Is anyone getting tired of pictures of my garden? Sorry I’m so obsessed at the moment. I just think if I document all of this springtime loveliness, I can look back at these posts on an “I hate this house!” day.
I’m trying a fun experiment this year. We have a big round bed right in the middle of our front yard that we tore apart last fall. We dismantled overcrowded daylilies (not a pretty variety — they were tall and orange, and so crowded, it was ridiculous) and irises, which I have to admit, I don’t really love. There was a little tree in the middle that had looked unhappy last summer (the other stuff was choking it out), and apparently our dismantling was the last straw because it was dead as a doornail this spring. So dead, in fact, that I pulled it out with my bare hands, no shovel required.
This now-empty large bed was ripe for annual prettiness. But, I was leary of planting a big bed full of petunias or something, because it always looks like a gas station to me. I wanted a more layered, textured look, which I knew I had neither the design skills nor the plant knowledge to produce. So, I went to one of my favorite sources for all things, Better Homes and Gardens. [Beware: their website is full of annoying pop-ups. I like it well enough to ignore them.] I filled out their registration, and was rewarded with access to many, many garden plans. Here is what I chose:
Doesn’t it look like a lovely idea? Then, I adjusted the plan because my bed was only half the size and a different shape than theirs. Then, I went shopping for the plants, many of which I discovered were not that common in my neck of the woods (one nursery worker actually laughed at me when I asked her about a couple of plants). Are we having fun yet? After spending about two hours of highly-valued alone time in three different nurseries, I cut my losses and made a few substitutions. Laying out and planting was the easiest part:
I know. It looks like a gas station. But, it’s not bad, and I think it will be better when the plants get going and fill in a little. You can be assured, you will see more pictures of it then.
By the way, have you let your children plant something this year? We spent Monday night filling our little garden boxes with three tomato plants (one hole for each boy to dig) and a row of sunflowers. I’m trying to teach them the joy of weed-pulling. Any suggestions?