Friday, October 9, 2015

31 Days of Garden Tours - Day 9

This garden is at the home of Kim Raney of Merritt Island, Florida, who is known as the Ace Garden Girl. She is the garden consultant for Merritt Island Ace Hardware, and is like a walking encyclopedia for gardening and ponds.   

I was fascinated by the passion flowers , especially the red one above. Here's another one.  It climbs around the swing near one of Kim's ponds.  It is a lovely and cool, shady spot to sit a spell.  You need it when you visit this garden.

Kim's place is several acres, with many different "garden rooms", each with a different theme.  She's been working on this beautiful acreage since 1978.  She does this labor of love in addition to working with Ace Hardware's garden department.  She loves gardening and loves to share information with visitors.

I love this bit of whimsy in the natural pond.  Could it be Nessie, the Loch Ness monster on vacation here in Florida? 

In addition to this pond, Kim has a 3,000 sq. ft. enclosed koi garden.  It includes a 20,000 gallon koi pond surrounded by smaller ponds, with a beautiful collection of plants and pottery.  There is also a 5,000 gallon "hippo" pond filled with water lilies. 

I love how Kim puts color groupings together, like this one near the natural pond, with shades of purple and blue.

These are purple passion flowers.  She also had some white ones, but I guess I didn't take picture of those. The purple is common here in our area, and grows wild.  The plant is medicinal, and the fruit is edible.

Here are some pretty red groupings.

As we meandered through the beauty, we discovered Kim's donkey.  My grandson loved this.

Gardenias are one of my favorites, and the aroma was heavenly.

More beauty.

My next post will be about a garden with a wide variety of fruit trees and a huge pond, so be sure to come back by tomorrow.

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.

 Blessings to you, Gail-Friends! 

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