- My Garden
A tranquil escape
Kimberly Wilson’s yard is much more than a garden.
With its terraced slopes, shade trees and bright flowers, it’s a tranquil escape from the pressures of the world.
You don’t even have to go to the patio with the park bench overlooking the front of the property.
Delightful koi pond
Marjorie Cipollone likes pretty things.
Like the multi-colored day lilies that circle the pond in her front yard.
Or the two-tiered waterfall and the water that cascades from it in gentle burbles and bubbles.
Nothing quite says “We have kids” like the good old jungle gym in the backyard.
And nothing quite says “Our kids are grown” like that really old jungle gym in the backyard.
You could dismantle it and throw it away. You could find someone who could use it.
A couple of years ago, Anita Stevens probably couldn’t tell a rose from a rhododendron.
That changed when a friend suggested putting in a little flower bed.
“And that’s all it took,” Stevens said.
A work of love
Flowers have a BFF in Jackie Straight.
Her home outside Rivesville is the perfect place to slow down, drink in the perfume of blooming flowers, listen to singing birds and dream of summer and its bounty of blossoms and fruit.
Call them what you want, but for Connie Ahrens, peonies — spring’s original old-timey showstoppers — evoke memories of her grandfather Dan Steiniger.“There was this big peony at his house, and I could not pass it without sticking my face in it when I was a kid. I just had to inhale that amazing fragrance,” she said."
Some houses are just made for the country.
They look vibrant surrounded by the bright colors of spring.
They’re enveloped by the lush greens of summer.
Right now, Judy Toothman’s garden is just getting started.
But just you wait.
“In a couple of weeks, it will be something special,” she promised.
The black-eyed Susans are already popping up. Day lilies are primping and preening to make their special appearance.
Turns out fine
Even though Ed Cheslock grew up on a 75-acre farm near Laurel Point, he didn’t exactly love gardening.
“Because we had to do it,” he said.
A fine ‘mess’
It’s good to dig in the dirt.
“It eases your mind,” said Mary Whyte.
“It doesn’t do anything for my fingernails! But they’ll outgrow it,” she added, laughing.
In her little garden right off the back porch of her 100-year-old home, she grows just enough for a dinner or two at a time.
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