Marie Rudy and Michael transformed their backyard into colorful flower gardens.
Several residents and friends of the Mount Wolf couple call Marie Rudy's gardens a “flower paradise.” But to Rudy and Michael, it's their “Margaritaville.” They have eight garden plots with at least 20 varieties of flowers ranging from vincas to zinnias.
The 200-year-old farmhouse is transformed into a mini-getaway. The private, 5-acre property has a painted beach mural on a old chicken coop and pink flamingo lawn ornaments spotted around the property.
The most prized addition to the property is the colorful flowers that have been care fully cultivated for 22 years.
When Marie married Michael, she didn't have
experience in gardening.
“When I got married, I didn't have a green thumb,” she said. She was inspired by her mother-in-law and has since learned by trial and error.
Michael is astonished by how she can find time to maintain the garden.
“She takes care of me and her 90-years-old mother,” and works full time as a WellSpan billing representative, he said. “She would say, ‘You're on your own for supper.'”
Marie spends at least two hours in the evening watering with her golf cart. She used to carry gallons of water by foot, until she received the golf cart as a gift from Michael.
The backyard is a beach- themed oasis overlooking the patches of gardens. It's a getaway for them and her friends. According to Marie, many people think they are rich, “we're not rich, were blessed.”