Our Beautiful Country Garden. We Live In Zone 3

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Our Old Farm

We live on an old farm. It uses to be a pig farm. When we moved in the barn was so full of pig poo it took us days to clean it all out. We wanted to clean everything up and have a beautiful country garden planted in the yard.

We decided to start planting flowers in front of the barn. It was a nice sunny warm place.

I had brought some of my flowers along from the old house. It seems every plant we put in grew. Very likely because there was so much pig poo. Most of the flowers grew like crazy but a few we lost. The winters here can be 40 below. Most of the time this is why we lose flowers. I always try to plant flowers which will grow in our zone. The flowers grow in zone three do very well here we can get some zone 4 flowers to grow.

My garden is full I don't want any space between flowers if I can help it. It's kind of wild looking. I don't have any garden tips. I just plant in good dirt, add mulch and water. It's always good to have a husband who is willing to help.

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What we plant.

We plant lots of flowers, vegetables and vines in our garden and yard. We also try to add bird houses all around the yard. We have had bluebirds nesting in our bird houses.

I once read somewhere that you should add a bright piece of furniture to a garden so I painted some old lawn chairs in purple and put them in front of our old white picket fence.

Our cat loves to walk around the garden with us and he is always smelling the flowers. I hope you will enjoy my photos.

I'm not going to put my garden hub in the contest. I don't do anything special to grow my garden. I just plant the flowers and vegetables in add a little good dirt, some mulch, water them good, have a husband who helps and I hope they grow.

We use to keep a compost going at our other house, but here we can't it brings the bears in. I don't want to be on the ground in my garden and turn around to a bear standing over me.

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Old vintage flowers.

I have flowers in my garden which once belonged to my mother-in-law. The vine growing along the barn was her vine and the pretty golden glows were hers. She's been gone a long time, but she was the first woman in my life who taught me what to plant and when to plant in my garden.

My mother is also a gardener and still keeps up a small garden at 90.

I have iris, peony (my favorite), lilac bushes, lilies, hydrangea, hollyhocks, hostas, and clematis. I try to plant flowers the deer won't like such as coneflower, bee balm and yarrow. An annual flower they don’t like is marigolds. I planted a marigold in a pot next to each of my pumpkins last year and didn’t lose one pumpkin.

In the fall, we will have pumpkins, tomatoes and whatever vegetables we decide to plant. We have a grape vine and it will be full of grapes in the fall as will the apple trees.We have 6 apple trees in the yard. The grape vine attracts so many birds the robin run across the yard like their in a race just to get in the grapevine and eat all they can.

We have also added a bottle tree to the garden. It's finished now and I really enjoy it. Hope you enjoy our garden.

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Some Flowers can grow in Zone 3

We are pretty much in zone 3. We can get away with some zone 4 flowers but if we have a bad winter with bitter cold and no snow this is when we lose many of the zone 4 flowers.

This is a haven for butterflies and bees. We have Monarch, Swallowtail and I think I have even seen some Karner Blue Butterflies.The picture is of swallowtail butterflies.They found a small puddle of water by the house and they were all in it. They were doing what butterflies do, puddling.

List of some of our flowers.

Golden Glow

Hostas

Lily-of-valley

Ferns

Blazing Star

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Cornflower

Honey Suckle Vine

Grasses

Lilies of all kinds (daylilies) (tiger Lilies)

Phlox

Hollyhocks

Bleeding heart

Iris

Primrose

Columbine

Yarrow

Bee Balm

Poppies

A friend sent me the hollyhock seeds about 4 years ago and they are still growing and are beautiful each year. The bees and butterflies love them. My husband is not so crazy about them because I planted them in our vegetable garden.

We have all kinds of bugs and creepy crawlies in our yard and garden. We also have beautiful butterflies and many birds. We have a meadow full of milkweed for the butterflies.

I don't know how well our garden will do this year it's cool here. Planting has been late for the vegetables. Flowers are all coming up late. I still don't have peonies blooming and they are always the earliest.

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Lady_E 17 months ago from London, UK

Its absolutely beautiful. Don't you just love nature.

