Friday, July 28, 2017

Master Gardeners August Yard of the Month

As summer winds down and kids head back to school many gardens have begun to suffer. Excessive June rains followed by the oppressive heat and humidity of July have caused many gardeners to seek air conditioning indoors. This is not the case with our August "Yard of the Month". This honor belongs to Mr. And Mrs. Leon Ellis, who live at 3987 North Church Avenue. You will see Leon mowing his beautiful golf course worthy front yard several times a week even though his wife Boots encourages him to stay indoors.

Beyond the beautiful front lawn you must venture to the back to find the real paradise.  Here the yard looks as pristine as it did in April or May. A flowing waterfall is surrounded by coleus lantana and a variety of different ferns. Large pots are filled with impatiens, begonias, and lilies. Gardenia, hosta, caladiums, purple potato vine and numerous other plant species are present. There are many seating areas to relax and enjoy the view.  A hammock provides a restful place to nap under a beautiful shade tree. You might find Boots and her friends playing cards in the "Little House" or Leon puttering around in his hot house out back. Be sure you don't miss the prolific vine that grows all around the border of the back patio. Leon believes it to be called a Louisiana potato vine but, to many local gardeners it goes by a much more amusing name. Ask Leon and Boots to tell you that story.

Leon credits his mother and grandmother for giving him his love for plants. He says ever since he was a little boy he has helped   both of them work in the yard. He decided that was just what you are supposed to do. Whether or not he was supposed to be a gardener we are very glad that you are Leon, because your yard is a true showplace. Go by and enjoy for yourself.

Submitted by: Diana Northcutt