Garden Tours: Chelle: Thanks for the tour

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Garden Tours:  Chelle

By Sharon
April 8, 2012

This is a Garden Tour you'll long remember. Chelle has done marvelous things with her 10 acres in Indiana and she will show us both the before and after photos. We think you are going to love this tour! (Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge so you'll get the full picture!)

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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Jul 22, 2014 8:08 AM CST
Chelle:

What a wonderful labor of love you embarked upon those many years ago! Your hard work and efforts have paid off handsomely
and I am grateful for your sharing the progress with us. Lovely, lovely property.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 22, 2014 10:07 AM CST
Thanks, Angie! I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour. Big Grin

Things have changed again here since this article was written; we've recently lost all but one of our huge Ash trees to the Emerald Ash Borer. The remaining Ash was damaged as well, but we're trying to save it. I've started new hugelkulture sun gardens in those spaces, and they're coming along nicely.

This one decided to sprout a bunch of pretty annuals halfway through the process, so I decided to leave it be for the season.
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The one behind it (just an edge is showing under the wooden chair) is just now getting manure added to it to fill it up. It'll probably be ready for fall annuals this year, and then perhaps some heat tolerant annuals and perennials next year. That bed will be in all day sun and it's pretty far from the hose, so it'll be an experiment all the way. Smiling

We added a screened porch for shade where several Ash stumps were left, and it's become my haven from the sun. Big Grin The nearby raised beds designed with wood, plant clippings and manure are doing very well, even though they're packed to the gills with plants! Whistling
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I still miss the trees, but the extra sunshine is doing marvelous things for the sunny gardens.
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I may yet add a smaller ornamental tree or two to the now treeless area, but for now, I'm fairly content.

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Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Jul 23, 2014 10:11 AM CST
Well, I'd say those cleome picked a perfect spot to sprout and your sunny border looks gorgeous! I envy you your energy and
time. At 71 I'm slowing down, mainly due to a bad knee that's probably headed for surgery soon, but I'm hoping I'll rebound
and be almost as good as new once that's done.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying your property's new beauty. Sorry about the ash borers. I guess we'll always do battle with one
thing or another and that's part of the challenge of gardening.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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