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For whimsical personal touches, Mary sprinkles the gardenscape with frog figures perched on lily pads, tiny birdhouses suspended from trees, and a piece of driftwood the couple pulled out of a river in Wisconsin.
Each spring, Mary tackles a new garden project. “Mary says jump,” joked Mike, “and I say, ‘How high?’ ”
As a respite during hot summer days, Mary crafted a shady woodland garden with gnomes peeking out among ferns and hosta under a clump of maple trees.
“Gnomes used to give me the creeps,” she said. “I pick the ones that don’t look mean and grumpy.”
After 13 years, the couple have created a lush suburban oasis amid the green turf, which still covers a substantial part of the large back yard.
“Your eyes need a spot to rest,” said Mary. “And the green backdrop really makes the colors pop.”
Although the Kulseths didn’t achieve their mission of a low-maintenance yard, they wouldn’t trade their labor of love for anything.
“We don’t plop in front of the TV — our gardens are our entertainment,” said Mike.
Mary agreed. “I turn on my music and start deadheading,” she said. “It’s heaven.”
Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619