Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Marilyn’s Garden

Marilyn is one of several sisters-in-law who has a green thumb and can nurture her yard into a thing of beauty. I have not yet cultivated this talent, as I seem capable of only growing plants in pots on my back patio and in the front entryway.

I hope to someday turn my brown thumb into a green one (even if it’s only chartreuse, LOL) - although my garden could never rival Marilyn’s, whose garden we see today…


Marilyn had a waterfall and koi pond installed several years ago, and it has evolved into this masterpiece. She has several gazing balls, stone statuaries, and some pottery leading up to the back of the elevated fall.


Here, her little toadstool ornaments dot the path to the area where you can stand and watch the fish swim among the rocks and water plants.


Under the watchful eye of the stone turtle sunning himself on the rocks , water gently cascades down the stair-stepped rocks surrounded by hostas, grasses, and flowers.


Marilyn’s most recent addition to the pond is this bubbler whose light changes colors every half minute, or so. You can see the koi beyond the haze on the pond’s surface.


The back of the shaded yard is loaded with day lilies on one side and hydrangeas on the other. Marilyn has several varieties of green, white, and pink hydrangeas this year. The little iron bench is nestled under three trees. Do you see her birdhouses on the larger tree?

apologies for the fuzzy picture . . . .


A colorful rooster, who looks as if he is ready to crow, tops this sunflower bird feeder.


This lone pink hydrangea is nestled amongst the ivy and between two pine trees.


Stop by Susan’s blog, A Southern Daydreamer, to see what she and others are showing for their Outdoor Wednesday.


Dawn said...

Hey Sue, I'd love to hang out by that waterfall. Love all the whimsical touches Marilyn added.

Have you made plans yet for your trip back to California?

g.suzie said...

Oh I'm jealous of 'green thumbs' mine isn't very green either. . .So I always enjoy checking out the talent's of others, thanks for stopping by and sharing photos for Outdoor Wednesday!

susan said...

Sue--Thanks for sharing your SIL's garden. I am envious of the koi pond. I think it would wonderful to watch the koi and have the sound of the waterfall right in my own back yard! Don't sell yourself short--"pot gardening" is gardening too and does require talent!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sue....Your SIL's pond and waterfall is just beautiful! We had a small pond at our former home and I miss it.
~Hugs, Patti

Armchair Housewife said...

That is a very lovely garden. My husband and I are going to be buying our first home soon, and I am hoping to have enough of a yard to try my hand at gardening. Thanks for sharing!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Wouldnt that waterfall be fun to live near?

Beautiful yard for sure.

Always lovely stopping by your blog.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

~~Carol~~ said...

A waterfall. In the backyard! I love it, and if I had one, that is where you would find me every morning and every evening. How tranquil it must be!

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a charming garden! Marilyn does indeed have a green thumb... certainly a whole lot greener than mine!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

It looks very peaceful Sue and so pretty. Bobby G. wanted to put a waterfall and stream in our back yard leading down to the lake. I said "no way" as I felt we may as well be building a home for the critters that slither on the ground. LOL..sorry.... but I don't think so. xo Lynn

Shelia said...

Morning, Sue. Yes, I'd say she has the 'touch'. Everything is so lovely! I can't keep my blooms alive this year - it's just so hot!!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Balisha said...

Love that pond...If I were younger,,,I'd have one too. They are a lot of work I think.

Cathy said...

The waterfall and pond are gorgeous!!! The entire garden is a work of art!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!


Florida Sue said...

I would love to transport that pond and waterfall right to my yard Ethel! You have a talented SIL. I could have some real turtles. The hawks and herons here would grab the fish, but they are very beautiful.
XO LucySue

Donna Marie said...

How stunning! Her pond rules!

Donna Marie

Regina said...

So much beauty around here.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Your sister truly has talent. Her garden and waterfall are beautiful. Love all the little whimsical touches.


Lori E said...

The sound of water in a garden is magical. Her rooster can come and live at my house. Kudos to her for such a nice pond.

