Private Edens and Garden Bits & Pieces

Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens by Jack Staub

I’m joining The Novel Bakers for Garden Week!

You’re invited to pull on your gardening gloves and dig in with some virtual gardening as we share books, tour gardens, set tables, and enjoy some garden-inspired projects & recipes this week!

NB Garden Week

Our third book to share this week~

Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens:

Wander through twenty-one superb private country gardens in Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, each with a unique story to tell.

From a romantic garden that pays homage to the best of English garden vernacular to a historic farmstead to a splendid Maryland-meets-Himalayas Eden of transcendent serenity, these garden paradises are inspirational on their own terms and together offer up the breadth and depth of what we can all achieve with a little respect for nature and a bit of imagination.

Inspired plant palettes and combinations, dazzling views, ingenious water features, splendid outbuildings, artistically crafted fences and gates, and exceptional garden structures and appointments all draw us into these heavenly landscapes and, ultimately and emotionally, into the countryside of our longing.

Private Edens Beautiful Country Gardens

Just a few notes:

 Most gardens featured in Private Edens are shade gardens and heavily wooded but you’ll be green with envy with the lush foliage, shady nooks, and pastoral settings.

I prefer not to be negative especially when it comes to such a beautiful book, so you might want to read the other reviews on Amazon before purchasing. I bought it strictly for the photos and was not disappointed.

The author’s garden is included in the book (Hortulus Farm Garden and Nursery) in the American Story Chapter but not identified as his.


I’m sharing some garden bits & pieces,

along with some spring blooms and pots

 around the Potting Shed. . .


Which is more of a Garden of Weedin’

than Private Eden. . .





Japanese Maples







A broken teacup with blooms

is serving as a pot filler & accent

until the flowers fill in . . .





Along with a favorite broken Pormeirion Botanic Garden plate  that I decided to salvage and plant among stock, creeping Jenny and salvia.





My letter M is from an old sign and

 usually shares space on my bench with blooms,

 greenery, or pumpkins. . .


I flipped it over and

planted it with succulents. . .








Wishing you happy hours in your

 Garden of Weedin’ or Private Eden :)

Visit Jain and Michael Lee

for Garden Week:

 a quiet life

Rattlebridge Farm

Spring Planting and Potting Inspiration  Home is Where the Boat Is

Thank you for your visit, also sharing at:

Metamorphosis Monday,

The Scoop, Inspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us WednesdaysHome Sweet Home

Feathered Nest Friday

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  15 comments for “Private Edens and Garden Bits & Pieces

  1. May 31, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Good morning , Mary! You have inspired me pot some plants and flowers in some of my empty pots. Nothing like a beautiful garden to give color to your yard.

  2. May 31, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Such a wonderful garden! Know that this reader will NEVER tire of seeing photos of your gardens, your shed, and all the little things you do in sprucing it up! Have a great weekend!

  3. May 31, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I always enjoy seeing your pretty outdoor setting, Mary, and seeing what’s. new with your potting shed. I love the brokend teacup and plate as accents in your pots of flowers. You don’t waste a beautiful thing! Have a happy weekend with your hubby and Chloe and Gracie. xo

  4. May 31, 2014 at 8:16 am

    oh what a way to start my morning, FILLED WITH SMILES! every pic was a treat for my eyes, i could live in a garden forever, and through you lens all things are possible. i love your shots of the play house too, you can see how you have all sides for sharing, and i love how you can see through to the lake, its all just wonderful! seeing and reading of everyone’s personal eden this morning has been such a treat to my soul and eyes! off to snitch all you pics now…

  5. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    May 31, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Lovin’ your ‘M’ Mary, that looks cool! I also like how, while the plate might be broken, it’s still the perfect placement for the bee:@)

  6. Sybil phillips
    May 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Thank you for all of your inspiration. I have been asked to put my garden on a local event in 2015. Have so much to do but your ideas will keep me on track.

  7. franki
    May 31, 2014 at 11:27 am

    VISUAL TREAT!! franki

  8. May 31, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Garden of Weedin’ or Private Eden. I love it!

  9. May 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Beautiful, Mary! I love all of the succulents in your letter! Your potting shed is just eye candy for the soul!

  10. Rattlebridge Farm
    May 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Beauty and creativity are in full bloom at your place, Mary. From the welcoming quote on your chalkboard to the garden art, I just got lost in the wonder of it all. I discovered new tidbits about your wonderful potting shed–didn’t know the chalkboard door opened to a sweeping view of the lake. Your shed looks like a place that is just beyond the veil of real life, a storybook creation that feeds the soul. I love what you have created. xx

  11. May 31, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    You have created your own private Eden.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  12. June 1, 2014 at 6:57 am

    As much as I enjoyed a look inside the Private Edens on Amazon, I do prefer your jardin, your “garden of weedin'” and your fairy tale potting shed full of treasures for the eye to find~ it is always hard to pick a favorite element in the array of brilliant and whimsical touches you add to any scene, but I think my favorite is the blue mason jars hanging from the old rake. I always leave your posts smiling Mary, everything is truly delightful :)

  13. Cheryl
    June 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Mary, Your potting she’d is really coming along in its new location. You do such a great job. What a surprise to see the lake when both doors are open. I’d thought you lost that view in the move.

  14. June 3, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Breathtaking, just breathtaking…The area around the garden shed is looking magnificent Mary…and what a view you have from the garden shed…I love how you planted the succulents in the “M”

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