The Lake Bloomers Garden Club Yard Recognition Award this month goes to Kathy Adams of Sunrise Beach. Like many other full-time lake residents, Kathy and Don Adams moved to the lake from St. Louis after having a summer home here first.
After moving to their current full-time home with over an acre of land on the lake, a large home and a pool, they purchased Ace Hardware on F Road. Along with running a business, they have been involved in many other activities on the West Side.
One of Kathy’s favorite activities is her yard. With the help of yard man Bob Seitrich, the grounds are lush with grassy and perennials. Over the almost 20 years that Bob has been nurturing the Adams’ yard, he has built numerous planting areas including berms and created a lush and healthy lawn.
There is a nice mixture of sun and shade, but like so many lake-side yards there are many trees. In the middle of the road-side grassy area is a partial shade garden of hostas, impatiens, King Kong coleus, Asiatic lilies, roses and marigolds.
The garden by the entry area contains salvia, dianthus, coral bells, liriope, lambs ear, vinca vine, sedum and various types of lilies.
Throughout the extensive landscape many different types of trees and shrubs enhance the house and the pool area. Alongside the drive are stunning Forest Pansy redbud trees. This tree has somewhat purple foliage in spring that gradually changes to burgundy-toned green as the summer heat increases. It is definitely a nice color accent. It benefits from afternoon shade in summer. Also adding color along the drive is a red maple.
In addition to the oaks trees, there are pink and white dogwoods, peach and apple trees. Shrubs include wisteria, forsythia, honeysuckle, and hydranges.
Nearly fifty hostas provide the finishing touch to this woodsy oasis.