Garden Photo of the Day

Master Gardener

By Alexandra Dittrich

Kathy Lamb has captured some great pictures of her blooming garden.

"I love to garden! It's my passion!  I give some credit to inheriting my dad's green thumb and taking Master Gardner classes a couple of years ago.  I am always planning & adding something new in my gardens every year.  Last year my gardens became a Monarch Way Station, so I make sure I plant things that will attract and feed Monarchs & humingbirds for their flight back south.  Being a Master Gardener, I not only work in my gardens, I get to help plan and garden in the community."  

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 08/29/2016

    Hey Kathy - What a fun and colourful garden you have adjacent to a cereal crop! Congratulations on your interesting garden and involvement in the Monarch Way Station initiative and in community gardening. Love the rustic out-building/shed (?). It has plenty of character. There is some good 'stuff' on and surrounding the building! Cheers, Frank (from Australia)

    1. user-7007498 08/29/2016

      Hey Frank. Look what I scored for the Aussie tour next week.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 08/29/2016

        Hi Kev - you are an absolute genius! Well done. If that isn't the icing on the cake for the Aussies I'll be a 'monkey's uncle'. Hey, I obtained this wonderful part of agricultural heritage on the week-end i.e. an H. V. McKay horse drawn 4 disc plough (c. 1920). It is now garden art. Amazing how much agriculture has advanced in less than 100 years. Cheers, Frank

        1. user-7007498 08/29/2016

          Frank, no genius here. I just followed the advice of a very wise GPOD poster. ?

          Very cool plough. You will have to send a photo of its final garden location.

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          meander_michaele 08/29/2016

          Looks like a real find, Frank and isn't it wonderful that we welcome and appreciate rust in garden ornamentation. Whew, takes a lot of pressure off not to worry about sanding and refinishing!

          1. frankgreenhalgh 08/29/2016

            Thanks Michaele - there is something about rusty iron in the garden. The engineering of the plough is amazing. Hugh McKay designed and built a lot of the agricultural machinery used in our country, and it's great to have a piece of our agricultural history (call me a romantic! - all my wife wants to do is put a skeleton on the seat - Hmmm - there is no accounting for some people's tastes!)
            The plough weighs heaps, and it must have been really hard work for the draught horses (in this case 3) plouging up land for cropping.

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            meander_michaele 08/29/2016

            So. between those rocks the other day and now settling this plough in place, seems like your back must be getting a real work out. Speaking of...lugging multiple buckets of mulch over the weekend has me leaving for a chiropractor appt. momentarily.

          3. frankgreenhalgh 08/29/2016

            Rocks I can handle (within limits), but machinery was needed to transport and position the plough, Michaele. Good luck with your appointment!

          4. user-7007498 08/29/2016

            As long as she doesn't want YOUR skeleton on the seat, you should be OK.

          5. frankgreenhalgh 08/29/2016

            Now you are getting into the swing of Aussie humour Kev. Love it!

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          Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/29/2016

          I think I have rust-lust. Very cool.

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          LindaonWhidbey 08/29/2016

          Frank, nice score on your yard art.

          1. frankgreenhalgh 08/30/2016

            I'm excited about it Linda, but I might have to go along with the skeleton idea to keep the peace and bring some fun into the garden. Watch this space! Thanks for your comment. Cheers, Frank

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    meander_michaele 08/29/2016

    A happy good morning, husband walked by when I opened this morning's gpod and smiled broadly when he saw your first picture. He grew up in a small town in SD and he said, "reminds me of when I was young". That wonderful stretch of flat crop land struck a chord with him. Ha, now with is all about the flowers and the delightful objects of ornamentation popping up throughout your garden. Love your down to earth shed and the fun "work station" along side it. So, what state do you live in?...don't tell me it's Florida or Arizona!

    1. user-7008239 09/02/2016

      I live in South Central Kansas. Thanks for all the wonderful comments.

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  4. Cenepk10 08/29/2016

    Nice !!!!

  5. Cenepk10 08/29/2016

    Your shed is killer !!!

  6. user-4691082 08/29/2016

    Your garden exudes fun and celebration!

  7. wGardens 08/29/2016

    You certainly have a cheerful garden, full of color and nice combinations. Like your shed...and such a nice potting bench, too!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 08/29/2016

    Some great shots and everything is so bright and cheery. Love what looks like Monarda punctata in the third picture. Did you see many Monarchs this year? I only saw two and raised one caterpillar to adulthood. Thanks for helping the Monarchs!

  9. GrannyCC 08/29/2016

    Kathy your garden is wonderful. I am sure the butterflies and hummingbirds are happy to come by, Love your shed and the potting bench too.

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    LindaonWhidbey 08/29/2016

    Kathy, you have created an interesting, colorful garden that must give you such joy. Are you in IL or IN? Your terrain looks familiar to this WI born gardener as well as your last name which is the same as my best friend's. It's good that you're working with the Monarch Project. We've seen quite a few here on Whidbey this summer but they are definitely not as plentiful as I remember from about 10 years ago. Thanks for sharing.

    1. user-7008239 09/02/2016

      I live in South Central Kansas

  11. schatzi 08/29/2016

    Gorgeous flowers, love the rustic shed and arbor and the sink/work area. Well done.

  12. user-7007498 08/29/2016

    Kathy, I also love the rustic elements throughout your garden. The shed is so cool. Is that an old bed frame in the background of the bicycle photo? The potting bench is so cool.

  13. VikkiVA 08/29/2016

    Love your whimsical garden. Your flowers look so beautiful and healthy. It was a pleasure to see such beauty this morning. Thanks for sharing. Vikki in VA.

  14. WinstonSalem 08/29/2016

    Kathy, You have such an exuberant garden. it was a joy to look at your photos. Of course, I loved the potting shed and the sink with all the neat things. Glad to hear about the monarchs and your efforts to save them. So far I've seen three here in NC. They are just arriving. Am trying to raise the caterpillars as a female just laid eggs on my Aslepias. I decided to wrap the plant in net to keep some of the insects that eat the seeds, cats, etc. away. When I saw the first one on a zinnia down here I was overjoyed. It was like waiting for a long lost friend.

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    treasuresmom 08/29/2016

    I love your little shed. It is so sweet ;)

  16. foxglove12 08/29/2016

    Beautiful photos! Love all your garden art as well and shed.

  17. user-7007496 08/30/2016


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