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Our Wild Country Garden! Best Flowers For Zone 3 and 4

Honeysuckle Vine

Honeysuckle Vine


Our Garden in zone 3-4

We live way up north so it gets cold here as low as 40 below, many plants won't grow here. I always look for zone 3 plants but sometimes I can get zone 4 to grow here. We don't get as much snow as we use to get. The snow helped it kept the plants covered now so often in the winter the plants aren't covered but it is very cold on them. I have tried covering plants for the winter and it just doesn't seem to do any good so now I don't cover anything as far as perennial flowers.

I love my flowers but I'm not as good at taking care of them the way I use to be. I fill my garden full of flowers so the weeds can't grow so there’s no room for them to grow. I also always use mulch keeps the ground soft makes it easier to remove weeds that do grow and also helps keep moisture in.

This is an old pig farm so it seems every time we put a flower in the ground it grows really well. There are two things that kill our flowers off, the bitter cold and deer. The flowers do ok in the cold if we have lots of snow to cover them but not if there is very little snow the cold often kills some of the flowers. Spring comes and they're just not there.

Always be sure to check the zone when you buy flowers.

The deer like to graze in the flower beds. We spray them with sprays to keep the deer away. We also hang soap that helps keep them away, Irish Spring.

We have climbing vines Clematis, Honeysuckle, Trumpet Vine, Grape, Hops, and Bridal Veil.

We have vegetables and we checked our pumpkins growing in a field next to the house and found signs of the deer bedding down right next to the pumpkins.

I have lots of Day Lilies,

Tiger Lilies, Roses, Bee balm, Iris, Peonies, Hostas and some flowers I can't name.

More flowers in my garden.

More flowers in my garden.

Clematis Vine

Clematis Vine


The Old Farm We Bought.

At the bottom of the hub is the slide show of my flowers. You will also see our old barn and the vegetable garden.

The vine on the barn is called Virgin's-bower (Clematis virginiana). The vine would cling to the cedar shake than we had to put a new metal roof on and now my husband has added a chicken wire for the vine to climb on. He wants to save this vine it was his mothers.

Many people dream of buying an old big farm house. Well, we bought a farmhouse but it's not big but it is old. It's small and kind of ugly. We keep working on it trying to get it in shape and we've done a lot to it but still have more to go.

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The front of the house we just put bushes in this year. Hoping they will grow ok there. The front of the house is kind of shaded because of big pine trees so we have to watch what we plant in that area.

Our animals love the yard. We have three cats and two dogs. The dogs get excited when they see the deer or squirrels around. We have plenty of those.

When they know the bear is in the yard they go just crazy. We also now have a wolf that hangs around here. The dogs seem to know when he’s here they will start to growl in the house.

Slide Show Of Our Flowers

Wannabe our little barn cat loves to smell the flowers. We're never in the garden without him. He follows us where ever we go. He also tried to run the bear and the deer out of the yard. He also loves staying in the house but because he was a barn cat that showed up here we can’t keep him in the house. He throws a fit if he’s not allowed to go out when he wants to.

My husband keeps the lawn mowed and he also mows down to the meadow and around so that I can walk. Now that my dog has gotten old and it's too hard for him to go with me I don't like to walk in the meadow worried about running into bears, wolves or cougars.

I still walk anyway, after all, that’s where the milkweed is and the monarch butterflies.

I love to go there and look at the wildflowers and check out the apple trees and see how they're doing. When my sister-in-law was here we did go to the meadow and I had my fly swatter with me. She wanted to know why I had the swatter. We're both too weak to fight a bear, wolf or cougar, (she’s had breast cancer recently) so I figured maybe if I hit him on the nose with the fly swatter he would run. LOL Kind of like hitting a shark on the nose.

I have more hubs on my garden and on the meadow. Check them out if you get a chance.

Golden Glow

Golden Glow


Plants in Front of The Barn.

We planted many of our flowers in front of the barn. The sun shines on it all day because it's facing south. Things almost grow too good. Many of the flowers get out of hand and multiply and cover up some of my best flowers. This year we moved some but next year we will really have to get busy and change things around.

We finally gave up on growing our pumpkins in the field next to the house. Deer eat them right up. So we grow a garden in the yard. My husband doesn't like me putting the pumpkins in the garden but I have too. We grew such a big pumpkin this year it took a wheel barrel to move it and we had a hard time getting it in the barrel.

We don't grow lots of vegetables, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, pumpkins and onions.

Our garden is also full of birds and bees. We have little bird houses all over the yard so most of the time they each have nesting birds.

We have more wildlife sometimes than we need, bears on the deck, deer eating our garden and porcupines getting our dogs. There is also a skunk or two around.

Our old barn looks pretty bad it needs to be painted. We did get a new metal roof put on it. If we hadn't done that we would have never been able to save it.

I hope we will get the time this year to get the paint on it and get some more work done around it.

The golden glows in the garden have pretty much take over so now I have to dig underneath them and get some plants out and move them somewhere else.

