The Four Seasons Garden Club has selected Clyde and Marcia Cobb’s 109 Patterson St. home as the Yard of the Month for August.
The Cobbs are in their retirement years now and greatly enjoy the pleasures of their landscaping. There are plenty of things to attract birds, hummingbirds and butterflies. Clyde loves taking care of the lawn and shrubbery. That and golf give him great exercise and he looks quite young for his age and is very active. He also keeps an area in back for his vegetables.
The entryway to the Cobb home is enhanced by two majestic Yaupon hollies. By their front door, there is a large, low pot of caladiums and asparagus ferns greet you. Off to the left, by the driveway area, there is a large curving bed with a low Japanese maple and a very colorful barberry bush. The barberry bush is a gorgeous complement to their brick home.
When the Cobbs came to Cheraw and were building their home, the brick plant made a special color mix just for Marcia. The bricks are deep mahogany red and then have a cream wash. It gives that deep color and yet it has a softness to it.
When it came to their landscaping, Harold Weldon was still Cheraw’s landscaper at that time and he laid out the plans for the trees and shrubs. The Japanese maple will always holds a special place in Marcia’s heart — it was her 50th birthday present.
The back yard had a specimen cherry tree that has some age to it and yet in good health. It frames a setting of ferns and a perennial black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia “Goldsturm.” This is a very prized plant for the garden in full sun. It starts to bloom in July and continues until frost. Marcia received this as a gift from her neighbor and says is grows quite well.
Another great plant that her neighbor gave her is a soft blue French hydrangea. It is gorgeous and so delicate and also stays in bloom over a long period of time as well. Other shrubs they have enjoyed are the fall sasanquas, white in back and the shorter pink in front.
They also have a mass of cleyera along a fence line which gives great color and never has any disease of insects. They also have Savannah hollies which the cedar waxwings love to clean out in the winter.
Last spring when their granddaughter Sidney, age 6, was visiting during her spring vacation, they went up to Rockingham, North Carolina to see Discovery Place Kids, which is an adventure in learning through educated playtime for young children. One of the activities for Sidney was to plant a seed in a plastic cup and have her take her finger and press the seed down into the soil.
As a surprise to Grandma, it started to grow and soon needed to be transferred to a pot. Then it kept on growing and it was planted outside their kitchen window. Lo and behold, it loved its spot and grew very rapidly.
By the time Sidney came back for another visit during summer vacation, the sunflower was in full bloom and stood 14 feet high! They could sit at their kitchen table and watch the little bees going round and round in the center pollinating each sunflower seed.