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Park Like Garden

Updated on May 12, 2017
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Elsie loves gardening and spends many hours enjoying it with birds singing in the tree tops it is very relaxing and satisfying in my old age

Driveway to our home

Park like garden

I'm a gardener, writer, and love taking photos as the seasons go by of the garden.

I'm fortunate to have lived in the country, where I have lots of space for a garden, now having retired to town, I still have a large garden that keeps me busy.

I work with nature, rather than fighting it. Nature tends to win anyway and the weeds keep growing!

A beautiful garden is truly an affordable luxury, I am sharing photos of the garden that I have taken over the years, as the seasons go by.

The garden has many ground cover plants with shade perennials which bloom early in the season.

Rhododendron shrubbery, azaleas, wisteria, maples hosta and much more, I will add more new shrubs that grow in my garden, as the years go by.

Flowers or Hosta for ground coverage under trees

Hostas, with Wisteria overhead, early spring - not in flower yet. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Hostas, with Wisteria overhead, early spring - not in flower yet. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

A flower bed under deciduous trees will be mostly spring-blooming.

That's because most plants thrive in shade, including spring bulbs that naturalize, tend to bloom early before the trees leaf out.

This doesn't mean there won't be flowers in bloom during the rest of the season, but you'll have a more limited palette of flowering plants to choose from.

When it comes to shade perennials, attractive leaf textures and colors are important because the foliage is your main feature through the season.

I love Hosta as they stop the growth of weeds, blooming in summer with spikes of lavender to white, lily-like flowers, which can be quite showy.

This photo looks like it is snowing but it is the Wisteria blossom dropping its petals, but quite a view with the Hosta below.

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The above video is an example of man in harmony with nature'... a 64 acre private estate nestled in the midst of the Coromandel Peninsula National Forest Park. Awarded 'GARDEN OF DISTINCTION' by the Canterbury Horticultural Society and 'GARDEN OF SIGNIFICANCE by the New Zealand Garden Trust ~ Rapaura offers abundant native bush, ferns, birdlife, watergardens, meandering walks over bridges, streams, and a relaxing bush walk to a cascading waterfall...



Camellias are hardy, they can be grown in most areas if provided with some shelter and a well-enriched slightly acid soil.

Water well in the summer time, but camellias do not like their roots sitting in water, better slightly raised bed with free draining.

Camellias will grow in light shade but a situation where they receive morning sun is recommended.

In the garden, I have 12 different colors and shapes of Camellia flowers.

Sweet Williams

Dianthus Barbatus (Sweet William) is a species of Dianthus, which has become a popular ornamental garden plant.

It is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant growing to 30-75 cm tall, with flowers in a dense cluster of up to 30 at the top of the stems.

Each flower is 2-3 cm diameter with five petals displaying serrated edges.

The plants produce red flowers with a white base, but colors in cultivars range from white, pink, red, and purple or with variegated patterns.

The flowers are edible and may have medicinal properties.

Sweet William flowers attract bees, birds, and butterflies.

Persian Silk Tree - Flowers Are Just Like Silk

Botanical name: Albizzia julibrissin (pronounced: al bit' zee a jul i briss' in).

Common name: Persian Silk Tree

The Silk Tree is a very useful shade tree in New Zealand since it gets its ferny leaves in late spring-early summer, just as the hot weather starts.

It grows well in the garden, as we get very cold weather in winter with not much sunshine, but being sheltered with ranges all around, it gets very hot in the summer, looks very nice until those possums, wood pigeons, plus other birds eat it and completely removes all leaves.

The Silk Tree produces its silky blooms during January and February, with its soft sweet perfume filling the garden on warm days.

Most trees are grown from seed with a wide variation of colors from white, cream, salmon and peachy pink tones.


Azaleas bloom in late winter and spring, and their flowers wilt only a few weeks later.

They are shallow rooters and must be planted quite firmly to prevent wind damage.

Azaleas do not need as much sun as other plants; they live near trees and sometimes under them, as the photo above in the garden, I am using them as a border to higher shrubs behind.

Azaleas grow best in well-drained soil, they do not like their roots sitting in water, as they are easily damaged by excessive soil moisture and grow best in acidic soil.

