But this year I've turned over a new leaf in the garden. I'm determined to turn my brown thumb back to a green one. Oliver and I put a lot of thought into the plants we added to our front flower bed. We planted only perennials (plants that come back year after year) and ones that we had success with last year. These include lantana, verbena, several varieties of dianthus, and salvia. We also transplanted all of our hosta plants to the back yard where they will thrive, and moved tons of monkey grass to the front yard. But most importantly, I've been watering daily!! I've also been doing more reading on how to care for these plants. So far, so good...I think. Granted it's only May and the hottest months are yet to come.
Anyway, I snapped some pictures today of some of the flowers I've planted over the past several weeks. I wish I would have taken pictures last week when the dianthus plants were in full bloom. Trust me though, they looked great. Enjoy the pics!!
(I have three of these guys. One produces varieties of pink and other orange.)
|Pink and red vincas I separated and planted together.|
I picked this guy up for a $1 at Home Depot. It was in the rejected plant area. All it needed was water and viola!
|dianthus and a cutie owl|
Easiest flowers to keep alive! They share a planter with the mandevilla
This guy lived through the winter in our mudroom. Also another easy plant to keep alive.
|another planter with dianthus and an owl friend|
|Begonias in a pretty cool planter I bought at the flea market. The washboard belonged to Oliver's uncle.|
Today I was hard at work spreading out the massive amount of mulch Oliver and I bought.
|20 cubic yards of mulch makes a lot of dust when being dumped!|
|I completed a flower bed and a half today before I threw in the towel. 5 hard hours of work followed up with a 2 hour nap! Oliver will edge this bed over the weekend.|
I'll keep y'all updated on how I do this year!! Wish me luck! :)