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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2004
6:39 PM

Post #1083897

We began a small project about 3 weeks ago.

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2004
6:39 PM

Post #1083898

Wanted to solve an area that would not grow any grass. Started out with a small patio. Then a couple of walks

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MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2004
6:40 PM

Post #1083899

Now it is enveloping the whole shady area.

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 7, 2004
6:41 PM

Post #1083900

The neighbor got involved and is creating a complimentary area too.

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DeepRoots
Willacoochee, GA
(Zone 8b)

October 7, 2004
6:52 PM

Post #1083912

you are my hero.

just don't let my wife see these pictures...
Equilibrium

October 7, 2004
11:51 PM

Post #1084337

What you have done looks incredibly inviting. I love the look of those paths you created.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 8, 2004
12:18 AM

Post #1084384

Thank you both for your kind comments. We continue to add more walks each weekend. I will continue to add more photos. I could use some suggestions for colorful shade plants. My husband is getting pretty tired, but he keeps on helping.

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Equilibrium

October 8, 2004
2:27 PM

Post #1085012

Are you making your path stones or buying them somewhere?
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2004
2:33 PM

Post #1085021

MsMaati,
Wow, I'm so glad I found this thread. I responded to you on the other thread but you only had that one picture. This is amazing! As I mentioned, hostas are gorgeous, easy shade plants and the other suggestion was a small boulder with toad lily growing over it. Astilbe is a shade plant that doesn't take up much room and it comes in beautiful colors. Try this company for some great woodland shade plants. The owner, Gene, is wonderful to work with and I have been extremely pleased with the plants I have ordered from them. http://davesgarden.com/gwd/c/46/
Terrie

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 8, 2004
3:52 PM

Post #1085117

I am making my stones. I purchased a mold from Lowes. It takes one 60lb back or concrete mix per 2'x2' set of stones. Since the stones are seperate, you can make curves and angels. It has been much fun. So far we have layed down 45 bags of concrete with 30 more to go before we call it done for the winter. I want to make more paths along the creek next spring. Grass does not grown out there. However, the ground is covered in the spring with little pink wildflowers. Here is a before shot of the area we are working on. This was taken in late August, just before we started laying the stones.

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trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2004
4:36 PM

Post #1085193

What a beautiful area!
Equilibrium

October 8, 2004
5:00 PM

Post #1085323

A mold huh? Sounds incredibly creative to me. I don't have a Lowes around me but they said they were going to be building one. I love your paths.

Say, thanks for the link to Munchkin Gardens. I'll go check them out.
vs71099
Osage City, KS
(Zone 5b)

October 8, 2004
5:08 PM

Post #1085334

BEAUTIFUL MsMaati... and how wonderful of your hubby to help... I've seen those molds and always wondered how well they worked and how well it held up ... All projects start as just a little project ... My money this year went into River Rock to create my garden areas but maybe next year I can lay some paths like these... Thanks for sharing

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2004
12:53 AM

Post #1088808

Thanks for all the kudos, I posted step by step for making the paths under this link.

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/461468

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

October 12, 2004
4:09 PM

Post #1091266

Calling it quits for the fall, to be continued in the spring. Time to rake leaves, build up that compost pile, Ha Ha.

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trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2004
8:40 PM

Post #1091788

Oh, that turned out beautiful!
Equilibrium

October 13, 2004
6:07 AM

Post #1092577

Oh THANK YOU!

It doesn't look nearly as scary and overwhelming with the photos!
Liz
North Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)

October 27, 2004
3:13 AM

Post #1114091

Oh My! This is my first look at this forum and I'm in awe! What a wonderful area you have created.
It sounds totally backbreaking but totally sensational.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2004
11:55 PM

Post #1131034

Thank you Liz. It was a lot of work but we enjoyed it and I am looking forward to expanding it in the spring.
SalmonMe
Springboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2004
4:04 AM

Post #1131425

Beautiful, MsMaati :) Well done. Did you make DH a pie or rub his back after all that?! lol :) Wanted to suggest leatherleaf viburnum as a lovely shade plant. Pretty spring blooms and lovely fall color. Will take full shade. Don't know if it's in the PDB or not. Keep us updated!

