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READER PHOTOS! Tim’s garden in Ohio, revisited

Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

We’ve visited Tim Vojt’s garden in Columbus, Ohio, several times (HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE), and I’ve even visited it in person (HERE)!

Agapanthus campanulatus. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

Tim just sent in some late-summer pics, and the garden is as awesome as ever. Tim says, “After seeing Miyako’s photos of her annuals and realizing that many of us are using the same coleus varieties this year, I was inspired to go out take some photos of the massive tangles coming from the few containers I have.

Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

“Most everything in the garden is reveling in the cool weather and the rain that we had virtually forgotten existed this summer. All the photos are from the last week of September, except the agapanthus, which was taken in July.

Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

“The star of the coleus varieties here is the dusky, velvety, purple-black one that trails and never seems to bloom. The cascade down the front steps is just the outgrowth of two cuttings in the nearly invisible blue container at the top of the stairs. All of the perennial scenes are of areas that received little or no supplemental water during the heat and drought.”

Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

Keep ’em coing, Tim! I can’t get enough of your garden.

Cyclamen hederifolium. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

****** Call-out for TIPS! ******

Hey everyone, put your thinking caps on–we’re in the midst of collecting gardening tips for the May/June 2013 issue (Crazy, I know…it’s not even winter yet!). Got any time saving tricks, quick hints, or helpful suggestions you’d like to share? They should be relevant to spring and early summer (for example, no fall leaf-raking tips). Accompanying photos are welcomed but not at all necessary. Send them to me at [email protected], and if we decide to publish yours we’ll send you $25. Thanks!

Agave havardiana. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

Agave neomexicana and sempervivum. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

Dianthus simulans. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

Front Hill. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt

Thymus minus ‘Elfin’. Photo: Courtesy of Tim Vojt


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    meander_michaele 10/03/2012

    All it took was the headline headline, "Tim's garden in Ohio, Revisited", to start my day off with a smile of anticipation...and, no disappointment after enjoying the pictures, thank you very much! The picture showcasing the succulent in the conch shell is an instant pleaser...that had to be fun to put together and see it work. And I'm a sucker for the way the Elfin thyme does it's spreading thing over and among the rocks. Everything looks great, Tim, thanks for letting us visit!

  2. duckcovegardening 10/03/2012

    Tim, I love the use of stone and gravel on a hillside. I am planting this fall on a sandy knoll - your pictures gave me some great hardscape ideas. I wonder if you established the plants first and then brought in the stone - amending areas where you were going to plant? And, as we have seen before in other areas of your gardens, your plant combinations are an inspiration!!

  3. tractor1 10/03/2012

    I too was immediately drawn to that hermit crab suculent in a conch shell. I also find very interesting what looks like a marble tile supportting what appears to be an opened geode as a focus for more succulents, and those cat's eye marbles add a finishing touch. All the colors are vibrant but I especially like that coral-orange. A grand display of interacting textures as well, as in the last, and in the third down, every one a winner. And great photo compositions. The only critique I have is something I plan to do myself and have been remiss this year but come spring for sure, pressure wash my concrete steps. Thank you for sharing, Tim.

  4. CTpat 10/03/2012

    It's always fun to see plant combinations and start to think about how they could be duplicated in my garden. I do have a question about the thyme--does it come back reliably? I've tried several kinds in the spaces between garden path stones, and most disappear after the first summer. Keep sharing your garden with the rest of us, please!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/03/2012

    The elfin thyme seems to be the best performer for me. Wooly thyme goes great guns, rots, and then comes back, as do some of the others. Pressure washing. Hmmm. One more thing to add to the list! :) When I did the front hill, The rock hardscaping was the framework. I planted some things as I worked, others after the rock-work was done. But my soil is very heavy, not sandy.

  6. Judith2 10/03/2012

    Absolutely love the rose cactus in the shell. The contrast of the hard shell makes the cactus look soft and lovely. Nice touch.

