Today’s photos are from Joan Jackson. She says, “Our garden is in central Kansas, near the geodetic center of the lower 48 states–with always-changing, often-extreme weather that “Zone 5” does not fully describe.
“My move from a mild climate to this garden 20 years ago was a challenge. We are situated along a river bluff after farming was abandoned due to erosion. When my husband and I started gardening here, the house and barns had few plantings. Now I have a long list of plants that thrive here (sometimes and someplace), and those which do not (after several tries).
“It’s a rustic country garden, not much manicured, mulched with wood chips gleaned from arborists. The garden was R&R while I worked, and now is a joy in my retirement. We host several events here each year, so I am pulled between my laissez-faire attitude for ourselves and a need to make it ‘look like it ain’t’.
“Plants native to this part of Kansas grow in an ever-changing strip along a long drive, and throughout the garden. I am still delighted to know how many of my favorite perennials came to horticulture from these prairies.”
Gorgeous, Joan! I think we need more photos….
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