Today’s photos are from Barbara Vanderhoof in Mears, Michigan. Barb says, “Mears is a little town in middle western Michigan about a mile from Lake Michigan, so I garden in a lot of sand amended with compost. Prior to moving here from the Chicago suburbs I had never gardened in my life, but now that I had a little property, I decided to try it! I’ve learned a lot through trial and error, but now I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ll never say my garden is finished, because, as we all know, it never will be! I have only about 4-5 hours of sun a day, so I grow a lot of shade-lovers, such as ‘Annabelle’ ‘Limelight’, oakleaf, and ‘Invincibelle Pink’ hydrangeas. I also have a number of different hostas throughout my gardens. My yard is separated into sections. One of the pictures is of my side yard with a bubbler fountain and cement bench. There is also a picture of my newest addition, an old cast-iron bathtub that I made into a shower fountain. It even has some little goldfish swimming around in it! The other two pictures are of my bog garden, the pond was actually 2 separate ponds, with a wooden bridge over the center to make it look like one big pond. Last year, the smaller pond sprung a leak, so instead of digging it up and starting over, I filled it in with dirt and decided to grow all the plants I can’t grow elsewhere here, such as astilbe, some flag irises, and ligularia. The last picture I put in for my wonderful hubby, who doesn’t garden, but he does build me great decorative items, such as birdhouses and that beautiful barn wood shed!” Wonderful, Barb, and you’re so lucky to have a handy husband to help you out! Thanks so much for sharing with us.
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