by Michelle Gervais

Every once in a while, an email makes me say, "Whoa!" out loud, and all of my coworkers say, "What? What is it??" The email that contained today's photos did that. It was from Bob Bloem, who said, "Hello. This garden is a project of myself, Bob Bloem, and my friend, Claudia Lowry. We live in Coeur d Alene, Idaho, just outside of Spokane, Washington, in the Great Northwest. Although a beautiful part of our country, gardening in this area is quite challenging, with its short growing season and inconsistant seasons. But that actually makes growing more challenging and fun. I have gardened for a long time, while Claudia, while at first reluctant, has been at it for over ten years. We take pride in doing all the work ourselves, whether it is pulling weeds or building furniture for a seating area. Our garden covers close to an acre of sloped, very rocky terrain. But by adding lots of soil and imagination, we have made it into a unique place. As you can see by the photos, we have several seating areas that take advantage of the different moods. We hope you enjoy." I'm sorry Bob, but this is just not enough. We need at LEAST 100 more photos. I know I say that to people every day, but this time I really, really mean it. Gorgeousness. Seriously.


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