2013 North Peace Garden Tour 3 of 8 : )

Next up were the expansive hilltop gardens of Ellen and Glenn Fox. Ellen is one of those beautiful people who are born with a green thumb, a warm personality and is more than willing to share her knowledge. I got so caught up visiting with Ellen and looking at the plants I didn’t take near enough pictures and the ones I did take probably don’t do her garden justice. They capture lots of beauty spots, but not the scope of her huge space.

An old sewing machine makes a seamless transition into a garden bed.

An old sewing machine makes a seamless transition into a garden bed.

Ellen's wraparound deck has more plants on it than most people's entire gardens! Herbs and flowers thrive on the sunny side.

Ellen’s wraparound deck has more plants on it than most people’s entire gardens! Herbs and flowers thrive on the sunny side.

On the shady side baskets brim over with begonias.

On the shady side of the house baskets brim over with begonias.

More displays on deck!

More displays on deck!

Nasturtiums, marigolds and calendulas look fabulous together.

Nasturtiums, marigolds and calendulas look fabulous together.

A huge mock orange fills the space by the stairs while pots of plants dangle overhead.

These red shamrocks are prolific self seeders. Ellen uses this to the garden's advantage even popping them into containers for colorful displays.

These red shamrocks are prolific self seeders. Ellen uses this to the garden’s advantage even popping them into containers for colorful displays.

More lucky red shamrocks!

More lucky red shamrocks!

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When adding colour to your garden think beyond blooms; this yellow grass adds a vibrant splash of colour all season long.

When adding colour to your garden think beyond blooms; colorful grasses and vines add beauty to the garden all season long.

Now THAT’S a garden bed!

Linda Greene of The Greenehouse in Farmington is always a popular vendor on the garden tours; here she is set up in Ellen and Glenn’s yard.

The garden cat checks out some garden art...

The garden cat inspects a clematis seed head…

Ellen has a huge family with lots of gifted grandchildren who are responsible for these paintings in the lower part of the yard.

Ellen has a huge family with lots of gifted grandchildren who are responsible for these paintings in the lower part of the yard.

I'm guessing a horse loving grandchild did this one...

I’m guessing a horse loving grandchild did this one…

And it looks like there might be a budding gardener in the bunch as well!

And it looks like there might be a budding gardener in the bunch as well!

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