Happy Boxing Day, everyone! Today’s photos are from Odile LaComb in Messina, New York. Odile says, “We live in Massena, New York, on the St. Lawrence River, which is the border between Canada and the U.S. I’ve always treated my area as zone 4 but I looked it up on the zone map and see that it’s classified as zone 5a. Perhaps with the change in climate that’s true now.
I’ve loved flowers since I was a kid, but never had much time to devote to it until I retired 14 years ago. It’s a difficult yard to assess with respect to sun and shade. It’s surrounded by large trees so it’s hard for me to find any area that gets 6 hours of sunshine through spring, summer and fall. It’s been an exercise of trial and error. At any rate I have a lot of shade plants and an extensive variety of hostas.” Beautiful, Odile! For those of you who are curious… “Odile is pronounced O’deal. . .it’s a French name I inherited from my French Canadian grandmother.”