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Summer Garden

August 21, 2014
Emmetsburg News
SUMMER GARDEN -- As summer wanes, Palo Alto County gardens continue to flourish. Debbie Walsh is pictured in front of a bed of pinkish red roses and white petunias. This striking bed of blooms was named the Palo Alto Garden Club Yard of the Month. The established bed of roses is highlighted by the petunias. For Mother’s Day, Debbie’s daughter gifted her with a flat of white petunias. Debbie, her mother, Kay, and her daughter and grandchildren planted the petunias this spring. This setting is just as striking when indoors, looking out. Like many gardeners, many of the plants have come from friends and family. And, if Debbie likes it, she plants it. The Mark and Debbie Walsh home at 2503 17th Street has shaded areas for hostas. The red and white theme is carried through other gardens in the yard. By the mail box, look at red vinca, white petunias, daylilies and moss roses. Debbie likes moss roses because they bloom readily in lots of different colors and are low maintenance. The gardens in back have an eclectic feel. Red cana, variegated grasses, spirea and red vinca in one area. In another, a stand of tall grass, with yellow yarrow and spirea. A bird bath stands in the hosta beds, beneath towering evergreen trees. Debbie says the tall grass started with just two small clumps. In just two years, this stand has developed into a large area with grasses reaching over six-feet tall. Pots of flowers dot the area, adding color to the landscape. New to the landscape this year is a Royal Raindrop flowering crab tree. Indoors, Debbie has an unusual plant called Crown of Thorns that produces delicate pink blossoms.
--Jane Whitmore photo


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