Take a Walk Through Shirley's Garden

"I could pull weeds at the Green Briar Garden every day of my life, and I'd never get ahead of them," says Shirley, who spends every day trying. Here are the beautiful results.

Welcome to the Garden

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Welcome to the Garden

"I had a birthday recently, and when my friends asked me what I wanted, I said I didn't need a thing in the world--except a bucket for my weeds," says Shirley, who got her wish.

Golden Groundsel

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Golden Groundsel

The sun lights on golden groundsel. Six decades of wildflowers have come and gone in Shirley's garden, but this soil knows the constant footprints of its caretaker.

Poppy

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Poppy

Although it isn't a wildflower, Shirley adores the papier-like petals of the Double Oriental poppy.
 

Solomon's Seal

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Solomon's Seal

A flute of Solomon's seal enjoys a day in the shade.

Crested Iris

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Crested Iris

Crested iris, a southern native

Bluets

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Bluets

Shirley's bluets, also called Quaker ladies, are gloved in amethyst.

May-apples

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May-apples

"I'm so proud of my may-apples," says Shirley, showing off her prized blooms, porcelain-like in the sunshine.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

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Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Shirley uncovers the heart of one of her favorites: Jack-in-the-pulpit.

Garden Forget-Me-Not

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Garden Forget-Me-Not

An unforgettable image: Shirley's sea of garden forget-me-nots

English Cowslip

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English Cowslip

English Cowslip

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