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Re: Re: Happy Birthday

It's good to hear about another gardener who doesn't like bare space.  
My front bed is a solid mass of foliage, and I love it that way.  From  
to season different things are blooming, but there is always a cover of 
different foliage patterns and textures.  Mainly several kinds of  hardy
geranium, which bloom beautifully in the spring, several colors of  
also spring blooming, Pulmonairas, several ferns, including several  shades
of the Japanese painted fern, a low=-growing Spirea rosea that has  just
finished its bloom, three different Hellebores which were grand in early 
spring and make nice green accents now, several mounds of Ruta  graveolens
which I mainly grow for the beautiful foliage, but which are making a  brave
stand of bright yellow flowers right now. and various other bits and pieces 
stuff.  You get the idea.  It all flows together and I love it  that way  
But:  My daughter-in-law who is a licensed petroleum engineer and  makes
a six-figure salary for working four days a week so she can take long  
to go skiing or whatever, looked at my garden, shook her head and  said
"Gee, you sure need some help to get this mess straightened out."
I guess it's just another case of beauty being in the eye of the  beholder.
I will add that I'm glad she can't see the prize in my garden this week -  a
spectacular Joe-Pye Weed bush about six feet tall and with many  stems,
full of bees and butterflies.  She'd say it's a weed and get rid of  it;
In a message dated 8/7/2014 1:00:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
1f73664e1@rewrite.hort.net writes:

From:  "Judy Browning" <59a63b9e1@rewrite.hort.net> 
To: gardenchat@hort.net  
Sent: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3:50:00 PM 
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re:  Happy Birthday 

I planted a mix of evergreen and deciduous where I  wanted trees. There 
13 walnuts in the back yard in 1976. We've  removed all but 3. The clump 
birches I planted died but the seedlings have  grown up nearby. The tallrr 
trees are underplanted with dogwoods nest  spruce cottoneaster phlox 
candytuft hosta and aquilegia. Everything is  close and grown together. In 
the sunny beds iris daylilies roses etc all  fight for sun. I keep them out 
of a few areas so my creeping thyme can  grow. On the front walk the mauve 
thyme has crept onto the concrete walk  since the poppies and daylilies 
overshadow their roots. Not much bare  space. 

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