I’m gonna miss my gardens

Since we moved into 20 Gaye Ln in 1997, we have spent coutless hours fixing up the yard.  Dan was the chief stone wall builder and I was the gardener. 

Here she is when we moved in 1007 - complete with gigantic dish

Here she is when we moved in 1007 – complete with gigantic dish

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Coral Bells from Anita

Coral Bells from Anita

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Alium

Alium

Wigela also from Anita

Wigela also from Anita

I am a frugal gardener.  Most plants are hand-me-downs from my mother-in-laww, Anita.  She also handed down much of her gardening knowledge and sparked my love for perennials – thanks Neetsy!  Other plants were purchased at local plant sales or swaps.  Dividing and sharing is the way to go.

Once a year Dan and I would splurge and purchase a tree ot something like this dwarf Black Locust

Once a year Dan and I would splurge and purchase a tree ot something like this dwarf Black Locust

Sometimes I filled gardens with stones and moss because they are free and look as beautiful as a flower.

Sometimes I filled gardens with stones and moss because they are free and look as beautiful as a flower.

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And mini hostas

And mini hostas

Japense ferns from Anita - LOVE and they reseed all over the place

Japense ferns from Anita – LOVE and they reseed all over the place

Phlox, globe thistle and ecinacea.

Phlox, globe thistle and ecinacea.

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Bella dog and yarrow

Bella dog and yarrow

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Gooseneck loosestrife

Gooseneck loosestrife

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Bag by bag, we lined our pathways with pea stone.  Sometimes we could only afford 1 bag. 
I remember when Dan had a truckload of pea stone dropped off.  It was like he had delivered a truckload of gold.

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The house warming gift fromour friends were two pee gee hydrangeas.  Dan built the pergola.  Anita contributed a male and female kiwi vine, which beared fruit and spent the summer climbing the pergola.  The twirly tree was rescued from the Home Depot end of the year sale by Dan.  Keeping it in that shape was my job.

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Tropical Storm Irene destroyed our town but left our home alone.  Hurrican Sandy was not so kind and down came my pergola - tear.

Tropical Storm Irene destroyed our town but left our home alone. Hurrican Sandy was not so kind and down came my pergola – tear.

You can see that Dan hit Home Depot at one of their 75% off sales and brought home a friend for our twirly tree.  And I go tto manicure both of them!  Actually, worth all the pricks you get while pruning.

Sandy also blew down a few trees.  We slept through it - that is our  bedroom window up top.

Sandy also blew down a few trees. We slept through it – that is our bedroom window up top.

After putting this together I suddenly have the urge to put on my boots, grab a sholvel and start digging.  Time to move my perennials to the lake house.

 

 

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