Monet Vision.

 I titled the garden after my favorite Impressionist artist. Here are some of the summer flowers that encircle the pond.

Wild FloxSiberian IrisNorth ViewCranesbill, Wild GeraniumSedum, Silver Mound, HucheraLobeliaSalviaWater LilyHens and Chicks on the rocksLychnis, 'Orange Gnome' in front of Cranesbill


The spring of 2009 is the first year that all the new plantings of 2008 have had opportunity to show up on their own. So far so good. It promises to be a great garden season. Here are a few photos to show off:


The year 2008 was the first for the new garden. It filled  my free time with many shopping trips to nurseries looking for plant materials.  By the end of August the yard looked like it was there for a generation. Many of the plants matured and filled in the open spaces. We had large beds of blooms of many colors and textures. New Pond Looking NorthWest<a

NewPond after first plantings

New Pond Looking SouthWest

California Poppy

California Poppy

2008-pondflowers-025Canna LillyWater Lillies at first pond

Star Gazer Lilly

Horticulture runs in my blood. My mother was a farmer-gardener and it rubbed off on me and my siblings. My wife Barb and I developed a beautiful garden in Frankfort. We opened it to garden walks five times in fifteen years. We never showed it if it was the same as last time. Once I retired, I took the classes to become a Master Gardener. Ii guess I was tired of killing my plants without knowing what I did wrong. At least now I know. One feature of our garden was a pond. The pond developed over a five year period before it was mature enough to be called beautiful. I added a garden railway as an enhancement to the total garden experience.
The lot we had was nearly an acre in size with many trees. The trees were beautiful, but presented aa challenge to grow colorful things in the shade. We learned to use plant materials with varying shades of green with different textures to give interest. Wherever there was spot of sun to allow a colorful flower to grow, Barb planted impatiens and begonias.
The trees allowed me to develop a series of paths that wound around them and into little nooks all around. The paths also served to give us shortcuts from one bed to another. The setting was truly magical.
In 2001, shortly after I retired, Barb suffered a massive heart attack and survived. The next two years we spent enjoying the garden, but doing very little to develop it further. About two months before Barb died she gave me a vision for a new garden that she wanted in front of the house. She wanted a place to sit and meditate. We talked about it and sketched it out. We even purchased the bench for the sitting area. The summer after she died I decided to build the garden in her memory. It was huge project, but with some help I finished. I was anxious to see it develop into the vision she had for it. Two years after, the garden had just begun to fill in. In two more years it will be beautiful. I will never know, because I sold the house and moved to a different part of town.
I have lived in this new location for two years, and am just starting the garden. The anchor is a pond with stream and waterfall in the backyard. My plan is to be on the garden walk in two years. You will see photos of the new garden in development on this page.

4 Responses

  1. You have a great looking garden! You’re right…it has a very mature look for not being in existence for very long. I’m just starting my very own vegetable garden. You should check it out and follow along!

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  3. Such beautiful work….OMG! You are definitely a busy little bee.
    Keep up the great job. Your blog is excellent. I am new and learning how to get around.

  4. Great job! Love those zinnias. I finally got around to looking at your site. Amazing. Looks like your having fun with your blog. See you soon at one of the Garden Club meetings. Last week with the warm weather I was able get my hands in the dirt. Just under a week from skiing on over a foot of snow! We truly live in an amazing time. Glad to see your so hip with the times.

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