My mom used to live in Florida for many, many years.
She now lives with my brother and sister-in-law in the North Georgia mountains.
Yes, a bit of a change for her, but I can say that she is very happy
and thriving in her new environment.
Prior to my mom moving to Georgia, my sister-in-law Pam wanted her to
have a very special place that she can enjoy and also see from both her
bedroom window and a very large screened porch that is adjacent to her room.
Thus, My Mom’s Japanese Garden was created. … Creation by Pam.
Pam is an avid gardener. She researched all things Japanese gardens
and started working on the garden so that it would be well on its way
before my mom arrived from Florida.
In the photo above, the tall tree is a Japanese Black Dragon.
There is a fountain in front of it; however, it is not running now
due to the winter weather.
The small green shrub is a Bird’s Nest Spruce.
The shrub with the pink tips is an Arborvite Fire Chief.
The garden has many interesting architectural elements.
Above, one of my mom’s favorite flowers were planted, tulips.
She was telling me how much see loved seeing them as a child in Japan.
The corner tree is a Colorado Blue Spruce and
a Weeping Juniper to the right of it.
Beyond the Red Tulips are a Japanese Maple tree
and a Japanese Persimmon tree. Mom cannot wait to for it to bear fruit.
You may have noticed around the red tulips that the stacked stone
is stacked at a higher level than around the other beds.
Pam took a wooden planter and filled it with the tulips
and stacked the stone around the planter. It’s a great look and
adds great levels and interest to the garden.
We had a really bad storm the other night and some of the stone has fallen.
I started to place the stone back in it’s place, but wanted to show
you how the stone is stacked around the planter. Clever!
Just as we would create various levels in a vignette for a more pleasing aesthetic.
Just love how the flower beds are contained by pretty shale type stones.
Flagstone used for a pretty meandering path.
Pam created this garden all on her own…..the design, the labor of the plantings.
She did hire someone though, to install the bamboo fence.
Sky Pencil Holly trees line the front of the fence.
Solar lights placed on each fence post. Looks so pretty at night.
This is the view of the garden from the screened porch just outside my mom’s bedroom.
We will be working on this porch area this week. It’s a wonderful space
complete with a fireplace!
My mom and I have been running the roads since I arrived. Doctor’s appointment,
and shopping….to include shopping at her favorite Japanese food store.
This is the view that we pass every day in the neighborhood.
My brother’s boat is docked at the marina on the lake.
Too bad I do not have a clue on how to drive it … and I am sure my brother
is happy that I don’t know too!
This is another beautiful piece of history that is on our way home.
A very old and charming covered bridge.
I leave you today with a photo of my mom in her garden that Pam created for her.
She loves to walk around in it and makes sure that the pebbles are always
cleared off the flagstone path.
While my brother and sister-in-law are away, I am enjoying spending time
with my mom … a very young 92 year old!
I am sure that the next time I visit, the garden will be even prettier!
Have a most beautiful day and if my mom would greet you this morning,
she would say “ohayou gozaimasu!”
Note: I forgot my camera in my haste of packing … Glad I did not forget my phone,
as all photos for the next week will be taken by my iPhone!