Today we’re visiting Karen Holmen’s garden in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
I’ve been out taking pictures of my garden over the last few weeks. It always takes a bit longer for things to bloom with all the shade we have, and some plants still haven’t flowered yet. But with all the rain we have had this spring and summer, the garden is looking as lush as ever. Over the last 30+ years, plants thrive, die, multiply, get split and moved around, and occasionally new perennials, shrubs, hardscapes, and yard art get added. The various garden areas have been a lot of fun to create over the years. It is amazing to look back at old photos that remind us of how wooded and wild the yard once was and what it has morphed into!
A pink daylily
One of the many paths to take when strolling through the garden. Lots of hosta, ladies mantle (Alchemilla mollis, Zones 3–8), and hydrangeas along the way.
We made a number of benches out of some old redwood decking. Looks like someone is sitting on my bench. 🙂
A view of the lower garden with astilbe, daylilies, wild geranium, bee balm, phlox, heuchera, impatiens, a “never-blooming hydrangea,” and some snapdragons.
A garden visitor on a daylily
This is a close-up of the entrance to the far backyard. Bee balm, hosta, potted impatiens, rocket ligularia, and a struggling clematis greet those entering.
As we leave the house through the front door, this small garden with a view of the pond in the background always greets us.
One of the fledgling Cooper’s hawks I spotted in the yard recently. His sibling had just caught a mouse, and this one seemed to be saying, “Let me have some too!”
We have had this angel for years. She is starting to show her age, but she continues to bless us with her presence.
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