July 29, 2015
Meet Michael Miller, Lighthouse of Silvis’ Resident Gardener –
“I moved into the Lighthouse on February 1, 2009. The only thing I brought with me from home was fifty gladiola bulbs. When spring came in April, I inquired if there was some place on the grounds that had room for them.
I was delighted to learn there was a kidney shaped garden plot near the flag pole, that was available. I had moved in during the winter months when everything was covered in snow, so I had never seen the plot, but when I did, I realized it would be a good spot.
During the summer of ’09, I put in some annuals and then realized I would need to get perennials so I did not
have to do that every year. In October, I planted yellow daffodils across the front of the garden and put in a bunch of
mixed Dutch irises. Six years later, those daffodils and irises are still there. Now in front of the gladiolas, I have a ring
of yellow coreopsis. I have also included three sensational bearded irises. Finally, last summer I included five different
In the fall of 2014, Lighthouse management gave me access to another garden spot, the fifteen feet in front of the Lighthouse Captain
carving. In October, I planted twenty-two purple Dutch irises and a ring of thirty five yellow and peach daffodils along the front border.
I also added 60 purple and pink mixed tulips along both brick borders of the Captain. They were supposed to all be purple, so when they bloomed, I was surprised to see they were mixed with pink. The colors turned out to go very well together. All three, irises, daffodils and tulips were a nice success this May. In mid-May of this year, I planted five more colors of zinnias along with two lovely yellow daisies and three geraniums. In addition to these two garden spots, I also have five dahlias planted around the flag pole.
Both gardens were just topped off with a layer of red cedar mulch.”