Flowers are single or double and have a wide range of colors from purple, to pink, white and red.

Azaleas vary in height from dwarf shrubs to 2 meters high.

Planting - To grow a garden

Sometimes it is not easy to have a garden you would like to have, for many reasons maybe your section is small, you could try a vertical garden, that's growing up not out.

Or you live in a wet area and most plant like moist but not over wet, then try a raised garden bed.

Then again (if you are like me have too many pests like possums and rabbits) there's always a greenhouse or tunnel house, which I found to be very successful.

Happy Gardening.


Acer is a genus of trees or shrubs commonly known as maple, there are approximately 129 species, most species are deciduous.

Maples must have shelter from winds, particle shade, and a sunny position.

Maples are very hardy to cold and as many deciduous trees the colder the autumn the brighter the leaf color.

A.palmatum 'Dissectum' the weeping Japanese maple, is a beautiful small tree for pool side planting and similar situations. they are green and purple leaved forms.

Most ornamental garden varieties of maple need a compost rich, well drained acid loam with dressings of well decayed mature in late autumn.

Hosta - Nice Ground Coverage Plants Under Trees.

Hosta and Iris garden.
Hosta and Iris garden.

My favorite for weed stoppers, because they need to be given ample room to grow and weeds do not thrive under those thick leaves once they get established and growing for the season.

Hosta are considered shade-tolerant plants, but most do not thrive if grown in deep shade, hosta grows best in an exposure with morning sun and afternoon shade.

I have hosta plants that produce very attractive flowers and some are fragrant.

A hosta plant generally reaches full maturity in 4 to 8 years.

Slugs and snails are the most common pest of hosta, they eat small round holes in the leaves so I usually use a slug bait if I want a good show season.

This photo was taken early in the spring, as in the forefront you can see a beautiful Iris, which are growing on the other side of the path.

Hosta popping through the ground

Hostas new growth.
Hostas new growth.

They look very nice in the spring popping up everywhere.

It's December, summer in New Zealand, the garden looks good, for the holiday break, the flowers are appearing on the hostas, they look very attractive with their variegated leaves, the ground is still quite cool as we do not get hot weather until the new year.

Actually, it is quite amazing how much room they take up in the garden, at least they stop most of the weeds from growing.

It is a plant I would recommend for ground cover.


Rhododendrons are a favorite garden shrub and are grown extensively in New Zealand gardens especially in Taranaki.

Predominantly spring flowering, there are varieties which bloom in winter and early summer.

The Azaleas are in fact Rhododendrons but gardeners know them so well as azaleas so we will refer to then under that name.

Rhododendrons are mostly evergreens and are hardy to cold.

They do not require shelter from winds and must have an acid soil preferably rich in humus.

Heavy feeding is beneficial but wait until after the flowering is over, so the plant does not bolt to quick leaf.

Rhododendrons range in size from dwarf shrubs to small trees, in color from white to pink, red, yellow orange, purple and blue.

Rhododendron Festival 2010 Taster

Rhododendron Shrubbery

Rhododendrons pathway, these are scented, beautiful smell as you walk along the path.
Rhododendrons pathway, these are scented, beautiful smell as you walk along the path.

This Rhododendron pathway is on the side of a pond with Flax on the right-hand side supporting the edge of the pond as we get very heavy rainfall at times.

On the left-hand side by the conifer another pathway goes up that is where the main Rhododendron Shrubs are facing the road.

Silver Ferns - NZ Natives

Pond goldfish in, with a walk across bridge.
Pond goldfish in, with a walk across bridge.

The idea that all natives are tough plants, suitable for any conditions from drifting sands at the beach-front cottage to heavy clay in a frosty inland garden is a fallacy.

Silver Ferns need shelter from winds and frost.

It is very cold here in the winter, sometimes we can get frosts for a week or more, where the frost does not leave the ground and by the end of winter, they have no ferns left on them they have been completely burnt off.

But once the weather warms up in the spring it is not long before the new fronds appear.


Wisteria and Azalea scrub in the back ground.
Wisteria and Azalea scrub in the back ground.

