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Apr 9, 2014 9:41 PM CST
|Hi Pril, I just had to comment on how inviting and interesting this photo is. I would love so much to walk around this yard. That is just amazing how all of the plants have “tags” over them so I can hover over them and see the name of each one. Thank you so much for this post
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
Apr 10, 2014 6:02 AM CST
|Beautiful Garden! What do you raise in the fenced in area behind the nepeta?|
Apr 10, 2014 6:55 AM CST
|Thanks for the lovely comments, Toni and Catherine.
Toni - all multi plant photos have boxes and tags for identification. Dave did a nifty job with that idea!
Catherine - for 20 years the fenced in area was our vegetable garden until the four 2012 heat waves and repeated crow attacks ended Jack's (my DH) joy of growing our own vegetables. He gave it to me and I had the path lifted and redesigned. Last year was the first year I had the fun of gardening without fear of the deer eating my plants. In December I had all the old post and rail fencing removed and new deer fencing installed.
Jack, hard at work planting the tomatoes. You can spot three of the six compost bins Jack made.
This was the "tomato room" - copper, covered with mesh (complete with a bird mesh door), to keep the crows out. A winter blizzard bent all the copper and that was the end of the tomato room
He grew up to 3,000 plants annually, in the basement, under lights.
Here's how it looked last year, filled with dahlias, coleuses, some Limelight hydrangeas, Louisiana irises, clematises and a Paperbark maple - a gift from a wonderful friend who moved:
I did plant several red pepper plants in front of this dahlia, Jamaica (a gift from a dahlia buddy). There were also shallots, onions, and lettuce (as edging).
There are also 29 other gardens, from small to large, that I take care of here. Without mulch I'd be lost!
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