Another busy week. Hubby bought me this gigantic hanging basket of petunias. I just love the striping on it. I must have done something right.......perhaps it was that chocolate cake I baked the other day? It's so very true what they say about the way to a man's heart. At least in this house!
Started planting the areas around the house, as all the concrete, etc holds a bit of heat and can stave off frosts a little better. Though these pictures are "blah", I like to take before and after shots of areas. It's a good reference for what works, what doesn't, and how many plants I need.
So, Planting bed by the garage door-4 Sizzle Geraniums, 5 white Alyssum, 2 Purple Alyssum, and 2 Dusty Miller. Not trying to bore you---again, it's for MY reference.
Sidewalk Border-Not done, but so far-9 Osteospermum, 4 marigolds, 4 Rudbeckia fulgida "Goldsturm", 3 Stachys, 2 Dianthus, 4 Impatiens, 2 Geraniums, 6 Dusty Miller, and a partridge in a pear tree. Just seeing if you're still awake.
Deck planter--3 Wave Petunias, 6 geraniums saved from last year, misc. houseplants yet to be moved out because it's still dipping to the upper 20's at night. Yeesh. Mama Pea-quit sending it my way!
Old copper tubs on deck (3 of them) -2 Dark Blue Wave petunias and 1 veined wave petunia (I'm trying that veined petunia for the first time-I used to use a Diamond Frost Euphorbia, but it always got "lost" in the Wave petunias-hopefully this will work out better)
I can't get over how skimpy these look at first....but a bit of time and this planter will be so pretty and full.
The barrels by the road got done yesterday too. One each yellow , white, and a purple callibrachoa, 2 dusty miller, a silver and a lime green helichrysum, 3 sizzle geraniums, 2 Salvia and one Spike per barrel (2 barrels total)
The newly planted lilacs by the road are blooming despite their small size. I love them in this corner. They were in the middle of the yard and were a pain to mow around. Much better spot for them.
Don rented a stump grinder for the long holiday weekend and is happily ridding the yard of all those stumps we've had to mow around the past 3 summers. Rental was $100 for the 3 days, versus $450 for the average quote we received of removing the 6 stumps. Good going, Wonder Hubby!
The vegetable garden is doing well. I'm not planting the tender veggies until end of NEXT week. We're still very cold at night so there is no point in risking it. The tomatoes would just "sit" there cold and miserable anyway and since I don't know how to knit or sew little jackets for them, they'll stay in the laundry room at night for now.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend, and please remember the wonderful folks that made (and still make!) great sacrifices to keep us a free nation.