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I only hope I can garden for many more years. It brings me such pleasure and enjoyment and soothes the troubled mind. Cicero said, "If you 

Daylilies are a particular passion of mine. I have well over two hundred of them. I divide them when they get bigger to plant in different places and give many away. Even though I have more than I need, I can't resist buying new cultivars when I see them advertised in my favorite daylily catalogs from G.H. Wilde & Sons. Just the names alone intrigue me; Abstract Art, Beauty Dance, Emperor's Dragon, and on and on. What I particularly love about daylilies is that they are so hardy. They will grow almost anywhere and very few insects bother them, and even rabbits, groundhogs and deer leave them alone. They do much better in the sun, but will even bloom in partial shade. Different varieties bloom at different times of the year, so I have some blooming all summer.

I love all seasons here in NE Ohio because after a long cold winter of hibernation, nothing can be more joyous than seeing the first flowers of spring. As the season progresses, it's like a miracle having a wild exuberance of plants and flowers taking over. The picture to my left is what I see from my back door. It's my sidewalk gardens leading away from my house. Yes, my gardens are a bit wild. As I mentioned above, I let my passion for gardening overrule the practicality of trying to maintain about an acre of gardens as well as mowing lawns. In addition to many flowers and plants in different gardens, I also have an enclosed vegetable garden, a blueberry patch and apple and pear trees.

No, that is not my garden above, but I wish it were. I love roses and I have many different ones. The above garden is one of the many gardens I've visited over the country whenever I'm on vacation. The garden above is Filoli in the Bay areas of San Francisco, where my youngest daughter lives. I've visited many public and private gardens throughout our country, Canada and in Europe. The only problem with visiting these gardens is they give me too many ideas. For instance, I blame my visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello for deciding to put brick pathways in my vegetable garden. Big mistake. I rarely take into consideration that these gardens have many workers while I'm only one person. But my enthusiasms always wins out over the practical matter of caring for my gardens.