Today’s photos come from Pallavi Divekar of Chicago.
I started this hobby around 2008 after being in my house for three years and watching what was blooming in the yard. There were boxwoods and evergreens in the front yard, and crabapple trees, birches, and pines in the backyard. There were absolutely no flowers, except a few tulips and irises that bloomed in spring. That’s when I decided to add more colors to the yard. My garden has evolved out of the hard work and patience I’ve put in over the last nine years. I am so proud that I do all the digging, watering, fertilizing, and planting without any help. Over the years, I’ve learned the trick of having tulips and daffodils for spring, lilies for summer, and mums for fall in the same area. Planting perennials that survive Chicago’s cold and learning about new plants has been quite interesting.
Some hostas, phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 4–8), and other perennials, with colorful annuals in containers. This spot is covered by red and yellow tulips in spring.
The backyard spot for annuals, which is my family picture spot for my parties.
The lovely purple phlox adds beauty to the front yard by multiplying each year. I have divided them in several spots in the front yard.
After getting rid of the pines that were there when we moved in, I added several plants, including shrubs and perennials in the backyard. This rose was a nearly dead root that my neighbor was going to throw away. I planted it, and in two years it was a big bush. (Editor’s note: I think this rose might be the variety ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’).
The bench is my relaxation spot, where I go to sip my cup of tea in the morning or evening and to watch the clouds, birds, and butterflies with that cool breeze and peace around.
My grandma was a passionate gardener, and we had so many fruit and flower trees back home in India that we hardly bought any flowers from the market for any rituals where we offered flowers to god.
My dad says I got my grandma’s genes for sure. This spot was full of pine trees that turned brown and had to be cut down. I planted perennials to fill the space.
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