Welcome to (still more of) Dan & Rita's Garden!

This page is pictures of our Kentucky garden in Summer 2001.

We have a few other pages online so click away.
Let's visit the fishpond.
Summer 2000 was a busy year in our garden!
Go back to Summer '99
Visit our Winter garden on Christmas Eve '99

No garden or pond is ever really finished and ours is no exception. This page represents "year 4" of our pond and gardens.

Most of my other web pages are meant to be a narrated stroll through our garden.
This page is more of a photo album with some comments on the pictures.

It also represents my first season with a digital camera. Previous years the pictures were taken with a point and shoot camera and developed at the grocery store then scanned and put online.
This page has pictures taken digitally.
I hope they are a little better quality but it is always a toss up between
big file size -- good quality pictures but slow page load
and small file size -- poor quality pictures but faster page load
The thing I notice most is that digital pictures have better color!

Enough rambling! Take a look at our gardens in 2001.

Butterfly on buddleia

Our buddleia grew from a 1 gallon pot to a 5 foot tall - 6 foot wide flower bed sprawling monster in the first season!

Also known as butterfly bush.

You can see why.

Dan and the giant castor bean!

Check out these castor beans! Consider this....

That means this plant grew from a seed to 11 feet tall in about 4 months!!
I really love these plants!!!

castor bean blooms

One more close up of the castor bean in bloom.

They are HUGE and colorful and stately and tropical and just too cool not to have some!

Castor bean seeds are POISON!!! Don't grow them if you have small children around who might get hold of the pretty seeds!!!

In fact the entire plant is toxic but the seeds are the worst!

I save some of the seed pods in the fall when they turn brown and I never have to buy new seeds. These are descendants of some that were given to me 4 years ago.

Brand new Pergola built by Dan

This pergola was the "Spring project" for 2001. We talked about some sort of "vine covered tunnel" to lead us from the fishpond area out to the covered swing and this is what we came up with.

I surfed the internet looking at pictures of arbors and pergolas and found one I liked the shape of. I also wanted something with arches and this has them on 4 sides!

Nothing exotic here, it's just treated yellow pine and lattice. It's about 7 feet square and 8 feet tall.

Pergola covered in purple beans

This is the SAME view as the picture above.
The pergola is under there somewhere!

These purple beans are another of my "gotta have some" annual plants. Also known as purple hyacinth beans, dolichos lab lab. You can usually find them in the seed racks in spring time or in some of the seed catalogs.

Once you've grown them one year you will never need to buy more seeds. They can be saved from year to year.

Purple bean pods close up Once these purple beans start producing around the middle of July, they continue non stop right up till frost.

It's normal for them to have blooms and mature pods on the very same stem. They hold their blooms up high and occasionally attract humming birds.

Really trouble free. They like lots of water and rich soil but will go right on and bloom with little water and no care. Fairly bug free and disease free.
Plant them, give them something to climb and stand back!

Cosmos in bloom

Even in late September when nearly everything else is burned up and dried out and bloomed out this cosmos is still showing lots of color.

Lacy leaves and floppy stems fall over without support but they bloom and bloom so we'll have some next year too!


This alyssum isn't terribly remarkable unless you know that it is an annual AND it's still in bloom a week before Christmas!!

It bloomed from mid summer right up to the end of the year.
We'll plant it again next year!

French Hollyhock
French hollyhock is another flower that surprised us by blooming most of the second half of summer.

This came from a grocery store and it had a plastic tag that said "althaea" and below that it said perennial. I looked it up in my Southern Living Garden encyclopedia (which I recommend!!) and it says it is Malva Sylvestris and it's a biennial. So we will have to start over next year from new seeds. Lots of less than truthful nurseries will sell plants marked perennial when they really aren't.

The blooms are such a pretty color that we will try to keep some going from now on. Biennial means we'll have to plant seeds each year to get blooms next year.

Cosmos in bloom

Winter is when Harry Lauder's walking stick really shines!

Those curly branches are fun to look at when the leaves are gone.

This shrub/small tree is one of my favorites.

miscanthus sinesus variegatus
It's hard to beat miscanthus for year round interest.

This is miscanthus sinesus variegatus I think!

It came from a grocery store years ago and we've divided it many times to give away to friends as well as surround our pool.

If you have room, you need some tall grass!

15 feet tall grass
This is not the same grass.

I wish I could tell you what it is!
Once again it's from the grocery store MANY years ago. We've divided it and given it away several times. It reaches a good 15 feet tall and lasts all winter. I'll cut it down around early April using a rope to tie it in a bundle and an electric chain saw to cut it off at ground level.

December blue sky and lacy clouds

OK so I was out playing with my camera.

When God gets out His paintbrush, I try to pay attention!!

If you'd like to use December Sky for desktop wallpaper you can try right clicking on it and choose "set as wallpaper". If you really want a high quality version of this picture, drop me a line and I can e-mail you one or put it online for you to download.

Dan sittin' down again! You made it to the bottom of Dan & Rita's 2001 garden page! We hope you enjoyed your visit.
If I encouraged you to plant one more flower or to stop one time to smell the roses in God's great big garden then I have accomplished my mission for this page.

These pages were ALL created with plain old NOTEPAD
If I have misspoken or made a typo I'd be grateful if you drop me a line so I can fix it.

Thanks for stopping by. We hope you enjoyed your visit to our tiny piece of Kentucky!
Come back, anytime!


O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works that hands have made,
I see the stars, and I hear the mighty thunder
Thy pow'r thru-out the universe displayed!

Then sings my Soul, my Savior God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sing my soul, my Savior God to Thee:
How great Thou are, how great Thou art!

When thru the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze,

Then sings my Soul, my Savior God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sing my soul, my Savior God to Thee:
How great Thou are, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in-
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin!
Then sings my Soul, my Savior God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sing my soul, my Savior God to Thee:
How great Thou are, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou Art!
Then sings my Soul, my Savior God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sing my soul, my Savior God to Thee:
How great Thou are, how great Thou art!

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"I feel closest to God when I'm sitting in my His garden".

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My address is "dan at ky-dan dot com". It looks funny when written out this way but it should fool those darn spammer robots that visit web sites gathering email addresses.

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