--Hugs
SalmonMe
Springboro, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2004
4:10 AM

Post #1131436

Leatherleaf viburnum is in the PDB. I typed "Leatherleaf Viburnum" just like that with quotes and all. Copperbaron has some nice pics. PDB says sun to partial shade, but I checked a shade gardening book here and it says the shrub will take full shade as well, but partial shade is preferred. Shrubs make good focal points (although your patio seating is a strong one) and they also take up some room with minimal care if chosen correctly. Happy gardening :)

-- Hugs (Jacci)

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2004
2:23 PM

Post #1131845

Thank you, I will look at that plant. (my daughter's name is Jaci) lol
Magpye
NW Qtr, AR
(Zone 6a)

December 28, 2004
7:10 PM

Post #1211177

Wellll, now MsMaati .. I'm most curious .. as to why you haven't sent us any updated pics .. of, yet .. another most beautiful garden area .. that I/(we) can go 'virtually' strollin' thru every now and again ? ..

THAT .. has apparently been quite a wee lil undertaking for the two of you (hee).. But, my oh my .. hasn't it turned out beautiful .. and seemingly well worth the effort and labor!?!?! .. wow! ..

Bet that area is some mitey purtily dressed in its latest winter attire, by now .. Sure'd be nice to 'lay eyes' on it, just drenched in snow .. (hint, hint?) .. hee

Jes a simply beautful 'shade' garden !

- Magpye

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2004
6:42 PM

Post #1213495

Well, I waited until some of the snow melted so you could at least see the walk. Here is the shot from my window today. Still pretty dismal outside.

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trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2004
7:36 PM

Post #1213559

Wow, what a difference a season makes! Is that a creek in the foreground?
Terrie

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2004
7:57 PM

Post #1213582

Yes it sure does. Yes that is a creek. It is dry most of the year. Only flowing on big rains and in season of snow melts. Most of the summer it is bone dry.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2004
8:02 PM

Post #1213588

I was thinking I never noticed it in the previous pictures so I went back and looked. Guess the angle pictures were taken from never included the creek. It is lovely.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2004
8:24 PM

Post #1213629

Thanks, yes the angle is different plus the creek was full of leaves. The last fall picture shows 4 steps and the leaves now only three steps because of the water.
hanna1
Castro Valley, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 7, 2005
4:35 AM

Post #1225379

I just came here from your other thread, great job, looks really nice, waiting for spring to see your new pics, Annie

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 7, 2005
12:21 PM

Post #1225624

Thanks Annie

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2006
3:49 PM

Post #2205411

Well the new season begins. We plan to add another flower bed in our shady garden. It has grown each year. Here is a spring picture of the first bed that we built. I need to get out there and grab the grass out of my walk but the spring bloomers are looking ok. I am still using the same mold for our walks. I will post more later if you are interesting in seeing more.

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mqiq77
Danielsville, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 21, 2006
4:23 AM

Post #2207546

Inspireing,keep up the progress,your ideas rub off.Mike
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 25, 2006
9:08 PM

Post #2220438

The hostas are lovely!
patischell
Fort Pierce, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 29, 2006
3:08 PM

Post #2232762

Yes, please post more pictures! You have created such a lovely spot.
Pati
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 2, 2006
3:18 AM

Post #2240757

Oh, I would so love to walk that path. You've done a beautiful job!
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 5, 2006
8:11 PM

Post #2251953

You are so lucky to have this much space!

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2006
6:00 PM

Post #2256886

Thank you all for all of your kind remarks.

I have finally gotten a hold on the weeds and done some of my spring planting. Here are a few of the pictures that I took this morning.