This photo is the White Wisteria, I also have the Purple Wisteria.

Wisteria is very hardy and fast-growing, it can grow in fairly poor-quality soils, but prefers fertile, moist, well-drained ones, thrives in full sun to partial shade.

Wisteria can grow into a mound when unsupported but is at its best when allowed to clamber up a tree, pergola, wall, or other supporting structure. Whatever the case, the support must be very sturdy, because mature Wisteria can become immensely strong with heavy wrist-thick trunks and stems.

Wisteria flowers develop in buds near the base of the previous year's growth, so pruning back side shoots to the basal, few buds in early spring can enhance the visibility of the flowers.

If it is desired to control the size of the wisteria, the side shoots can be shortened to between 20 and 40 cm long in mid-summer, and back to 10 to 20 cm in the fall.

In the background, is an Azalea which is an evergreen and flowers twice a year spring and autumn.


Hydrangeas in the autumn, bit untidy with leaves on the lawn.
Hydrangeas in the autumn, bit untidy with leaves on the lawn.

Hydrangeas are hardy deciduous shrubs with showy flower heads, very rewarding scrub for the shady corner or sunless spot, they need rich porous soil and heavy watering all through the hot weather as they make massive leaf growth.

They do equally well in acid or alkaline soil, acid conditions flowers are shades of blue and mauve, alkaline red or pink.

The photo above as taken in late autumn, all the different shades coming from the same bush.

Prune in spring in cold areas or autumn if winters are mild. Avoid hard cutting back for this may result in no blooms for a season.

Photos belong to Elsie Hagley.

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      Elsie Hagley 22 months ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Virginia for taking the time to stroll around my garden.

      I have found that azaleas prefer dry roots, these are planted on a bit of a slope so they drain pretty quickly after rain, also they only get the morning sun, in the afternoon they are shaded by other trees above them.

      Blessings to you my friend.

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      Virginia Allain 22 months ago from Central Florida

      I certainly enjoyed touring your lovely garden. I have azaleas but mine don't bloom with the profusion yours has. I'd better give it something to boost it.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      billybuc: Thanks for taking a walk through my garden, also appreciate the kind words of praise, it is a lot of work but worth the hours I spend trying to keep it in order, as I get many hours of pleasure walking around it and trying to sort out what needs moving, as it is getting a bit over-grown, every year we need to get in it and knock back the bigger shrubs to allow the smaller plants to get a little sunlight to survive.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are not only a are a first-rate gardener. What a lovely garden and property you have. Very beautiful, Elsie. Thanks for taking us on a tour of it.

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      Edith Rose 3 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful Garden.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      I love this lens and your garden. No, there are never enough hours in the day for gardening!

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      Gardening and landscaping are my passions! Thank you for taking me on a walk through yours, it is breathtaking! You should be in Better Homes & Gardens! My visit here on your lens was like visiting paradise! SOOO pretty!

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      stephen downing 4 years ago

      Have you ever considered a garden open day? for charity or whatever. Your garden would well be worth a visit, I it would recommend it any day!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Wow your gardens are fabulous! I love the creek and little bridge too.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      I love your park like garden. Thanks for sharing.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      I looove your garden!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @askformore lm: Thank you for visiting my park like garden. A large garden keeps you busy, but it is worth it, for the joy you can receive from it. Happy Gardening.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      What a wonderful garden - Ours is quite small and keeps us so busy during the warmer weather that I don't know how you manage to keep a garden this size so gorgeous. You really do have a green thumb. Blessed and featured on "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo"

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      I have a large garden. Thank you very much for all these tips.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @chezchazz: Thanks for visiting, commenting and blessing, it is a very big job, but I like gardening.

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      ScottMckinzie 4 years ago

      Neat Lens, what a great looking garden...:)

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      wonderful lens.. Great ideas. Angel Blessings! xxo

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Oh, so beautiful.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @malena10: Thanks for the visit, and nice comment. Yes I do love nature and all that goes with it.

