Meet Nancy K Meyer!
Nancy is the queen of Hostas and rust! Her name will be familiar to any who haunt our Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and she’s especially known for her creative photo collages of the gardens. On her family farm, she can actually ‘shop’ the barns, finding rusty tools and farm implements to decorate her gardens in southeast Iowa.
Her favorite plants are hostas as you will see here. You will also see that each rusty decoration or tool has a story. When she’s not gardening, she enjoys reading, church activities, getting together with her friends and going to the grandkids games. Her husband, Ron, helps with many projects that show his talents as well as his devotion to his creative spouse.
Nancy says, “Ron and I were high school sweethearts and will be married 50 years this November 2012, living in the same county in SE Iowa all our lives. We have two daughters: Rhonda & Roxanne, and two grandchildren, Ashtyn and Logan,…all living close by in Iowa.”
“I retired in May 2010 as a teacher’s aide with special ed students. Ron still farms, he says to support me and my ‘habits.'”
“I found the bed frame in an ‘antique mall’ ~~ wanted to get the price down and the man said “you know the side rails are missing, and everything in the booth is 50% off already”, I said I didn’t need the side rails, into the car truck it went, husband made the frame, painted the bed blue to match the trim on the big machine shed and the rest is history. Planted with hostas and sedum. Lab puppy is in memory of our dear OGGY we had for 12+ years, Nancy explains.
She says, “We both grew up on farms and started farming ourselves in 1966. Ron crop farms raising corn and soybeans and raised hog for over 30 years. We lived on Ron’s grandmother’s rented farm for 29 years and I just had annuals in pots, not one perennial.”
“In 1993, we moved to the farm we live on now and own. I fell in love with hostas and now have over 100 different varieties. As I made my Hosta beds, I added pieces of our farming past –old plows, pump, kettles, iron wheels, my childhood bike, girls trikes, plus my parent’s bowling balls, Aunt’s wringer washer, etc. to my gardens. I did not realize so many other gardened with rust until I found my kindred spirits at FMG.”
“This old Pulley from the hay fork used on my dad’s farm to raise hay bales up to the loft of the barn. The barn door in upper left from my dad’s barn, too.”
You may notice that Nancy is also ‘queen of the collage’. She’s an excellent photographer and combines her photos in delightful ways, adding decorative borders to really highlight certain pictures. Do you think she’s trying to get around the “two photo at a time” rule? 😉
This is Nancy’s definition of her gardening style, “I garden with hostas, rust, and history. Oh, now Blue Bottles, too.”
“We have one rule for my gardens–they can NOT get in the way of Ron’s riding lawn mower. He mows, I hoe!”
How can we ever forget this motto, Nancy? We’re all looking forward to the return of longer days and the warmth that Spring brings, especially to Nancy’s garden! ~~ Sue
Nancy’s garden, in the news:
Quad City Times June 29, 2014:
“Anything blue will do” article
See Nancy’s garden interview, done by Fran Riley of WNCT TV in September 2014: