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READER PHOTOS! Viktoria’s garden in Connecticut

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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Viktoria A. Mullin

Today’s photos are from Viktoria Mullin in Cromwell, Connecticut. She says, “I couldn’t resist sharing my autumn garden with you. I’m so happy and proud of myself and my plants! Believe or not in the spring 2010 there was nothing but a flat grass landscape here. The idea to install the fence and plant flowers around it had come into my mind in early spring. I made the plan, and we bought the fence at Lowe’s and installed it ourselves. I spent the whole summer of 2010 planting and maintaining. So, this year I got an abundance of blossoms and an uncounted number of beautiful photographs.” Thanks, Viktoria, for sharing this with us–it’s beautiful!

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 Viktoria A. Mullin
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 Viktoria A. Mullin
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 Viktoria A. Mullin
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 Viktoria A. Mullin
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 Viktoria A. Mullin

Viktoria sent along some plant IDs:
Mums (Chrysanthemum cvs., annual)
‘Autumn Joy’ sedum (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Zones 3-8)
‘Karley Rose’ fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’, Zones 6-10)
Montauk daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicum, Zones 6-10)

 

 

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  1. gottagarden 10/21/2011

    Brilliant! Superb arrangement of textures and forms, and bright color, love it!

  2. JulieBW 10/21/2011

    I love those Montauk daisies. Tough shrub-like stems that never fall over.

  3. Wife_Mother_Gardener 10/21/2011

    Wonderful work, Viktoia! This is so much more satisfying than more lawn!
    I love how the white daisies tie it all together with repeated groupings and by echoing the color of your fence. Beautiful.

  4. JTitus 10/21/2011

    Your yard is absolutely beautiful. And to think you did it in one year! I am working on a 5 yr plan. When I married my husband the yard was just lawn. I am slowly working on making it more appealing. I know I will never get to this level since I am a novice gardender but I keep trying. Your garden is an inspiration.

  5. pattyspencer 10/21/2011

    Just beautiful! I wish you lived next door to me - the lessons you could teach!

  6. n2hostas 10/21/2011

    Just beautiful, love the sedum and the mums, lovely fall arrangement. Only thing to make it better is if it was in my yard. :)

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    meander_michaele 10/21/2011

    So, is commenter JuliaBW correct in identifying the white flowers as Montauk daisies? I love how they combine with the sedum. Are the Daisies in bloom throughout the summer or do they just start putting on a show in the fall?
    I am super impressed with how complete Viktoria's garden looks in such a short time. Sure makes the rest of us realize that there is no excuse for not giving things a try!

  8. petuniababi 10/21/2011

    You are truly a gardening genius in my eyes.I am sitting here wondering how people like you do a marvelous thing like this.I am trying,but i can never find it in me to go the route that you have taken.You have a huge right to be proud of this spectacular garden.But you know where it would look even better?In my yard!!God bless you.

  9. viktoriamullin 10/21/2011

    thanks so much for the all nice comments you wrote me here! it's really inspiring and encouraging for both: keeping up my garden beautiful and taking more photos to share with you! I'm truly pleased

  10. viktoriamullin 10/21/2011

    to meander1
    yes, they are Montauk daisies, they put on a show their beautiful flower display in the end of September and keep flowering at least up to today. They seem being pretty happy and still full in bloom.
    I’ll post a few photos of how they look like during the whole warm season before they bloom. They add beauty to my landscape with sculptural shaped bushes along the fence grooving taller and wider up to September. Here is the secret and trick, as I’ve learned with them. Don’t let them grow too tall and wide until the August time. I used to prune them several times within the summer keeping them in the shape one third of the high they are now. If you won’t prune them in the end of May or the beginning June, as a first pruning time, they won’t give so many new stems. Pruning them farther encourage them to develop many new stems over the main ones. These multiple twigs will give you a cluster of daisies per each. In spring 2010I bought three one gallon containers with little mounds of Montauk daisy. I pruned them in June and got many lovely and healthy looking steams. It was so pity to throw them away, so, I just stuck some of them into the soil for a good luck, and they rooted in a couple weeks. Rest of the cut stems I gave to my neighbors to do the same. My neighbors and I had an abundance of daisies last fall. However, they didn’t prune the daisies this season, so the only what I can see at their yard is a few desperately tall and lonely stems with several small flowers per each.

  11. Joyce70 10/22/2011

    Victoria, it is beautiful! What an inspiration for us and for you.

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