Garden Photos forum: Foraygardengirl - problem solving becomes an obsession

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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Jun 23, 2014 12:52 PM CST
I did virtually no gardening until 2007. I had an area along my alley that was nothing but buckthorn and Japanese knotweed. I finally decided to clear it out. With the help of a neighbor who had a chain saw, I cleared the brush - filled my boulevard 6 feet high three times over. Then I realized I had a lovely view of all the neighborhood trash cans, so I decided to plant some perennials there to hopefully block that view. I had no idea what I was taking on - not until later did I realize I was planting under black walnuts, under a huge double- trunked cedar tree, and in everything from full sun to deep shade. With a good measure of sheer luck, most of it worked, and I was hooked. I have revised parts of it over time to deal with changing sun/shade conditions, among other things. This was the first of my three major projects - stay tuned for the other two after this one. Here goes - from the tear out to how it looks today. Please excuse the older photos - my photography has improved over time along with my gardens.

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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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Name: Veronica
zone 5b
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indygardengal
Jun 26, 2014 4:21 AM CST
Great beginnings. Now onto the next chapter!!!
My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Jun 26, 2014 6:10 AM CST
Thanks Veronica. There have been many chapters since I started this garden. I would say it was literally life-changing, and I have loved every minute of it!
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Jul 6, 2014 4:07 PM CST
I love to see these kind of transformation photos. I have been going through and organizing old pics of mine. This looks beautiful!
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
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foraygardengirl
Jul 6, 2014 4:43 PM CST
Thanks Geof!
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jul 6, 2014 4:56 PM CST
I agree I agree I agree
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: chuck k
S.W. PA. (Zone 6b)
Plants are as good as Dr's therapy!
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kingconeflower
Aug 3, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Wowwwwwww!!!!......What changes.....So glad you really got into the "gardening groove!"......Absolutely great pics!!!!......Chuck
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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
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foraygardengirl
Aug 3, 2014 12:45 PM CST
Thanks Chuck!
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Karen
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
typwc
Aug 4, 2014 8:40 AM CST
Incredible transformation! It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
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foraygardengirl
Aug 4, 2014 11:36 AM CST
Thanks, Karen!
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Aug 4, 2014 1:40 PM CST
Words fail me! Fantastic job, well planned and executed. I'm applauding you!
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
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foraygardengirl
Aug 4, 2014 2:26 PM CST
Thanks Arlene. It beats being the eyesore of the neighborhood!
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Aug 4, 2014 2:56 PM CST
It's so much more than a remarkable difference. You must be thrilled and so must your neighbors.
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
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foraygardengirl
Aug 4, 2014 4:13 PM CST
Arlene, thanks so much for your very kind remarks. this particular project started me on my gardening binge, or perhaps I should say major lifestyle change. It may now be bordering on an illness.... Rolling my eyes. At any rate, I was very happy that anything grew other than buckthorn and knotweed, as were my neighbors. Funny how things go however...we now have a new neighbor who took my place as the do-nothing-and-let-all-manner-of-weeds-grow homeowner so now everyone has something to complain about again nodding nodding nodding
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
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
Aug 4, 2014 4:21 PM CST
Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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