Today’s photos are from Gloria Payne in Dayton, Ohio. She says, “I have been gardening seriously for the past 5 years, since I retired. I love being outside working either in my flower garden or vegetable garden. Since my yard is small I have learned to incorporate some of the vegetables and herbs within the flowers. These pictures are mostly of the side yard, which consists of a variety of perennals, annuals, and pots. I like how they add a pops of color while I wait for the perennials to develop and bloom. Also on the side yard I have a Chicago hardy fig tree. This is the second year I have had this fig tree and it is loaded with figs. Also in this side yard are two kinds of mint, which I dry for tea. There is a grape tomato plant growing–I didn’t plant it, it is a volunteer from last year. There is nothing I love more than working in my yard. I am one of those people who will buy a must-have plant and get home and walk back and forth looking for a place to plant it. I have a library on gardening, but felt I need to go deeper, so I enrolled in the The Ohio State Extension Master Gardener program. I am a Master Gardener Intern 16 hours away from getting my Master Gardener Volunteer certificate. Besides working in my own garden, I volunteer with the Master Gardeners.” You’ve got some great combos, Gloria! Is that edging part of an irrigation system? And can I tell you how happy I am to see marigolds in your garden? I adore marigolds, and think they’re vastly underrated. I even love the way they smell. Anyone else feel that way, or do you hate them?
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