Today’s photos are from Jean Mazzella in Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior. Jean says, “I have been gardening for over 50 years, 38 of them in this location. There were two beds that I tended for a long time. Eight years ago, when the boys no longer needed the yard for play, I began Operation Less Mow – the more I gardened, the less I had to mow. Besides, it’s much more pleasant to look at a rainbow than a green carpet. Plus I have no luck growing grass. Now there are pathways going between gardens with only small patches of lawn for utilitarian purposes. Even the 150-foot-long boulevard has become space for a wide variety of species.
“The beds have evolved from traditional pull-out-all-the-weed type gardens to a much wilder variety. The turning point came when I added the pond. This was surrounded by native plantings. These have become inter-mingled with the other species to create a more natural landscape in which weeds are really not very noticeable. What a freeing experience! Also, flowers, veggies, fruits, and berries happily co-exist to create a wonderfully peaceful environment. Hence the garden’s name, “Touch of Heaven.”
“This year, I started a small shop on Etsy. It contains nature-inspired items which will include a wide variety of my flower seeds starting in November. You can check it out HERE.”
I feel like a broken record every day, telling everyone their gardens are “beautiful!” But they all are, and yours is no exception, Jean. Thanks so much for sharing it.
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