Today Peggy Sheets is showing us around her garden.
My husband and I bought this house in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, about four years ago and are now living here full time. We’re Zone 8b with mild winters and hot, humid summers.
For my 60th birthday on March 9, my husband got the side yard fixed to my delight. I’ve loved gardening my entire life. Over the more than 30 years of our marriage, we’ve lived in Arizona, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Alabama (twice), California, Louisiana, and now Mississippi, where we plan to stay. It’s been hard leaving gardens we created, especially in Birmingham, Alabama, and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Along with gardening, I love wildlife and am thrilled a bluebird pair is setting up housekeeping in the box we put up for them. The monarch butterflies have already been busy this year. Yesterday I counted over a dozen caterpillars on the milkweed that survived winter. We’ll enjoy finding the chrysalises on our front porch all summer and sometimes getting to see brand-new butterflies.
I can’t wait to plant my two new beds!
This salvia (probably Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’, Zone 9–10 or as annual) has not stopped blooming all winter.
One of many monarch caterpillars on last year’s milkweed.
The brand-new camellia garden, recently planted and ready to become a beautiful, mature display.
Camellia japonica ‘Pink Perfection’ (Zones 7–10, also known as ‘Otome’ and ‘Frau Minna Seidel’). Looking at that arrangement of petals, it’s easy to see where the name “Pink Perfection” comes from.
Camellia japonica ‘Gunsmoke’ (Zones 7–10)
Camellia japonica ‘Delores Edwards’ (Zones 7–10)
A mislabeled camellia I call ‘Miss Labeled’. She’s quite beautiful, whatever her proper name is!
New beds ready for planting!
The newly redone side yard, with beds ready for planting and chairs ready for lounging and enjoying.
Borrowed view of the neighbor’s azalea in full bloom.
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