If you are interested in a list of the plants in each bed let me know.

I would say that 75% of this area would be considered shade and some of it even full shade.

Our neighbors took out two of their deteriorating trees this spring so I may get a small amount of partial shade this year. I am trying a couple of plants that need a little sun. We will see.

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2006
6:05 PM

Post #2256893

This bed gets just a little morning sun. I generally plant Impatiens in here after the paperwhites are done blooming.

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MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2006
6:07 PM

Post #2256901

Newest addition after planting. I added some new plants to my new bed. I really like the look of the Jack Frost I sure hope it does well here.

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2006
6:09 PM

Post #2256909

Here is a closeup view of this bed.

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dottik
Oakland, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2006
7:57 PM

Post #2257158

The work you have done is certainly paid off. I don't think I have seen such a peaceful and serene place in a long time. Encourages my ambition if not my abilities. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. Dotti
lizh
N.C. Mts., NC
(Zone 6b)

May 7, 2006
8:21 PM

Post #2257210

Beautiful, I think that says it all.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2006
8:34 PM

Post #2260162

So glad to see updated pictures. It looks like you have your own private park! What a beautifully peaceful place. :-)

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2006
4:08 AM

Post #2271222

Just finished editing some of the photos I took of the spring planting of my shady gardens. I will take more pictures later in the summer when the annuals fill out. Thanks for all of your kind words. Yvonne

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aggiesmom
Wewoka, OK
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2006
2:19 PM

Post #2347401

WOW!!! What a spectacular garden you have created. Wish I had our area down by the creek looking half as finished - one of these days, maybe!!! Enjoy your beautiful garden.

enya_34
Madison, WI

June 6, 2006
6:27 AM

Post #2357303

Great project! Thank you for the follow up pictures. The garden is taking shape so nicely.

I was looking for a way to make paths in my back yard. This gives me an idea. I was wondering if one could mix in some fine gravel into the concrete for added traction and character.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 7, 2006
1:19 AM

Post #2360311

Enya - Most of the time the concrete mix has gravel in it and you just need to wash off more of the concrete when finishing to have it exposed if you like it like that. Yvonne
tiffanya
Sumner, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 10, 2006
2:52 PM

Post #2374291

gorgeous!
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2006
4:00 PM

Post #2381731

MsMaati, what is the little blue flowers? It is all beautiful and I can't wait to see summer pics!
enya_34
Madison, WI

June 15, 2006
9:09 PM

Post #2394156

The blue flowers must be Virginia Blue Bells. Do well in the shade and look great too.
Want to start them too, but I missed collecting seeds again this year.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2006
9:15 PM

Post #2394165

Thanks, enya, I'll look them up. :-)
Joan6aON
Mississauga, ON
(Zone 6a)

June 17, 2006
4:56 PM

Post #2400970

Your have done wonders with this area MsMaati and it is truly an inspiration to others. I like the idea of making the stones. I have a few stones in amongst my flowers but I got them from the nearby creek. Lots of work either way.

You are to be commended.

Joan

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 21, 2006
11:07 AM

Post #2415331

Thanks Joan. Sorry Trunnels, I have been out of town. Yes they are Va Blue Bells. Very easy to grow in shade or partial shade. I missed collecting the seeds this year too.
trunnels
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2006
3:12 PM

Post #2416026

They are beautiful and I looked them up. I'm afraid it is too hot for them to survive here. :(
lunavox
Seattle, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 21, 2006
4:33 PM

Post #2416388

Hey, this is really neat!! I'd also like to add my thanks for posting these pictures. It's giving me ideas. =)
Ellianor
Springfield, MO
(Zone 6b)

June 23, 2006
2:37 AM

Post #2422578

MsMaati, thank you for sharing! Just looking at the pictures makes me feel relaxed! Great job!