We are getting older and the garden is getting harder to take off. We both have back problems. So whatever plant takes over we're going to let it, less work for us.




Little Old House.

We always have lots of milkweed for the monarch butterflies.

We also get swallowtail butterflies. I have small puddles in the yard full of yellow swallowtail butterflies. I was able to get a picture of a few in the puddle the picture is on one of my other hubs.

I had so many flower pictures I had to make another hub so I could show all of them.

We enjoy our little old home even if it doesn't have a big front porch with a swing hanging from it.

The dogs you see in the picture also enjoy our home. It was the black dog’s favorite place he liked walking in the meadow with me but we had to have him put down in June. He was 14.

Leaving My Wild Country Garden

I guess I will have to be leaving here. Winters here are hard and when I can't get anyone to plow so that I don't get stuck in the driveway and to mow my lawn I can't stay. I love this place and hate to leave. It keeps me moving I can walk my dogs as many times during the day that I want. I don't go out on the road I can walk to the meadow and look at all the wildflowers. The house is just the right size to take care of but everything else is too much. I will miss it and if I could figure out anything else I would not leave.

Opening of a flower

Copyright © 2015 moonlake


moonlake (author) from America on November 04, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you I appreciate that.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 04, 2013:

Came back to pin this to my "White" board. Will share again too!

moonlake (author) from America on October 13, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you for stopping by and for the sharing you done with this hub. I appreciate it.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 12, 2013:

This is really an exceptional article and I love the photos. Your stories about what it's like to live out in the country are what really make it so enjoyable to read. Have already pinned this to my "Trees, Plants, & Flowers," board, and have come back to pin it on my "Pink II" board. For some reason my color boards get the most attention, so I hope you will see more traffic as a result, too. Also sharing again with my followers.

moonlake (author) from America on October 02, 2013:

brownella, I still have some roses blooming by this time of year nothing is blooming but we have had great weather. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

brownella from New England on October 01, 2013:

Lovely hub, your pictures are beautiful :) You have many of the same flowers I have in my garden (I am also zone 4). The last of my phlox and sedum are already beginning to fade so it was nice to look at your colorful photos for inspiration (especially as we now have all winter to plan for next years plantings).

moonlake (author) from America on October 01, 2013:

Rtalloni, Your welcome and thanks for stopping by I appreciate it. It is a very old house that was in bad shape. There was a ladder going up stairs and the basement stairs were pretty much the same. Very tiny house. We have added a bedroom. Changed so much in it. It's still small but cute and we are still working on it. The work never seems to end. Thanks so much for stopping by.

RTalloni on October 01, 2013:

How delightful to learn more about your home and land! Your photos are beautiful and I am having a hard time believing that your house and barn are ugly! I highly suspect that they are full of historical charm. :)

Our cat was my constant albeit nosey friend in the garden and I miss her very much.

"Things almost grow too good" is priceless! We can still smell the old farm animal land when we dig in certain areas for our garden. Pretty stinky, but the plants do nicely in it. :)

Thanks for a neat look at life way up north!

moonlake (author) from America on October 01, 2013:

Lizolivia, Our dog is doing great. We adopted another dog a

Chihuahua so he now has someone to play with and I can tell you they love to play.

So sorry about your dog. Thank you so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on October 01, 2013:

rebeccamealey, Thank you I always like showing my flowers. I appreciate you stopping by.

Lizolivia from Central USA on September 29, 2013:

Your gardens and flowers are inspirational, nice photos. My dog recently passed away and was 14 also; she is greatly missed. I hope your other dog is adapting well.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 29, 2013:

Oh my, you have done a fantastic job growing flowers to beautify your yard. They look great!

moonlake (author) from America on September 29, 2013:

JayeWisdom, Thank you for stopping by and for the vote. I appreciate it.

moonlake (author) from America on September 29, 2013:

The Dirt Farmer, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and share.

moonlake (author) from America on September 29, 2013:

mary615, Thank you Mary. The pretty rose at the top got bugs in it this year and it was awful I had a terrible time getting rid of them. I'm not much for putting anything toxic around the garden because of pets, butterflies and bees so it's really hard to get rid of pest. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on September 29, 2013:

You live in a floral paradise, moonlake. I enjoyed your pictures so much. Thanks for sharing them. Voted Up++++


moonlake (author) from America on September 29, 2013:

thumbi7, Thank you so glad you stopped by and enjoyed my hub.

moonlake (author) from America on September 29, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you we have family in Wausau and they run into all the same problems we have with wild life. They use to have a deer that came into their yard and played with their dog. Thanks so much for pin, share and vote.

Jill Spencer from United States on September 29, 2013:

What a lovely garden--and lovely pictures! The old birdhouse w/the honeysuckle vine is particularly charming. Shared & voted up.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 29, 2013:

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed touring your beautiful farm and gardens! I live in S.Fl. and I could never grown the beauties you grow. I love everything about your place!!

JR Krishna from India on September 29, 2013:

Beautiful garden and flowers.

