I thought you might enjoy seeing my flowers outside. They are really beautiful this year. I think I’m the happiest I’ve ever been with them. I planted my own hanging baskets this year. I’ve always wanted to but it never has happened. Then last year in about November, I was over at Kalissa’s house and saw that she had her three huge hanging baskets, now dried up and dead, next to her garbage can. I asked her if she was throwing them out and she said yes, so I asked if I could have them. She looked at me like I was crazy and said sure….
Well this is the hanging basket now….
I planted an unusual assortment of fushcias, sunpatiens, and regular impatiens. I love the baskets and will plant them like this next year too.
Here’s Georgia playing in the water that leaked out of the basket after I watered them.
The two matching baskets hang on the pole that Craig put up for me last year. We did so much landscape work last year and this year, the work is finally looking really good.
This is the front of the house. I think I’m going to have Buck build me another planter to go at the front. He originally built these for me as a mother’s day present. He builds a lot of decks for people and then can have the leftover lumber scraps. He made the planters with that and I love them.
Here you can see the back side of them…. They are layered with the back one taller than the front one.
You might remember that last year Craig also helped me by building these stair step planters. On the edge where Gannon was sitting was an open space about 10″ wide. I was always afraid that a child would fall off the steps or the porch into that space. I asked Craig to make a planter to fit there.
Well Craig made two…one for each side.
See how they match the stair steps? I love them.
Here is how it originally looked. Isn’t this so much nicer?
Carver is showing off the flowers that go from my front porch to the garage door.
Craig, Kalissa’s husband, helped me landscape that too. The back is mulched…the front is actual dirt.
It was my idea to do it this way. Here’s a picture of us working on it over a year ago.
Here is is now…. I bought some poles for bird feeders but haven’t gotten that far yet. In fact I don’t think I’m actually going to keep them here…the hummingbird feeder yes..the other no.
When I originally went to the garden center to pick up my impatiens, I debated the whole way there over which color I plants I should get-red, coral- pink- purple?? Then when I got there, they only had mixed. I was disappointed at first but now…I am not. I love the mix and will plant this from now on.
Having them mix lets me have this big red begonia. It coordinates so wonderfully. It’s so pretty and it always looks like this…it’s continually blooming. This is anther of those big planters I got from Kalissa that I planted myself.
These are all shade plants.
I have a stray plant here…It needs to be planted. It’s a pink hydrangea. It needs to get planted. I’ve been waiting for someone to come and help with the digging.
It’s going over here…on the south side of the house. Craig helped me landscape this too. After Kramer died, we got a lot of plants as memorials which was perfect. We planted many of them right here…
This one that died was a purple hydrangea so I bought a plant to replace it. I need to dig this one out and get the other in there.
A gardener’s work is never done!!
Someone, who I don’t know, was riding bike past our house and yelled, “Hey flower lady…your flowers look awesome!” That made me smile.
The dead plant in the way background of the upper photo is my neighbor’s plant…not mine.
I really love how it looks. I love all the blooming flowers. They are a real pick me up.
This is what 120 impatiens seedlings can become. Yep…I planted that many!!
I’d love to say all of my flowers looks this good but sadly, they don’t. At the fence they look really nice…at the garden they don’t at all. The front 1/4 of the garden is flowers. They are very weedy. Better than last year, but still a problem. We need a good rain so I can pull weeds again. This is going to be my focus this fall once it cools off.
I’ve wanted to leave this with no real landscaping-more cottage gardenish but we’ve lived here 5 years now, and I’ve yet to get a good hold on this area so landscaping and mulch it will be. I’m okay with that…I think the bird feeders will go here too. I’m not sure. Those of you good luck with birds, where would you put the feeders? I thought about by the front door too. We don’t use it a lot…so maybe.
I had Kalissa and Kelli’s kids here when I was taking pictures. After pictures I got out the hose and started watering. When it’s really hot I water everything in planters every other day. When it’s not really hot, every three days.
Carver begged me to spray the house at them. It’s a “game” we play. I spray the water into the air and they run under. He usually rides bike and I try to “catch” him with the water.
Gannon loved it….
Georgia loved it….
I make sure they don’t really get wet.
Carver will ride just out of reach…
But…sometimes I get him.
Then he rides to the end of the driveway…
It’s one of his favorite “games”…
mine too!! The mess stays outside and there is no clean up except to put the hose away.
So that’s my flower garden tour….and a moment with the grandkids…It was a really good day that I could repeat several times over and over again.