Garden Photo of the Day

READER PHOTOS! Phillippa’s garden in Wyoming

TWO WAYS TO ENLARGE! Click directly on the image to enlarge in a pop-up. Click HERE to view the image in a new browser window.
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Phillippa Lack

Today’s photos are from Phillippa Lack in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Phillippa says, “I am originally from Jamaica, where everything grows by itself! I have gardened in the U.S. in Corpus Christi, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Beulah, North Dakota; Alameda, California; and now…wonderful Wyoming! It has been a stretch to garden here, but I’m happy to say that my garden has thrived.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Phillippa Lack

“We have a small seating area, with a fence that protects from the Wyoming zephyrs that blow almost constantly. The fountain provides rippling sounds. The basket in one photo is an experiment. It began as petunias and laurentia, then I added a climbing green bean and a morning glory! I start all my petunias and other annuals under a grow light with a light rail in the basement, near our hot water boiler. By the end of April I can put them into the transitional small seed house outdoors to harden off, then out to the pots.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Phillippa Lack

“I now not only grow flowers but also vegetables. I have just cleared my covered green bean bed (last photo) and will be putting in lettuces, radishes, and spinach for the fall and early winter. The cold frame is really going to be tested this year, as it has no heat, but I am optimistic that the Wyoming sun will provide enough for anything but our coldest months.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Phillippa Lack

“I still work part time as an internet technician for a local web hosting company, and my spare time is either in the garden or in my studio, where I do fiber art of various kinds. I always say that gardening in Wyoming is like a second marriage… a triumph of hope over experience. It is challenging to be sure.”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Phillippa Lack

I’ve been to Cheyenne, Phillippa, and I think you forgot to mention the HAIL! I’ve heard that Cheyenne has the second-highest annual amount of hail in the U.S. That’s quite a gardening challenge, too! I think you’re up for it, though. Thanks for sharing your garden with us!

***Phillippa has a website, where you can see her gorgeous fiber art creations. Check it out HERE!***

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Phillippa Lack

——-I don’t know if you’re keeping track, but I am! With yesterdays’ garden in West Virgina and today’s in Wyoming, we’re up to 39 STATES represented on the GPOD! Why do I care? Who knows, but I do! If you garden in Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, or Vermont, we want to see your garden! Learn how to submit photos HERE.——-

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Phillippa Lack

Want us to feature YOUR garden in the Garden Photo of the Day? CLICK HERE!
Want to see every post ever published? CLICK HERE!
Want to search the GPOD by STATE? CLICK HERE!

**Check out the GPOD Pinterest page, where you can browse all the post in categories…fun! CLICK HERE!**

View Comments


  1. User avater
    meander_michaele 08/30/2012

    Phillippa, forgive me for gushing, but your fiber art is amazing. I loved this sentence in your artist statement:
    "Work tends to take on a life of its own, and ideas are followed where they lead."
    I am sure that philosophy carries over into your gardening as it does for many of us. The composition in the photo with the bench and cascading petunias with the exclamation point of the vibrant red dahlia definitely gives the impression of one of your fiber creations. You have a wonderful artist eye!

  2. joycedaffodilhill 08/30/2012

    Curious to know what spring is like in your garden, can you let us know next year. Lovely fiber art.

  3. Josefly 08/30/2012

    I, too, enjoyed browsing through your fiber arts site. What wonderful colors and textures! I googled "Ice Cube Deconstructed" and was able to find a great photo. Oh, and, the garden is lovely, too.

  4. wittyone 08/30/2012

    Phillippa, what a beautiful lush garden you have created. You've certainly covered some ground in your moving adventures and must have had some steep learning curves with such diverse locales. Has it been difficult leaving so many gardens behind or do you consider it a new opportunity every time? Having lived in the same house for over 30 years I would be heartbroken to move and leave all my efforts (small though they are) behind.

  5. sheila_schultz 08/30/2012

    Your gardens must give you such joy, Phillippa. You certainly have overcome all the difficulties gardening in Wyoming can bring!

  6. tractor1 08/30/2012

    What a spectacular Wyoming sky! You seem to be well on your way to creating your garden, it's already taking on shape. And I like your fiber art a lot. Phillippa , now that you're in Wyoming you need to take up serious knitting, winters there are long and fridgid, you'll need some warm garments. I've been to Wyoming several times, I love the western parts. And I've eaten in Cody at a small family run Chinese restaurant, a memorable experience for sure. Thank you and send more pictures when you can.

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Related Articles

The Latest