Special treat today! Anne Engelking Wellman in Newark, Delaware, sent in a video of her garden! She says, "I filmed our very casual cottage-style garden all abloom and added a musical background but also caught the birdies tweeting at the same time. Once we fenced out the herds of deer, we could actually grow just about any flower we wanted, except delphiniums which sadly don't like our heat. It also briefly shows the garden through different seasons.
    It has two hand-dug ponds with a bridge built by my husband. It took me a month of shoveling to dig the larger pond which our daughter said gave me admirable Arnold-Schwarzenegger-style back muscles. We placed the garden for easy viewing from the dining room window and a glassed-in porch. My first visit every day is to check out the pond since it attracts all kinds of wildlife we never saw before it was added: foxes, hawks that carry off frogs, great blue herons, barred owls, etc.
    There is a fenced vegetable garden that gets attacked routinely by wiley groundhogs but produces enough tomatoes and greens for my husband and me besides some figs and berries, tons of winter squash I give away, and flowers in amongst everything. My goal is lots of colors clashing. Last year I tried dahlias for the first time; 2014 is the year to put all tall flowers towards the back and better mulching to keep out weeds!" How great is this, Anne? I had so much fun watching this--the birds chirping, the butterflies fluttering, and the flowers waving in the breeze... Your garden is charming, and your grandchildren incredibly talented! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this with us.

 

 

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