The Edmond Sun


July 3, 2014

Tornado-ravaged yard springs back to original splendor

EDMOND —  When traveling past the home of Tim Foley at 2600 S. Coltrane you may feel as if you are looking at a large canvas of a French Country house set in peaceful blends of nature’s colors. However, a year ago this week’s winner of Edmond Yard of the Week would have looked different after a tornado had just damaged the home, uprooted trees and destroyed the landscape.  

The first view is that of an expansive area, shaded by many well-groomed native trees and carpeted with a solid lawn, before your eye will be caught by the massive island bed filled with harmoniously shaded colors of impatiens, caladiums, giant hostas, day lilies and large tufts of liriope. More textures are added to the bed with silvery spruces and natural-stone boulders.

There is softness added to the front of the stone and brick house with masses of pentas, angelonia, begonias and scaevola, in pastel beautifully blending shades. Sculptured areas of deep green Mondo grass emphasizes the flower palates of color, as do varieties of ground-cover sedums, moneywort and ornamental blue fescue. Height is added to the landscape with a weeping cedar, spruces, Japanese maple and an ornamental peach. A backdrop of shrubs, with trimmed photinia, yews, laurels, holly, burning bush and spirea, protect the lower layer of flowers. Earth tones appear in the flowerbeds with native rocks and clay pots overflowing with magenta and white impatiens. Gently waving maiden grasses, lantana and Stella del Oro lilies complete the picture.

Two artistic columnar copper flower pots by the entry are a symphony of color with purple fountain grass, elegant tuberous begonias and trailing Mandevilla.

 For overcoming Oklahoma’s weather challenges and giving us a feast for the eye, Edmond Beautiful would like to reward Tim Foley with a gift certificate to Home Depot on Broadway, a gift card to TLC Nursery and a six-month subscription to The Edmond Sun. The Yard of the Week is co-sponsored by Edmond Beautiful, the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce and The Sun. To share another beautiful Edmond garden, you may nominate it by calling 341-2808.

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    July 23, 2014

  • Receive 10 free dogwood trees from Arbor Day Foundation

    Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August.

    July 23, 2014

  • Authorities update Simpson’s saga

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    July 22, 2014

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    July 22, 2014

  • Shopping smarter for family necessities can help the environment

    There’s a growing trend among consumers to make choices reflecting the goals and values that matter to them most.  In fact, two out of five people say they’re more inspired to try a natural product that does something good for themselves, their family and the planet, according to a recent study conducted by Toluna for natural products brand Tom’s of Maine.

    July 21, 2014

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    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

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    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

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    The Canebrake, a destination hotel and spa in Wagoner, is offering the following recipe from its restaurant for Garden Vegetable Spring Rolls with Avocado Wasabi Puree.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo