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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

The evolution of Regina's roadside garden in Illinois

comments (19) May 27th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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In-house laborer cleaning up daylily blooms.
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This is the appraisal photo of the home in 2003. There are two pin oaks in the center of the yard and two white oaks by the garage as well as many other oaks in the back. We have always been very careful working around the oaks.
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Another BEFORE photo
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In 2005 we installed the split rail fence across the front and down the east side of property. I think of all things we did, this was my favorite. Thank goodness for gas powered post hole diggers!
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In May 2006 we started laying out beds for future planting and relocated the flagpole, dreaming of all the plants I would get to buy to fill the beds. We also ran electricity out to the fence to light the flag (and in anticipation of Christmas lights on the fence) and over to the hosta bed under the old Spruces for future landscape lighting.
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The yard across the front. Ignore the construction debris at the rear, the patio was undergoing a major renovation too. About 4 years ago we purchased an additional 75 feet on the west side of our property shown here. Betcha you know what that means...RIGHT!!.... more plant shopping!! I have tried to get the phone company to move that unsightly fiber optic marker, but they just dont understand!!
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My hosta bed before the voles attacked it during the fall/winter of 2010-2011. I totally lost some large hostas and others just barely put up any leaves because the voles ate most of their crowns. 
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In-house laborer showing off his Annabelle hydrangea flowers! Guess I need to quit buying flowers and buy him some new jeans for working in the yard and photograph sessions, LOL! To his left is the stump of one of the 2 pin oaks in the center of the front yard. We cut it down summer 2012 because it died. Think it was from damage from the ice storm we had about 5 years prior. Researching found no disease and the one next to it is happy as can be. Guess what...gotta shop for a replacement tree this year!!!
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In-house laborer cleaning up daylily blooms.
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In-house laborer cleaning up daylily blooms.

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Photo: Courtesy of Regina Bunning

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Today's photos are from Regina Bunning (aka trashywoman62!!). She says, "I live outside of Taylorville, Illinois, on about two acres. We moved here in August 2003 from a home in town that took me 20 minutes to mow with a push mower, so the massive expansion on yard was both wonderful and daunting! As you can see in the appraisal photo there was not much going on other than the old oak trees and green grass. That fall, having plantitis, we dividedtwo varieties of hostas from my old house and made many babies and planted them along the front of the house and planted a few bulbs around the Jane Magnolia at the front door. The next couple of years we repainted the trim on the house and added a split rail fence to "frame the picture". I was amazed at the change those two items made. So, as the story goes, I went plant shopping!
 
Over the course of several years, my in-house laborer has taken an interest in the actual plants, not just building, moving, spreading, and digging. His transformation was both wonderful and difficult. I could not have done this without his help but sometimes he acts on his own, which is often contradictory to the wishes of the Head Gardener! But when I was unable to work in the garden for a couple of years, he was right there weeding and spreading new mulch without being asked. The garden survived those two years because of him. And his maintenance was done usually on the one or two days he had off because he was an over-the-road truck driver. I tease him and say he goes back to work to rest." Wow, Regina, that was a huge undertaking, and it looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing! ****much more info in the captions***

**Hey all, I'll be out of the office all week on photo shoots (don't worry--the GPODS will still go on), so if you have any problems or comments and decide to email me, I may not respond until the middle of next week, and I may not drop in much on the GPOD this week (I was out last week, too, could you tell?). If something urgent comes up, you can email our web producer, Antonio, at areis (a) taunton dot com. I'll try to find lots of great stuff to share with you while I'm out. In the meantime, keep sending me pics of your gardens! You would not believe some of the stuff I'm getting in my inbox these days. You guys are some seriously talented gardeners!! Keep it comin'.......**

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Comments (19)

Jackson5 writes: Beautiful garden! I love driving by a house like yours and saying to myself "Now that's the home of a gardener!" Your front yard is a show stopper. Posted: 2:24 pm on May 27th
veewise writes: I have to remember that quote..."Hostas are the gateway drug of garden addiction!!!"...yesterday I bought another one...a beautiful golden green hosta called'guacamole',couldn't resist the name!
Thanks for these wonderful pics. Posted: 11:41 am on May 27th
tractor1 writes: I have a utility pole on my property, right in front, I thought of a vine but then how to keep the deer from dining, so I planted a lilac bush... it's doing quite well and already has produced its first bloom in its second year. This lilac is supposed to attain a 15' height and width... in a couple three years I should be able to remove the fence. Posted: 10:53 am on May 27th
olympic_mtn_gardener writes: I love what you have done--great to see before and after pictures. So blah before, so inviting after! Love the bright colors of the daylilies in the sun, and the cool colors of the hostas in the shade.

