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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Millers get yard of month award for May

  • The attractive home, lawn and garden of Wanda and Rick Miller at 1105 Grandsir Avenue is the choice of the Rolla Floriculture Club May Yard of the Month.
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  • The attractive home, lawn and garden of Wanda and Rick Miller at 1105 Grandsir Avenue is the choice of the Rolla Floriculture Club May Yard of the Month.
    As people drive by this home, the first thing to catch their eyes is the phlox blooming profusely in vibrant colors along the driveway, rock garden and house. The early spring bulbs are just finishing their show, with lilies and iris beginning to bloom.
    The Millers have lived in this home for nine years and began immediately planting trees and shrubs.  A large white pine graces the side of the house, and in both front and back they have mature peach, apple, maple, Japanese maple trees and many blooming shrubs such as lilacs, crape myrtle, fire bush, wine and roses, viburnum, lacey, and peonies.
    The rock garden which surrounds the front and west side of their home has roses (several varieties), clematis, phlox, lilies, ground cover and ferns.
    A white arched rose arbor and gate welcome people as they enter the fenced back yard. The old fashioned rose bush climbing over the arbor (complete at the moment with a robin’s nest) is one Wanda brought from her family farm years ago.
    In addition to the flowering bushes, there is a vegetable garden getting started along with strawberry plants and herbs.
    A beautiful pergola covered with wisteria is a lovely addition to a welcoming deck filled with planters of annuals. The beds around the deck are covered with creeping jenny ground cover. This is a most comfortable, shaded area for visiting and relaxation in the late afternoon and evening.
    The east side of the home boasts blooming iris, peonies, phlox and ferns and soon sunflowers will join the rest. Many of the perennials are from starters shared by family and friends or brought from a family farm.
    A surprise visit to the garage displays hundreds of starter plants, both vegetable and flowers. Wanda grows most all of her garden and flower bed plants. Name a vegetable and she has some seedlings nearing planting size.
    Rick has built a great rollout table and wooden beds for her ease in getting to the needed sunlight.
    Gardening is not Wanda’s full time hobby — she is also the chef at the local Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and has another part-time job, in addition to helping out at her husband’s business when needed.  She was previously the owner and operator of Something Special Florist.
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