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Favorites from Moyra’s Garden

Beautiful flowers despite deer

dog sitting in driveway lined with various plants and flowers

We’re visiting Moyra Bunger’s garden today.

I live near Syracuse, New York, on the banks of Limestone Creek. I’ve lived here for 34 years and have enjoyed turning the property from a blank slate to a garden I love. I spent many hours hauling limestone rocks from the creek to edge my gardens, and built low walls to raise some gardens up a bit. We get lots of wildlife here, so I have to fence my vegetable garden, but otherwise I try to plant things the deer don’t really care to eat.

kousa dogwood tree in bloomCheck out this overwhelming floral display from a kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa, Zones 5–9). Kousa dogwoods can be less impressive when young, but as they get huge and mature like this, they are hard to beat.

close up of yellow peony with purple geraniumsBeautiful pairing of a peony (looks like Paeonia ‘Bartzella’, Zones 4–8) with a purple hardy geranium (Geranium sp.)

garden bed with orange and purple flowers on a foggy dayMagical foggy view of the garden, with butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa, Zones 5–9) glowing in the dim light

close up of lacecap hydrangea with purple flowersThis stunning lacecap hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla, Zones 5–9) is in full bloom. It’s hard to beat hydrangeas for floral display when they are happy.

dog sitting in driveway lined with various plants and flowersThe front garden is overflowing with flowers. I’m sure the dog does its best to keep the deer away.


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  1. bottlegreen 11/20/2023

    Fabulous garden; the dogwood is just stunning!

  2. MohawkValley 11/20/2023

    It's nice to see a submission from a fellow central New Yorker . Keep up the great work and work on that next "plan" ---- even if it's just one plant or one hundred . Peace from the Mohawk Valley in central NYS .

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    treasuresmom 11/20/2023

    So very pretty.

  4. Oxdriftgardener 11/20/2023

    Wow, that Kousa Dogwood is a real head turner

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    simplesue 11/20/2023

    Love the beautiful world you created! A woman after my own heart moving stones around in the garden! I had no idea how gorgeous a Cornus kousa was in bloom, and your lacecap hydrangea has inspired me to try one in my garden- it's so beautiful and natural looking.
    Cute dog!

  6. moyra_b 11/20/2023

    Thank you for all the kind words!

  7. btucker9675 11/20/2023

    Oh my!! Everything is so beautiful, including your Bernie. I planted a Kousa dogwood a couple of years ago here in the Charlotte area... not a single blossom so far. I'm going to cling to your photo to keep my hope alive. I had one in northern NJ that was stunning, too. Don't you just love lacecap hydrangeas? They are so elegant!

    1. moyra_b 11/21/2023

      I managed to start one from a seed about three years's doing well, about four feet tall now, so I have high hopes! That one in the picture is a produces loads of fruit, they look like strawberries!

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