Old house looks like typical tiled house in India. It is hard to find tiled houses where I live

Felt nostalgic

Thanks for sharing

C E Clark from North Texas on September 29, 2013:

Don't know how I missed this hub! So glad I found it this time. Your photos are so beautiful and I really enjoyed reading about your home and your garden and all the wildlife you have.

My sister who lives in the Wausau area has problems with the deer eating her flowers and new vegetable plants, too. She and her husband have all the same critters you mention coming into their yard too, except maybe the porcupines. She hasn't mentioned them.

Voting this hub up and BAUI, pinned to my 'Trees, Plants, & Flowers' board, and will share with my followers.

moonlake (author) from America on July 07, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, Sorry I'm so late answser your comment. I have been sick and when I finally got well. We have been doing yard work while son and hubbie are home. Thank you the garden is pretty but becoming over grown so we have been thin out and placing flowers in different spots around the yard. Thank you for the pin.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on July 03, 2013:

Oh, Moonlake, your farm and flowers are sooo beautiful! Voted up for awesome! I am also pinning it to my board: "Favorite Places and Spaces." I'm sure others will want to enjoy these photos, too!

moonlake (author) from America on June 24, 2013:

Kathryn, It is a long life for his type of dog. He lived a long and happy life. He never visited the vet for sickness he was healthy all his life.

Thanks for visiting my garden. I appreciate you stopping by.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 23, 2013:

This was a charming read, and I enjoyed looking at the pretty photos. Your garden looks like a wonderful place, and your pets are so adorable! It's too bad you had to get one of your dogs put down, but at least 14 years is quite a long life.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a beautiful weekend!

~ Kathryn

moonlake (author) from America on June 22, 2013:

Thelma Alberts, You too have a nice Sunday. Thanks so much for stopping by I'm glad you liked my garden.

moonlake (author) from America on June 22, 2013:

pinto2011, Thank you and thanks for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on June 22, 2013:

tobusiness, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and looking at my garden.

moonlake (author) from America on June 22, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thank you the garden is late this year it has been so cold here just not enough warm weather. Thank you for vote and share.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 22, 2013:

What a beautiful garden! I enjoyed reading this hub and looking at your lovely flowers. It´s always good to have a garden where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared. Have a nice weekend!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on June 22, 2013:

Simply glorious!.. I love looking at beautiful gardens, I'm never envious of money or big houses, but my silly heart beats fast when I see a new flower I would love to have in my garden :). This is superb.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on June 22, 2013:

Hi moonlake! Great collection and the fine detailing of each.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 22, 2013:

Amazing flowers and you have a beautiful garden. Voted up, beautiful and shared.

moonlake (author) from America on February 19, 2012:

susanm23b, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on February 19, 2012:

thumbi7, Thank you, for stopping by. We do have plenty of space. It's just an old farm we bought about 5 years ago, hadn't planned on it but ended up with it and we do like it. Thanks so much for stopping by my hub.

susanm23b on February 19, 2012:

Your garden is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us :)

JR Krishna from India on February 19, 2012:

Your garden is so lovely. You have lot os space and plenty of variety of plants

Just Awesome!

Thanks for SHARING:)

moonlake (author) from America on January 26, 2012:

Sunnie Day,

We have lots of deer and we do feed in the winter. We use what we can to keep them off the flowers. This last year I didn't have to much trouble with them. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunnie Day on January 25, 2012:

Your garden is so beautiful with all the flowers. It looks like such a peaceful place. My parents have alot of deer too and have trouble keeping flowers of course they have been known to feed the deer Thank you for sharing your lovely home. Great hub!


moonlake (author) from America on January 21, 2012:

Peggy W,

Thank you, for stopping by and thanks for the vote. I really never know what to take with me if I go for a walk anywhere here other than a gun and I won't do that. That bear would have probably rolled over laughing when he saw the swatter then we could have ran.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2012:

What a gorgeous yard and garden area you have! I had to laugh when you said that you think that a fly swatter would help protect you from a bear. I can just see it in the news now...Lady thwarts bear attack with her arsenal of flyswatters! Ha! Voting this hub beautiful. Loved seeing your beautiful photos of where you live. Thanks!

moonlake (author) from America on December 28, 2011:


Thanks so much and thank you for stopping by my hub glad you enjoyed it.

tebo from New Zealand on December 28, 2011:

I have really enjoyed looking around your gardens in this hub. The photos are lovely and the whole property looks peaceful and lush. Great.

moonlake (author) from America on August 07, 2011:

We figured out the name of the vine it's called Virgin's-bower. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Eloise Hope from Portland, Oregon, USA on August 07, 2011:

How lovely! I think the unknown vine looks a bit like the wild Clematis we have here in Oregon, also called Traveler's Joy, but you'd probably have known that as the leaves are the same. If that's not it, I can't say what it is!

moonlake (author) from America on July 30, 2008:

Thanks so much for checking out my garden.

RainbowRecognizer from Midwest on July 30, 2008:

Absolutely beautiful - thank you for sharing! :o)

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