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My Grandmother's Garden

Updated on April 20, 2013

Floral beauty and diversity in my grandmother's garden

My grandmother's garden is one of those that are described in fairy tales; beautiful and mysterious. In the summer it is bursting with colors and the scent of flowers is sweet and almost overwhelming.

While my grandmother tends to her flowers and garden religiously, she has never felt the need for conformity and strict order. So flowers grow wild between each other, spreading joyfully through the garden like a trail of happiness, enhancing the beauty of the neighbouring flowers, rather than suffocating them.

Entering the garden is like diving into a calming ocean comprised of beauty and fragrance. It is almost like time stands still when wandering around the garden paths. Like time has forgotten about this small space on earth and leaves you be just for a little while.

As a kid you would walk along the many narrow paths between the flower beds, letting the smell and the flowers hide you from the grown ups and the outside world. Still while walking the garden to this day I am taken back to my childhoods fairy tale worlds and I am capable of forgetting the stress and demands put on me by grown up responsibilities.

My grandmother's garden is a place of peace and serenity, that soothes the soul. Please join me on a virtual walk through this magical flowery kingdom.

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A Garden built for Love

Garden of Love
Garden of Love

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Technically the garden belongs of course to both of my grandparents, but it has always been the joy and pride of my grandmother and as such I refer to it as hers.

My granddad built the house himself back in the 1950th and the big garden is his love gift for my grandmother, just as the many hours he has toiled in it weeding, digging and sowing is a testament to his dedication to her and shows that after more than 60 years of marriage he still loves her deeply.

Blue Bell Flowers

Blue flower
Blue flower

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My favourite flower in the entire garden are these tinkerbell flowers. As a kid I always imagined fairies wearing the flowers as hats.

Wood and Flower contrast

Crawling pink flowers
Crawling pink flowers

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The contrast between the grey wooden bords and the splash of green and pink from the crawling flower always manages to get my heart beating faster.

There is something inherently beautiful about the way the two contrasting visuals work together.

White Flower Blanket

white flower blanket
white flower blanket

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The white flowers covers a big area in the garden and when looking at them I always feel like laying down for a rest and let their white heads and green leaves cover me.

They look so soft and inviting and the only reason I haven't done so yet is because it would be a shame to crush these beautiful, delicate little flowers.

Mixed Pink Flowers

pink flower mix
pink flower mix

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My grandmother never told me what her favourite color was, but judging from her garden it may just be pink. There are a lot of different pink flowers, in all hues and variations, mixing in between each other to display almost the entire pink color scale.

The tall pink flower in the middle is a Columbine flower. It comes in many other colors, such at red, blue and purple.

A Splash of Yellow

Yellow flowers
Yellow flowers

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While pink may be the dominant color in my grandmother's garden, there are plenty of flowers that are not adhering to this trend.

When taking in the sight of the garden you will suddenly be surprised to see a splash of red, yellow, blue or purple.

Flowery Garden Path

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flower path

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Delicate light rosa flowers next to one of the many narrow pathways leading you around my grandmother's garden.

Pink Foxglove Flowers in Sunlight

pink thimbell flowers
pink thimbell flowers

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Like most gardens my grandmother's is most beautiful in sunshine. Especially in the warm summer days when the light plays in the leaves of the trees and ads and extra element of mystery to the many fragrant flowers.

Simple Purple Flowers

purple flowers
purple flowers

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Sometimes beauty is in simplicity. These small purple flowers with the green grass in the background comes across as fantastic as many of the more extravagant flowers.

Pink Flowers En Masse

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more pink flowers

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There might not be a single type of pink flower that grows in scandinavian climate, which is not present in my grandmother's garden. Here is another couple of rosa and pink flowers variations.

Forest Strawberries

Small Strawberry plant
Small Strawberry plant

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What is a garden without fruit and vegetables? The entire back of my grandmother's garden is dedicated to growing fruit and vegetables, but throughout the garden you can also find Forest Strawberry bushes. As a kid foraging for these wonderful berries was an adventure in itself. I still get excited when I spot a deliciously red mini strawberry between the many colorful flowers.

