Today’s photos are from Julia Brown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
She says, “I became interested in flower gardening about 30 years ago after seeing a beautiful landscape photo in a magazine. My education has been almost every gardening book in the library, and hours of gleaning information from nursery specialists and friends. There isn’t a huge budget, so instead of boulders and retaining walls, we have cement edging.Many of the plants are divisions from the gardens of friends.
Our backyard retreat began when I moved here in 1999, and has been evolving ever since.The yard had been neglected for years, and was almost a wild forest full of weeds, shrubs, vines, thorns, and two large elm trees. It started out as a narrow L shape against the edge of the property, and continues to expand yearly. There have been several large renovations necessitated when a storm blew down one elm, and disease took the other. Someday all of the grass will hopefully be replaced by blooms. I’ll gladly take advice on how you or your viewers would change, or add to the landscape to help me achieve that goal!
We both contribute to the garden. I prefer to do the digging, planting, and planning. Jorge makes his vehicle available for large loads, and is frequently enjoying the view from outside, or from the window, especially his beloved winter hardy cactus in the Mexico corner. Hardy roses are my favorite, with about fifty currently planted. When sitting outside around the table at night, we have a lovely view of the Minneapolis downtown skyline above the arbor. I hope that you enjoy our backyard retreat.”
I know I did, Julia! Thanks for sharing your garden with us!
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