The day Peggy Williams called me, she wanted me to come and see a few of her unique flowers and a family of tree frogs living in a vent pipe outside her bathroom window. Apparently, several generations of the same frog family have lived in the pipe for the past 18 years. Oscar and I tried to snap a photo of the tiny green tree frogs, but they disappeared down the pipe each time we moved the camera in for a shot.

Upon arrival at Peggy’s home, we observed beautiful flowers of all shapes, colors and sizes in several planting beds situated randomly in the yard and along the driveway.

Peggy grew up in her current home. Her mother had the house built in 1940. Peggy was 8 years old when she and her mother moved into their new home. Before that, mother and daughter had lived in a frame house on the hill behind the current home. When Peggy married Joe, he moved into the house as well. Later, she and Joe added more rooms to the house and bricked the exterior.

In her childhood, Peggy said, she didn’t have playmates in the neighborhood, but her mother ran a Gulf service station across the road from their home, and all the folks in the community gathered there each afternoon, which Peggy enjoyed immensely. That was her social life.

For many years, Peggy worked at American National Bank in Gadsden, and Joe was circulation director at The Gadsden Times. After leaving there, Joe owned and operated an automobile body shop. He passed away in March 2008.

Peggy and Joe had two sons, Don and Dean, and 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Peggy says she loves her home and wakes up every morning feeling good. She has a beautiful landscape filled with shrubs, trees and beautiful flowers. She grows colorful summer poinsettias (Amaranthus). She also has purple balloon plants (Platycodon graniflorus). Among other plants, she has several Rose of Sharon shrubs, black elephant ears, orange and yellow marigolds, abelia shrubs, pots of autumn sedum, coleus, impatiens, a tall banana plant, petunias and beautiful multicolored zinnias with bees buzzing from flower to flower. Obviously, she spends a great deal of time working in her yards and enjoying the beauty.

Carol (Bonnie) Link is an Etowah County Master Gardener and an experienced garden writer. Her weekly column is designed to help and encourage others in their gardening endeavors. Send questions or comments to clink43@bellsouth.net.