Monday, June 6, 2016

Winston County Master Gardeners Yard of the Month - June

Do not let anyone tell you that a green thumb doesn't run in families! Take this month's featured yard, that of Charlie and Beth McCool located at 415 E. Main Street, and the April featured yard of Beth's mother, Elaine Crowson Thompson. Two totally different yards and plantings, yet the same obvious delight and love of the gardening process and joy in the gardening results. Like mother, certainly like daughter.

Entering Beth's back yard from St. Charles Avenue is like walking into a New Orleans courtyard. From the crepe myrtle lined driveway and gaslit lampposts around the back steps to the hand laid patio under more fern ladened crepe myrtles, it just feels like New Orleans!

One of Beth and Charlie's simple pleasures is to sit outside in the evenings. Whether at the patio table under the crepe myrtles looking at a 5 year old croton (wintered over in Beth's living room) or sitting in the akebia covered swing looking at gorgeous geraniums, the sitting choices are many..each with a different view of vegetative lushness. Yet just 20 years ago when the McCools moved into their home, there was nothing there but an oak tree and a couple of pines. What a difference a little time and a lot of hard work makes.

Stop by this tranquil back yard. Stop and listen to the birds. Look around...walk around. Notice the blooming oak leaf hydrangeas around the lovely lattice carport, the coneflowers, the herbs in different places, roses, Joseph's coat, and oh so much more. It's like a trip to New Orleans without leaving home.