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      malena10 4 years ago

      I just love your Home in Taranaki, so beautiful! You definitely love nature.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      What a fantastic garden! I love each plant you have focused on here. It certainly is like a park.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks for the visit Tipi. It's spring in New Zealand now. Wish it would stop raining the garden still looks like it's winter. Happy days.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So nice to visit you beautiful garden lens again. You must enjoy it soooo much, can tell you care for it with TLC. :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      This is so beautiful. I'd love to have a place like this to slip away for prayer and relaxation. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful garden and a beautiful home, too.

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      microfarmproject 4 years ago

      This is a gorgeous lens. I, too, love to garden. However, I live in AZ, so I cannot grow many of the beautiful plants that you have in your garden. I really wish that I could grow beautiful hydrangeas, like yours!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      What an amazing garden! I have veggies in containers as I only have a balcony to work from. Thanks for sharing your garden with us. That silver fern is interesting. What fun it must be to watch all of this grow with you.

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      miauw99 5 years ago

      wow, you have great flowers selections..

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      You have a beautiful home. You're lucky to have that big space for your garden.

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      maria 5 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous

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      jtay123 5 years ago

      Great Lens, love the Hostas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How beautiful are your lovely home and gardens! Thank you for the tips on the various shrubs. Thank you also for visiting my "Joyful Sound" and liking it! Much appreciated!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Now that I can bless, I just had to return and bless this page. I simply love it!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      These types of gardens are my absolute favorites,and I like most:) That first photo really reminds me of my mother's garden.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I Loved visiting your garden,thanks for sharing.Great garden.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for the tour of your lovely garden. Angel Blessings**

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Gorgeous garden photos

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      Kay 5 years ago

      These photos are absolutely incredible! This to me is the perfect (and I am not kidding) garden. My grandmother would have loved these photos. She would take me to beautiful places but this just blows me away!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh your garden is so very beautiful. I want to come visit and relax in your garden for awhile. How magically beautiful you have made your home area. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Squidoo. How relaxing just visiting this lens is.

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      Wow, that is a nice and lush garden you have! Nice descriptive lens - love the photos.

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tour around your beautiful garden, simply amazing!

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      You do have a park like garden. How lucky, but I'm sure it takes a lot of work. Your love for flowers shines through your beautiful photographs. Thank you for sharing them. Blessed.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Your garden is gorgeous! The photos are wonderful too.

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      tifebrown 5 years ago

      I love the pics! I am putting in my first garden this spring, I'm really looking forward to it.

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      KatherineWakefield 5 years ago

      Wow! What a garden! Great pictures!

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      damoiselle 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      BW Duerr 5 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Beautiful gardens. I'm jealous of you space that appears to be quite large.. :)

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      tlaeno 5 years ago

      Gorgeous! I garden to keep my sanity!

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      You've done a great job, you're garden is stunning!

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      Ribolov LM 5 years ago

      Nice lens, nice pictures. Great. Thnx.

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      You definitely have a beautiful, park like garden. Do you get a lot of rain? It's been so dry for us ... it's hard to grow flowers. Lovely!

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      renagirl 5 years ago

      Your garden is so lovely

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Your yard and gardens are stunning! I like to putter in the garden, and I can really appreciate how much time & effort it takes to create a paradise like this. Many like to garden, but you are a true gardener. Wow!

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      Your garden is so lovely- I enjoyed this lens immensely.

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      Skylermeyer2012 5 years ago

      I'm a nature lover and I really enjoy reading and viewing your lens. I love the images you have posted in your and I will bookmark this so that I could visit it again!. Thanks for sharing inspirational lens..

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I had to stop by again to look at your beautiful garden and show my Mom. It is truly inspirational.

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      yes, I have a garden. I had a stoke on May 1, 2011but when i got home there were weeds everywhere. I simply got a chair and sat in it to pull weeds with my good arm. I only lasted 15 minutes the first time, but I kept at it until I could go for hours. I thank God and the gardening for healing me and making me so strong. No one could believe how much I've come back. You would never know I had one. I caught myself pulling a weed the other day with my bad hand.

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      Miska29 5 years ago

      great lens

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      FalconFan LM 5 years ago

      WOW! This is a beautiful lens - so many ideas! Your garden is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing all your tips with us!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      OMG! Absolutely beautiful!!! I am so looking forward to spring. Your garden is breathtaking. Angel Blessed!

