Garden Photo of the Day

Katie’s garden in Ohio, revisited

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler

Wow, yesterday was a rollercoaster ride! I promised to bring it back down to human scale today, and I think today’s garden does the trick. We visited Katie Kagler’s garden in Hudson, Ohio, back in March (refresh your memory HERE), and we all fell in love with her cottagey- style plantings and patio. Today she’s back to show us what’s going on this year. 

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler

Katie says, “So far this summer it has been all about rabbit control! The rabbits have eaten so many of my plants that it is just shocking. In some of the pictures you can see cages around the base of the plants. They have eaten five trollius plants to the ground, two clematis, three baptisa, turtlehead, liatrus, all my delphinium, phlox, bachelor buttons, four roses, etc. You name it!

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler

“They started in on the two huge clematis on the garage wall and I caught that just in the nick of time and caged the bottom of them. They seem to feel that the store-bought rabbit spray and the homemade rabbit spray (cayenne and soap) are merely salad dressing. They ate my entire clematis plant on the arbor that was just about to bloom. It’s coming back and I caged it, so there is hope! Plants are starting to come back, so we’ll see what happens from here.”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler

My gosh, Katie, you cannot tell that you’ve been fighting an epic battle–the garden looks lush and gorgeous! Maybe your fellow GPODers have some tips for winning the war…. ***Katie sent in so many great photos that we’ll be spending tomorrow in her garden, too. Stay tuned!***

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Katie Kagler

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  1. user-1020932 07/03/2013

    lush and beautiful as always and all those hostas! i think the rabbits drowned here with all the rain but i do have slugs the size of boxcars

  2. briandowns 07/03/2013

    The quintessential home garden- loaded with texture, color and flower.Love the brick patio and coziness of it all; I want to sit and chat with an iced tea there, which is really what it's all about.

  3. wGardens 07/03/2013

    Looks wonderful. Your perseverance paid off in a very big way.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/03/2013

    I think it would look wonderful from an airplane. Ooops. Wrong GPOD. :) It's great to see folks gardens in different seasons. Looks great despite the battle. I am particularly smitten with the heuchera flowers. Is that "paris"?

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    meander_michaele 07/03/2013

    Grrr, about the hungry rabbits. I'd be tempted to don my Elmer Fudd hunting outfit and stomp about shouting, "Dwat that wabbit!" Seeing those positively glorious clematis damaged in any way would pretty much unhinge me.
    You do a wonderful job with everything. Love the woodwork screen on your work table and your annual pots are like generous toppings of icing on cupcakes.

  6. SueLHommedieu 07/03/2013

    Katie, your garden looks fabulous. I remember being impressed when it was on the Hudson Home and Garden Tour a few years ago and it is even better now!

  7. tractor1 07/03/2013

    A real down home garden! Wonderful plants and fantastic chachkas; froggy gone a wooing, chicken little, etc. Thank you, Katie.

  8. janeeliz 07/03/2013

    Katie, it looks wonderful despite your hungry rabbits! Snails and ground hogs here.. Do you know the names of the 2 gorgeous clematis on your patio? They better leave THOSE alone..or we'll all come armed (with carrots, of course!)

  9. greenthumblonde 07/03/2013

    Cats :)

  10. GrannyMay 07/03/2013

    Katie I love everything you have done, your garden has such a welcoming and happy feeling!

    I used Plantskydd this spring when the rabbits seemed determined to nibble everything down to nubs. It is awful-smelling and awful-looking stuff, but it really DID work. The smell and look kind of go away over time, but the rabbits still leave those plants alone. And the deer have not even come back into my garden since I sprayed all the perimeter plants. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't get used to it over time.

  11. Aarchman07030 07/03/2013

    OY--twice in as many days!

    Since our fearless leader, Michelle, is obviously a shiksa from Connecticut, I'll have to speak up: Tractor1--it's spelled "tchotchkes".

    Katie--the gardens look fab!

  12. cwheat000 07/03/2013

    Somehow I missed your garden the first time. I love this space. It looks like I could wander around for a long time looking at all the details. This is definitely a plant lovers garden. Your veggie garden and brick pathways( and the house) are wonderful. Good luck with your bunny battle. Vojt, you cracked me up this morning.

  13. Annedean 07/03/2013

    I certainly hope our meek little New Jersey rabbits who don't do much more than nibble never meet your Ohio SuperRabbits! But in spite of them you have a beautiful and welcoming garden.

  14. user-7006902 07/03/2013

    I feel for you, Katie! This year I have a "herd" of rabbits. I can sit on my porch and watch at least four grazing on my lawn (and garden). Oh, there's one now! Not many vegetables have survived but the Black-eyed Susans needed to be thinned, anyhow. I have lost some annual vines like Morning Glory and Cypress. They have even nipped at the marigolds which they are supposed to hate! Anyway, your garden is still incredibly beautiful and will survive - obviously. Can't even tell that it is on the menu! Of course, those rabbits don't seem to eat any of the weeds, do they?

  15. sheila_schultz 07/03/2013

    The rabbits are no match for your determination, Katie. Good luck!!! Your gardens are a delight and definitely reflect all the time and love you put into them.

  16. GardenersWK 07/03/2013

    I love love your garden! Do you happen to have it open for public this summer? I missed to visit it when it was on tour! We like the same kind of the plants but yours is more matured and I can look at this pictures over and over for inspiration.
    We have a cat now for two years. I agree with Greenthumblonde about cats! Our cat is an indoor/outdoor cat. She helped a lot with rabbits, voles, moles, mice and chipmunks. She brings them to us case any animals friend is reading this.
    What is a tall purple flower behind the magenta and pink pot? Is it a starchy variety or a agastache?

  17. briandowns 07/03/2013

    Astilbe my heart!

  18. Nurserynotnordstroms 07/03/2013

    I love your beautiful gardens and the pair of happy little frogs put a smile on my face. We had one rabbit last year and i just saw him this morning. Hope we don't get anymore. Thanks for sharing your gardens again.

  19. tractor1 07/03/2013

    Aarchman07030: actuslly "chachka" is also correct, maybe more correct for my usage... you're spelling is says Michelle is a woman of little substance, just eye candy! LOL

    There are typically many renditions for *transliterations*, especiallay when translating from a non conforming alphabet (Hebrew). Besides, I'm playing the Humpty Dumpty card:

  20. user-1020932 07/03/2013

    tomato/ tomahto bottom line, i want to have drinks on that patio surrounded by all that flora

  21. NevadaSue 07/03/2013

    Your garden is so lush and beautiful. I really enjoyed all these looks into it and will look forward to tomorrow. The Hydrangea and Hostas are beautiful together and I love those Clematis. Wow, you have a done a terrific job nourishing your garden.

  22. cwheat000 07/03/2013

    Tractor 1- where does that second link you offered lead you? I got to website but no specific article.

  23. tractor1 07/04/2013

    cwheat000: The link
    brings one to this notorious word definition argument ending quote:

    Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

    `When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, `it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    `The question is,’ said Alice, `whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    `The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master — that’s all.’

  24. Statues 07/04/2013

    I use to have the problem, but last year I found a product called "Rabbit Scam" I purchased it at a greenhouse in my area. I had no rabbits last year and I put the Rabbit Scam on my garden this year and no rabbits. The neighbor behind had a small village of rabbits under his shed, and they left my flowers alone. Just type in Rabbit Scam in your browser. Best of luck.

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