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2007
9:06 PM

Post #3649794

Hope you don't mind me bringing this to the front again.
I took some pictures of my toad lilies this morning and could not resist posting them. This garden project has been a blessing for me.
I enjoy breakfast in it several mornings a week. If you would like to see more pictures of the progress let me know I will be glad to post more. Thanks Yvonne

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happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2007
6:48 PM

Post #3653090

Please do!

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2007
8:09 PM

Post #3653287

Glad to Happy. When I planted these Feather Boa Hostas in 2003 they were just single leaf plants.

I added the Oak Leaf Hydrangea in 2005 and it has really taken off.

This spring when I was planting my impatiens in the middle of this bed I was greeted by a nice sized hog snake.

He ran off but I look for him when I go out there now. I would not want to step on him(or her).

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2007
8:42 PM

Post #3653385

More...More...More... (the crowd chants) : )

~Lucy

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2007
10:53 PM

Post #3653753

LOL, I am so thrilled you are still interested in my shady gardens.

Here is a picture of the first bed that we made.

We had a really nice old bird bath in there, but last summer some kids stole it. I haven't found one I really like to replace it yet. So this plastic one is standing in for the birds.

We have red and whit impatiens in it now, in the spring it is edged with paperwhites.

I think I might try planting some Tulips in the outer circle this year. Any suggestions as to what variety I should plant? I have not had much luck with tulips.


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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 24, 2007
11:57 PM

Post #3653927

Of all things to steal...a birdbath. There is all kinds of evil in this world.

As far as tulips, I don't think they would like it here, so I have no suggestions. I wish they would tho, cause they are so pretty. : )
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

June 25, 2007
3:12 AM

Post #3654889

I am just thrilled that this thread is back! I hadn't noticed it before and I am getting inspired. I plan to get rid of some lawn in the next couple of weeks, and I still do not have a solid plan. This is just a great tutorial for me.

Keep those beautiful garden pics coming.

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2007
1:16 PM

Post #3655756

msmaati I love the photos!!! We have almost all shade, but do not have the room to do what you did.
y husband loves all the paths in the yard he like thats that kind of gardening. this is aphoto of my side yard made out of free bricks and slate. Not quite as large as your but we love it. Ronna love your photos.

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 25, 2007
1:58 PM

Post #3655914

Thanks Marie, It is quite simple but time consuming. If you want to buy more than one mold of course it goes faster.

GardenLady, That is very beautiful. I love the areas that you can sit in and enjoy. Winter comes around to fast to suit me.

Here is a shot of my bird sculpture bed.

I made the bird in about 1996 when I was completing my art degree in sculpture class. My family teased me about him for years then whimsical garden sculptures became vogue and he fits right in now. Goes to show if you keep something long enough ...LOL.

The spotted Caladium I got at the local zoo sale. I was told it was rarely cultivated here unless it was brought back from its native home.

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enya_34
Madison, WI

June 26, 2007
4:33 PM

Post #3660693

It's such a joy to see the plants grow and the gardens mature! Thank you for sharing the new photos.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 28, 2007
11:37 AM

Post #3668705

Thanks enya. I can't tell you how much gardening has improved my life. It is such a joy to work in it. I know you all know what I mean.

Finally we are getting some rain. It really helps the Impatiens get going.

I use over 500 plants each year to add color to my shade islands.

This year I noticed a lot of volunteer plants coming up in the areas where I do not till and replant.


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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 28, 2007
4:05 PM

Post #3669806

Just beautiful, MsMaati. : )
I'm gonna check to see if my Lowes has any of those molds. I just love your paths.
~Lucy
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2007
10:14 AM

Post #3678372

Here is a picture of our path using the same mold from Lowes. The garden looks much nicer now :-) Just don't try bent grass between the "rocks" I wanted thyme - but DH insisted. It looked great for about 2 months - but now (2 years later) it just looks unsightly. This year I ripped out the grass in the front of the path (not visible in the above picture, it's on the left side, beyond the white fence) and replaced it with the thyme I wanted.