But nothing more frustrating than coming up with a beautiful look and then having critters destroy all your hard work! So, I'd like to share my experience with voles and hostas, in case you want to try a different approach to restore your gorgeous shade bed.

We have LOTS of voles where I garden, with no hope that a repellent would work (we live in a rainy forest with critters constantly moving in or passing through). So I was looking for another solution before planting hostas. I read that wire cages made of hardware cloth encircling the hosta roots may deter voles. I made about two of these cages before giving up in frustration . . . but then my in-house laborer took over and made a couple dozen.

All the hostas got planted in cages and have thrived. Unfortunately, I didn't think to do the same with a beautiful Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel', which didn't survive the voles. Since it was planted right next to a dozen hosta that were not touched, I believe the cages are working!

Now if I could just figure out how to peacefully co-exist with mountain beavers . . . Posted: 10:48 am on May 27th
trashywoman62 writes: DeLancy, you don't have to buy, just dig some of the ones that are there, this year one fan, next year 3 fans and if they are the ditch lily you may have 10 next year then add in others as your budget allows. I got my first one in 1997 as a lonely half dead unnamed one at WallyWorld and it turned out to be a lovely double peachy colored one. If you were close by I could set you up!

Thanks for the clematis idea, Aarchman07030. Funny how you can look at a garden problem and scratch your head then someone else looks at it and finds the perfect solution!!! OH!!, plant shopping, goodie!! I have a smaller butterfly bush there and gosh, it is staying small, too small so will try clematis.

Sorry for the long posts...cant you see I love to talk about my garden as much as digging in it :)


Posted: 9:58 am on May 27th
Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt writes: Such a great transformation! The fence was a stroke of genius. You've really faced a lot of challenges. I'm not sure which of your challenges would kill me first. It's a toss up between the huge canvas on which your labor and the second gardener! I should change my moniker from my last name to "control freak". Posted: 9:16 am on May 27th
trashywoman62 writes: bee1nine- Thank you. I always try to encourage people to grab any camera and snap a few photos before a project is started, then during and after because you forget what you had when you started. I know when I was sick and couldn't be out in the yard enjoying it up close and personal I would spend hours on my computer looking at all the photos I had taken and it helped pass the time a little easier.

hortiphila- Thanks for the compliment! It means a lot coming from a gardening guru like you!

cwheat000- Thank you for your kind words. The daylilies may not give me flowers and texture year round but they fill in quickly (anyone close by that need some starts) and anchor the fence and yard. I stay around the orange and yellow with a few dark ones like black cat. and I do have most of the varieties labels although there are always NOIDS lurking among the civilized ones. And my hubby was beaming this morning reading this post. He didn't know I included him in my submittal. Funny how Michelle put both pictures of him here...there were many others that were prettier, LOl!! Posted: 9:13 am on May 27th
trashywoman62 writes: Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Thanks for all the wonderful kudos, everyone! It makes me all warm and fuzzy on this wet weekend. Now to answer questions...
tntreeman- It is Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle', an older variety that does well here in Illinois because it blooms on new wood so it can be pruned to the ground in late winter. It seems this hard pruning produces larger flowers. It sometimes flops with hard rains so I have put a peony ring around it.
wGarden- My neighbors think I am insane, Lol! They have actually said I put them to shame and make them feel lazy but I just tell them not to worry, they are lucky they don't have this sickness!
meander1- I plan on adding in some other daylilies into the mix along the fence now that I can gauge their average bloom time and see I need some later ones. In the beginning it was just buy the beautiful, now I visit the daylily farms at the time I want to see blooms in my yard so I know which ones really bloom at that time. And no the voles have not been completely eradicated, neither have the moles! They can take a hosta that has a crown of 8" and eat away all those little eyes and then I end up with only about 6 tiny leaves sprouting. Grrrrr!
Posted: 8:56 am on May 27th
Aarchman07030 writes: Hostas--the gateway drug of gardening addiction!

