June 13, 2010

We're Abloom!

This weekend we worked hard on getting our front landscaping up to snuff. It had gotten out of control with weeds and we've had lots of rain recently, with more on the way. We also got some planters potted up for the porch. The bigger pot is the one that holds the "magic" mum that hibernates in this planter every winter, sitting in our garage with no water, and springs back to life every year! I planted a number of things around it to fill in until the mum blooms later in the summer. I'm going to follow my uncle's advice this year and keep it pinched back all summer to get a less leggy plant and hopefully more blooms.

The table near the front door was full of pansy plants, but they tend to get a little worn out looking, so we replaced them with a number of very pretty begonias like this one. My hope is that they will enjoy the shady spot and keep blooming for the summer.

Some of my favorites are back and thriving like this apricot rose. It's a fragrant rose, and one that the deer didn't snack on. Maybe that's the key????

Our Shasta Daisy is three feet in diameter this year. We planted it two summers ago. Makes you love a perennial garden for sure!

And our hydrangea bush, which has struggled for two years, is back, healthy, and bluer than ever. I find it so amazing the way that your entire frame of mind can be transformed by a little time in a blooming garden.

"Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow."
Abraham Lincoln

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