Garden description: My property is certified Bay-Wise. This means that I practice healthy environmental gardening that is good for the environment, specifically the Chesapeake Bay.
Who are the gardeners? I am the gardener and also a Maryland Master Gardener too. I have learned a lot through trial and error as well as in classes and workshops. However, the base was already here. The prior owners were DCH members. I have tried to maintain all their plants which had the proper name in a plaque for each of them, but have replaced a lot. Some beautiful plants that did not make it: a few rose bushes, a smoke bush, and Jacob’s latter did not last, mostly due to over crowding by tree roots, compaction, or other plants. I have added many natives and perennials as well as seed grape hyacinth vine and zinnias yearly. I took three days to weed the two 8″ x 8″ garden beds when I first moved here. There was a basil and tomato plant that was within the weeds that were higher than me. They helped me see the potential of a garden left unloved. I then added a third bed. I relish planting herbs and veggies every year as well as the flowers.
Why do you garden? It is satisfying to plant a seed or seedling and watch it change and grow. I love to make a beautiful place outside to just be and to share this space with friends and family.
How has gardening impacted you during this time? I was at the Cecil County Fair this evening, volunteering as a Maryland Master Gardener. It was most satisfying to talk with new gardeners. Gardening has been an extension of my already well developed practice of creating. Waking every morning to see the beauty of my yard has been great. I am so grateful for my home and yard and maintaining it. I have come to appreciate what I have even more during this time.
What do you have in your garden? My garden has something in bloom or adding some color almost year round. The front beds include: echinacea daisy, black eyed Susan’s, lilacs, crocus, zinnias, pink tea roses, red floribunda roses, anthurium, shasta daisies, African sun flowers, pink hybrid dogwood, Arizona sunflowers, tulips, bee balm, bearded irises, two Japanese maples, five times of daffodils, cosmos, Asiatic Lillies, orange and maroon day lilies, paper whites, strawberries, lavender, pink and burgundy pansies, creeping Jennie, bleeding hearts, chrysanthemums, sedum, allium, mountain bluet, pink and yellow yarrow, clematis, gladiolas, corral bells, and blue ice Amsonia. The one side has three types of pampas grass. The other side has rose of sharon, 2 types of ferns, three types of hostas, violets, a white hybrid hydrangea, and a large variety of trees that go around the back. The back has beauty bush, a pink and a white hibiscus, 5 blue hydrangea, a white hybrid hydrangea, wild violets, columbine, red poppies, white, yellow, and purple irises, azaleas, orange Scotch broom, 2 types of hostas, marigolds, 8 kinds of tomatoes, purple and green asparagus, mint, basil, dill, thyme, oregano, parsley, green, red, and yellow peppers, pickling and regular cucumbers, red and white potatoes, pumpkins, gourds, green beans, jalapenos, peperoncino, spinach, and Swiss chard.
Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? This was the first year that I saw spotted lantern flies. They do not like Sevin or a water hydrogen peroxide mixture sprayed on them. I had some Japanese beetles on roses and green beans, which I took care of with sevin.