Haskins man uses degree to enhance home PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Garden Editor   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 08:56
Jamie Moosman next to a tree of 'Rose of Sharon's' at the entrance of his driveway. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
HASKINS - Just off the main road in this sleepy village lies an impressive garden.
Jamie Moosman has regularly made improvements to his property and has successfully created a nice relaxing garden setting. After purchasing the house in 1991, he bought an adjoining lot five years later.
One of his first projects was to plant some additional items in the new lot to try to minimize people cutting through his property and to increase the privacy.
Among his more unusual plants is a deciduous shrub, called a Japanese Dappled Willow.
He says it is fast-growing and provides an interesting look.
Interestingly, when Moosman bought the house, he did not have much of an interest in gardening. However, a tiger lily that reminded him of an alien creature piqued his interest, and that interest flourished into his now abundant garden space.
The lily was found near his front porch and has also now found a place where it flourishes in his side yard.
His desire to learn more about gardening grew into a two-year degree from Owens Community College in landscape and turfgrass management.  Because of other commitments, he says it took him three years to complete the degree, graduating in 2005.
He currently has no plans to use the degree for a career, despite currently being unemployed.
"If it is a choice of making a living with gardening and hate it or keep it a hobby and love it, I chose to love it," he said.
That love is apparent in some of the details.
A view of part of Jamie Moosman's back yard and the variety of plants and trees.
Though apologetic for the lack of annuals, Moosman has maintained his perennials and has designed all the landscaping himself. Among his designs is to include accent lighting which highlights both his homes and his gardens.
Being between jobs has limited his discretionary funds to do all he would like in the garden this year.
One of his special trees is a shingle oak tree dedicated to his late father, Dean.
Moosman says his garden areas bloom from mid-June straight through to September.
He also pointed to his hydrangea which was in full bloom with showy blue flowers. He explained the plant will either produce pink or blue flowers depending on the soil's  acidity. He was surprised with this year's blue as it has always bloomed pink in year's past. He said he added nothing to change the soil's pH levels.
Another of his show pieces is a towering Rose of Sharon hibiscus that sits along the road at the entrance to his driveway.
"That just says 'summer' to me," Moosman said of the rich colors in the vibrant flowering plant which was in full bloom at the Sentinel's visit.
On the other side of his driveway is an interesting spruce tree which has had all its lower branches removed. That was done primarily to allow he and others leaving his driveway a better view of traffic. A side benefit is it provides an ideal place for shade-loving plants.
A couple of tiger lilies in Jamie Moosman's yard.
Like most gardeners in this area, the heat and drought of the season has forced additional watering to keep his garden lush.
"They need the equivalent of half an inch of rain each week. Moosman says he waters each area twice a week in the absence of rain.
"You should water as early in the morning as possible. You want everything to be dry by the time the sun sets," he recommends.
One of the things the gardener learned, was the design factors of true landscaping.
"Design is like building rooms in outdoor spaces," he said.
His backyard room is a peaceful and restful area ideal for a casual visit or enjoyable place to relax.
One of his next "rooms" being planned for down the road is a "moon garden." He explained a moon garden consists primarily of white-shaded flowering plants. The white colors seem to glow when viewed at night lit only by the moon.

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