I made this little garden last year. The colors after the rain were lovely, the area needs sweeping and the fountain needs cleaning! Here is where the succulents are starting to thrive after being moved from the house.

Eddi Reid's garden near Powell, Ohio is a lovely wildlife-friendly garden.

"Our property is anything but manicured, so we have an abundance of wildlife, deer which will munch anything tasty, muskrats which have breakfasted on some of the best day lilies, chipmunks and squirrels galore, the occasional coyote, etc.  Gardening is a real challenge but one I love."

We made this garden just two years ago after removing dead ash trees and incredible amounts of invasive honeysuckle.  All the plantings were either moved from other parts of the property or gifted by friends. We bought only the mulch!

Butterfly weed

Angel wing Begonias

Tiger lilies to remind me of my mother's garden

Spring cramscaping

A perfect climbing tree for our granddaughter

A Common Map turtle making it's way from pond to creek

 

A pair of Canada geese liked our pool planter as a nesting site this spring. At times the goose had to defend her nest from a takeover bid from another goose family and on two occasions called on our help as back up defense. We won and in due time five goslings were born. This is the day they were born and launched into the pond.  The whole family had left by next morning.

 

Keep sending in photos (and stories)! Whether you've never shared before or you've been featured multiple times, we want to see your garden! Email a few photos and the story behind your garden to GPOD@taunton.com.

Do you receive the GPOD by email yet? Sign up here!

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook too!

To read the complete article, join now!

With FGplus, you'll get exclusive:

  • Articles – Exclusive articles for more advanced gardeners.
  • Videos – Join our editors on their behind-the-scenes journeys.
  • Digital Library – Gain access to our digital library of special issues.
  • Need help? Our Ask-the-Expert contributors will answer your questions.