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June 4, 2014

Atkinson couple earns garden award

ATKINSON — Linda and Phillip Sansone are May’s recipients of the Atkinson Garden Club’s Garden of the Month Award.

For 29 years, the Sansones have lived on Knightland Road, transforming their property to a parcel brimming with island gardens and flowing pathways featuring flowering trees and bushes, annuals, perennials and kitchen herbs. Many of the stones cleared from the front yard were used to create the many garden borders and frame the flowing walkways and paths that invite visitors to meander and discover hidden delights.

Window boxes on the Sansones’ home are filled with bright pink geraniums, complemented by low-growing light and hot pink scented geraniums and marmalade azaleas. Island gardens abound with white and pink rhododendrons, pastel peonies, bleeding hearts, purple Jacobs ladder, hydrangea and fragrant lilacs. Shasta daisies, summer phlox, coneflowers and cosmos are artfully planted in pots and urns.

Birds and bees flock to their gardens; Linda Sansone attributes much of this to their no pesticide policy. Cucumbers, scallions and spinach are among the cool weather vegetables thriving at the moment, along with clumps of basil, oregano and rosemary. In the Sansones’ “orphan gardens” are all the plants and seedlings which never quite took off or fit in with their initial placement, and are thriving splendidly.

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