Debbie’s Garden

Photos and Commentary by Waitsel Smith

Debbie's oriental garden with striking red bridge.

My sister Debbie has a wonderful oriental garden in Blackstone, Virginia. It’s full of delightful surprises. The centerpiece is this striking red bridge.

This stone, shaped like a stylized head, is just one of many Japanese-inspired objects.

This stone, shaped like a stylized head, is just one of many Japanese-inspired objects.

"Luxuriously lush" may be a little strong, but I don't think so. Notice all the touches of red.

“Luxuriously lush” may be a little strong, but I don’t think so. Notice all the touches of red.

A little fish pond is nestled next to the bridge. It's surrounded by interesting plants and creatures, including a frog that spouts water.

A little fish pond is nestled next to the bridge. It’s surrounded by interesting plants and creatures, including a frog that spouts water. When the pond is lit, it’s especially pretty.

This is a neat little display, placed on the side of the tool shed behind the garage. The clay sign reads, "Hoe Like Nobody Is Watching."

This is a neat little display, placed on the side of the tool shed behind the garage. The clay sign reads, “Hoe Like Nobody Is Watching.” Evidently, women don’t consider hoeing to be an attractive activity. 🙂

Debbie had part of the tool shed painted with a vine motif, and added this ceramic representation of one of the four winds from classical mythology.

Debbie had part of the tool shed painted with a vine motif, and added this ceramic representation of one of the four winds from classical mythology.

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