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      kaposzta 5 years ago

      This is an amazing garden, thank you for sharing it with us!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Simply amazing!

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos. I am also fond of gardening and marvel at the wonder of nature. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      AutumnCoffee 5 years ago

      WOW!!! You really put a lot of work into this garden! It's absolutely gorgeous. One of these days Me & my fiancée wanna move into the country and this gives me ideas! Cause I love gardens & stuff. That's the kind of thing that makes like better. =)

      May our Heavenly Father & Jesus bless you.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      How beautiful.

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      PTurner56 5 years ago

      What an awe-inspiring place!

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      TriciaLymeMom 5 years ago

      beautiful! can't wait to get going with mine :)

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Heavenly! I would love a garden like that!

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      Septamia 5 years ago

      It's like paradise!

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      your garden looks lovely...I agree with you about going with nature rather than fighting it. That is the mark of a true gardener.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Really beautiful. You have put in a lot of time in the design.

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      So beautiful! A great lens!

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      Absolutely lovely. I'm a gardener too and I know how much work goes into keeping a garden looking as beautiful as this one. Here's another blessing for you ... and a quote I have on a sign in my garden: "A kiss from the sun for pardon, a song from the birds for mirth; one is nearer God's heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth."

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Beautiful! I love visiting this lens and learning more about your park like garden. I think it would be so much fun to have one of these beautiful pieces of creation right in my yard. Wonderful job. *Squid Angel Blessed :)

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Wow - how beautiful - but what a lot of work!

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      andrea-terry 5 years ago

      oh sweet williams ........oh azaleas....oh Rhododendrons........oh just everything it is all so beautiful I love it so much a great lens and wonderful garden

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Your garden is larger than our entire lot. It's beautiful. And I'm impressed.

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      JaneNew 5 years ago

      Beautiful, colorful page- I am now ready for spring!

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      Billie Keeslar 5 years ago from Mississippi

      Happy International Women's Day. I am so envious of your beautiful garden. I live in the south and all of my azalea bushes are in bloom, so Spring is starting to show its self.

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      Kimberly 5 years ago from Oregon

      Beautiful lens! There is so much inspiration here!

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      BestGamesQuest 5 years ago

      A truly beautiful garden! I can tell you've put a lot of work and love into it :)

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      Mercy Girl No9 5 years ago

      Wow! I envy you having such a beautiful garden. I live in Florida where it is very hot and dry in the summer - I'm wondering if my climate is similar to yours and if I could plant some of the same species. My plants and shrubs seem to die off too easily here.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      That is an absolutely amazing garden! Blessed!

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      Adriana 5 years ago from New Market

      Beautiful! I'm so ready for spring!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh my, this is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your gardens gallery and article. Just saw this on the front page of Squidoo. I feel energized! :)

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      jstarley 5 years ago

      I absolutely love this! Great lens with some great ideas!

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I don't have a garden (or yard). But there is lots of park around. I am surprised at how many of the things you picture also grow where I live, in Seattle. There are azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangea, and maples. There are lots of ferns, though I am not sure if they are the same variety. Some things, like the hosta, I didn't know by name... but they actually look familiar, too. SquidAngel blessings.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I always like a good article about the outdoors, flowers, and nature. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      deckdesign 5 years ago

      Wow, you have an amazing garden. We had a nice garden in our old house and we are creating the garden in our new house. Your lens is very inspiring.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      Nope, sure can't! I would garden all day every day, if I could. I dream of being self-sufficient and living in a place surrounded by only God's creation, with all my friends and family there too. :o)

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      GaelicForge 5 years ago

      I love gardening! The nuclear blast of summer here in the San Juaquin Valley of California presents some real challenges, however!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have the most beautiful gardens, something I dream of for my own, so your lens is really helpful. We have a huge back yard, not as huge as yours though. We started from scratch last year , and I can't wait for Spring here in Canada to get more plants in. We have several of the Japanese Maples as we call them, they are so beautiful. My wisteria didn't do too well the first year because we had so much rain, hope it picks up again soon.