A blessing that money can't buy. Thanks for the photos too.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

The photos of all of your gorgeous flowers are so beautiful Sharon. I'll bet you can't wait until this winter has ended so that you can enjoy them again. Going to pin this to Awesome Hubpages board so that more people can enjoy your wonderful flowers and garden areas in your spectacular yard.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

DeborahNeyens, Glad you enjoyed the walk in my garden. I can't wait to see it again.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Anil and Honey, Thanks so much for coming by I appreciate all comments.


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Au fait, Thank so much for stopping by I appreciate it. Thanks for the pin, vote and share.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

Beautiful! I needed to see something like this on this cold, snowy day.


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Anil and Honey 2 years ago from Kerala

I love flowers because that is the free gift of God, beautiful hub, this is not a bub this is a garden, thanks


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Gorgeous photos! I know spring is a little way off yet in Wisconsin, but it will soon be here in Texas despite the last few days when our high temperature for the day is in the low 30s. Pinning this article again, this time the tiger lilies, one of my favorite flowers, to my "Yellow & Orange II" board. Also voting this up and awesome, beautiful, and sharing.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you I appreciate it. Glad you liked my pictures.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Such beautiful pictures of your flowers. Pinning this to my "Trees, Plants, & Flowers" board.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

PegCole17, Thank you glad you enjoyed it.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Kathleen Cochran, Your welcome and thanks so much for coming by. I appreciate it.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Just Ask Susan, Thank you I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the visit, vote, pin and sharing.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

vertualit, Thank you for coming by I appreciate it.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Sharkye11, Thank you and thank so much for stopping by and for pin, vote. My husband is having a fit about the way the hydrangea grow so close to the barn door. He has to go between them to get in and they are full of bees. T


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thanks I know it is very varied I pop anything into the ground I think will grow here. Thanks for the vote and shared.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thank you we enjoy our gardens. We will have start working on them soon. We are just getting rid of snow so we're late getting started this year. Thanks for the share.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This garden is stunning. I can see how much work you have put into growing these delightful flowers. They are absolutely wonderful. As are your pictures. Lovely!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What a beautiful garden. I'm envious of the space you have! Thanks for the pix.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh my goodness what a beautiful garden. Love every single picture.

Voting +++, sharing and pinning.


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vertualit 3 years ago from Bangladesh

Excellent and very informative hub. thanks


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Gorgeous hub! I love how the country garden look, and how you have made it look so wild and magical. I would love to have something similar, with the closely grown flowers and tumbling vines. Unfortunately, we have way too many snakes here. I have to keep everything in flower beds and keep the edges trimmed back to eliminate hiding places. But I can enjoying looking at your stunning flowers! Voting up and pinning!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

You have a lovely garden and the flowers are so varied and beautiful.

Voted up, beautiful and shared.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back for another look at your gorgeous country garden. You grow so many beautiful flowers and have such pretty views to feast your eyes upon. Sharing this lovely hub with my followers.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thank you. I love the golden glow also. They get so tall the reach the roof of the barn. Thanks for the pin and stopping by.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

This hub was filled with so many beautiful photos! I finally decided to post the one of the yellow Golden Glow to Pinterest. It was a hard decision because I liked so many of them. I miss being able to grow peonies like we did in Wisconsin. Each growing zone has different plants that do well. Your yard and garden is so very beautiful!!!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah-Diane, Thank you for stopping by.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Absolutely stunning garden, and your photos are fabulous. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Oh yes the grinder. Our son had a fit because we but it out in the yard embarrassed you know. My husband loves it because it reminds him of the one they had when they were kids. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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wabash annie 3 years ago from Colorado Front Range

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us. I noticed the grinder; we had one just like that. The bird houses in the midst of it all ... wow!!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy, Thank you glad you liked them. I was in the garden today after it cooled down enough to go outside. It is so hot and humid here. There are more flowers in bloom, so hoping tomorrow to get more pictures. Thanks so much for the vote and for stopping by.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your flower photos and the glimpses of your yard and garden are beautiful. The mention of the flowers you are are able to grow in your area reminds me of the ones we were able to grow in Wisconsin. Some plants actually need the cold temperatures and dormant seasons to flourish. Thanks for sharing the beauty of where you live and what you get to see on a daily basis, depending of course upon the season of the year. Loved it!!! Voted up and beautiful.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Kaili Bisson, Thank you glad you liked the hub. The swallowtails have been pretty thick around here lately. They were in the garden the other day trying to get water out of the ground. Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub.


