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The Shelter Garden
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For a number of years now I have been working on a garden at the animal shelter. It hasn't been easy to start from dirt and establish a beautiful garden. Last year the shelter put in a retaining wall and the garden is doing so much better.

Here it is at the beginning of May before I did any planting.

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Now hundreds of plants and many shrubs later:
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Once it started growing there was no stopping it.

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[Image: F9L7GUegKsZG4oxPjGUDaMziIrD2j6Yo5z7ARpiQ...=w155-h275]I have bee balm, cone flowers and yarrow in a clump.

I have a lot of beautiful perennials established and the shrubs are growing nicely.
[Image: bnaiMKV9Ia7HEYcxNsdM50HD6t27ziy126_KfZsH...=w155-h275]The purple flowers are milkweed. So the bees and monarch butterflies are happy.

This is the view from the bridge. You can't see details, but I love seeing the whole garden at once.
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Next time I will take pictures of the rooftop vegetable garden.  The smaller shelter animals have fresh veggies and the cats have fresh grown catnip. They love the catnip.
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Catherine

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What a transormation you made to that garden. It looks beautiful for anyone visiting the Shelter, and helps the bees and butterflies too. Well done!

I'm looking forward to pictures of the rooftop veg. garden.
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