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Bob Smith

In your garden 2010: Entry 40

Here is a part of our gardens, out beside the driveway to the barn. It is edged , but we have allowed milkweeds to grow (the blossoms are removed after we smell them, before the seeds mature to be blown away).

There is a red Celosia (Cock's Comb), one of Judy's favorite drying flowers for later arrangements. Behind those stands our breakroom, an old corn crib, where we take rest breaks – we used to have 28 peacocks, and when we would holler to each other, let's take a REST in the breakROOM, all the peacocks heard was REST ROOM, and we had to wash the seats too often, so I built a door out of lattice wood, put it up Feb. 3 way back, and the next A.M. I took a picture of 28 peacocks, waiting for it to open.

One of our water lines is running from our well to our grape arbor and another flower garden behind us; the maple tree we planted probably 20 some years ago; our vegetable garden is beyond it; and Trumpet Vine climbs over the wire walls of the corn crib, which we prune usually twice per year.

Judy doesn't like me climbing ladders, but she went to a sewing conference in Atlanta, and one morning, when I awoke at 3 with nothing to do, I thought I'd go prune the trumpet vine, but I mis-rembered the diameter of the corncrib – just above the door – but it will grow out by the time it gets hot next year.

Bob and Judy Smith live in the Columbia City area.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)