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After a week of unseasonably warm, Chicago, April weather, Mother Nature delivered a traditional April day: rainy and cold. But that did not stop the photographers.
Taking pictures, drinking tea, more pictures, and loosing feeling in our trigger fingers! And even a few tours of the gardens for our new visitors. Was it worth it? We think so, but decide for yourself. Take a look at some of the pictures.
And for you, our loyal readers, here are a few that we did not post anywhere else.
We had so much fun we will have to do this again. Based on so many conversations about cameras, technique, and even some technical details we are tweaking the program a little. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook to be the first to know about the next Photo Day at Keeler Gardens.
Now that you have toured the front yard let’s tour the back.
We’ll take a walk down the side path, the picture on the left, which in a few years will have flowering trees blooming in the spring. When we get to the back you can see the yard, the picture on the right.
On the south side of the path we have a climbing hydrangea making its way up the deck railing. Further along we have the shade garden, which gets only a couple of hours of sun. In here we have multiple varieties of hostas, astilbe, mums and columbine, with Plumeria, Monarda, and Campanula.
On the north side of the yard is the sun loving garden. We have lilacs surrounded by Salvia, Sedum, Coreopsis, Munstead lavender, and Russian sage. Then we have the rose garden, in the middle photo, which is so exciting because these roses were all grown from seed! They are only two years old right now so they are still pretty small. I will spread them out a bit this fall in preparation for next year’s growth. I have mums centered in this garden to offer some additional fall color.
The picture on the right is our pergola. We built this to accommodate the grape plant that is now vining its way to the top. I did the design work, we sawed out the decorative ends and put it up in a couple of days.
Let’s head back to the house to check out the back deck…
Facing to the north we hung a decorative metal piece. This was actually the back of an old wooden bench that had seen better days. We recycled the wood and used this piece to add some character to the deck. Then we hung little plants off it to add more color. In each of those pots is a moon flower vine that climbed up all the way to the rafters. Really exceptional! We also have hooks in the rafters to be able to hang all sorts of plants at different heights. We have pots on the deck, on the railings, and on decorative racks…flowers everywhere.
We have also harvested some nice vegetables, the picture on the left. The zucchini was 14 inches long and the eggplant bigger than a softball. I am very pleased with the result of my first attempt at these two plants this year.
Hope you enjoyed the tour. As always let me know if you have any questions or comments.
btw – Thanks to Rich and Alice for the vegetable plants that were so successful this year!