Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Yard of the Week award goes to Johnsons

June 20, 2001

Danny and I could see Terri Johnson watering the roses in her backyard as we walked over to see her flowers.

In the front yard a Jackmanii clematis is blooming profusely with large purple blooms as it climbs the light pole. A flowerbed around the pole includes a mixture of white, purple, red, and lavender petunias. Creeping phlox is through blooming but the Stella de-oro daylilies are blooming as bright as the color of yellow butter. An attractive oriental bronze bowl provides water for the birds under a Japanese red Maple tree. There is ornamental grass in the corner of the bed. A young cherry, maple, oak and a Blue Spruce tree have been planted in the front yard. As Kelly Johnson drives in the driveway, Danny tells him we've chosen their yard at 1109 Chapel for the Yard of the Week. He calls to Terri, jokingly telling her that we have come to see his grass but not her flowers. That brings her quickly from the back yard and this banter between them continues as we enjoy a walk throughout their yard. Kelly told us the Blue Spruce had been their Christmas tree four years ago.

Hanging from the eves along the sidewalk leading to the front door are hanging baskets of pink geraniums. The front flowerbed has hosta, day lilies, spider plant, coreopsis, echinacea (purple cone flower), dusty miller and hen and chicks. There are two Carefree Delight roses as a border. Two flower boxes hanging below the front windows and an iron planter lined with moss beside the front door are planted with a delightful mix of violas, verbena, bacopa, dusty miller, Profusion zinnias, neimbergia, vinca vine, petunias, sweet potato vines, red geraniums and more. Bridal Wreath spirea and forsythia bushes grow next to the foundation of the house. A small old glory flag given to Terri by her daughter, Cheri, flies from a hanger in the front of the flowerbed.

As we walked down the hill towards the back yard we view from a distance an iron arbor leading to another flowerbed. We stopped first to see the ornamental grasses next to the house and the red and blue petunia garden with an iron dragonfly in the middle. Under the deck is a mixture of flowers Terri was most excited about because she calls it her "Friendship Garden." Her gardening friends have given her all the plants in this area. She has a white and a pink rugosa rose, daisies, a red dahlia, lavender clematis, scaboisa 'Butterfly Blue', baby's breath, and Johnny Jump Up violas. Lavender clematis is climbing towards the deck. A helichrysum, (licorice plant) and bacopa vine are in hanging baskets below the deck. A white fence with a honeysuckle vine grows next to the house. The fence is decorated with a small white bucket planted with red geraniums. Pots of rose moss are on the deck and we could hear the soft trickle of Terri's angel wall water garden, a main feature of their deck. It is double tiered with natural rocks at the base. Two more vines of Jackmanii clematis are growing on the fence surrounding the yard. The trees throughout the back yard include a small bladder-nut tree, a maple, willow, pink and white crabapple, a purple ash tree, and a red bud.

There is a potting and tool shed in the back yard with a wooden sign above the door saying Black Dog Barn. This refers to Jo Jo, a large but loveable black lab dog that also shares the back yard. A white picket fence encloses a vegetable garden and a mixture of marigolds. A bittersweet vine on a trellis marks a pet cat's grave. The other side of the building is where we first saw the iron arbor as we came down the hill. There is a hops vine, an annual, beginning to cover the arbor. A Sweet Autumn clematis and wisteria vine grows on the back fence. Red morning glories are planted on the side fence. The arbor leads to another flowerbed with paths between groupings and an area to sit and relax. There are rudbeckia (Indian Summer), yarrow, blue Johnson geranium, periwinkle, japonica, ornamental grasses, an apricot rose, astible, Profusion zinnias in pink, white and orange, moonflower bush, forsythia, butterfly bush and more. An old bell on the shed and a windmill in the arbor garden are from the farm of Kelly's grandfather.

Terri enjoys a wide variety of flowers. Old-fashioned flowers her mother had include the Johnny Jump Up violas, live-forever, hen and chicks, dusty miller, and honeysuckle. They remind Terri of her mother and her love of flowers. Her gardening friends are also a continuing reason for having flowers. Kelly enjoys seeing the flowers and maintains the grass with the capable help of their youngest son, Alex. An older son, Lucas, is a KU student. Emily, one of their grandchildren was pleased her grandma's flowers were chosen for the Yard of the Week and gave her a congratulatory hug. Emily was there for a visit while attending a KU basketball camp.

Gardening quote for the week:

A quiet day, a stirring breeze,

The gentle bending of the trees,

A smell of fragrance in the air,

The sounds of nature everywhere,

Oh how calm the world could be,

If only we would stop and see.

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