S: SSR 2012 How Does Your Garden Grow?
FC: Shooting Star Ranch 2012 "How Does Your Garden Grow?"
1: “The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and never satisfied. They always look forward to doing something better than they have ever done before.” ~ Vita Sackville-West | It's been an honor to be caretakers of your home and land. We look forward to sharing our passion and talents and do our part to provide a comforting refuge at Shooting Star for you, your family, and friends. With gratitude, Dan and Sondra Johnson
2: Front Lodge Gardens | In 2010, the gardens were a beginning canvas , ready for colorful brush strokes and magic. In the fall of that year, thousands of bulbs were planted for the following spring.
3: Spring 2011 arrived late in mid June with glorious color. The rest of the season was busy adding perennial flowers and shrubs.
5: 2012 was a year of heavy planting and filling the gardens. with plant material. Most were perennials and many of the lupine were propagated from seed.
6: South Lodge Gardens | Gardens in 2010 | Gardens in 2011
7: By 2012, the gardens were lush with lupine and daisies.
8: East Lodge Gardens | 2010 | 2011 | 2012
9: “To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” ~Mohandas Gandh
10: Saloon Gardens | 2010 | Increased plantings in 2011
11: 2012 was a good year for the delphiniums and transplanted lupine. The moss sidewalk was also a success.
12: Poppy Fields | “Through the dancing poppies stole, A breeze most softly lulling to my soul.” ~ John Keats
13: The dream of poppy fields and gardens as in days gone past is gradually being realized. 2013 is planned to be a tipping point in the proliferation of these gentle beauties.
14: The Freight Garden | Once known by the garden crew as the 'pit of despair', this rocky land previously covered with willows is being transformed into a new garden that will be covered with poppies and flowers. In honor of the old time freight station, antique items add to the flavor of this new space. | 2010
15: Autumn 2012- finished design seeded and ready for spring
16: Other Gardens | The Buffalo garden is growing nicely with potentilla bushes and now has a red border of dragon's blood sedum that circles the outside edge of the garden. | In the Spring, tulips and scattered columbine add bright color. Lamb's ear also graces the garden with splashes of silver-gray.
17: The Iris garden was created the fall of 2010 by combining several smaller areas and planted early 2011 with bulbs, which made their appearance a few months later. | Planted with geraniums for later color, the garden is a work in progress and plans for 2013 include additional plantings.
18: Other Gardens | The Horseshoe garden was created 2010 next to the horseshoe pit by Zeke's barn. The herb and flower gardens by the Chicken Coop were created in 2011, with additional plantings in 2012.
19: 2012 was a year to enhance and expand the gardens across from the 6-bedroom and in front of the 2-bedroom guest houses. Hardscapes as well as plantings were added. | Front of 2-bedroom guest house beginning 2012
20: Shooting Star Flowers | "In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends." ~ Kozuko Okakura
21: "Each flower is a soul opening out to nature." ~ Gerald De Nerval
23: The 2012 Shooting Star garden crew Jordan, Dan, and Don