Magical Garden Treehouse

Awesome Treehouse
Awesome Treehouse

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When I was a child my granddad decided that he needed a toolshed in the garden. But like the amazing granddad he is, he thought about his grandchildren as well and built a room on top of the shed that could be used as a secret hideout for all of us kids.

He even engineered a hoist which functioned fantastically to bring up the picnic baskets full of cookies, fruit and sweets that my grandmother would bring out for us when we were camping in the tree house.

The tree house was the castle in my grandmother's magical garden and even though it is not as new and shiny as it was when first built, to me it is still one of the most amazing buildings in the world.

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What is your favourite flower from my grandmother's garden?

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      stevemarker 4 years ago

      All images are looking so great, just beautiful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful garden. I'll try to decorate my own garden like that.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Very beautiful pictures and nice lens thanks for sharing!

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Lovely pictures. My mother used to have wonderful flowers in her gardens.

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      4yourinformation 4 years ago

      Such a beautiful garden, can just imagine relaxing in the sun during the summer months. Thanks for creating this lens, it's a lot nicer view than the one from my window!

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      ivanjones 4 years ago

      i love all the flowers, but i think it is not easy to keep them all in the garden, should spend time on them

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      Sara Krentz 4 years ago from USA

      It's difficult to choose a favorite - they are all so lovely!

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      RazzbarryBreeze 4 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed your lens! It brought me back to My Grandma's garden.Many Many hours and lots of love went into her gardens. Today she cannot do much as she is going to be 97 years old this summer.

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      pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

      I love all of your beautiful photos! Your grandmother's garden is breathtaking. I especially love the foxgloves, I grow them and they're one of my favorite flowers. Nicely done! :)

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I love your lens, my favorite is the love your grandfather has for his wife and his grandchildren.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Beautiful flowers. My grandparents grew many of these (lilies, digitalis/foxglove, and others) and seeing these photos reminds me of them. They have passed on, their house is occupied by someone else, but I still have many cherished memories of working in their garden side by side with them in Pennsylvania. Thanks for sharing!

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      geamts 4 years ago

      So far I won't growing flowers, but I definitely have the confidence to learn. Too fond of

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      All your flower pictures are beautiful. The bell flowers are probably my favorite, but then again, maybe the foxgloves, no maybe I'll choose the clematis. Okay, I go back to loving them all. Great memories!!

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      liny-tan 4 years ago

      I'm not a grandma yet but I crafted my own garden too(the tropical version though!). I can imagine how fantastic your grandma's garden is.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Oh, this is absolutely beautiful! My grandmother loved to garden as well. I remember the hanging wisteria in the back. So beautiful!

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      storytimesam 4 years ago

      Absolutely awesome Lens. Really relaxing and soothing just to enjoy your pictures and imagine a somewhat similar home life when I was growing up. My Mom loved her flower gardens which cover much of our yard. Great success I wish you.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      What a magical childhood you must have had playing in your grandmother's gardens. Your photos and her flowers are gorgeous.

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      RitaAnne 4 years ago

      Just lovely... I wish I have these flowers in my garden... Love the White Flower Blanket and Blue Bell Flowers! :)

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      I love all flowers, but the foxglove took my eye!

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      fifta 4 years ago

      I love the white flower blanket, so pretty!

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      roseambrose 4 years ago

      I love all your pictures, but especially the foxgloves. They remind me of my grandmothers garden. It was full of flowers

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      Gorgeous floral displays. This garden reminds me of my mother's. She has a green thumb too.

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      Debbie 4 years ago from England

      I love natural, mature, gardens. Absolutely beautiful and I can see the love your Grandmother put into this shining through every gorgeous petal ;)

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      I love gardens, and this one is just great. Your grandmother is very lucky to have such a nice yard. Love the garden treehouse! Nice photos.

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      Absolutely beautiful and it has many of the flowers I grew up with in Ireland!

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      MensAffairscom 4 years ago

      Amazing garden. So many beautiful flowers. Thank you for sharing with us

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      kulla 4 years ago

      Gorgeous pics. I like flowers and this lens provided me a fantastic experience.

