September 28, 2021

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From Mud to Garden (and Golf Hole!)

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Today we’re in Raleigh, North Carolina, visiting with John Matthews.

I have put together an entire deck on the garden, going from muddy grass to what it is today. There is even an 85-yard golf hole on the property that I have built in the last few years.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIt’s hard to imagine this was muddy grass before. Now it’s a lovely sitting area surrounded by a beautiful garden.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA feline garden companion relaxes in a chair, with a view behind it of an unusual garden feature: a golf hole.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis view of the garden from above shows that there are lots of places to sit, visit with friends, and enjoy the space.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWater is a wonderful feature in any garden, and the water here is heartily endorsed by this garden resident.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe garden stream flowing through the garden passes next to a planting of black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThoughtfully placed garden lighting can really make a garden shine as the sun goes down. Here it highlights a clump of yellow flag irises (Iris pseudoacorus, Zones 5–9).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsRepeated plantings of black-eyed Susans tie the garden together with pops of yellow flowers.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsLooking up at the house from the garden.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIn fall, the surrounding trees steal the scene as they put on their autumnal colors.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA last look at this beautiful garden, with the stream running along the side of the path.

For more of John’s garden, check out his instagram: @mattiesgardens

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