Master Gardener’s Tour of Private Gardens 2011: part 1

As you know, this is one of my favorite events of the entire year.  This year’s tour did not disappoint.  The event was on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend and it was a perfect day.

The featured gardens this year had both shade and sun areas, as well as manicured and English garden (higgledy – piggledy) style areas.  I just loved it all!  Because I took SO many pictures I’m going to divide the fun into a few posts so you’ll be able to take it all in.

Sit back, grab a glass of sweet tea, and enjoy!

Below is the lawn that greeted us at our first stop.  It’s so lush and inviting.

This little patch on one side of the driveway had a little bit of everything: from evergreen clematis on the fence, to hostas, poppies, and astilbes down below.  There was even some indigo popped in there.

I LOVE, love, love this tree trunk.  You really can’t tell in the picture, but the diameter of this baby was HUGE!

I’m always a sucker for a water feature of any kind.

Check out the lushness of these New Dawn roses on the trellis leading to the front door.  Mmmm – delish!

You may remember when I talked about filling the perfect planter here.  This one hits it all.  I can just imagine it all grown it too.  Can’t you?

Below is an Oak leaf Hydrangea – What a beauty.

Blue flag Iris/ Louisiana Iris.  Irises are my most favorite flowers.  I’d rather get a bunch of irises than a bouquet of roses any day.

These peach and purple poppies were spectacular.  They’re light and wispy but so vibrant in color.  Do you know what these are called?  I’d love to put some in.

Another refreshing little fountain.  I especially like how it is just nestled into to the surrounding foliage.  Check out those white caladiums.  So gorgeous, they really pop in that shady surround.

This fern was a really unique focal point.

Finally, another tree trunk.  I don’t know what it is about tree trunks, but I really think they are so pretty.

Hope you enjoyed this introduction to the 2011 Cobb County Master Gardener’s Tour of Private Gardens.  Be sure to check back for installments 2 and 3.