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      This is another splendid lens which i saw today. Great work

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      wow. very beautiful. I like Garden Treehouse. My flower is White Flower Blanket. awesome.

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      EmmaBrown1 4 years ago

      The Blue Bell flowers are my favourite :) The garden is amazing! Your grandmother deserves admiration for it!

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      | remember the childhood days when had big garden, me and grandfather then use to plant many flowers plant and water the big trees on daily basis during summer. You really feel very close to the nature this way but now we are living in a apartment missing all those goodies. You are lucky to have such spacious garden. Thanks for sharing.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      You brought me back to memories of my own grandmother's garden in St. Joe, Mo. I used to love to run out in the morning and pick the blackberries and raspberries that thrived there. Beautiful article.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      There are so many different ones.... it is difficult to pick just one - although I like all the pinks and purples, I think the yellow flowers add the extra splash of color that makes it even more beautiful :) Good job on the lens!

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      jiggimodi 4 years ago

      very nice

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      FB-Explorer 4 years ago

      They are all beautiful, but I love the Blue Bell flowers.

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      mattcut 4 years ago

      so much gorgeous natural beauty in one lens - thank you for creating this lovely lens !!!

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      Cindy 4 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      I love the rosa flowers and how your grandmother mixes so many lovely varieties and colors throughout and the secret room your grandfather added would even be fun to hang out in today! xoxo

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      fantastic garden with beautiful flowers in it!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Beautiful flowers! Love them all, but if I have to pick a favorite, it would be the Blue bell flowers. I remember running through flower fields and picking blue bell flowers when I was little.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      I just love the way the different flowers blended together, with a splash of color here and there. It was a lovely walk through your grandma's garden. Thanks for sharing.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Really enjoyed my visit exploring your grandmother's garden. Great page. I love finding strawberries in the forest. I used to do that when I was young. Fond memories.

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      Kathy Eickenberg 4 years ago

      Love your grandmother's garden. Tough to decide but is between the blue bell flowers and the simple purple flowers. They really are all pretty, though.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      I think the mixed pink flowers were my favorites.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Gorgeous! It's inspiring me to make more of my yard!

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Very beautiful lens about garden. I love those flowers

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      Very beautiful lens about garden. I love those flowers

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. I love the lovely flowers. Thanks for sharing.

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      oldthemushy 4 years ago

      The Blue-Bell flowers had my crush earlier, but then the simple purple types won the prize! Hooray!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Gorgeous garden and it appears this lens was tended to with just as much love

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      AMMUGURU 4 years ago

      Beautiful garden lens ,Thanks for sharing

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Such a pretty garden and what a wonderful place to be. Love pink flowers.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      This is a lovely garden. Thanks for inviting me to visit.

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      djroll 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens, story and pictures. Thank you for sharing a part of your grandparents.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love all the flowers, just love to sit and enjoy in your garden.

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      depi_cartwright 4 years ago

      amazing lens

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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      Beautiful pictures of all the flowers. The strawberries are my favorite though ;-)

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I love the foxglove. Such beautiful flowers!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love them all! The pink climbing flowers against the wood fence are especially beautiful! And the tinkerbells, of course!

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      MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

      I love the clematis climbing on the fence. What a lovely, magical garden. I also am in love with that tree house! Could there be anything better in a garden? Great lens!

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      I'm thinking the Fox Glove. A very old fashioned but kind of "timeless" flower. I recall them growing wild on the hilly tops of the farm I grew up in NZ - a great flower.

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      Mistl 4 years ago

      @Retro Loco: Hi Retro_Loco, thank you for sharing your memory of your grandmother as well.

      The tall pink flower is a Pink Columbine, it comes in other colours as well such as purple, blue and red.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the Columbines! Beautiful photos of a beautiful garden! Thank you for sharing!

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      AxelsMom 4 years ago

      They are a beautiful. But, I like the tree house the best.

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      The mixed pink flowers are my favorite. I like your grandmother's garden.

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Love the pictures, thanks for sharing!

