Today’s photos are from Kim Mikkelsen in Yakima, Washington. She says, “My garden is in constant transition. But it’s gotten me through some tough times in my life! It’s my therapy garden, after a crappy divorce and two crappy cancers. Who can help but look at a garden and not smile? I’ve often escaped mentally to my garden when I can’t be there physically.
“My yard was on the garden tour for Yakima in 2012 and 2004. It was such fun to see old folks and young coming through the gardens. The elderly reminded me of my Grandma, who gardened until she was 102 and lived to 104. I would have loved to share the garden with her. I think the young folks liked it because the koi are so spoiled in my 5,000 and 8,000 ponds that you can pet them!
“I built all of the arbors myself (as a quilter, I can say it was like making a quilt only with wood and you could saw a finger off) and put in the drip system and the lighting (and only burned a little bit of the landscaping). Oh well, you live and learn. I think I’m a better quilter than builder. I had help on building the ponds and putting in the pathways. We did one in 108-degree heat and the other in minus 10 — NOT the smartest thing one would want to do — big der on my part). I’m a bean counter by trade, but get to put my creative part into my gardening and quilting. Ah gardening — can’t beat it!”
I am SWOONING over your edges, Kim, and that’s just the beginning! So great. Thanks so much for sharing your garden with us. I feel like there’s so much more to see, including more of the ponds! Please indulge us…..send more pics!
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