The gardens are beautiful; look forward to seeing what happens with the new side yard. (Don't waste your energy trying to explain gardening to the phone company--just train some Clematis to climb that marker...) Posted: 8:49 am on May 27th
tractor1 writes:

Oops, forgot the links...

tractor1 writes:

That's a lovely split rail fence, it really frames the picture. I enjoyed the progression from barren rural to plant populated surburban. Now I'd like to see the rest of your property, Regina. Great job!

The weather here in the Catskills has been unseasonably cold for late May (below 40 degrees) and very wet, solid rain for days... today is the first sunny day all week. But I've been very busy caring for Cali's barn kittens, she stopped nursing them at three weeks so I brought them into the house and they are doing wonderfully well. They all three will be going to their new home next week; Kali, Sonic, and Barny:
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Rain, what rain:
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Posted: 8:37 am on May 27th
tractor1 writes:

That's a lovely split rail fence, it really frames the picture. I enjoyed the progression from barren rural to plant populated surburban. Now I'd like to see the rest of your property, Regina. Great job!

The weather here in the Catskills has been unseasonably cold for late May (below 40 degrees) and very wet, solid rain for days... today is the first sunny day all week. But I've been very busy caring for Cali's barn kittens, she stopped nursing them at three weeks so I brought them into the house and they are doing wonderfully well. They all three will be going to their new home next week; Kali, Sonic, and Barny:


Rain, what rain:


Posted: 8:34 am on May 27th
tntreeman writes: cwheat, your prayers are working my Gunnera is growing BUT it's still in a large pot sitting in a washtub of standing water those are some thirsty plants. regina's garden shows the space of a person who LOVES plants and LOVES to grow "stuff" sure all the neighbors and passersby love that fencerow Posted: 8:26 am on May 27th
DeLancey writes: Lovely garden you two have created, Regina -- those lilies! There's a four-foot, green wire fence between my neighbour's driveway and ours, with a strip of garden on either side. Orange lilies were planted next door decades back, and have slowly moved through to our side. A few gaps remain, and I've wondered about filling in with some yellow day lilies. Now that I've seen yours, I think I will! I just wish this year's gardening budget would let me go out and buy dozens, right now, so I'd have that colourful mix this summer.. Patience, patience... Posted: 8:25 am on May 27th
cwheat000 writes: Regina, it is so nice to see a garden from the gpod group. Your new yard looks like a huge, but fun undertaking. I have big yard also. I know how hard it is to fill it, but the endless canvas is great. I love your fence and huge swath of daylilies. They really warm up the place. Do you know what varieties they are? Before I forget, a big shout out, to your in house laborer. I wish my guy took some interest in the garden. Posted: 8:20 am on May 27th
hortiphila writes: Hey! I'm glad to see you finally posted your spectacular garden. It looks great! Posted: 7:37 am on May 27th
bee1nine writes: I've got to add my WOW, as well! What an amazing feat, and
then some! Regina, like how you featured 'before' photos to
stage this spectacular transformation.
How glorious for passerby and neighbors to view these splendid daylilies!
A big 'kudos' to your in-house laborer, too!!
Thank-you and as always, happy hunting!:) Posted: 6:54 am on May 27th
meander1 writes: Hi, Regina, you're so right...the fence, all by itself, adds so much and now with the display of joyful, colorful daylilies...you've got the WOW effect going on! That's an awesome hydrangea your guy is standing proudly by and hey, tattered jeans are a badge of honor. Kids pay extra good money to get that well worn look.
Have you solved your vole problem? Looks like such a nice setting for hosta so I hope so. Posted: 6:33 am on May 27th
wGardens writes: Wow! Your neighbors must have enjoyed watching the transition. Looks wonderful. Would love to see the "night lighting"! Also.... keep us informed on the new garden area. We'll be looking for before/after photos again. Enjoy the hunt!!! Posted: 5:40 am on May 27th
tntreeman writes: great job and it's looking great! is that an 'Incrediball' Hydrangea? sure that additional 75 ft of property will fill up fast,,,,,the thrill of the hunt on plant expeditions. i'm betting at the garden centers you are "a woman with a mission" ! Posted: 4:47 am on May 27th
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