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My Little Gardening Corner Of The World!

Updated on November 11, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Good Thing Plants Are Portable!

For years, I was what fellow railroad wives call a "Railroad Widow!" That means on a moment's notice, your husband can be transferred anywhere the railroad runs! When you're a young railroader, you have low seniority and are very likely to get "bumped" - removed from your position by a senior employee who needs a job to land in. Being bumped is just no fun! This happened to us a number of times when we were young married folks back in the late '70s. We were both based in Kansas City, but ended up living in Little Rock, Arkansas; Jefferson City, Missouri; Junction City, Kansas; just to name a few places!

All those years, I longed for a "forever home" - a place I could truly call my own and have everything the way I want in it! I thought we had that when we transferred up here to Omaha the first time, but no... my husband got promoted and the railroad sent us packing to southeast Missouri! We spent four very interesting years on a 5 acre place in the country. I managed to move a lot of my plants there from my previous home of ten years, but not nearly all of them. I really grieved over the loss of them, as I had worked for many years to accumulate and care for them!

Another Move? Really? - Leaving Missouri - Omaha, Here We Come!

Once again in 2009, my husband was transferred back to Omaha again! This time, I made him rent a special U-Haul trailer just for my plants to travel in! We moved a few hundred plants, mostly bare root in cardboard boxes. The biggest plant I moved was my treasured Magnolia tree, which my husband had given me as a gift. It arrived after an eight hour trip with its leaves in tatters from the wind, and I never thought it would survive... but it did! So did I, and believe me, there will be no more moves in my lifetime if I can help it!

It took weeks to get all the plants into the ground. We have about an acre of property here but there were only four small garden areas set up. (There are now 15!) I just watered and kept each plant alive until I found the right place for it. And to this day, I'm still moving plants around!

I'm happy to welcome you and give you the tour of my little piece of the world, my yard and gardens. You may meet a few inhabitants along the tour, the Miniature Schnauzers living in my rescue/sanctuary. and you never know when a family member or friend may drop by!

"She who plants a garden plants happiness!" – author unknown

My Garden Photos At My Current Home

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Winnie my grand-dog Schnauzer visits the flowersButterfly bushes blooming in my hosta bed by the drivewayHardy Hibiscus blooming in late summerMy view from just out the front door. In the rear is part of my "Out My Window" garden.The little round garden containing a mimosa tree and various perennials.Some of front steps gardenGarden under front windowGarden by drivewayMy baby Mimosa tree!Pretty flowers blooming in the mailbox garden.
Winnie my grand-dog Schnauzer visits the flowers
Winnie my grand-dog Schnauzer visits the flowers
Butterfly bushes blooming in my hosta bed by the driveway
Butterfly bushes blooming in my hosta bed by the driveway
Hardy Hibiscus blooming in late summer
Hardy Hibiscus blooming in late summer
My view from just out the front door. In the rear is part of my "Out My Window" garden.
My view from just out the front door. In the rear is part of my "Out My Window" garden.
The little round garden containing a mimosa tree and various perennials.
The little round garden containing a mimosa tree and various perennials.
Some of front steps garden
Some of front steps garden
Garden under front window
Garden under front window
Garden by driveway
Garden by driveway
My baby Mimosa tree!
My baby Mimosa tree!
Pretty flowers blooming in the mailbox garden.
Pretty flowers blooming in the mailbox garden.

Garden Photos From My Papillion House - We lived there almost 10 years!

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The "Jungle Garden" - as it always looked in late summer when everything was going crazy! There was everything in there from a tiny apple  tree to a beautiful red and white peppermint rose bush, tall phlox, elderberry, and of course hostas.Looking down the yard on west side of house.My favorite photo of all time, I think... my late beloved Sparky sniffing around near the pond I built by the patio.The bed under the stairs containing special hostas from my friend Scooty.View looking up from the driveway of the front bed and the heart-shaped bed full of perennials and tea roses.The rose garden on the east side of the houseFront view of our house showing the garden by the steps again full of perennials and hosta.Always found this photo interesting, never figured out what the white misty looking thing is! Didn't notice it until after the photo was taken.My little mailbox garden
The "Jungle Garden" - as it always looked in late summer when everything was going crazy! There was everything in there from a tiny apple  tree to a beautiful red and white peppermint rose bush, tall phlox, elderberry, and of course hostas.
The "Jungle Garden" - as it always looked in late summer when everything was going crazy! There was everything in there from a tiny apple tree to a beautiful red and white peppermint rose bush, tall phlox, elderberry, and of course hostas.
Looking down the yard on west side of house.
Looking down the yard on west side of house.
My favorite photo of all time, I think... my late beloved Sparky sniffing around near the pond I built by the patio.
My favorite photo of all time, I think... my late beloved Sparky sniffing around near the pond I built by the patio.
The bed under the stairs containing special hostas from my friend Scooty.
The bed under the stairs containing special hostas from my friend Scooty.
View looking up from the driveway of the front bed and the heart-shaped bed full of perennials and tea roses.
View looking up from the driveway of the front bed and the heart-shaped bed full of perennials and tea roses.
The rose garden on the east side of the house
The rose garden on the east side of the house
Front view of our house showing the garden by the steps again full of perennials and hosta.
Front view of our house showing the garden by the steps again full of perennials and hosta.
Always found this photo interesting, never figured out what the white misty looking thing is! Didn't notice it until after the photo was taken.
Always found this photo interesting, never figured out what the white misty looking thing is! Didn't notice it until after the photo was taken.
My little mailbox garden
My little mailbox garden

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My Out My Window Garden
My Out My Window Garden

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Our "Forever Home"

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    • Anthony Altorenna profile image

      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Congratulations on your Forever garden -- and for having the perseverance to continue gardening while constantly 'on the move'.

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