Drawing Winner Will Put CobraHead to Use

Thanks to everyone who shared the lessons they learned from the 2009 gardening season. The winner’s number was drawn at random by the computer genius at Random.org.  Even though gardeners from around the country posted their comments, the winner lives in Denver, Colo.

Judy Lemieux is a licensed acupuncturist who enjoys photography as much as gardening and horticulture. Her garden taught her that she should be realistic about her watering habits and select plants that will survive our dry climate and her failure to water regularly.

This photo shows a corner of her garden that is flourishing with Russian sage, Lemieux Blogpurple and white iris, agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ and ‘Dimity’ knotweed.

“I seem to kill so many things with my forgetfulness to water,” Judy says.

“I’ve  had several beautiful pots die a sudden death from missing one day.  Now I plant pots with a variety of succulents and other extremely xeric plants that thrive on neglect.  As for the things I plant in the ground – if it can survive a summer with my erratic watering, it can stay, otherwise it goes.”

Judy’s been gardening in earnest for two years and enjoys growing irises because they’re both beautiful and drought-tolerant.

She also enjoys coreopsis, agastache, flax, and a variety of Mediterranean herbs. She recently planted a hedge of Allegheny viburnum along the east side of her house and is looking forward to a beautiful wall of green in the future.

Judy says the CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator she won in the WesternGardeners drawing will come in handy in her continuing battle to fight the weeds in her small yard.

“I’ve been slowly rehabbing the few trees and shrubs we started with and have been trying to get several small perennial beds going. I’ve come to the conclusion that I will need to build a retaining wall to contain the slope in front.”

Every gardener can relate to Judy when she says, “I have a lot of work ahead of me.”

You can keep up with Judy’s gardening efforts on her new gardening blog called The Tenacious Gardener.


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Thank you for the cobrahead weeder! It will be put to good use.

Thanks Jodi! I received my CobraHead in the mail yesterday afternoon. 🙂

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