      Blessed * and congrat's on the front page feature :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wonderful lens thanks for sharing

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      I love everything. From the pictures to the wonderful and great directions. This visit was like a mini vacation. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      You have a beautiful garden. I especially like the azaleas.

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      It depends on the season, but many hours during the spring and summer. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful garden.

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      dexter yarbroug1 5 years ago

      Beautiful! Just beautiful!

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      At least two hours a week.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      What an absolutely lovely garden you have. It must have been a lot of hard work, but now look at the beauty you get to surround yourself with now. thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven with us. Blessed.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Such a lovely park-like garden. It must be a pleasure simply to walk around it.

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Your garden is glorious. That azalea magnificent! What a beautiful page. Thank you.

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      cyberwizzard 5 years ago

      Your garden looks like a very nice place to relax and get away from it all. Your garden photos are excellent!

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      johnnysmith1 5 years ago

      Wow! This looks so green and relaxing ...

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      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing! I spend a lot of time in my garden, but it isn't so big as yours :(

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      What a beautiful garden! You must have two green thumbs! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a stunning garden! It's worthy of being in a magazine!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      You have a really beautiful yard/garden~ I love it. Great lens.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Really a beautiful garden you have. My garden is just too small for me to stay there for hours. I wish I could have a bigger one.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      Your garden is a dream.

      I love my own little garden; I spend as much time there as the weather ( and life's other responsibilities) allow!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      You have beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your garden. Thanks for sharing.

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      puppyprints 5 years ago

      I wish I knew how to garden properly. My Mom used to have a great garden every year with lots of flowers and veggies. Nice work.

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      Your garden looks like a peaceful, beautiful sanctuary. Thank you for sharing your garden. :)

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Your garden is absolutely stunning! You are a very talented and hard working gardener, and a wonderful photographer too!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @justholidays: I would like to personally thank you for all the help you gave me as a newbie on Squidoo, you went out of your way for me,with lots of good advice.

      Here is a snippet of your email, which I have kept, and never ever forgot it in the last six months, it kept me moving on.

      "Well, I hope this will open new opportunities for you", and my Comment "it did".

      You maybe wondering what all this is about it is a quest I am doing,"squidquest-thanks-pal"

      All the Best for Christmas sales, and hope you have a great 2012

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      verkeerd 5 years ago

      I'd spend 34 hours a day in a garden like yours!

      Pretty the African lilies in front of the house!

      Great lens!

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      What a beautiful garden! Tree ferns looks stunning. We can't really grow then here in the Ik.I long for more space! Your photos are lovely, too.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      You have a lovely garden. We visited New Zealand many years ago and still remember how very beautiful it is. From the Bay of Islands in the north to Milford Sound in the south, the entire country is gorgeous and the people so kind.

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      pramodbisht 5 years ago

      Nice Lens, i really enjoyed your page, especially your photos.

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      anticloud 5 years ago

      None at the moment. It is covered with weeds! My husband and I are making plans to give it a makeover tomorrow. ;) Beautiful lens. It inspires me!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      Wow, what a beautiful garden! I love the photos!!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wow. what a great place. really enjoyed your page, especially your photos. ~blessed~

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      What a pleasure to see your beautiful garden and home in New Zealand. It is spectacular. No wonder you are inspired to write poetry. Best wishes.

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      Have2Cruise LM 5 years ago

      Your garden is gorgeous!!

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      fajack 5 years ago

      great lens mam :)

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Well done! Really enjoyed your photographs.

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      Blessed by a passing angel on Squidoo.

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      I have a garden but, unfortunately, not as beautiful as yours! I love the wisteria and have been considering adding one in my own garden for a while. However, I'm forever worried about what it can become... You know, I saved a Japanese maple from a friend's garden and one year later, it died in my own garden. Don't wanna this to happen to a wisteria.

      It's a real pleasure to walk through this page.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      What a stunning garden! You have done an amazing job.

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      bechand 5 years ago

      i love your garden ... mine is bare

      i need you for about a summer to fix up my brown 2 acres !

      your garden is absolutely beautiful - i wish I lived there ...

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Simply lovely.

      I enjoyed viewing your garden.


