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READER PHOTOS! Odile’s garden in New York

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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.

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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.”

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Odile LaComb
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Odile LaComb
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Odile LaComb
2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Odile LaComb
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  1. gottagarden 12/26/2011

    What a lovely burst of color on a gray winter day! Your walkway is very inviting.

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    meander_michaele 12/26/2011

    Although Odile modestly admits to "trial and error" in her garden efforts, her pictures reveal the end results as delightfully successful. I love all the vibrant purple tones which go so beautifully with the chartreuse and white.

  3. tractor1 12/26/2011

    A grand assortment of plantings! Those bleeding hearts are vibrant... don't forget to put out the hummingbird feeders.

  4. JanisCort 12/26/2011

    Lovely. Would like to see pictures showing it in winter too.

  5. pattyspencer 12/26/2011

    Love the bleeding heart!

  6. Annek 12/26/2011

    Exquisite flower combinations.

  7. priscilla_zone5 12/26/2011

    I loved every one of your pix, Odile, + am putting them in my saved Fine Gardening acct. Would you please share the name of the gorgeous yellow + green hosta? Thanks!

  8. Wife_Mother_Gardener 12/26/2011

    beautiful work!

  9. user-7006917 12/26/2011

    Lovely pictures. Spring seems so far away and this garden brings it back to heart.

  10. Odile143 12/26/2011

    Priscilla:
    The name of that hosta is "Montana". It's my favorite.
    Odile

  11. soilgoil 12/27/2011

    Every view of your garden is spectacular, Odile. I do have a question, though. I love Lady's Mantle, but it looks so awful in winter. Do you cut back the brown leaves, cover with mulch, or let them be?

  12. Odile143 12/28/2011

    Hi Soilgoil:
    I don't do anything to the Lady's Mantle for the winter.
    It gets covered with snow anyway and I just clean it up in the spring. What zone are you? And thank you for your lovely comments.
    Odile

  13. margoa 12/29/2011

    Spectacular! What a beautiful place, and a wonderful inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing! You gave me some ideas how to work with the alliums I still have to put in the ground while it's still almost 60 here in St. Louis.

  14. peccles 02/22/2012

    Hello Odile, I live just across the border from you, also on the St. Lawrence but on the Canadian side. Your garden looks lovely. You have the same challenges I have.. lots of trees and real difficulty finding 6 hours of full sun. Since you are so close I would love to visit your garden and invite you to mine. Any chance we can arrange that for sometime in 2012?

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