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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

Beautiful Hub. I love the bluebirds and coneflowers; actually all of the photos are wonderful! I live in a zone 5, and the swallowtail you mention has only just started calling this area home.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Blue Jhon, Thank you, I'm so glad you like it and thinks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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Blue Jhon 4 years ago from Kakrail, Dhaka, Bangladesh

This is an excellent garden. There are a good collection of flower trees. I like it. :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

stars439, Thanks, so much for stopping by. Glad you liked our garden. It can be lots of work but in the end it turns out beautiful.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Lovely garden. I miss not having a garden. Maybe I will plant something. Beautiful garden, and wonderful life you have in you're nice area. GBY.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.


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kevins blog52 4 years ago from southern Indiana

Beautiful garden, great pictures great read, thank you for sharing it with me.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

katyzzz, You can come to stay anytime. We were just talking about our flowers tonight. The vine growing up the side of the barn now has to have something else done for it this year because now the barn roof is metal and it won't be able to crawl on it. When we figure it out I'll put it on here.

Thanks so much for coming to visit. I appreciate it.


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

moonlake, oh what a picture, your garden and your photographs, it was indeed a pleasure to visit with you, may I come to stay?

While not so pretty as your flowers, I'm sure I'd find a cosy nook where I'd be well placed.

I see a lot of others enjoyed this hub, too! Well done!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan,

Thank you, I just can't wait for things to start blooming again. Right now we're having trouble with the deer bedding down in our peonies. My husband sprayed around them so we're hoping they won't be ruined. Their just starting to come up. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Nicely done! You have a beautiful garden to go with your beautiful hub. As you know, I've written hubs about gardens so I really can appreciate what you've done here having done it myself. It isn't always easy to find the right flowers for the right place! Love the butterflies pic too.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

prasetio30, I love gardens too. You are so right the world would be empty without flowers. Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the buttons.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love gardening and you have beautiful garden as well. I really enjoy all stunning pictures above. For me, the world so empty without flowers. They look so beautiful if the bloom together, doesn't it? Thanks for share with us. Good job and rated up. I'll press all buttons here, except funny.

Blessing,


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you glad you liked the photos and hub. I understand why my mother always wants a garden even at her age she has to put something in the ground. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Your photos are so gorgeous! They make me miss more than ever living in a place where I can have my own garden. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

shimmering Dawn, Thank you so glad you enjoyed the pictures and hub. Thanks for stopping by. You have a great day.


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shimmering Dawn 4 years ago

Moonlake, beautiful hub! I enjoyed your pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a blessed day.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

My Minds Eye53, I'll have to try that it just might work. There are some flowers I have in a pot and each year we move them in the barn through the winter and bring them out and water them and they come right back. I think their a succulent plant. Thanks so much for stopping back by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

sgbrown, Thank you I'm glad you liked it. I like having places to sit all over. Sometimes I just like to sit and look at that section of the garden. So glad you stopped by. Thank you for the vote.


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

If you really want roses, you might try a pot garden with the roses in pots so you can bring them in, in the colder months. This is how I keep my aloe plant alive and kicking.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Wonderful hub! I love your place in the country! You sound a lot like me. I have lots of flower beds and chairs and benches to sit in to relax and enjoy them. You have some beautiful flowers and landscapes. I know you must really be enjoying the country life! Voted up and interesting! Have a wonderful spring! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

diogenes, The good part,the pig poo wasn't to bad, it was old and had been in the barn for awhile without pigs. The man that owned the place had passed away so there had not been pigs in the barn for awhile. Just the poo. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

My Minds Eye53, I have tried the buckets and we have bought the Styrofoam covers. Nothing seems to work. I have a friend that can grow roses. She covers them in hay I have also tried that. I guess I'm not in the best growing area. I think I did have one of the tinier roses live through last winter have to look and see if I have a picture of it. Thanks so much for stopping by I really appreciate it and thanks for the vote.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Lesley,Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you like the garden. I can't wait to thake more pictures when our flowers bloom again. Thanks for the vote.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

I bet that deep pig litter cleaned out your sinuses!


