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How does your garden grow?

September 19, 2012
By ELAINE G. COLE - COLUMNIST ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CLYMER - "If one loves nature they will find beauty everywhere," so says Loujean White of Clymer.

Summer is the season of flowers in yards, gardens, homes and any place they can be seen and enjoyed. One of the loveliest places to see hundreds of them in brilliant array is in White's gardens on Rt. 479 in Clymer.

White and her husband John moved to Clymer in 1959. When they arrived at their 450-acre farm, the yard had nothing attractive in it and no flowers. She soon began buying lilies. The first year she purchased 12 or 14 from Hybridizers, made a bed and planted the flowers in it. Currently she has 350 kinds of day lilies in her numerous gardens.

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Photo by Elaine G. Cole
Loujean White of Clymer stands among some of the many lilies in her flower gardens.

There are a variety of other flowers among the lilies such as gazania, lantana, coral bells, Russian sage and more. A mushroom garden is an added attraction along with the hanging baskets of petunias on the porch.

Gardening is not an easy task and it takes White many hours a day to care for her gardens. When asked if it is hard to work in them when it is very hot, she said it is, but she starts deadheading the flowers at 6 a.m. when it's cooler. It takes three hours to complete the task. There is not a lot of weeding to do because she mulches them. However, she fertilizes them every three days.

Every lily in White's gardens has a tag with its name on it. The beds also have other enchanting things among the flowers such as little figurines, some with sayings on them such as "If you love nature you will find beauty everywhere."

White says she began enjoying flowers as a child for her mother always had them. Another special memory of long ago is represented in the gardens by a butcher block. It was used by her father, Mr. Legters, who used it to cut meat many years ago at the Clymer meat market. It is enhanced by a beautiful container filled with flowers. The stones around it came from the Sea of Galilee.

Leaving White's garden makes one ponder all the beauty there and another one of her quotes, "God lives in every garden, He loves each growing thing. Forget your ills, get out and dig and sing."



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