My name is Courtney Gorman, and I live in Buffalo, New York. I have been a gardener for almost 20 years now. My love of gardening comes from my mother. She was a huge gardener. We would do several garden walks throughout the summer months almost every weekend. It amazes me what people can do with their yards (big or small). Especially with the smaller gardens, the imagination of what people can do with their yards is unbelievable. I love to see all the different variations of flowers and colors that are available. I love to see plants that are unusual and different.
This is my 10-year-old rose of Sharon tree (Hibiscus syriacus, Zones 5–8). It was a very slim tree when planted and now is a show-stopper.
These are my crazy daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Crazy Daisy’, Zones 4–9). They are one of my favorite perennials.
This is a fuchsia (Fuchsia hybrid, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) plant that I bought for the first time. It did extremely well in this planter that is sitting on an old tree stump. You can see some mushrooms are growing off of the tree stump.
A petunia (Petunia hybrid, annual) is sitting on a wooden picture frame that was made for me by a dear friend of mine. This is a huge hit when people come to visit my garden.
Another show-stopper is the line of begonias (Begonia hybrid, Semperflorens Cultorum group, Zones 10–11 or as annuals) I plant every year along the walkway to my front door. They last until mid-October or until the first frost. They grow huge and are just beautiful in color.
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Beautiful ! Welcome to spring . It's a while yet from when we'll see colors like that but there's plenty of anticipation and enjoyment in going out this time of year and making those springtime discoveries that are now waking up and poking through . Even though most color is in the summer months , springtime is so uplifting . I fully endorse daily walks this time of year through all of the gardens . There's something about this annual "break-through" ... Peace .
Courtney - I enjoyed reading your gardening story and looking at all the photos. Thank you for sharing!
Lovely garden and that Rose of Sharon looks very happy! I also like using stumps as bases for various pots and the mushroom on yours add just the right touch.
Your Rose of Sharon is AMAZING! So inspired by how beautiful it is, I hope one year mine looks so nice as yours! I saved your photo to my Pinterest folder of inspiring gardens!
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