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

Hello moonlake, great, beautiful hub! I love flowers also.

We used to live in a zone 4. My mom, who could grow anything and did, would put a bucket over her rose bushes during the coldest days of winter and she never lost a rose. I know you are a bit more north, but it might be worth a try. Voted up


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi moonlake, I can't begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed this, your garden and flowers are so beautiful, I am bookmarking for the sheer pleasure of reading again.

Voting up across the board except funny and sharing.

thank you, best wishes Lesley


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Gypsy48, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. They are beautiful and I can say my garden is colorful.


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Beautiful flowers! Such gorgeous colors. Thanks for sharing. It must be a joy to have a garden like that.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Fennelseed, I love lilacs too. I once had some beautiful white lilacs right outside my door when they would bloom the smell would drift into the house. The couple that bought the house cut down the lilacs first thing and cut down a mountain ash tree because it had to many birds in it. I was just sick took us years to grow the tree and lilac. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Eddy, Thank you, we love the garden. Thanks so much for stopping by and putting my hub in your Special Hubs 'slot.I also appreciate the vote.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Moonlake, your garden is absolutely beautiful, magical, inspiring. Flowers, stunning, lilacs, lilies, oh, the white hydrangea, clematis, all my favourites. Me thinks I gotta get me some pigs!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your piece of paradise!! All my goods votes and my best wishes and sharing!!!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh my moonlake what a truly beautiful hub;I love your garden;sweet haven.

I vote up up and away without a single doubt and also bookmark into my Special Hubs'slot.

Take care my friend and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

mary615, Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you liked my garden. I take pictures of the flowers all time and didn't realize I had so many until I started putting this hub together and trying to figure out the pictures I wanted to put on here. Thanks for the vote.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Thank you, so much and thanks for stopping by. I worry about the flowers now, so much is already budding out and now we're getting freezing weather. To much to be able to cover it all.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Pamela99, Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you liked the pictures. We enjoy our yard.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I can't imagine growing beautiful flowers where it gets 40 degrees! Your country garden is absolutely wonderful and beautiful. Your photos are great, too. I vote this UP, etc.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh, it is all so beautiful that I got a lump in my throat. That is how I want to live, way out in the country in a house with character. Your photographs are gorgeous and I am SO happy for you. Be blessed in your beautiful country garden and that lovely old home.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Impressive doesn't even express how beautiful your garden is with the lovely assortment of flowers. Your pictures are gorgeous. Rated up and beautiful.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Joyce, I know what you mean by zone 9-11 we use to live in that zone when I was young and my Mom had trouble growing flowers. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote. Have a nice evening.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful hub, love your photo's. I'm in zone (9-11)

I have to find desert plants but even they refuse to grow sometimes. Voted up and beautiful,Joyce.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

diogenes, I don't mind farm smells. I don't mind cleaning out chicken coops and so on. Never bothered me. We had to be able to store things in the barn so we had to get it cleaned out.

Thanks so much for stopping by so glad you came to visit my garden.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Eileen Goodall, Thank you, we are outside whenever it's warm enough here to be outside. We're getting older and it's harder but I try to pack it so full of flowers the weeds have trouble growing. Thanks so much for stopping by glad you like the hub.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Achingly beautiful pictures. Maybe it was Confuscious who said "If you want happiness for 1000 years, start a garden",) (I can't spell Confuseyus!).

I love the smell of pig doo doo! I used to be a farmer's boy (read punch!) and always got the jobs no one else wanted, like mucking out pigs, etc., and skinning the dead sheep that had died in the flooded fields...THEY didn't smell too good! Why does death have such a repellent smell to us? Something to be avoided, I guess, for the disease possiblity or the chance we might be next! But i'll never forget those sheep.

Must have been the deep litter sort of farm. Most piggeries cart the muck somewhere else and leave deep litter to the chooks...I guess it had been there a while and the smell made you thoughtful!

Lovely article...good luck over the remaining 999 years!

Bob


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Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

Oh my word what a stunning garden, you must spend so much time to get it to that condition - love the photos, love the garden, love the hub, voted up and Pinned.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

savingkathy, So glad you liked it thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, your garden is beautiful! Great job - thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

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