Today we’re in Evanston, Illinois (just outside Chicago), visiting with Zita Swindells.
A few years back I sent in pictures of my postconstruction garden (Surviving Construction in the Garden)—nice bones, but a bit bare. Since then I have retired, spent quite a lot of time in pandemic lockdown, and turned to the garden as sanctuary. I have created a bed bordering the patio, added another seating area, squeezed in more raised beds for vegetables (even in the sunny alley parking spot next to my garage), and added a rain garden filled with natives in a low area of the yard that floods every year (sadly, not this year—heat and drought seem to be becoming the norm).
My lovely neighbor brought over her old dog kennel panels and helped me put up the temporary fences you see below to protect at least some of my perennials from our plague of rabbits. But along with the rabbits, chipmunks, and squirrels, who eat my crops and perennials, are the butterflies, bees, birds, and all the other pollinators providing constant movement and color in the garden. It is a grand tapestry and has certainly been a haven for me.
Red canna lilies (Canna indica, Zones 8–1o or as a tender bulb) and Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum, Zones 4–9) in the rain garden.
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