Since the day I met Kylee through Twitter, I've been humbled by how she welcomed me into the garden blogging community as if I were already a member of the family. Instantaneously, we connected through our love for growing and a belief that the experiences of our gardens are meant to be shared.
Earlier this June, my wife Mindy and I visited Kylee and her husband Romie at their home in Ohio. It was a trip we'd been planning ever since Kylee and I motivated each other to plant more than 1,000 spring bulbs in each of our gardens last fall. When our schedules didn't permit a visit while the bulbs were in bloom, we decided to time our visit with the long-standing Van Wert Peony Festival.
The first day of our visit was spent touring gardens in Van Wert and enjoying the festival parade along with Fred and Loiuse Hartwig, Kylee's parents. By the time we got back to the Baumle's one acre homestead, the sun had already begun to set and storm clouds were rolling in from the west. We got a dusky peek at Kylee's gardens, but I went to bed that night determined to have the full garden experience at first light in the morning.
I woke early the next morning, quietly got dressed and headed downstairs with my camera in hand. Romie was already up, reading in the family room. After exchanging good mornings, I found my shoes and walked outside into Our Little Acre. I've always felt that you can hear the soul of a gardener if you walk through his or her garden in the quiet of daybreak, so I wanted at least a few minutes to myself in Kylee's garden.
|Rosa 'Hot Cocoa'|
|Aquilegia (Columbine) at the base an oak tree|
|Lily by Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'|
|Rosa 'Joseph's Coat'|
|Cotinus coggygria (Smokebush)|
|Iris 'Cajun Rhythm'|
|Iris hollandica 'Rosario'|
|Trollius chinensis (Chinese Globeflower)|
|Acer pseudoplat. 'Eskimo Sunset'|
|Armoracia rusticana (Horseradish)|
|Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) and Heuchera sp.|
|Rosa 'Gourmet Popcorn'|
|Sempervivum sp. (Hens and Chicks) & Hosta sp.|
|Quercus sp. (Oak)|
|Supertunia® 'Bordeaux', Osteospermum 'Soprano White', Lobularia 'Snow Princess', Tradescantia pallida 'Purple Heart'|
|Paeonia 'Charles Burgess' (Peony)|