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Japanese maple underplanted with peonies, Knockout rose, sundrops, Geranium pratense, Rozanne geranium, pussy willow, oriental lilies, hostas, and hellebores.  This area is also full of spring bulbs.

Photos are from Eddi Reid in Columbus, Ohio. Eddi says, "We live on 11 acres of clay. Seven acres are pasture and grass with one acre being a pond and the remainder house and garden. Although gardening had always been an interest there was not much time to indulge it as a passion until retirement and an empty nest - sort of! Now my garden is a retreat and a place of joy and peace where I can "potter" (husband's description for all I do) to my heart's content. My husband does all the manly work and we have some help with tasks we cannot quite manage ourselves. Between us all we manage to keep things sort of "tidy-ish"." Sort of tidyish....I think that describes my garden on a GOOD day!

 

Eddis have i Ohio

Snowball viburnum that I grew from a pinned down branch.

 

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Yellow flag irises beside the pond, backed by cattails.

 

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The lily garden. The lavender in the foreground was almost wiped out this past winter.

 

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Tiger lily

 

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A cup plant - about 7 feet tall.    The junction of leaves and stem holds dew or rain from which finches drink.  The flowers are pollinator magnets.

 

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View through from driveway

 

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Wildflower strip--gaillardia, coneflower, goldenrod, Queen Anne's lace, sweet William dianthus, and many others in a spring to autumn progression.  We had honeybees nesting between basement wall due to the amount of goldenrod. That's another tale!

 

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Another wildflower area.  Blue lobelia and teazle.

 

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This is Stephen's Garden, planted in honour of our son who passed away in 2008. Every tree and plant here is chosen by family and friends. The beautiful horse chestnut was given by my garden club, especially as a reminder of a grove of ancient trees in England where Stephen and his older brother loved to walk. The small sugar maple is a seedling from his sister's garden.  The area is underplanted with hundreds of narcissus. There are also wood hyacinth, crocus, allium, and  various other deer proof items.

 

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Stephen's Garden.  Peonies, yellow baptisia, etc.  The tree is a ramshorn willow.  This garden is bordered by wildflowers along the edge of the pond.

 

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Redtwig dogwood, various hostas, crabapple, pink dogwood, vinca, and sweet woodruff, with lily of the valley, Solomon's seal, and violets. The logs are courtesy of the Emerald Ash Borer!

 

Eddis have i Ohio

Japanese maple, crabapple, hostas, hellebores, heucheras, agastache, brunnera, pulmonaria, and 'Golden Basket' sedum, which is used in various areas as ground cover.  There are also ferns and daffodils earlier in spring.

 

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Japanese maple

 

Photos are from Eddi Reid in Columbus, Ohio, who says, "I am sharing two sets of photos - one outside set and another of the inside winter garden. The beauty of the snow in early winter highlights the structure of plants, trees, and hardscape. While the snow and frigid temperatures reign outside, inside our front entry all is warm and plant-filled. This is where we can still bask in sunshine whilst watching birds both inside and out." Eddi, judging from your winter scenes, you need to send us more photos this summer! Wonderful structure, and I can just imagine inhaling the planty goodness in your entryway. Smells like spring!

 

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Gate through to "Stephen's Grove," a garden of memories. The gate is guarded by two large ornamental pear trees planted in 2000 as a wedding gift to our daughter and husband from a close friend.  They chose to be married, in (her words), "the most beautiful place in the world!" Alberta spruce and snowball viburnum stand just before the gate with an ash tree to the right. Honeysuckle and wisteria cover the fence.

 

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Spruce, ash, and Japanese maple by the side gate

 

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Huge locust overhanging my favorite bench, with wild locust and red oak backed by Norwegian spruce. This was a decrepit tree, so badly damaged that I asked my husband to cut it down then I nurtured one small shoot until we have this beautiful tree.  1984 - now.

 

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Amelanchier leans down to embrace a fountain and mingle with the branches of spice bush.

 

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Begonia - unknown type

 

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Coleus and pink geranium

 

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Geranium and bougainvillea


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Lilies,succulents, geraniums, and planters full of sprouting amaryllis - last year we had more than twenty blooms - they were glorious.

 

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Norfolk Island pine with grey Dusty Miller and more geraniums, plus a very large begonia (again an unknown type - a gift.   The cage contains three parakeets.



 

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