By Kim Charles

DeAnna Cobb of Mobile, Alabama shows us her dream has become a reality. 

"I grew up in a nice neighborhood on the gulf coast, but our house was on a lot mostly devoid of trees and shrubs, as the soil was once salty dredged mud from a marsh.  Nothing but weeds liked those growing conditions. Despite various attempts at tree and shrub planting, the yard remained mainly grass.  The one decent sized tree in the backyard was blown over by a hurricane.  So, as a nature child at heart, I always treasured the time I spent at my grandparents as both sets lived on tree covered lots, with an abundance of flowers and assorted birds, butterflies, rabbits, etc.  My dream was to have a similar yard one day.  Fast forward a few decades and my husband and I have settled in a neighborhood which reminds me greatly of my maternal grandparent's.  The former owner of our house must have loved gardening too.  We are fortunate to have well established camellias, azaleas, one of the biggest Japanese magnolias I've ever seen, and other odds and ends of plants suited to the deep south.  The first year here I was pleasantly surprised to find I now had several plants I always wanted, such as flame lily and oak leaf hydrangea.  I am slowly adding to the living treasures planted here and hope the next occupants of our house enjoy it as much as we have."

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