Garden description: My garden has a backbone of hardy perennials. I use annuals to fill in empty spaces each year. It is a shady oasis and a wonderful place for outdoor eating and to sit on summer days. We enjoy watching the birds and squirrels that come to our feeder.
Who are the gardeners: I am the major gardener. The shed which is a focal point of the yard was designed and built by my partner who is also the grass mower. He provides heavy lifting as needed. The shed gable echos the gable of the house and the door color matches the house trim. We eat most summer dinners on the deck and hang out at the table by the shed.
Why do you garden: I have enjoyed creating a relaxing and pretty environment in my yard. I just love to dig in the dirt! Gardening is my relaxation.
How has gardening impacted you during this time: Gardening has been a wonderful activity while we’ve been isolated at home. I spend time daily cleaning up and trying new plants and ideas. We added the fountain this year as we figured we would be spending more time than ever in our backyard.
What do you have in your garden? Mine is predominantly a shade garden with echinacea, liriope, hydrangeas, roses, camellias, hostas, anemones, huechera, ferns, pachysandra and various herbs. I have a section of peonies that have been transplanted from my grandfather’s garden in PA to my dad’s garden in Brandywine Hundred and now, to mine in the city. We have a very busy bird feeder and bath. The fountain is a new addition this summer and is still being landscaped.
Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? My rose bush is currently sick and in need of help. The squirrels that I love have a tendency to run roughshod over some plants. Controlling them is always a challenge.

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