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The large brick patio is in terrible shape because burrowing animals have undermined it with all sorts of tunnels. They are attracted to both the garden and all the food the owner puts out for the birds every day.

Things got so bad that we put a chicken wire fence around the garden a few years ago. But the critters aren't stupid. They easily burrowed under it or climbed over it. Because it was such an eyesore we eventually took the fence down.

This is a typical view from her patio. Because these are perennials the vista changes continuously through the seasons.

The garden is fairly large -- about nine hundred square feet. Unfortunately, it gets weedy a lot but we are always on top of things.

One of my favorite trees is the Catalpa, Catalpa speciosa. It has tubular white flowers in the Spring and cigar-shaped seedpods in the Fall. Unfortunately, the Autumn leaves stay green.

The most endearing quality about this tree in my opinion is its beautiful always-individual form and the fact that it grows three to four feet a year.

Surprisingly, we have had many relatively young Catalpas damaged in storms. Several limbs were severed but new limbs regenerated later on and the trees looked fine.

Two late Spring/early Summer blooming favorites are the white Foxglove Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, and yellow Sand Coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata.

The White Wild Indigo, Baptisia leucantha, and Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, grow in a variety of soil conditions. We never plant the Common Milkweed in any of our gardens -- they just appear magically. They are a food source for the Monarch Butterfly, are fragrant and very beautiful. I think they are really cool.

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