Thursday, October 8, 2015

31 Days of Garden Tours - Day 8

The next garden is Kim Raney's on Merritt Island.  I don't know how this woman finds the time to garden because she works full time for Ace Hardware as their garden/pond consultant in addition to working part time at a pet store.  The gardens cover about six acres, and has been a work in progress over the past thirty-five years. 

Kim's home is a lovely stone cottage surrounded by oaks trees.

Beside the house, approaching the gardens....
The back porch looks out over a beautiful natural pond, filled with fish .
This garden is done in shades of purple

Can you see the ceramic peacock among the ferns?

This swing is covered by a "red" passion flower.  I'd never seen that color before.  The white and purple plant grows wild in our area. 

This the cottage garden.  The archway is covered by Confederate jasmine, in full bloom, and smelling heavenly!
More of the cottage garden.  This was my favorite garden of all.
I love this combination of pink and blue
Isn't it lovely to turn a corner and see French doors leading you to another garden?
Kim uses so many elements in her garden spaces.  I love the bird cage.
One of the many places to stop, rest and enjoy the beauty of G-d's creation.  You won't believe what is behind that seating area....
Meet Kim's donkey!  A very friendly pet!
Do you see the "face" on the tree?
Another garden room to enjoy the entertainment provided by the birds ad butterflies.
The entrance to this area is covered by an archway with this unusual plant.  Kim told us it is called Dutchman's Purse.  Very interesting - feels like velvet, but filled with air.
There was much more to Kim's garden, but sadly, my camera battery gave out.  We went on to see an amazing  3,000 sq. ft. enclosed koi pond filled with beautiful orchids, tropical plants and pottery.  There was a very nice shaded seating area, where we rested and enjoyed the koi, that were about a foot long. 

Next was the 5,000 gallon "hippo" pond filled with water lillies and statues of hippos frolicking in the water.

Kim has a beautiful pool with a Hawaiian lanai for parties, surrounded by a tropical garden with small ponds, and paths that lead through bamboo and flowering tropical plants.  

We missed the vegetable gardens because the rains came.  I am sure it is as outstanding and awe-inspiring as the rest of the gardens.  

It was very educational to see the types of plants and flowers that will thrive in this Florida climate.  

This is a partial re-post from 2014.  I hope you don't mind, as I'm going to have to take a short break from posting.  The posts for 10/8 through 10/13 will be previous postings, but you don't want to miss them, so be sure to stop by every day. I'll be posting my most recent pond tour visits beginning October 14.

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