May 15, 2012

Fine Gardening

Recently my uncle-in-law’s garden was featured in Fine Gardening.  I thought for Wordless Wednesday this week, I would show off some pictures of his prized gardens.  Everyone in that generation of our family seems to have inherited this super gardening gene but somehow, the green thumb gene has decided to skip a generation.  Hubby and I can’t seem to keep our garden growing (except for weeds), but we have clearly done our duty and passed on this very important gene to our toddlers.  They clearly have inherited the family gift of gardening.  They seem eager and excited to plant, water and watch plants grow.  It has been interesting and exciting to watch our kiddies share this passion for growing things with our extended family and we look forward to seeing this skill develop as our children grow.

Does the green thumb gene run in your family?  Did you happen to inherit that gene?  Leave a comment below and let us know.


  1. Your Uncle in law’s garden is outstanding, I love these pictures! We aren’t much of gardeners in my family but, post like these sure are inspiring.


  2. How gorgeous are these pictures! I hope he lets you sit a spell in this enchanted area. I am jealous, I live in the southwest so these views are very rare. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

  3. Lavender Cottage says:

    Your UIL’s garden is very nice, no wonder it was featured.
    I had to develop my own green thumb through horticultural education and garden clubs. It didn’t come naturally but I enjoy gardening.

  4. It’s a beautiful garden, he obviously spends plenty of time nurturing it. I love the chair in the garden too. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. I appreciate your bloggy friendship xo

  5. Hi,
    what a wonderful garden. Such a big datura plant, WOW !!!
    I have the gardening gene from my mother. She is always pottering around the garden too ; )
    Have a great day.

  6. Loving the datura! I want to try that sometime.

    Beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays! 🙂

  7. would love to have your sweet and charming garden join the linky party over here at Fishtail Cottage! i really hope to see you….so much beauty in your garden! xoxo, tracie

  8. Wonderful and colorful, creative photos ~ thanks for commenting on my blog ~ namaste, ^_^ and glad you like my sweet doggie ^_^

  9. Your uncle-in-law certainly has a wonderful garden. I can see why the magazine wanted to feature him. 🙂 I grew up on a farm, and my next-door-paternal-grandfather had an extensive veggie garden & u-pic that I helped plant and tend to every year. He passed the green thumb on to me for sure – bless his heart. My grandmother had beautiful flower beds, and my mother has plants all over her house (it looks like a jungle – no kidding!) My daughter and I have planted a few ‘pots’ on our condo’s balcony this year, and after just 7 days everything is spouting! I’m glad that she is excited about gardening and that the green-thumb doesn’t seem to have skipped a generation this time 🙂

    • Wow Nancy, you amaze me! I feel like I’m always learning new and exciting things about you. Can’t wait to see your garden when I come to your meet up! 🙂

  10. GORGEOUS GARDEN!!!! Yes I have gardening coarsing through my veins! I live to garden:) Stop by and see whats been bloomin in my gardens:)

  11. Quite an impressive garden!

  12. Such beautiful photos! I wish I had the talent to grow such beautiful things in my yard. I’ll just have to enjoy your pics instead 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by Theresa’s Mixed Nuts 🙂 New G+ Follower!

  13. Awesome photos! Love the birdhouse.
    Found you through the WW hop, following you 🙂

    • I’m now following you too. Megan, I just noticed that you’re going to BlogHer, that’s awesome! I’m crossing my fingers to be able to go next year.

  14. Love your photos….makes me want to walk in the sunshine.

  15. Wow- impressive. I love the look of a chair in a garden.

    Have a great rest of your week!

  16. Simply beautiful, waking up to a garden like that changes your whole day. At least for me.

    • For sure, and the great thing about Uncle John and Aunt Gail, is that they’re retired so they can truly enjoy their garden throughout the day!

  17. Wow, his gardens are beautiful!! Glad to hear your toddlers inherited the genes, even if you and your hubby only grow weeds hehehe 😉

  18. wow!!! you got it going on!! beautiful!

  19. Wow, this is beautiful! I don’t know anything about gardening, but every house plant I get dies 🙁 Somehow I don’t think I would be a successful gardener!

    • Don’t give up just yet Christy Ann. If I could manage to keep a chicks and hen garden going for two years you can too. It helped that I called it a rock garden that was accessorized with chicks and hens! 🙂

  20. What amazing pictures. I have the opposite of a green thumb…I am so bad with plants. I had one in my office (that I killed) and I kept it dead there for about a year….because I was too lazy to deal with the dirt & the pot

    • Lol Hilary, that sounds quite similar to me. Apparently, it’s impossible to kill a spider plant – at least that’s what someone told me, yet I managed to do just that!

  21. I absolutely love those trumpets, I had one potted for a while, it was incredibly beautiful.

  22. I did not inherit the gene, but I am slowly learning. Happy WW!

    • Some of us just don’t have that particular gift but it’s good to know I’m not alone in my optimism that someday I’ll manage to learn!

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