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Garden of the Week: Leslie and Janice Eubanks
The Rockdale News publishes a weekly feature about local gardens and gardeners.
Leslie and Janice Eubanks have been married for 53 years and are life-long residents of Rockdale County. As we sit comfortably in their air-conditioned living room, they share the story of the bulbs in their yard, some that are over 50 years old. Janice has what are called "mother's tear drops" planted in a basket on their front porch, which were given to her by her mother, who was given the bulbs by her mother.

The couple initially decided to plant by the gazebo to improve the appearance of it, "just to see something bloom," said Janice laughing. "We did have roses all the way around it, which we ordered. They did well for one season and died out because of the weather."

The gazebo is now surrounded by Black-eyed Susans, Hummingbird Vines, Clematis and strawberry plants. The Black-eyed Susans and the Hummingbird Vines are in full bloom now.

As we step out into the yard, all the colors take your breath away. But when Leslie steps out into the yard, the thoughts that come to him are "A lot of work!" he said, laughing. "Things that need to be done, things that you want to do. Yard work is hard work!"

Still, Leslie added that he is rewarded with peace and happiness. Janice agreed. "It is relaxing and fulfilling. If you couldn't do anything, or didn't have anything (regarding their yard) it would take away your joy," she said. "It is a joy to see the plants growing and blooming."