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Vicki Green's Garden

Vicki Green's garden is one of the neatest and most immaculate gardens I've seen and it is a showcase for beautifully grown plants as well as art objects (she is a glass artist). The property was once wall-to-wall grass and now just a central portion is devoted to the green. A long pathway leads you around the perimeter of the garden adorned with lush plantings. Vicki is a master at pruning and her technique reminds me of the way Michael does it. She has trained many of her "shrubs" into small trees, such at the waxleaf privet and elderberry. A Wax Leaf Privet ( Ligustrum japonicum ) trained into an attractive small tree. I was taken aback by the size of the plants, some of which I grow, and my mind was racing. Driving up, I was immediately wowed by her 'Golden Spirit' Smoke Bush ( Cotinus coggygria ) although now I do recall seeing a very large on 117th St. However, this one is the most beautiful I've seen -   I also was surprised to see how large her 

Lily "Stargazer"


"Stargazer" lily - one of the best. This lily always blooms faithfully and it is mostly in shade. I used to grow it in a pot but transplanted it years ago to the ground. It now grows in our little vegetable garden.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

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  1. This is the kind of fireworks I like in the garden. I remember how wonderful they smell and how horrible they can stain a white shirt.

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  2. So beautiful. I agree with comment above about the fireworks.

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing your lilies! Our deer may like our lilies more than our hostas -- there were buds on them 2 days and ago and now they are nibbled to stems only. Oh well, at least we can rejoice in yours. Best to you!

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  4. Beautiful photo! And is that a bee in the corner of the picture? I don't think I've ever seen a bee visit a lily. Maybe it just landed there for a rest? :)

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  5. I have a few of these and I love to bring them inside as cut flowers. They smell wonderful! Yours are great. Any takers on your home yet? Have a great week!

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  6. Gah! It's so pretty! I keep saying that I need to plant a few lilies, and this really convinced me. Gorgeous.

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  7. Love these lilies...yours are gorgeous!

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