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      WellesleyWA 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, Perfect for the first day of Spring :)

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      dsr485 4 years ago

      Hard to choose, they all look so pretty together. I love the colorful groupings. Lovely lense!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's all very beautiful, love it.

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      Niagara Ghosts 4 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      I love all the colours in your grandmother's garden.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Your grandmother's garden is lovely, and your lens is beautiful, too. You may enjoy my lens, A Walk Through My Garden.

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      anntag 4 years ago

      I enjoyed strolling by your grandmother's delightful garden.

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      That's a beautiful garden. Especially loved the secret hangout spot for the kids.

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      Vicki 4 years ago from USA

      Your lens and your grandmother's Danish flower garden are beautiful! A photo of your grandmother in her garden would be a lovely touch to your lens. I love all the photos, especially the "Mixed Pink Flowers" photo. Do you know the name of the tallest pink flower in that photo? It's gorgeous. My grandmother passed away several years ago, but she left behind some beautiful reminders of her presence here: daffodils, Rose of Sharon, purple and white irises, spider lillies and Jacob's Ladders. Every time her flowers bloom I feel like my grandmother is nearby. That was so sweet of your granddad to build a loft over his tool shed for his grand kids to play in!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Amazing flowers! Thanks for sharing this lens with us

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful flowers in a wonderful, gracious lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Your grandmother certainly has green fingers, what a super garden. I can tell you get the rain for the lush growth!

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      jimbarnes lm 4 years ago

      A beautiful lens, thank you for sharing. pastor jimbarnes

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I love the pink flowers against the wood fence---such a pretty picture!

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      All of them!

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      What an absolutely beautiful flower garden. Thank you so much for sharing all the lovely pictures I enjoyed seeing them a lot.

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      Your grandma has a beautiful garden. My favorite is the strawberries :).

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      love all the flowers...beautiful lens, well done; thanks for sharing

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      For me, it's a gray, cloudy and rainy day...again. The daffodils are hanging their heads after yet another temperature swing. Spring is coming. I know it is. It just doesn't feel like it today. But, seeing your grandmother's lovely garden is a wonderful breath of sunshine and a reminder that these dismal, wet spring days are what allows the flowers to grow. What a magical place her garden must have been to visit as a child.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Bell Flowers are my favorite. Great pictures and lens.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love the garden tree house! But my favorite flower is her Pink Foxglove, thanks for sharing the photos!

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      maryseena 4 years ago

      I can only imagine what an enchanted childhood you had living in this little piece of paradise. I can also feel your love for your grandparents shining through the lens. A beautiful tribute to them!

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      oceanth 4 years ago

      Aw.. Love the pictures!

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I love the Columbines, I have them in my garden too and each year they surprise me with new colors. I love your granny's garden, looks very much like those old cottage gardens.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Your grandmother's garden is beautiful! My grandfather inspired my love of gardening, and I'm glad that I still have some plants that he gave me years ago.

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      mina009 4 years ago

      They are really amazing, so great to be looking at your wonderful pictures..

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Every thing about this is beautiful. What a great garden your grandparents have. I am envious. Beautiful photos and choice of words.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Every thing about this is beautiful. What a great garden your grandparents have. I am envious. Beautiful photos and choice of words.

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      Shopping in PJs 4 years ago

      What a beautiful garden! All the flowers are beautiful, but I think my favourites are the columbine or the foxgloves. Just gorgeous!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      The strawberries!!!!

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      Vera-S 4 years ago

      Lovely flowers, garden full of love... It is difficult to choose just one flower as favourite. I like them all.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      How can one decide? She has so many pretty flowers. I can tell she likes pink. Your grandfather's tool shed/playhouse was a fantastic idea. I love how he thought ahead when he built it. Surely some great times must have been had there. Thanks for sharing this wonderful memory.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      There is nothing as magical as a grandmother's garden. Well, except for a secret tree house in or near that garden. Such lovely grandparents!

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      What a lovely stroll in the garden!

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      BeyondRoses 4 years ago

      Your grandmothers garden is lovely, and a lovely presentation in photos. I love all the flowers, and think being in a natural state highlights their beauty even more. I think I saw a rose bush there too :)