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The last DDC Yard of the Month for 2011 is selected

October 27, 2011
Dysart Reporter

The last Yard of the Month honor for the season belongs to Dean and Linda Robison, 601 Estelle Street. Every side of the house and yard is landscaped beautifully in an array of plants and colors. Many different potted plants, marigolds, alyssum, perenial plants, and a trellis with climbing roses surround the front of the house. An American flag waves proudly from its spot among the circle of gardens with a bird bath, marigolds, and many annuals to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Next to the house, the couple has added hosta, autumn sedum, tango lilies, fern peonies, marigolds, cone flowers, and periwinkle. As you enter the back yard, there is a smoke house and fire box which are surrounded by perenial and annual plants. A lovely sight is the huge red castor beans that spread around behind the fire box. A single car garage has been converted into Linda's potting shed where they have added a bay window and an insulated ceiling. Many hours are spent in the shed starting plants for the spring. After leaving the shed, you can head towards a garden with a pond with waterfall and colorful fish surrounded by a massive growth of nasturtiums. Also in the rock garden are lilies, tulips, an old-fashioned pink rose, coralbells, ladies mantle, daffodils and periwinkle. If you head out behind the potting shed, another aspect of the yard appears. There is a fenced-in garden which grows produce for canning and eating. There is also a new planting of windbreak to relieve the older trees someday. Nestled in among the trees is an old brooder house with a mural painted on it by Linda of an American bald eagle with two American flags.

As you head north on the property, another flower bed with old fashioned peonies, daylilies, and a dragon skull which reads "Beyond this place there be dragons," beckons you to continue around the property. Under the bay window on the potting shed, it is decorated with flowering almond, tulips, daffodils, allium, daylilies, and a smoke bush all surrounded by beautiful flowing wave petunias which were started in the potting shed last spring. Be sure to take your time as you head all around the house and property for there is so much to see and enjoy. At every turn awaits a colorful splash of color or a quaint decoration. The Robison's won't mind if you stop to enjoy their many gardens and take a leisurely trip around the property. (More photos on Pg. 2)

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