As I've said, I've been combing through old emails lately, finding lots of gems that somehow slipped through my grasp last year. This is a prime example, from Michaeline Torres. She says, "My husband Jose and I made a corporate move from San Diego to the Twin Cities, Minnesota about nine years ago. We bought a home in a new development, and the lot had only very tall weeds, and a few mature pines. So we went to work designing and planting, and this is where it is so far. It is constantly evolving, as I am learning so much about gardening in the Midwest. I had been a Southern California gardener up until that point. I really went Hosta happy as I did not have those in California. I think they are a beautiful staple plant. We also planted many lovely hardy shrubs and perennials, with favorites being Spiraea 'Tor' and Hydrangea 'Limelight'. In the front we have 'Blanc double de Coubert', 'Rose Rugosa Alba', and 'Polareis' roses (Must have roses! I'm a Cali girl!) with hardy geranium 'Johnson's Blue' mixed in, as well as Viburnum 'Blue Muffin' and boxwood. We also have a south-facing perennial garden that is still evolving with trial and error. All we aim to do now is begin designing the hardscape." Beautiful, Michaeline! I think we need photos from THIS year, too!
OK, everyone, I've started going back through the archives and finding some great stuff to post, but in the meantime, I'm not getting any new submissions! Those of you on the west coast and down south, we're looking at you… Up here in the northern states, we're just barely waking up, but we KNOW you've got some garden goin' on. Send in some photos! Email me at GPOD@taunton.com. Thanks!
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