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How Does Your Garden Grow?

By TBGDN
May 15, 2014

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells and pretty maids all in a row. (All smiling, of course.) This old nursery rhyme leads us to believe there was an orderly garden decked out in flowers and pretty maidens lined up in a row! But, read on for a different train of thought.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
May 15, 2014 4:39 AM CST
Oh how I envy your garden! It reminds me of growing up on the farm. Of course, I hated all the work back then, but it would be a labor of joy now.

Looks like you've got a well-designed plan and it looks great. Happy harvesting!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Native Plants and Wildflowers Peonies Hummingbirder Dog Lover Lilies
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TBGDN
May 15, 2014 6:28 AM CST
Thank you Vickie,
As a kid on the farm we always had to pull weeds & work in the gardens and fields. I hated it back then too, but now I can't seem to stop. We've had so much rain this week that I can't get back outside and I feel like I am trapped inside. Our irises and lilacs are blooming in the rain and it's impossible to take pictures.
Again, thanks.
Lux Umbra Dei
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
May 15, 2014 6:53 AM CST
Leon, wonderful article! Living in AR and FL I miss the lilacs and their fragrance, however, we do have gardenias! As one who has had family members in the military since the Revolutionary War, I thank you for your service.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Native Plants and Wildflowers Peonies Hummingbirder Dog Lover Lilies
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TBGDN
May 15, 2014 7:55 AM CST
Thank you Jean. I feel strongly about our military men and women and their need for our support. They keep this country safe, and are way underpaid (IMHO) In my honest opinion. Lilacs are in full bloom now, but it has been rainy here this week and we can't get out to enjoy them or take pictures. Again, thanks. Smiling
Lux Umbra Dei
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 15, 2014 10:05 AM CST
I agree I agree with Jean. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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DavidofDeLand
May 18, 2014 4:16 AM CST
Love those great looking gardens Leon! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.

Great planning and ideas...

Thanks for sharing! Smiling
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Native Plants and Wildflowers Peonies Hummingbirder Dog Lover Lilies
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TBGDN
May 18, 2014 7:26 AM CST
David,
Thank You!
Lux Umbra Dei

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