Gwen said...

What a peaceful place to take a break, she does have a knack.

We will work on our brown thumbs together, kay?

Queen B. said...

beautiful !!!! You have a lovley blog :)

Beth at Aunties said...

Her garden is wonderful and so relaxing. It would be fun to have Koi pond with a the beautiful sound of water from the fountain.
I bet your pots are every bit a gorgeous!
Thank You for you visit and sweet comments.


KBeau said...

What a beautiful garden. Love the koi pond and waterfall.

Anne said...

The pond is just gorgeous. I wish I had one in my backyard. The rooster bird feeder with the sunflowers is cute. What a lovely garden.

Brenda said...

That pond is spectacular! A real work of art! I am so envying that girl's space!

claudie said...

Sue, I saw a beautiful angel sitting by the pond. I have wanted a pond for a few years now.
You have (or should I say you SIL) have inspired me.
Happy OW
Love Claudie

Giovanna said...

Oh my goodness that is gorgeous, I am jealous of your SIL

Light and Voices said...

Lovely waterfall and garden space.
Joyce M

Susie Q said...

This is so beautiful Sue! It seems to tranquil and justthe perfect spot to be on a Summer day. I envy her this talent. Oh how i wish I could have a wonderful ond like this! My brother has one...smaller but something like is so nice.
Thank you for showing us...

Cindy said...

I so wish that I had that kind of green thumb! Well the pics are outstanding, I so love those hydrangeas! Cindy

SmilingSally said...

Marilyn's yard is enough to make me GREEN with envy!

Frugal Fine Living said...

Wow, that is truly a work of art! It's amazing.

I have always wanted a pond in my yard.


Anny said...

Thank you for sharing - its so calm and relaxing just to look at :)

The Bloom Girls said...

I love her garden! It is amazing. I have always longed for a koi pond and hers is beautiful! I would just sit out there for hours, it looks so peaceful!

Blessings to you!


Kathy said...

Sue - What a beautiful garden - and the pond/waterfall is just so soothing - I can almost hear the water trickling over the rocks!

Thanks for sharing your SIL's yard with us!


Donna@designson47thstreet said...

What a relaxing way to spend a summer day, strolling through this beautiful garden. Please tell your sil how much I enjoyed looking at all the interesting items as well as her beautiful flowers and greenery. sigh...just delightful! Thanks for sharing.

dana said...

What a wonderful place to escape and relax!! Your friend has certainly filled the area with unique and splendid those toadstools!

I also enjoyed your post about the gift/s you selected for the bride and groom...that tablecloth was amazing. I'm certain they will cherish those items for a very long time.

How fun to meet a fellow blogger!!! So far, I've met's such a great feeling to seen them in person, isn't it?

Hope you're having a good summer. L, Dana

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Her yard is so beautiful! I love how she has the pond set up witht the water cascading down into it!


Florida Sue said...

Where would Lucy be without Ethel? Not very happy and nowhere near as funny, that's for sure.


frippery said...

Looks just heavenly.

Artsy Fartsy Junkin Finds said...

Gorgeous garden pond and fabulous pics of it!!! I need to get to work in my yard, the junkin has taken over my life!!! Me and Hubby are are off Sunday to the Longest Yardsale in America, the 650 mile one that runs from Ohio to Alabama, never been so excited about it I am almost to pee my pants, tootles, Janna

Bill said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for taking us along on the tour of your sister-in-law's wonderful garden! Loved the pond, the touches of whimsy, and all the beautiful shade plants.

Have a great weekend!


Bellamere Cottage said...

Sweet Sue! the little waterfall and pond. My yard would hold a couple of the rocks, and that's just about it....soooo tiny! What a peaceful, and utterly charming landscape. She's got THE green thumb, doesn't she? :-)

Big hugs!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a beautiful space!!! I could sit there all day and stare at that waterfall. So jealous you got to see it. :)

Fifi Flowers said...

FAB garden... LOVE that waterfall and pond!