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Late Summer Garden Honored

By Staff | Sep 20, 2016

LATE SUMMER GARDEN -- Deb Kibbie is pictured on the lakeside deck where the mums are just getting ready to bloom. Deb and Pat Kibbie have lived at 807 North Huron for the past three years and this is the third season for the large mum plants. They will bloom yellow, white, bronze, burgundy and purple. Dianthus and roses bring color to the area below the deck. Daylilies and purple salvia grow in the back gardens, along with pots of geraniums and impatiens, and a large planter with petunias. The Kibbie boys, Josh and Joel, are students at Iowa State University. Taking a horticulture class, they planted the geraniums and other plants from seed, then brought them home to Deb for Mother’s Day. To the south of the house is an Iowa State garden with hosta and lilies, highlighted with red rocks. When Joel finds a heart-shaped rock, he paints it red and puts it in the garden. Vibrant red dianthus were a focal point at the front of the house earlier in the season and now red sedum are showing their color. Salvia, ornamental grasses, blooming shrubs, purple asters and red roses can be found in the front gardens. Deb brought sedum and hosta plants from the farm to plant in town. Active in the community, Deb and her sons planted flowers at the Kearney Park campground for a 4-H project. Joel has planted a garden at the Kibbie farm since he was a toddler. He grows all types of peppers (from hot to super hot), pumpkins and gourds. Every year he tries a new fruit or vegetable in his garden. Joel harvests his crops, then saves and sells the seeds from his best specimens. Whether farming or gardening, the Kibbie family enjoys making things grow. --Jane Whitmore photo