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      HomesteadingChic 5 years ago

      Beautiful! :)

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      My garden is sparse. I barely keep the succulents growing. Very nice garden and lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @Blackspaniel1: Thanks for visiting and commenting. Hope you have a nice day.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @ratul1987: Thanks for visiting my park like garden and commenting. Gardening is very relaxing, nice to know you also like gardening.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      ratul1987 6 years ago

      Wow....Wonderful lens.I Like your lens...I love gardening

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @Marciajane: Thanks for the lovely words about my gardens, I appreciate it very much, little comments like yours make my day.

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      Marcia 6 years ago from England

      I loved your lens and your garden is a credit to you - I've learned from this lens too so thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience. You've inspired me!

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @LisaAuch1: Thank you for visiting my "park like garden" commenting and Blessing it.

      You have made my day, as each day goes by I am growing so fond of Squidoo and all its great lens-masters that I am hook on it, Love it. Thanks for the Blessing once again.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I just loved reading about your garden and seeing al the beautiful flowers, and shrubs etc. I am from Scotland, and you have the same plants in your garden as we do in ours! how cool! I even learned something about my hosta and will move it to a better shaded area!


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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for visiting my lens and commenting, will visit your lens and check your gardens also. You are great Lens-master.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! I live in South Carolina and we have a lot of the same plants. We call the Silk Tree a Mimosa and I've made a lens about it as well as some of the others you listed here. You garden is beautiful and I sure enjoyed this visit.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @AuthorNormaBudden: Thanks for the nice comment, glad you stopped by.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @Mrmakingusmile LM: Thanks for coming, glad I made you smile, as they say laughter makes the world go round.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @darciefrench lm: Thanks for visiting and commenting on my lens. A rock garden is very interesting and you can have a lot of pleasure getting one growing. All the best for your new patio garden, it would be nice to see a lens of it when you have finished it.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      Wow! This is a beautiful lens. I can't imagine how long it would take to set up a garden such as this. It certainly does resemble a park and, if I lived in such a setting, I don't know if I'd ever want to leave.

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      Lovely lens, I enjoyed my visit. Thanks for making me smile.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I used to have a lovely rock garden , then we moved- now looking at a patio garden. Lovely pictures, really enjoyed my stay.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting and commenting, yes it is sad gardening is very relaxing. I enjoy reading your lens your are a pro, will be watching for your next lens. Cheers.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @jolou: Thanks for visiting and commenting, yes you are a lover of flowers, gardens and scenery, I have already visited your lens, I can spend many hours wandering through your landscape posters.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting my lens and commenting. Checked out your lens, all great will be visiting often.Already a Fan.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @stephenteacher: Thanks for visiting my lens and commenting. I just joined your Fan Club.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      @MikLint: Thanks for the comment, herb garden is a good thing to have, nice fresh cup of herb tea.

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      MikLint 6 years ago

      No but I have a balcony with herbs for tea and cooking, and some veggies which I enjoy. Beautiful photos you've got here! I especially like the Silver Ferns Pogos and the Persian Silk tree pics.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Love the gardens and plants you have showcased. Nice job.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Yes, I have a small garden. We grow much the same things here in Victoria. I have hydranga and rhododendron in my yard.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sadly, I live in an apartment complex and don't get to spend any time gardening. Your gardens are a feast for the eyes and the soul!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a gorgeous lens on garden and the beautiful trees, loved the fabulous images. I love gardens and trees, I am planning to put some hours in maintaining the garden.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish I had a green thumb. Beautiful lense and photos.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      I am so envious of people who can garden. I have often tried to create beautiful gardens but lack the discipline and nurturing that is needed. So I enjoy seeing what a beautiful place you have created for yourself. Your plants seem very happy.

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      askhelen 6 years ago

      @GramaBarb: I will put up a lens soon of the flowers in my Auckland, new Zealand garden.

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      askhelen 6 years ago

      Yes I have a garden. My husband tends the vegetables and I do the pretty stuff. Last year, I began a new project in the garden - removing trees and replanting with sub-tropical plants. I love the new look! I will put a lens soon with my photos of the progress I have made.

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Lovely lens! Would love to see more pictures of flowers from NZ.

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      Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for featuring my lens!

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