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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Flowers Update

So, we spent some time in the yard today and I think things are coming along nicely.


Earlier in the year, here is what our corner garden looked like, with the pansies and tulips.
From Random Photos 2009


Same place, today, where I took out the pansies and replaced them with zinnias. I think they'll look nice once they start getting bigger.
From Random Photos 2009


I had wanted to put lemongrass in this container, since it sits between our deck furniture and lemongrass supposedly repels mosquitoes. However, I wasn't able to acquire any and got very tired of staring at a container of dead things, so I broke down and bought some things to put in it. This is a zinnia, a pentas (new to me), and a sweet potato vine. It's a little different from containers I've put together in the past, so we'll see how it goes.
From Random Photos 2009



These are my cascadia petunias, and the photo was taken the day I planted them. You can see why I didn't post it here, as it looks particularly unimpressive.
From Random Photos 2009


The same container, several weeks later. I'm happy with how these are growing and I'm hoping they'll start really cascading soon.
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The other container of cascadia petunias, which has started to cascade.
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When I made the new container, I initially thought I'd put two zinnias in there, but then I got them home and realized that two were too many. So, I have this extra zinnia and no container. This is a pitcher left over from my Tastefully Simple days and I was thinking of planting it in there. Is this pitcher too small? I need to get Todd to drill a hole in the pitcher.
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The back beds. I am going to put in a shepherd's hook with some hanging baskets that I got off of eBay.
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These trees have gotten SO BIG the past couple of years, I should have had Todd stand up there for reference.
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A new little butterfly garden that I just put in this week. There is a butterfly bush, obedient plants and gaura. We'll see how it goes and if I actually see any butterflies.
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After planting the zinnias in the front under the tree, I had a ton of extra (I just bought two lots of them and didn't worry about how many there were). So, I scattered the extras around the new azaleas that we planted in the fall. Since we planted the azaleas just before winter, they haven't really grown very big yet. We're hoping to see some serious growth over the course of the summer.
From Random Photos 2009



In front of the mailbox, I planted these pansies in the fall. They came back in the spring and have been looking better than any other time I've planted pansies and had them return. How nice!
From Random Photos 2009


This is one of our front pots, taken the day I planted it. This year, we decided to plant boxwoods because they're evergreen and therefore we wouldn't have to look at dead plants all winter. We thought we'd like some color and so added wave petunias, which I now think is probably not the best choice with the boxwoods. Oh well, live and learn.
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This is the same container today, the petunias have seriously taken over. You can see why I don't really think petunias were the best choice. I think I might actually have to prune them back.
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And finally, the first bloom from our clematis for the season.
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