Hi, I’m Deidre Gilchrest and I’m a backyard gardener. Where I live in upstate New York, the soil is clay. It’s been quite the challenge, mostly through trial and error, to learn what will and won’t survive. Then there are the rabbits and squirrels to contend with. One season they almost wiped my garden out, along with a gopher who took up residency in my neighbor’s yard. They mowed all my heirloom roses, my fruit trees, and any soft vegetation they could eat. You’d think I’d throw in the towel, but it just made me more determined to find ways to learn and succeed in my gardening. My favorites in my garden are my morning glories and my mock orange shrub. This year I’m hoping my snowball viburnum will put on an even bigger show than last year. The huge snowballs bring me such joy. We have so many birds in our garden, but my favorite is the cardinal, as he sings to me while I’m hard at work planting or weeding. This spring I’m adding raised garden beds to my yard in hopes of growing vegetables alongside my beautiful flowers. I’m in Zone 5, so hopefully spring will be here soon.
A path leads you deep into the lush garden.
Shrubs and perennials are mixed together for a full, diverse border.
Yucca flowers (Yucca filamentosa, Zones 5–10) make a tremendous statement in summer.
A purple moment in the garden, highlighted by a beautiful vine-draped arch.
A thick evergreen hedge forms a backdrop for this part of the garden.
All birds are welcome, but bright red cardinals particularly so.
English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, Zones 5 –8) looks so beautiful. I wish you could smell it too!
Purple morning glories (Ipomoea tricolor, annual) living up to their name and being simply glorious!
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