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A lush green pathway leads from the house down to the river past centre island plantings


violets and episicia.” He pauses and then adds, “You never hear of episicia these days, but they were like an Afri- can violet with vine-like tendrils.” His father also gardened, growing


vegetables, but it was his grandfather who taught Tim about flowers. His mother, he said, had a true brown thumb. There are no brown thumbs in this


garden. The flowers flourish: Joe Pye Weed grows as tall as your head. A nice fleeceflower shrub is already three feet high. Monarda blooms everywhere setting off the cheery blossoms of false sunflower. Filipendula flaunts her fluffy flowers among the orange daylilies, a tall black hollyhock reaches out towards the river. Delphiniums and daisies muscle out the veronica. There would be a riot here if not for the discipline Tim has imposed. Then here are calming areas of


luscious lawn. It invites a footfall or perhaps even a lie-down on its velvety surface. Eyes saturated with colour can get relief by taking the inlaid brick steps down to the water’s edge and watch the river roll by. To keep out maraud- ing deer and rabbits, Tim has erected a fence that is half hidden by lush beds of flowers. At the edge of the slope to the river,


a retaining wall with a nautical theme makes way for a nice river overlook, Compost bins are cleverly hidden here


localgardener.net Masses of tall perennials are set off by the lush green lawn. Above are fleece flowers. Beautiful Gardens 2015 • 19 The deck as you come into the garden.


The garden party for WSO. Tim loves to share his garden.


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