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Dan’s Papers May 27, 2011 HOUSE & HOME Page 129 Sowing A Unique Garden by Jeanelle Myers My friend Ellen said she would like to read an article about my garden. She must be looking for a confession because this poor garden has been sorely mistreated and neglected for the past seven years! It is just this year that I have started to think about it and what it should become in the future. When we bought the small house (that later became a bigger house) in 1991, I was working four days a week and as I had been waiting my WHOLE life to make a garden, I worked three days every week on it. The yard came with three large oaks, one dying Japanese maple, one white lilac, one forsythia and one daffodil. Across the back of the property was a real tangle of vines and saplings and weeds. I later discovered that there were lychnis coronaria in are still there. And the assorteral beds because the addition ment of plants is still assorted. was done with sips, which require the use of large I am a plant nerd and so if I find machines to install the panels. one that looks interesting, I put The addition is great but the it in my garden to see how it large machine and the other grows. This garden is not aspects of construction left the “designedâ€? except in the layout garden needing a lot of reconof the beds. I have what gardenstruction. Since I had a new job ers call “onesies twosies.â€? One that required a lot of me, it has of this next to one of those. It’s taken these seven years to clean an interesting garden. A reflecup the construction debris and tion of who I am personally and Good things grow in junk. begin the rebuilding. artistically. I would not recomIt is still encrusted. I have mend it to any of my clients. But added beds and stone paths trying to eliminate I would recommend that they put as much of themlarge parts of the yard. I hate mowing. The plates selves into their gardens as I have into mine. Peace of Mind Begins Here. BEST BEST OF THE 2010 Collanders aren’t just for pasta. the mixed plant material serving as the lawn. I love them and encourage them to do as they like. We removed the back tangle. I made beds with stones found at the bottom of this tangle and with logs cut when a neighbor’s tree fell into our yard during Hurricane Bob. I planted vegetables and flowers. I conferred with the man who lived next door and we planned and gardened together and he watered my things during the week. I went to plant stores and nurseries and bought things I liked and planted them where I thought they would be happy. Some were and some weren’t and died. I was in heaven. I made more of the yard into beds. I had no more logs and the ones I had used had begun to decay so I began to use plates as the edges of my beds. Well, they were free at the home exchange in East Hampton, or very cheap at yard sales, and they work very well. Just stand them on edge and press into the soil and overlap them and they can hold the bed. They also look‌interesting. I also added a small pond. And, since I am by nature, an encruster and a junk hound, the garden slowly but surely became encrusted with beds, plates, plants, interesting objects, stone piles and shells. In 2004, we enlarged the house and I became an estate gardener. Before construction, I removed sev- Use your Smart Phone to Remote Access Your Home Security Security systems should solve problems, not create them. From low cost to high end, we can help you with every aspect of residential and commercial security. Our Central Station can monitor your security system via the Internet, wireless transmitters or traditional telephone lines for maximum reliability, as well as notify you with immediate email alerts on all alarms. d'JSF#VSHMBSZ"MBSNT d5FMFQIPOF4ZTUFNT d)PVS$FOUSBM4UBUJPO d&OWJSPONFOUBM4VQFSWJTJPO d7JEFP4VSWFJMMBODF3FDPSEJOH d/:4UBUF-JDFOTF d(BUFT"DDFTT$POUSPM d(VBSE1BUSPM3FTQPOTF d6--JTUFE4JODF $BMMBOEBTLVTBCPVUPVSCBTJDTFDVSJUZTZTUFN PSGPSBGSFFTFDVSJUZDPOTVMUBUJPO Authorized Dealer of Bosch, DMP, GE & Honeywell Security Systems and Panasonic Digital VoIP & Avaya Telephone Systems 3763

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