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Family: Wonderful partner, not only in gardening, but all areas of life. A daughter and granddaughter who also share my love of gardening and a grandson who shares my enthusiasm for life itself. Another daughter who shares my love of nursing. All of us enjoy travel,theater,learning on the web,emailing,reading,music and exercise - in that order for me. Two additional things at the top of my list of enjoyments are: lay ministry of all types and the creative artistic process via: oil, watercolor, acrylics, clay, decorative furniture painting, home decorating, glass fusion, mosaic, silver smithing, woodcut prints, crafts and, of course, gardening. One might notice the absence of cooking and cleaning. No thanks, I would rather create or garden.

Gardening together: Having learned to love gardening from my dad, as he helped me to grow my own flowers and harvest the vegetables in our large fun garden where each family member had their favorite plants, I was determined to pass on the passion. But alas, nobody seemed interested for years. But alas gardening was my passion alone for many years. Then a health crisis.the husband did the best he could, without any garden knowledge, to keep things alive - he did well. He had avoided gardening in the past, because his father tried to get him to assist in their huge vegetable garden. Now, I am glad to report, he has learned to enjoy flower gardening and even a little veggie gardening in a small rented plot.

I do not know how to post pictures, so will attempt to draw a word picture. I try to include contrast in color, texture, form, and season - spring gardens are blue and yellow. In the summer, deep rose, pink, fushia or red and coral plus white and purple are added. I add strong architectual statements with either large interesting plantings or hardscape. Flowering begins with the loud wake up call of the yellow forsythia, scilla and daffodils in early spring on through the stately tulips, daylilies and hostas, and ends with annuals, mums and sedum,which with its stiffness and dusty color always looks dead to me anyway.

Northern Border Garden:
daylilies, asiatic lilies, shasta daisies, peonies, phlox, Russian Sage, Blue flowering mound-I can't remember the name, rocket ligularia, delphinium, queen of the prarie and giant hosta - all proudly bearing their large blooms to be seen from the house. Shrubs and trees: forsythia, the wonderful curious square branched winged euonymous, billowing pink flowering almonds, a white angel nestled in the pyramidal arborvitae, Japonica wafting on the breeze and brilliant red maples in the autumn. Lily of the valley grow separately,in a difficult spot, for they do not behave.

Western Forest Glen Garden:
around and beyond the curving brick patio with a black bistro set - table hosts a terracotta basket filled with a variety of purple Johnny Jump Ups and coral impatiens. Here, we enjoy the wrens feeding their babies, song birds perching in the lush growth, feeding in the many feeders and splashing in the nostalgic handmade stone bird bath as we watch from our breakfast table.
Currents and ornamental crabapple grow here to winter feed and shelter our birds, likewise spruce,amur maple trees, fragrant hostas, feathery astilbes, brilliant impatiens, dependable blue browalia and Jacob's ladder, sweet bleeding hearts, a beautiful strawberry pot of green leafed pink wax begonias with vareigated vinca vine, stunning tuberous begonias in planter, and pretty lavendar Mexican heather; amur maple, hydrangea, dogwood, delicate peasrhubs and knock 'em dead golden mockorange for a large color change and magnificent fragrance throughout that whole garden and into the house.

Western trial garden:
MN Mockorange-after years - minimal blooms - may remove, Anthony Waterer Spirea - beautiful fuzzy magenta, mallow, shasta daisies, cleome, angel's trumpet and a gull statue looking ready to take off over the slope at garden's edge.

Stone terrace gardens:
hosta, statue rising above the peonies, daylilies, shasta daisies, yarrow, creeping sedum and phlox.

Family Patio Gardens:
The beautiful, but push monarda, showy worts, hardy geranium, yarrow, daylilies, elegant veronicas, Joe pye, flashy orange Maltese cross, Siberian iris, and even more delicate bearded iris, lilies to please the senses, balloon flowers,a dainty white weed I love and nourish and a cobalt bird bath are found here.
Patio Cobalt blue container gardens:
Multiple herbs, tomatoes, marigolds, nasturtiums, dragon wing begonia, petunias, New Guinea impatiens, wax begonias, mini bell petunias, Johnny jump ups, licorice, upright fushias, verbenas, black eyed susan vines, lobelia,dianthus, geraniums, springerae, Swedish ivy, anthirium, jasmine, stephonatus and osteospernum climb,stand and spill out of the containers.

About the cobalt blue containers - after spending lots of $ on many of them of all sizes and shapes, I find them along with white urns a bit wearing and prefer the soft grays or terracottas for my blooms. You may see me out there with my paints some year soon.

Eastern Morning Garden:
New Guinea Impations,Sweet Alyssum, cheery buttercups, tough honeysuckle vine, penstemon, rhubarb, striking anfd sticking globe thistle, hosta, impatiens, a small clematis collection, lilies, tulips, large winged euonymous, astilbe, coral bells, sterile lythrum blowing gently in the breeze, lilacsfill the air, ornamental crabapple, large wooden bird feeder to view from office and a white bird bath and secondary feeders

Welcome Gardens:
A pure white rose tree, of course, light post and sun dial, fragrant lilies, sunny daffodils, tulips, a petite grape hyacinth border, red husker penstemon, bearded iris, Siberian iris, sedum, veronica, liatris, coneflowers, balloon flowers demanding attention, sage, salvia, geranium, mums, impatiens, hosta, peonies, bleeding hearts, clematis, astilbe, dark leaved coralbells, stately delphinium, billowy babies breath, winged euonymous, yews and arborvitae. Containers of several forms of geraniums, petunias, black eyed Susan, verbena, fragrant heliotrope, impatiens, mimi asters, bacopa, licorice, lime potato vines and who knows what else lives there.

My apologies for not using the Latin names, but long ago most have been lost. I have convinced myself that it is better to focus on the plant and flower than to focus on having my garden look like I am growing the manmade tags. I do admit though, that I wish I had thought to paint or engrave the plants names on stones for a more natural longer lasting identification.

Amusing Thoughts - Critters In The Garden:
Have you ever seen a bunny kick and scream at being put back in its nest so you could mow?
Have you seen a squirrel find a nut? The talk of the family.
Have you ever seen a tiny bunny and chippy run out of a wood pile, turn, surprise each other, startle, jump straight up simultaneously and run back in the wood pile? It was so cute.
Have you ever seen a mother robin with an earthworm so long that both ends drag the ground? Have you seen her try over and over to convince her big baby that it should eat the grotesque thing by hopping toward her baby and trying to put it in his mouth, only to see the baby trying to avoid it by hopping backwards across the stone terracing?
Have you ever seen a baby chippy try to run and navigate the top of a stone wall only to drop his hindend down in the cracks and have to scramble up again and again?
Have you ever seen your wife "birdseyed" by a big bird flying overhead?
Have you ever seen your hubby sit on a bumblebee?
It is a good thing we can laugh at ourselves too.

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My favorite forum 1 is Cottage Garden.

My favorite forum 2 is Container Gardening.

First registered on July 16, 2004 .