Eventually, I will get all the bent grass replaced with thyme - which, btw, looks great and smells better!

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 30, 2007
12:12 PM

Post #3678543

That looks great Seander.
I was wondering what could be planted in the spaces.
I have to pull up weeds every spring.
I will be watching to see how your thyme works out.

revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 5, 2007
5:00 AM

Post #3697209

Ms, I'm glad I found this thread. Makes me jealous, since I don't have a yard, but it's fun to admire yours. I've seen those stone molds and always thought they looked so fake. I couldn't figure out why yours looked so good, then read that you have an art degree. You have a eye for design, and know just what to do to those stones to make them appear as natural as they're ever going to get.

You asked about tulips. You can plant tulips, but you may want to treat them as annuals. They're hard to have come up a second year even with sun, but without sun they won't do well. However, they've got stored what's necessary to bloom the first year. It depends on how early you want them to bloom, and how tall you want them to be. The earliest tulips are generally pretty short, while the later tulips are the tall ones.

I love your pics, please keep on posting!

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2007
3:22 PM

Post #3710793

Rev - thanks for the info on the tulips.

I would like to put them in the bed pictured.
Maybe taller ones in the middle and shorter ones up close to the edge. The area close to the birdbath and right along the pentagon center is planted with paperwhites. They usually bloom in April.

In the fall when the impatiens are done I guess is when I should plant them?

Should I just dig them up after they bloom and store them until fall again, so I can put my Impatiens in again?

Do you have any particular ones that you would recommend?

Thanks

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revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2007
3:55 PM

Post #3710899

Plant them when the ground is cold. I usually wait till November. They need about 12 weeks to develop their roots. I like to have early tulips, so I plant the species tulips humulis which are the earliest to bloom, and then Kaufmanniana which bloom next, and finally Triumph tulips. If I have late tulips it interferes with my Asiatics which bloom in June, or annuals I want to plant in May.

I don't save the bulbs because I always cut back the foliage to make room for other things, therefore they don't store food. Tulips don't do nearly as well the second year, which is why I treat them as annuals. I just pitch them at the end of the season.

Go to some of the great tulip growers sites, like http://www.johnscheepers.com or http://www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/spring/. You'll have fun choosing the right tulips and colors.

Here's "Christmas Dream" triumph tulips blooming in April.

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revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2007
3:58 PM

Post #3710904

Oops! Those are early singles, not Triumphs.

Here's another pic, "Showwinner", either Greigi or Kaufmanniana, can't remember. Those are early.

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plantnutz
Austell, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 8, 2007
5:39 PM

Post #3711308

Lovely place MsMaati, how much land do you have?

Brenda

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2007
7:56 PM

Post #3711676

Thanks Rev I sure will be adding some tulips this fall I really appreciate you helpful suggestions.

Brenda, Thank you so much.
We have about 3/4 of an acre total but only about 1/4 of it is wooded.

That is the area that we put all the shade islands in because in the summer it was always just a dead dust storm when mowing because all of the grass would die.

I think that mowing around the gardens is a little price to pay for something to enjoy rather than to just maintain.

My Neighbor next door has an equal amount of land on the side of our adjoining properties so she started a garden there too. Her area-to the left of mine, gets a lot more sun. It makes both of our yards look bigger.

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plantnutz
Austell, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 8, 2007
8:12 PM

Post #3711722

Wow, I would have thought a couple of acres. My place is 7/8 acre.

Brenda

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2007
9:08 PM

Post #3711872

Brenda - here is a pieced together panoramic of the entire area.

Feel free to post some of your garden areas, I would love to see them.

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plantnutz
Austell, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 8, 2007
10:51 PM

Post #3712205

Yours are so neat and defined and lovely. Mine are willy nilly. Here's a pic of one of my hosta beds.

