From weeds and woods to blooms and butterflies

Today’s GPOD comes from Michelle Mensinger:
"I live in Derry, NH (Zone 5b), and my husband and I have transformed our property into a garden Eden. We bought the house in 1983, and it had no landscaping, just grass, weeds, and woods. We built two koi ponds and many garden beds, stonework, walls, paths, and planted beautiful shrubs, trees, perennials and wildflowers. Gardening is a true passion for me, as the fruits of my labor are so rewarding. Walking through the gardens gives me great joy and peace. Every day I notice the subtle changes as the seasons unfold."

‘Khedive’ bearded iris (Iris ‘Khedive’) and a wild native azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides). The fragrance is unbelievable!

A large clump of butterfly weed (A. tuberosa), which is stunning and attracts many butterflies and bees.

‘Purple Majesty’ Siberian iris (Iris sibirica ‘Purple Majesty’)

One of the ponds

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