With the cool beginning of the growing season this year, we seemed to have a late start on getting our plants to produce. But everything is catching up, and we are anxious to enjoy our yards and flowers!

With the cool beginning of the growing season this year, we seemed to have a late start on getting our plants to produce. But everything is catching up, and we are anxious to enjoy our yards and flowers!

The Lake Bloomers Garden Club is pleased to introduce Pam and Jess Stough and their beautiful yard this month. When you first pass their home off Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach, you may just see bales of hay, but a closer look reveals some very creative gardening.  

According to Pam, her husband, Jess, is the real gardener in the family. They both love gardening and being outside, but didn’t want  their yard to take up all their free time. So they made a plan. Their garden would consist of tomatoes and potatoes. They have already harvested the potatoes and now have replaced them with watermelon plants. All have produced well. Striking annuals have been placed at the corners of the garden, along the front of the house  and on the patio. Although this is not a huge area, it is very visible in many directions. Keeping it all together has certainly helped in taking care of everything.

I was intrigued to see how they took the bales of hay and made them an accent to their yard. Pam said they were having some drainage runoff into the garden so decided to use the bales to hold the water back. As it turned out, it made a beautiful way to display their sweet potato vines. It won’t be long and the vines will completely cover the bales while still being a deterrent for the unwanted water drainage.

When you’re sitting above the garden on the patio you also have a beautiful view of a grove of redbud trees, ferns that Jess takes great pride in and the many flowers Pam has potted herself.  She has also repurposed purses by placing pots of flowers in them and hanging each one on the side rail.

They have only lived in their house for a few years and have made it as welcome as can be. Everywhere you look you see something growing. Pam said they chose not to make the garden too big because they wanted to enjoy it. Their garden is very manageable and not only shows how you can use any space to plant for your needs but also be able to control it and not let it control you.

The Lake Bloomers, FGCM, meets the second Wednesday of the month from March to December.  And we welcome all visitors to our meetings.  For more information, contact plogue2@gmail.com or call 573-434-0183.