  7. pattyspencer 10/03/2012

    Tim I swear I'm gonna hunt you down and drag you to my home! (just kidding - well sorta kinda maybe - hehehe)

    Your yard is gorgeous! What is that bright orange coleus? That wasn't purchased from a store front was it??? I've never seen it around the Grove City stores.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/03/2012

    Most of my coleus are pass-along plants, so I don't know their names. The orange one looks like "Sedona" to me, but I'm not sure.

  9. tractor1 10/03/2012

    This electric pressure washer is plenty powerful enough for the homeowner:

    Early this morning I spotted a turkey vulture soaring (magnificent fliers) and suddenly it decided to perch atop my barn, about 600' away... I rushed to get a picture before it was almost non existant and I didn't think I'd have time for a tripod, this was the best of three. This is a large bird; stands about 25", has a 60" wing span, and weighs about 4.5 pounds.

  10. DebraLee 10/03/2012

    Hi, Michelle -- I've seen lots of succulents planted in shells, but none as lovely as that one. The opening perfectly frames the sempervivum. I'm so going to steal that idea!

  11. cwheat000 10/03/2012

    Tim, where do you go to top what you have already done? The garden tours you have shared with us, are one better than the next. Your garden is truly in a different league than most homeowners and quite a few public gardens as well. You hunt down some awesome varieties. I was admiring especially, the Heucherella 'solar eclipse' and that almost black leaved Rex begonia? Great use of houseplant tropicals outdoors ( very cool large leaved variegated ficus and wandering Jew, I think). Very few people in colder climates think to do that. Amazing as always.

  12. cwheat000 10/03/2012

    Tractor1- thank you for your almost daily photos. I always enjoy them. I consider them my garden photo of the day part B.

  13. kershawgirl 10/03/2012

    Tim, I was wondering what the rest of the pillar depicted in( left column, 3rd pic down) looked like? Interesting Asian characters scribed onto surface, and I think I might do some plain columns for my back yard, as I dabble in concrete, and mosaics, and have been wanting to make something for my monster back yard, with no focal point; something inexpensive, material wise, but as usual, always painstakingly time consuming!!!Otherwise everyone would be doing it, eh?

  14. tractor1 10/03/2012

    cwheat000: I'm glad you enjoy my photos. Today I cooked a 16 quart potful of beef barley mushroom soup.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 10/03/2012

    cwheat100:Good eye and memory on the plant names. I had already forgotten the name of the heucherella and I've only had it a few weeks! And remember, I take the photos and submit the photos, so you only see what I want you to see. There are plenty of not-so-nice parts of my yard. In progress!
    kershawgirl; If you click on the first 'here' in Michelle's intro, it will take you to the first time my garden was on the blog and there is a photo of the entire sandstone column. The first two characters are peace and level, which I think together mean peaceful. I have not been able to find out what the third character is.
    Thanks to all for letting me share.

  16. tractor1 10/03/2012

    And so easy to make:
    4 lbs top round trimmed of excess fat and small dice (~3/8")
    1/2~ cup olive oil (for browning meat)
    3 lbs pearl barley (rinsed)
    1 lb carrots pared/diced
    1 bunch celery sliced
    4 medium onions diced
    1 Tbls diced bells (red/green) dehys
    1 Tbls parsley dehy
    2 tsps dillweed dehy
    1 Tbls marjoram dehy
    Fresh ground black & white pepper, to taste
    3 pkts Goya beef bouillion
    Water to fill pot

    Brown meat.
    Add water and simmer about an hour to partially tenderize meat.
    Then add everything else and simmer on lowest heat for several hours.
    Stir occasionally, taste occasionally, adjust seasoning.
    Actually nothing was accurately measured... sometimes I use fresh herbs, this time not. Everything prepped via chefs knife, no stinkin' food processor/mangler. I'll have plenty to freeze in quart containers, will make for wonderful winter meals.
    If too thick freeze it that way, will take less freezer space, then dilute a bit when reheating.

  17. user-6536305 04/27/2016

    What specie of pelargonium behind Cyclamen hederifolium? The Agave sempervivum in the seashell is an fantastic idea. I am about to plant this year`s planters and I am glad I read you posts before I work on them. I am a copy cat.

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