Kathleen Rane’s enchanting garden is truly a place to relax, meditate, and bask in the overwhelming splendor of God’s creation. The Ranes moved into their home around ten years ago, and Kathleen has truly created nothing short of her own Eden! At every twist and turn of the garden paths, there is an idyllic scene to behold! From cascading vines and roses to colorful annuals and perennials, her love and expertise for gardening are apparent. The hydrangeas blooming in her garden are absolutely magical this time of year. I think I may have found a gardener friend who loves this flowering shrub quite possibly more than I do! Nestled in a shady woodland backyard these heavenly hydrangeas adorn beautiful pots, dominate flower beds, and form backdrops for her lovely garden statuary and waterfall. Some of the varieties that are found thriving in her garden include Endless Summer, Big Daddy, Bridal Veil, Lacecaps and Oak Leaf. A climbing hydrangea has even started its ascent on a garden shed. The Rane garden has just the optimal amount of sunny and shady spots to ensure that their prized hydrangeas are lovely and robust. However, Kathleen does fertilize a couple of times per month with a liquid fertilizer such as MiracleGro and adds a granular fertilizer to them at the beginning of the season.
This spectacular antique iron flower planter, always filled with seasonal fresh greenery and flowers, welcomes guests to the side entrance of their home. Kathleen added smilax and garden hydrangeas that will continue to dry beautifully in the arrangement over the summer season.
This quaint garden angel, with her fractured wing, beckons visitors and makes the area even more charming …
Another gorgeous view in the front garden…
These two massive Endless Summer hydrangeas are show stoppers, to put it mildly! Having thrived on the deck for the past few years, they will be transplanted to the garden after the season’s end to be enjoyed for many more years to come.
Another lovely garden vignette on the deck ….
The beauty of the hydrangeas is indescribable…
The garden’s capstone is the bronze sculpture overlooking a trickling waterfall into a stone lined pond.
These lovely plants known as Cashmere plants mix and mingle beautifully with the hydrangeas…
More inviting garden spaces are shown below…..
In addition to her gardening skills, Kathleen is quite artistic. The tree house, a favorite play area for her grandchildren, has its own porch area complete with adirondack furniture that she painted with large, vibrant flowers. A glass topped table was also transformed with a painted sunflower.
The selection of colorful gazing balls adds a little whimsy to her garden..
This is one of my favorites: a hydrangea nestled in a pot with cascading creeping jenny…
Whether hosting her church’s annual picnic, a study club or garden club party (https://beautifulgardener.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/downton-abbey-garden-club-celebration/), or volunteering tirelessly for our local botanical garden, many people are blessed by Kathleen’s abundance of gardening gifts. Her husband, Greg, is also instrumental in helping maintain their welcoming garden.
I think this quote by landscape designer Judith Irven is very applicable to Kathleen’s artistic and constantly evolving garden:
“Gardens are works of art. They are like making pictures on the ground.”
Thanks for letting us take a peak behind your garden gate!