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Teresa’s Small Town Paradise in Illinois

Today’s photos come from Teresa Beals – a small town gardener who created a big impact paradise!

“I live in a small town called Stewardson, illinois. Not much here so I built my own paradise. Love listening to my waterfall run and the birds singing. Just wanted to show you a little picture from a small town gardener.”

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    meander_michaele 05/14/2015

    Teresa, it's wonderful to be perfectly content with the pleasures of one's own gardening creations that a "staycation" feeds the soul.You have beautiful and colorful things to look at and soothing sounds of nature (with some help from you with your water feature) to listen to. Glad you treat yourself to enjoying it.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/14/2015

    Teresa, that's a really nice water feature and I love the euphorbia in the second picture. My mom called it 'snow on the mountain' when I was a kid. I need to consider growing it.

    1. GrannyMay 05/14/2015

      Tim, I remember my mom calling something "Snow on .....", but it was Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer) . I Googled Snow on the Mountain and found the euphorbia you were mentioning and also the invasive plant also known as Bishop's Weed and Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria). Buyer beware!

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 05/14/2015

        I am always dismayed when I see Bishop's Weed for sale in nurseries. It was such a battle to eradicate it from my garden, but after years of pulling and digging, I've won!

        1. GrannyMay 05/14/2015

          I have lost the battle against Lamium, or Yellow Archangel, Lamiastrum galeobdolon which escaped from a hanging basket dumped into my compost bin many years ago. It is thriving and spreading in the areas unreachable except maybe to goats or sprayers. I will not spray any kind of poisons, so maybe I'll have to hire a herd of goats someday!

  3. GrannyCC 05/14/2015

    Lovely paradise you have created Teresa. Gardening gives such pleasure and feeds the soul. I like the water feature and it must be very relaxing to sit and listen to it.

  4. GrannyMay 05/14/2015

    Teresa, that is what is so wonderful about gardening. It allows us to create our own paradise, small or large. Love yours!

  5. Nurserynotnordstroms 05/14/2015

    Phew,stacking all of that stone was a really big job,and turned out so lovely. I can imagine all of the birds and animals are delighted with your water feature. Gardeners create there own happiness and you certainly have created yours. As a bird watcher what bird species do you attract in your area?

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