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  • Lake Bloomers select Yard of the Month

  • Lake Bloomers Garden Club recognizes Rex Allen and Diane Jones as this month’s Yard of the Month winners.
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  • Lake Bloomers Garden Club recognizes Rex Allen and Diane Jones as this month’s Yard of the Month winners.
    Rex, formerly of Kansas City, was a builder when he bought his present lot in 1968 for a few thousand dollars.
    Many area gardeners are overwhelmed by the size of their lot and don’t have a plan before they start to plant.
    Rex conquered the huge size of his yard by dividing it into many small cozy and colorful areas. There is a trumpet vine covered arbor, a birdbath, a three-pot fountain, a bridge, a stream or two and other yard art items that dot the various beds.
    Because most beds have some sort of focal point amid the rocks, perennials, shrubs and annuals, it helps to make the entire area look like one cohesive garden..
    In many Ozark landscapes, the natives and perennials outnumber the annuals. Perhaps not true in this yard. Rex has divided large beds into several smaller areas, using native rocks as an outline. For example, around a large oak tree there may be a planting bed with a large area of ferns and green and white hostas.
    In the same bed there are smaller areas each featuring a different color and type of annual―often begonias and marigolds. Rex and Diane estimate that they spend several hundred dollars each spring just for annuals. This combination of plants works well since there are few areas with full sun. It also insures that several things are blooming spring through fall.
    Many shrubs ― azaleas, hydrangeas, bayberry, etc ― intersperse the entire landscape giving it different textures and heights and tying the numerous gardens together.
    After many hours of planting¸ weeding and watering, Rex and Diane can now relax in the spacious and comfortably furnished screened-in porch overlooking the lake and the well-tended gardens.

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