I decided to take you for a walk through my garden to show you some progress in the last month. We are starting from my back deck , I like to stand here and figure out if I like what I see.
Or want I want to see instead.
Down we go.
Shade garden in front is doing fine, ferns are green again, all kinds of plants that I have no idea what the names are, are also coming up.
I am going to plot out my garden on paper, I read that in someone's blog about when you plant a plant to go to your layout and write what you planted when and where. I have so many little plastic name tags , I washed off a bunch yesterday and dried them by my kitchen sink. You know they get all dirty when you are planting.
I have years of plastic tags in a ziploc bag, so at least I kept those.
When I do that ( make a layout ), I will be proud of myself, as organization is a weak area for me.
Looking better. trumpet vine is blooming for me again .
I also FINALLY put newspaper under my mulch to ward off weeds, I had completely forgotten to do that but I have a good excuse. Wanna hear it ?
I did not put it underneath because I forgot No. 1 , and most importantly I was waiting for all those perennials I planted to show their little heads out of the ground and did not want to cover up too soon. Now if I had my layout I would have known, but my memory is on vacation most days.
I think that was 2 excuses, but they sort of blend together .
In the distance here is the old birdbath bubbling fountain that I put a lot of old seashells in, I do not like it as the contrast is too start with the black. I will plant some flowers in it soon. Ignore it back there.
That is red salvia I bought at our local zoo garden sale a few years back to the left.
It has been raining cats and dogs here as you can see. I picked up my son from school yesterday in torrential rain, and as we drove up....I saw down the street about two houses down, our big trash can ( Herbie-Curbie ), floating in a bout a foot of water, plus all kinds of things. I got my son in the house, put on my husband's large raincoat he never wears, had flip flops and cropped running pants on...walked down through a foot or so of water, and a mini-flood pouring into a neighbor's backyard. I then waded out, my pants were soaked , luckily kept my flip flops on...rushing water all in that area ( cars were turning around and not driving through it in front of me ), grabbed our big trashcan up and out of there and dragged it back in the thunderstorm. Why I was such a she-woman about this is I was worried our trashcan was blocking some drainage in the road and was causing the flooding there.
Also, it is OUR trashcan-Herbie-Curbie, it needed to be rescued.
My son was impressed how wet my pants ( up to my knees ) were when I got back, and at least he saw me take care of a problem .
Back to the garden,
Delphiniums, pink verbena, Shasta daises, and some plumbago and calla lilies are in here, plus more.
I have lots of blue salvia coming up to the back left of the garden, in front of them are orange cannas I found at my neighbor's house.
My trusty blue plumbago getting bigger. I have three plumbago , and this is the first one I planted about 5 years ago. I cut it back after the first freeze, and it comes back every year.
Love this plant.
Keep ignoring the back fountain w/ white seashells.
Ok, since you keep looking at the glowing object in the distance , here is the up-close look at what I do not like and will change. Too stark with the black. But we always need to try out our bright ideas to see how they look.
This was definitely a BRIGHT idea that is going bye-bye.
Cute little birdbath I made into a planter so my husband could see it when he walks in and out of his palace-workshop. I do not know if he ever sees it, I do know he has almost tripped over it a few times.
View from the back. See that itsy-bitsy middle green something in the dark mulch ? That is my third plumbago coming back. I got so happy when I saw that ,as I have planted plumbago three times here, and it died. This one lived over the winter !
I stepped up in my son's fort to take these last shots.
A fort with a view ( a fort he never plays in, and may get taken down and have a small new garden bed here soon ).
I threaten that and he says he'll start playing in it.
Ok, that was a walk around the garden, I did not show you a side back left bed that is in dire straits with deep thatch that I have to fix.
That's what's neat about this tour online. I can blindfold you like this and only show you the parts that look good.
Hey, I think that's what internet dating sites do right ?
It is a cloudy overcast day here, gotta run and get busy with the day,
hope yours is very productive,
" Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD ! " Psalms 150:6