Our Wild Country Garden! Best Flowers For Zone 3 and 4
Our Garden in zone 3-4
We live way up north so it gets cold here as low as 40 below, many plants won't grow here. I always look for zone 3 plants but sometimes I can get zone 4 to grow here. We don't get as much snow as we use to get. The snow helped it kept the plants covered now so often in the winter the plants aren't covered but it is very cold on them. I have tried covering plants for the winter and it just doesn't seem to do any good so now I don't cover anything as far as perennial flowers.
I love my flowers but I'm not as good at taking care of them the way I use to be. I fill my garden full of flowers so the weeds can't grow so there’s no room for them to grow. I also always use mulch keeps the ground soft makes it easier to remove weeds that do grow and also helps keep moisture in.
This is an old pig farm so it seems every time we put a flower in the ground it grows really well. There are two things that kill our flowers off, the bitter cold and deer. The flowers do ok in the cold if we have lots of snow to cover them but not if there is very little snow the cold often kills some of the flowers. Spring comes and they're just not there.
Always be sure to check the zone when you buy flowers.
The deer like to graze in the flower beds. We spray them with sprays to keep the deer away. We also hang soap that helps keep them away, Irish Spring.
We have climbing vines Clematis, Honeysuckle, Trumpet Vine, Grape, Hops, and Bridal Veil.
We have vegetables and we checked our pumpkins growing in a field next to the house and found signs of the deer bedding down right next to the pumpkins.
I have lots of Day Lilies,
Tiger Lilies, Roses, Bee balm, Iris, Peonies, Hostas and some flowers I can't name.
The Old Farm We Bought.
At the bottom of the hub is the slide show of my flowers. You will also see our old barn and the vegetable garden.
The vine on the barn is called Virgin's-bower (Clematis virginiana). The vine would cling to the cedar shake than we had to put a new metal roof on and now my husband has added a chicken wire for the vine to climb on. He wants to save this vine it was his mothers.
Many people dream of buying an old big farm house. Well, we bought a farmhouse but it's not big but it is old. It's small and kind of ugly. We keep working on it trying to get it in shape and we've done a lot to it but still have more to go.
The front of the house we just put bushes in this year. Hoping they will grow ok there. The front of the house is kind of shaded because of big pine trees so we have to watch what we plant in that area.
Our animals love the yard. We have three cats and two dogs. The dogs get excited when they see the deer or squirrels around. We have plenty of those.
When they know the bear is in the yard they go just crazy. We also now have a wolf that hangs around here. The dogs seem to know when he’s here they will start to growl in the house.
Slide Show of Many Of The Flowers In Our Garden.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Slide Show Of Our Flowers
Wannabe our little barn cat loves to smell the flowers. We're never in the garden without him. He follows us where ever we go. He also tried to run the bear and the deer out of the yard. He also loves staying in the house but because he was a barn cat that showed up here we can’t keep him in the house. He throws a fit if he’s not allowed to go out when he wants to.
My husband keeps the lawn mowed and he also mows down to the meadow and around so that I can walk. Now that my dog has gotten old and it's too hard for him to go with me I don't like to walk in the meadow worried about running into bears, wolves or cougars.
I still walk anyway, after all, that’s where the milkweed is and the monarch butterflies.
I love to go there and look at the wildflowers and check out the apple trees and see how they're doing. When my sister-in-law was here we did go to the meadow and I had my fly swatter with me. She wanted to know why I had the swatter. We're both too weak to fight a bear, wolf or cougar, (she’s had breast cancer recently) so I figured maybe if I hit him on the nose with the fly swatter he would run. LOL Kind of like hitting a shark on the nose.
I have more hubs on my garden and on the meadow. Check them out if you get a chance.
Plants in Front of The Barn.
We planted many of our flowers in front of the barn. The sun shines on it all day because it's facing south. Things almost grow too good. Many of the flowers get out of hand and multiply and cover up some of my best flowers. This year we moved some but next year we will really have to get busy and change things around.
We finally gave up on growing our pumpkins in the field next to the house. Deer eat them right up. So we grow a garden in the yard. My husband doesn't like me putting the pumpkins in the garden but I have too. We grew such a big pumpkin this year it took a wheel barrel to move it and we had a hard time getting it in the barrel.
We don't grow lots of vegetables, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, pumpkins and onions.
Our garden is also full of birds and bees. We have little bird houses all over the yard so most of the time they each have nesting birds.
We have more wildlife sometimes than we need, bears on the deck, deer eating our garden and porcupines getting our dogs. There is also a skunk or two around.
Our old barn looks pretty bad it needs to be painted. We did get a new metal roof put on it. If we hadn't done that we would have never been able to save it.
I hope we will get the time this year to get the paint on it and get some more work done around it.
The golden glows in the garden have pretty much take over so now I have to dig underneath them and get some plants out and move them somewhere else.
We are getting older and the garden is getting harder to take off. We both have back problems. So whatever plant takes over we're going to let it, less work for us.
Little Old House.
We always have lots of milkweed for the monarch butterflies.
We also get swallowtail butterflies. I have small puddles in the yard full of yellow swallowtail butterflies. I was able to get a picture of a few in the puddle the picture is on one of my other hubs.
I had so many flower pictures I had to make another hub so I could show all of them.
We enjoy our little old home even if it doesn't have a big front porch with a swing hanging from it.
The dogs you see in the picture also enjoy our home. It was the black dog’s favorite place he liked walking in the meadow with me but we had to have him put down in June. He was 14.
Leaving My Wild Country Garden
I guess I will have to be leaving here. Winters here are hard and when I can't get anyone to plow so that I don't get stuck in the driveway and to mow my lawn I can't stay. I love this place and hate to leave. It keeps me moving I can walk my dogs as many times during the day that I want. I don't go out on the road I can walk to the meadow and look at all the wildflowers. The house is just the right size to take care of but everything else is too much. I will miss it and if I could figure out anything else I would not leave.
Opening of a flower
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