Friday, September 1, 2017

September Yard of the Month


What makes a garden aesthetically pleasing to you? Is it one that is orderly and well behaved? Or a garden that is enthusiastically jumping its borders? How about one that is loud and rambunctious and actually makes you smile? My personal criteria for pleasing gardens must include multiple places to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening.

Of course there are no right or wrong answers to the question of what makes a pleasing garden, as the answer is in the eye of the gardener. (Yes, I meant it, in the eye of the gardener, not the beholder!) But how great is it to find one combining all the above? Such is the yard of Shirley Ann and Regina Moody, September's Yard of the Month. From beautiful pots of draping creepy jenny and cleome to a patch of self seeding vinca, Shasta daisies, asters and impatiens, this yard has everything.
Asked about her gardening philosophy, Miss Ann says that if she likes it, she buys it, then finds a place for it. This philosophy is reflected in her more exotic pots filled with different ferns, several varieties of hibiscus and something the YOM committee was not familiar with...a stunning plant named Taiwan Orange Ixora. Miss Ann and her daughter Regina, who makes sure that her mother has the tools she needs as well as seeing to it that her mom drinks enough water on these dog days of summer, are intrepid gardeners. They love to try new plants, but always return to old favorites, plants like Mexican heather, roses, nandina and lirope.

And places to sit and observe the loveliness all around you with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine? Too many to count. Whatever the time of day or the mood one is in, there is a place to go, to sit, to read, to think, to enjoy God's bounty and the labors of Miss Ann and Miss Regina. Come and see for yourself!

11766 Hwy 490 ( about 13 miles out John C. Stennis. First left turn after the EMEPA sub station)

Submitted by Rebecca Byrd Gravett