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2007
11:37 PM

Post #3712365

Brenda, That is wonderful. Is that some sort of varigated lirope? It looks so lovely as a border. Yvonne
plantnutz
Austell, GA
(Zone 7a)

July 9, 2007
12:31 AM

Post #3712594

Yes it is variegated liriope. I love it. I have it around almost every bed. I made the mistake of digging up some green liriope from an old homestead and bringing it here when I moved. I'm still trying to get rid of it. The variegated is much more behaved. I keep kidding my DH that the variegated will be our cash crop one of these days.

Here's another section of the previous bed.

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Zanymuse
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 20, 2007
4:40 AM

Post #4312496

Bump

I thought I'd bump this back up so we can all enjoy it again :~)
BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 20, 2007
5:00 AM

Post #4312529

Thanks Zany, I always like to look back at this thread. : )
~Lucy

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 1, 2008
2:56 PM

Post #4347251

I am glad you all enjoy my garden. We will be adding some new ones in the spring. Yvonne

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2008
3:18 PM

Post #4438098

I took a picture this morning of the little snow we got overnight. We don't get much snow down here on a regular basis. You can see the neighbor's house and her garden too. We both started our shady gardens the same fall. They lost a tree last spring and that gave us more sun. I may have to move my toad lilies they seem not to like the new amount of sun. Will post more in the spring.

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BlueGlancer
South/Central, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 22, 2008
3:45 PM

Post #4438189

The flowers have gone to sleep. : )
~Lucy
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2008
7:28 PM

Post #4771568

WOw! I just found this and I am in awe! I also did the pathway in my front yard using the mold 2 years ago. I'm still working on the beds the paths border. I'm envious of your hostas! I'm so far south, mine will never get that big. Thanks for sharing all your hard work.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2008
10:28 PM

Post #5006848

Thanks Lussah, I have been outside working to much an did not see that you had posted. Thanks again.
staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2008
10:50 PM

Post #5006954

Gorgeous gardens! I put in one small shade garden this weekend... whew... it's a lot of work. I can only imagine all the hours you have put into your gardens. They are beautiful!
scraps
Lena, MS
(Zone 7b)

May 27, 2008
3:16 AM

Post #5008235

oh, wow, what an inspiring garden. I have been looking at old post for hours it seems. Msmaati your gardens are lovely. Your work has paid off. Not to mention inspired us all to get up and go work in ours.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2008
12:48 PM

Post #5009302

Thanks Scraps and Staceysmom, It is a lot of work but it pays off. Unlike laundry which just comes back to be done over so fast, the garden lasts the whole summer. LOL. You can tell I hate laundry. I would work outside all day long if I could. I planted some new ground cover last year and it really took off, It is called Creeping Jenny. Don't put it anywhere you cannnot contain it. The lovely light green is nice change for the shade.

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staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 27, 2008
1:39 PM

Post #5009477

I love Creeping Jenny. I bought some a couple of years ago that was labeled as an annual. To my pleasant surprise it came back the next year. I have it planted around my tulips. Love the contrast of the dark green of the tulips against the light green of the Creeping Jenny. Plus it fills in nicely once the tulips die down. I also like using it as a spiller in containers. It looks lovely where you planted it there. I am really in awe of your gardens. Had to check out all the pictures again.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2008
3:39 AM

Post #5049905

I just found this thread and can I say...Love your gardens!!!

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2009
4:47 PM

Post #6741662

My Creeping Jenny is fully spread. It really looks great compared to last June. Everything here in southern Indiana is about 3 weeks ahead of last year. We had a great spring. Hotter'n blue blazes today.

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6741738

Garden view from the back. When I look back I can really see how much everything has filled in. Makes it all worth it. Backache and all.

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MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2009
5:12 PM

Post #6741747

A couple more shots from this week.

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 26, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6741789

Looks wonderful!!!

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2009
5:29 PM

Post #6741806

Thank you jen. Is your season ahead there too?

