Today’s photos are from Mary Laughman in Florida. She says, “Over the last eight years, my husband and I have transformed our backyard into our own personal haven. It started out with nothing but St. Augustine grass and throughout the years we have laid flagstone walkways and formed garden beds that not only the bees, butterflies, and birds enjoy, but also an abundant amount of squirrels. My creative husband has made a number of birdhouses in addition to a squirrel feeder. We have discovered that if squirrels have their own food source, they leave the bird feeders alone.
Because of the high humidity and heat of the Florida summers, I have planted quite a number of drought resistance plants such as cannas, azaleas, Knockout roses, taro, agapanthus, and sedems throughout the flower beds. As a focal point we created a garden berm where a thirteen-foot-tall white-flowered chaste tree grows, and below it stands an angel statue that is surrounded by creeping Jenny.
My husband also created an espalier using copper pipe and wire which is threaded on the diagonal, which supports a Bougainvillea that blooms in early spring. We have discovered that one can never underestimate the power of green in the garden. It is soothing, powerful, and pleasing.”
Lovely, Mary! We so rarely see gardens in Florida on the GPOD. Thanks so much for submitting photos!
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