On the Road and In Your Backyard

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On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Ken Shabby.

Been here 35 years. Gardens have evolved, are somewhat naturalized and, except for annuals, come up each year without fuss and play nice with one another. This is a zone 4 garden and harsh on what is a perennial for some of you.

Taken on ‘13? something like that…


Tree frog size of a fingernail mistook a CD case for a garden.

Taken on summer, July

front yard

Great for butterflies, honeybees, bumble bees, katydid, mantis, hummingbird

Taken on end of June, ‘17

back yard

Put these stones in last summer. Wanted to do it for 30 years. Patio is from stones recovered from original front patio, done 25 years ago and path is new, last year.

Taken on summer, late July

front yard

beautiful color combos, insects and hummingbirds

Taken on mid July

back yard

These have been here for 25 years. They have their own spot and I pull anything else that gets ideas nearby.


Thank you so much Ken Shabby, do send us more when you can.


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7 replies
  1. 1
    JPL says:

    The little fella is so cute, and the flowers are lovely too.

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    p.a. says:

    Boy you have a very nice yard. I have ferns that came in under ‘my’ wisteria. Just have to look through them to whack the wisteria’s low shoots.

    ‘My’ wisteria: took root on my side of the fenceline from neighbor’s plant. New neighbors have had a fence company over to bid a job. The wisteria (30+ years old) does pose an issue.

  3. 3
    Mary G says:

    Gorgeous flowers 🌲🌻🌼

  4. 4
    BretH says:

    I’m equal parts impressed and jealous at gardens that look great and are mostly perennials. Thanks for sharing.

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    debbie says:

    Where is “here”???

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    pat says:

    I leave a watering can on the front steps for the flower pot that sits there. Sometimes a tree frog will climb in and crawl up to the outlet of the spout. Try to pour, just a dribble of water, look in the spout at a couple of eyes looking back. And he loves to do his chirping call because it is like calling in a megaphone.

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    J R in WV says:

    Nice bed of ferns, maidenhairs? looking like it, so thick. Ours hang in there, but we have a lot of what is drought to a fern bed.

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