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To help celebrate National Garden Month 2006, we've invited our visitors to share their garden tales with us. We hope you'll find inspiration in their stories and appreciate the pride of your fellow gardeners.
The old New England farmhouse yard has been a work-in-progress for several years, since I am truly a lazy gardener and thrifty. To start a bed, I break up the sod some and turn it, then dump on chicken coop shavings and manure, then some lazy woman's compost to keep it from blowing around. The first bed started with iris corms from the previous house. I added some asiatic lilies, taken from the back of the house, so we could watch the hummingbirds up close. A friend invited me to divide her perennials, too. The next bed started with iris I purchased in memory of my father, This small bed by the front door gets the annuals I experiment with each year. My husband likes roses. Our northern climate and my lazy gardening called for some climbers. For his birthday, I bought 2 inexpensive wooden trellises and 2 hardy plants. I knew I would be the one to care for them. Next, a long bed appeared on the street side. The school fundraising got a boost from my purchase of 2 dicentra (which I have since divided). Wild strawberries from transplanted the field grow there and daylilies. Last year expanded to a strip along the rail fence my husband put up. I put in seeds a friend had gathered from her house. The birds leave their gift of sunflowers popping up here and there,too. I said I was thrifty!