This garden is the epitome of a romantic garden. How did Gen get started? They started excavating, getting tons of rubble out of what was a snake
pit. It was literally a snake pit. Now, in the early spring they plant Tulipia Tulips which makes a formal early spring presentation. This year
they planted 7,000 yellow and white tulips, then underplanted them with Viola wittrockiana and Pansies, yellow, white and blue. When they pull up
the tulips, when they're spent, they have a carpet of pansies to carry over to late spring and early summer. Now it's in bloom and a romantic
garden, it's lush with Petunia hybrida Petunia, that seem everywhere. The Pansies are still hanging on. They also have Iris 'Louisiana Iris'
blooming in here. They plant everything to make it lush and romantic looking. But then it becomes a more "cottagey" type garden for the summer.
But Gen always keeps it low key, with blue, yellow and white flowers, although sometimes a little pink comes in. But she uses low key colors. And
it works beautifully.
If you're thinking about creating a bit more romance in your garden make sure to develop some intimate spaces that are small. You should not be
able to see the entire garden from any one spot. Also, make sure that all of the plants overlap and intertwine. And use muted tones, blues and
purples work very well.
It's Fall, which often means clean up time in our yards and gardens. And that can often increase our exposure to poison ivy and poison oak. How do we best identify these culprits? Here is an informative article about identifying and reducing the exposure and misery from poison ivy and poison oak.
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