Thirty years in the past I married an expert beekeeper, who put honey in 55-gallon barrels as an alternative of bears, and moved from Whigham, Georgia, to Cozad, Nebraska. From our phone courtship I knew that my husband was very pleased with his bluegrass garden, which I found misplaced in a sea of alfalfa on my one journey north earlier than we had been married. River rocks was his basis planting of alternative, and for a few years I assumed that is perhaps your best option in such chilly; nevertheless, in the future I used to be impressed to step off the again deck and push my shovel into the bluegrass. Finally my husband was encouraging me to cease killing all of it! Even so, he removed the sprinkler heads and supported me in each approach. After our youngsters had been grown I turned a Grasp Gardener and loved studying and volunteering a lot I’ve stored at it for twenty years. Now my backyard covers a number of of our Bee Blessed Acres.
My greatest failure was an tried reminiscence backyard for our daughter underneath our Scotch pine windbreak. The hungry deer and the dry shade completely defeated me. I’ve misplaced many smaller battles as effectively, however I simply love digging and planting, so in time I developed the sunny perennial backyard I had all the time dreamed of with my husband’s bluegrass for distinction contained in the split-rail fence. Much less upkeep and fewer water characterize the prairie-like plantings farther from our home. Shade dominates a part of our mature backyard, as some have accused me of making an attempt to re-create Georgia woodlands.
Now we’re promoting and transferring to Oklahoma. I hope to start a brand new backyard there as I find out about a brand new gardening zone and a brand new time of life at age 71.
Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones four–eight).
Shiny white Asiatic lilies (Lilium hybrid, Asiatic group, Zones four–eight).
Big white flower heads of easy hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones three–9).
One other Asiatic lily, this one exhibiting off its orange flowers on tall, elegant stems.
A sea of the nodding white flower heads of gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides, Zones three–eight).
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea, Zones three–eight), absolutely a lot appreciated by the bees!
What a spectacular backyard! Actually an improve from a plain bluegrass garden.
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