Archive for Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Yard of the Week prize goes to the Collinses

June 13, 2001

Pink, orange and red poppies, bachelor buttons, verbena, Kansas gay feather and butterfly milkweed fill a circular flowerbed beside the driveway with such color a person has to stop and examine the flowers a little closer. We were glad we did because between the sidewalk and the house is another flower bed of pink coral bells, campanula, (blue bells) and hosta with a blue gazing ball reflecting the colors of the flowers.

Jerry and Brenda Collins have put a great deal of work into their yard at 1221 Summit.

On the other side of the sidewalk there is a large strawberry planter of purple wave petunia and blue lobelia. A swan shaped planter of Mexican heather and a stone basket of caladium by the front door lead to a front bed filled with feathery astible in red, pink, and lavender, a lovely Scaevola, campanula, viola, coral-bells, and two hybrid tea roses. One rose is an apricot color and the rose is a soft pink. There is a flowering almond shrub planted on the corner. This area is mulched and has a decorative stepping-stone, petite concrete ornaments and rain chimes that accent the flowers. An assortment of herbs was waiting by the door yet to be planted.

There is a birdbath beside the flagpole. A curved stone bench is in front of a willow tree in the middle of the yard. A native stone post with their name carved into it sits in a bed of mixed petunias with two dwarf Alberta trees on each side. A climbing red rose is growing on a corner picket fence. A young red bud tree and ornamental grasses are also in this corner area.

I talked to Brenda about her poppy bed and she said she started all the flowers in this bed from seed. Tulips fill this bed in the spring and she wanted flowers she could grow on top of the bulbs. The steppingstone Brenda painted herself and the iris bed on the south side of the house are all from her mother's garden. Brenda grew up in the country and her mother has passed on her love of flowers to her daughter.

Old-fashioned bittersweet is growing on a trellis near the iris. There is a young lilac and fortysia bush growing towards the back of the yard. The back yard has a young rose garden and container of rose moss. The view is breathtaking from the deck. One can see the old cemeteries across the road, a brome field and the sunsets reflecting on a pond all to enjoy and under someone else's care.

This assortment of old fashioned flowers mixed in with a few of the newer varieties has an appeal to a gardener's eye. Brenda has an artist touch for planting flowers in a pleasing way.

Take a drive into old west Baldwin and one will see many of the old reliable flowers in bloom in various yards. Rounding the corner near the golf course we saw a porch surrounded with daisies. Ives Chapel church has a row of Stella de oro day lilies and a lovely assortment of flowers in the two well-maintained beds by the front door.

Hollyhocks, snowball bushes, bachelor buttons, daylilies and Asiatic lilies, and zinnias are in many of the yards.

We welcome additional nominations for the Yard of the Week. Although we have a long list, we drive around each week to see if it is the peak time for yards that have been mentioned. We are trying to pick yards with lots of flowers in the spring. Later in the summer we will look for well-maintained yards having mainly shrubs and trees. Please call 594-3959 or e-mail us at

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  • Gardening quote for the week:

When you can put your foot on seven daisies, summer has come. Old proverb

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