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More from Mark’s Connecticut garden, Day 2

Happy first day of May, everyone! How did that happen? Wasn't it just January yesterday? Anywho, we're back today in Mark Meyer's East Haddam, Connecticut, garden with a few more snapshots. (previous posts HERE and HERE) Mark, that cantaloupe… it's HUGE!! I love this garden. Thanks so much for sharing it with us yet again.

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  1. user-1020932 04/30/2015

    Mark, I would love to visit your garden, kick off my shoes and walk barefoot with you to see it all up close and hear the stories behind each plant but THEN i want to eat giant melons!

    1. user-7007505 05/01/2015

      Jeff, visitors are always welcome! Last year was the first time I ever planted melons, partly due to my limited space and I wasn't sure how well they would do in our climate. Well, I sure was surprised! I bought one small pot of 4 seedlings and got the best 8 melons I have ever eaten (and shared).

      1. user-1020932 05/01/2015

        Mark, I will be right over for a tour end of May. I'll even pull weeds as admission fee (EASY job because i see NO weeds! )

        1. user-7007505 05/01/2015

          lol. I will be sure to save a few just for you.

  2. perenniallycrazy 05/01/2015

    Nothing but awesomeness again Mark! Loving your barefoot profile too. Please keep sending garden photos - can't get enough.

  3. NCYarden 05/01/2015

    I still just find this garden so stunning? What else can I say? Although I must admit that bed of creeping phlox (?) looks like an inviting and ideal place to lie down and take a seems I would practically float atop the cushioning blooms. A garden dream for sure. Thanks for sharing, Mark, and good luck in your recovery.

    1. user-7007505 05/01/2015

      lol. I say that about the creeping phlox every year. Maybe this year?

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/01/2015

    Great views, great harvest. Did you build that stunning stacked stone wall? It's amazing. Love the view looking up from the pond and it's been nice seeing a broad view of the persicaria ground cover that was discussed on your first post.

    1. user-7007505 05/01/2015

      I built most of the stone walls on the property. I had someone build this particular one soon after we moved in but when we built the garage I had to rebuild it as it needed to curve and another set of steps needed to be added. (not pictured)

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    meander_michaele 05/01/2015

    Your garden has such appealing dimensionality, Mark. The rock walls give a modest change in elevation and allow pathways to be be nestled in and plants to spill over. Everything looks so walkable with a such wonderful flow.
    Forgive me if I sound like a dummy but is that a specific drying rack for flowers? or something that is more improvisational for that purpose?

    1. user-7007505 05/01/2015

      When it was time to cut down my sunflowers for the season I just couldn't bear to toss the ones that still had seeds so I placed them on the small teak table between the 2 chairs near the pond. The birds finished them off in no time!

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        meander_michaele 05/01/2015

        What a great idea...had to fun and satisfying to see it so popular with your feathered friend population.

  6. greengenes 05/01/2015

    Beautiful! Every picture is so inviting... The sunflower shot with them all lined up is great! Those are some nice looking melons, too! Thanks so much for sharing part of your life's work, Mark!

  7. annek 05/01/2015

    Your rock wall, blood red Japanese maples, rocky stream, magnificent phlox bed, manicured veggie garden...all of it is just beautiful. What joy you must get every day as you walk those paths and enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of your labor.

  8. user-7007505 05/01/2015

    I need to explain why I sent in the photo of what appears to be a dead holly. Two years ago was the first time we had some moderate winter burn but is recouped without much difficulty as most of the leaves held on. This past winter was SO brutal and caused almost total leaf loss other than the lowest branches which were buried in snow. The leaf buds seem to be all dried up as they flaked off with a gentle touch. I pruned about 12"off of the entire tree and the branches still seemed to all be "green".

    My question is, will new buds form or is it likely to die? I think it's an American Holly or a Nellie Steven's Holly if that helps.

    1. GrannyCC 05/01/2015

      Hi Mark
      I live on the West Coast and have been having a problem with a very large holly. Its leaves are falling off and I think they have holly leaf blight (phytophthora ilicis). It seems to be spreading through out the many stemmed tree. it will leave a huge hole if it dies.The leaves have brown spots and the branches are dying. The only thing that is suggested to do is to spray with dormant spray in the fall. They also say to pick up all leaves and branches and put them in the garbage. I have no idea what type a holly it is. So far no new buds are forming.

  9. katieerb 05/01/2015

    I have loved strolling through this incredible garden, it seems there is a surprise around every corner, thanks for sharing!

  10. digginWA 05/01/2015

    Great shot with the curving flagstone, wall, urn, and hedge. It makes me want to know what lies beyond.

  11. GrannyMay 05/01/2015

    Thank you, Mark, for sharing these glimpses of your garden and your life. I love your sunflower arrangements and how you share their seeds with the birds. I can see from the stacked stone walls and the huge vegetables that you have more than artistic talent. Good work! I hope your holly survives.

  12. sheila_schultz 05/01/2015

    Good morning Mark... I missed yesterday's post so I just looked through your wonderful photos. I can't seem to get enough of your charming gardens. Your rock walls are pieces of art as are your trees. There is just something about your home and property that is so peaceful and inviting. It makes me smile. By the way, when I first saw the photo of the table and sunflowers I really thought it was a painting! The birds must have thought they had died and gone to heaven ;)

  13. GrannyCC 05/01/2015

    Hi Mark I replied to your comment about your holly but I just wanted to congratulate you on all the other wonderful areas of your garden. The cantaloupe is amazing.

  14. user-4691082 05/01/2015

    Mark, I love your climbing hydrangea. I have one that's 10 years old and has never bloomed. :-(
    Your garden has been a labor of love and it does you proud! Thanks so much for sharing.

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