Month: December 2013

My Garden Moments of the Year…Farewell 2013….


      As 2013 draws to a close, its time to reflect on my many garden moments throughout the year. 2013 was an exceptional year for my garden; blossoms galore, abundant rainfall, tolerable summer temperatures and shhh… magazine photo shoots, to name just a few. I’m hoping mother nature will bless my garden once again for 2014.

So, just sit back relax, and enjoy my 2013 garden virtual tour….Cheers and Happy New Year!


Camellia’s, the ‘Winter Roses’ in my garden….

Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Bella Rosa'
Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Bella Rosa’


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Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s Gem’


Assortment of Camellia's from my garden.
Assortment of Camellia’s from my garden.



Painting my garden with beautiful roses….

"Marilyn Monroe' hybrid tea
“Marilyn Monroe’ hybrid tea


‘Love Song’ Floribunda rose


'Don Juan' climbing rose
‘Don Juan’ climbing rose


'Mystic Beauty' Bourbon rose
‘Mystic Beauty’ Bourbon rose


Tulip ‘Spring Fling’…(finally finished my bulb planting for 2014 just this week)….


My alluring Japanese Maples and Conifers…


My Fringe Tree…

Fringe Tree
Fringe Tree



Captivating Clematis….

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’
Clematis 'Rooguchi' rambling on my garden bench...
Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ rambling on my garden bench…



C. viticella 'Etoile Violette' and 'Grande Dame rose
C. viticella ‘Etoile Violette’ and ‘Grande Dame rose




C. 'Victoria' and 'Etoile Violette'
C. ‘Victoria’ and ‘Etoile Violette’



Clematis 'Nelly Moser'
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’


Yes, More Roses….

Climbing rose 'Don Juan'
Climbing rose ‘Don Juan’


Hybrid Musk rose 'Buff Beauty' gracing one of my three obelisks.
Hybrid Musk rose ‘Buff Beauty’ gracing one of my three obelisks.



David Austin 'Evelyn'
David Austin ‘Evelyn’


'New Dawn'
‘New Dawn’



Amber Flower Carpet rose with weeping Blue Atlas cedar.
Amber Flower Carpet rose with weeping Blue Atlas cedar.



Some of my Summertime containers…

Dragon Wing begonia window boxes
Dragon Wing begonia window boxes


Succulent Basket
Succulent Basket


All dressed in black container.
All dressed in black container.


Blue container's corner of my garden.
Blue container’s corner of my garden.

A Little Wildlife to amuse….

Woodpecker in my garden.
Woodpecker in my garden.


Bunnies in my garden. They loved my begonias!
Bunnies in my garden. They loved my begonias!


So much for growing cherry tomatoes for myself...Mr. Squirrel would have a daily feast!
So much for growing cherry tomatoes for family…Mr. Squirrel would have himself a daily feast!





Pumpkin time….

Pumpkin Spills adorning my front entrance.
Pumpkin Spills adorning my front entrance.


Roses and Pumpkins
Roses and Pumpkins


My fall potting bench.
My fall potting bench.



Christmas garden basket
Christmas garden basket


My Christmas potting bench.
My Christmas potting bench.


Evergreen Christmas garden arrangement.
Evergreen Christmas garden arrangement.


Goodbye 2013…..


Happy New Year to All!

Health and Happiness for 2014!
















A Southern Style Christmas in my Garden…

Since I skipped decorating my garden for Christmas this year (been focusing on decorating inside for Christmas) I thought I would repost this from Christmas Garden past….Happy Holidays!  Peace and Happiness!


With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I’m a bit late in posting photo’s of my Christmas garden this year.   Here’s a peek….

Note: All Christmas arrangements, containers, wreaths and photos were designed and made by me (Brenda Addington) …The Graceful Gardener.


My garden bench decorated with fresh evergreens from my garden…


My potting bench all decked out for the holidays.






Christmas arrangement made from magnolias and evergreens picked from my garden.






A Christmas basket (my former succulent basket) embellished with evergreens, lenten roses and yes, a few succulents.


My Outdoor room console table.


My outdoor room mantel. Every year I have a family of birds nesting in one of these birdhouses.


My Entrance that I decorate each year with my life size Santa and over-sized bell swags I made several years ago.






My outdoor Christmas arrangement – ferns, berries and some faux and real evergreen sprays and magnolia leaves ( I have 6 huge magnolia trees in my garden).


I love the Christmas wreaths I made five years ago. I spruced them up a bit this year adding more pines cones and evergreen sprays.

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my garden to yours……