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 26, 2009
5:52 PM

Post #6741849

It has been such a super weird weather pattern, here. So much rain I think plants are just bigger than they normally are, I know the weeds def are.

I had to take down a bradford pear tree next to the house that was creating my shade garden so I had to dig up all my plants and move them to the other side of the house. So that was my unexpected project.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2009
5:55 PM

Post #6741855

I know what you mean about moving plants. Our neighbors lost several trees in the ice storm and I had to move my toad lilies to a different location so they did not get sunburned. I planted a plum tree this year, in a few it will shade that area again.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 26, 2009
5:56 PM

Post #6741860

Unfortunately my hubby is taking over the area, putting down pavers and making another parking and storage spot.
plantnutz
Austell, GA
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2009
6:28 PM

Post #6741961

MsMaati,

Your gardens are fabulous and your impatiens look so good!
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 26, 2009
8:02 PM

Post #6742304

I'm so glad you brought this thread back up. Wow. You've done really great work on this - it's a lovely lush natural oasis with just the right amount of human touch thrown in.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 27, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6743205

Thank you so much for the kudos. I have found that putting in soaker hose around and about the impatiens really boosts them. Takes less water than sprinkling too.
katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

June 27, 2009
2:50 AM

Post #6743916

And it probably keeps the leaves from spotting

gardenlady123

gardenlady123
Plainwell, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 17, 2009
10:41 PM

Post #6832244

Wow I forgot about this thread and loved looking at it all over again. Beautiful is the word! Ronna

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2009
10:01 PM

Post #6843326

Thanks Ronna, everything is in full bloom now. I will have to go take some more pictures.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 22, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9249884

Thought I would bump this up again since we have added quite a bit since 2009. Just a little at a time we are getting the landscaping that we want. This years drought really stunted the June and July growth but the recent rain boosted it back some. I am surprised that the grass is still green. Our area was in a severe drought.

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flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 22, 2012
7:52 AM

Post #9249889

It really looks great!

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 22, 2012
1:28 PM

Post #9250228

Thank you Ajen, I enjoy adding a new interest each year but I am running out of room. LOL Here are a few more pictures. Sorry I added same picture twice of the Bird bed. The Hosta have quite a bit of hail damage from a storm a couple of weeks ago.


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Decolores
Hillsborough, NC

August 22, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9250346

Everything looks beautiful -- your yard shows how much love (and hard work) you've put into it!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2012
6:02 PM

Post #9250552

Great job, lovely and well maintained gardens, relaxing sitting area, well done paths and a glorious site to behold. You've done an excellent job. It looks superb, especially some of the long distance views, MsMaati. You and hubby deserve the beauty that surrounds you. It looks better than 99.5% of the gardens I've ever seen including the professional ones. Yours looks professional without the overdone look that the major gardens have where no personality is involved.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 23, 2012
3:21 PM

Post #9251520

Wow! Not a problem area anymore! I like the different levels of the raised beds. Sure looks inviting despite our hot summer.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 24, 2012
5:30 AM

Post #9251981

Thank you all so much. It is a lot of work but being retired it is a good thing to keep busy. We did the raised beds to avoid having to mow on that hill. Seems that we can mow most of the yard with a rider now but I like to push mow often to make it look nicer.

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2014
12:29 PM

Post #9751299

A friend asked me to bump this up for her review. I have added more and more and will add some more photos in the spring. One thing nice about this medium is that you can continue to add to it year after year.
mlmlakestevens
Lake Stevens, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2014
2:01 PM

Post #9751354

Thanks MsMaati-I loved seeing these gardens develop over TEN years!

MsMaati

MsMaati
Newburgh, IN
(Zone 6a)

February 24, 2014
5:52 AM

Post #9775516

Thanks MLS I really enjoy my shade garden. I think I will get a chance to walk through it today without any snow or ice. I expect that some of my plants will we lost or damaged this year which will be sad however, that means I can go shopping for new ones.

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