)

Flowering dogwood tree (definitely not the official name...)

Flowering dogwood tree (definitely not the official name…)

lambs ear flower (yes, I really must work on learning the proper names...)

Stachys byzantina (lamb’s ear flower)

One of my favorite flowers! Lychnis Coronaria (dusty miller)

One of my favorite flowers. Lychnis Coronaria (dusty miller)

Filipendula purpurea (Japanese Meadowsweet)

Filipendula purpurea (Japanese Meadowsweet)

Debbie loved the color contrast here, and I have to agree it is so pretty!

Debbie loved the color contrast here, and I have to agree it is so pretty!

Annabelle hydrangea underneath a cherry tree

Annabelle hydrangea underneath a cherry tree with boxwood lining the front

I've called this picture "Susan's Lamp" as I need to come back and fill in the names of plant/shrub/tree. Stay tuned...

I’ve called this picture “Susan’s Lamp” as I need to come back and fill in the names of plant/shrub/tree. Stay tuned…

View of lake from main garden area

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your morning coffee here?

These wonderful ladies are mentoring me in my gardening adventures!

These wonderful ladies are mentoring me in my gardening adventures!

It was a full morning just at Susan’s house!  I will save the pictures from Debbie’s and Gio’s garden for another post.   I’m grateful for my friends, and that they share their love of gardening with me.

Happy gardening (even better with a friend)!

Dana

 

 

 

 

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