It’s been so terribly dry here. I typically don’t water the garden. I never water the grass…I typically only water the flowers.
Well…in comes the weather of 2021 and I’m breaking my norms. I’m watering the garden and even watering the grass. Previously I only watered the flowers every other day but as of late, I’ve had to water every day. It’s been so hot and add a little breeze to that, and I need to water more often. Part of the reason is I have more potted plants. Part of the reason I added and moved around so many plants and shrubs. Part of the reason is I’ve grown a little more particular.
We’ve been really dry. The grass is brown. It was a terrible year to attempt to seed grass. I’ve almost given up and will likely just seed again in late September. UGH.
Regardless of all of that, I thought I would give you a little tour of my outside. Here is my house from the front.
See the baskets at the bottom of the steps? Those are my recycle bin finds. I had planted too many platns in a few of my pots so I took them out and gave them their own pot.
This is the south side of my house. I’m not really happy with how my large pot is doing. I think it’s getting too much shade under the porch.
These are the planter boxes that Buck made me a few years ago for Mother’s Day. I …just love them.
See the baskets in the foreground? Those are the baskets that I had too many plants in them. I don’t buy already planted baskets. I plant my own. I started doing that last year as a way to cut down costs for my outside plants. I put Supertunias in the these pots. The baskets are large and I put two plants in each basket.
They are filling out fabulously. I will be buying more supertunias next year for sure. I think I want more of bubblegum pink next time…or a mix.
Buck built me two big planters. I have hopes that he’ll build another.
Here are may stair step flower boxes that Craig built for me. I love these.
Here are my flowers along the walk. I accidently bought two different varieties of mixed impatiens. One if more red…one is more pink. I’m going to be a little more careful next year. I didn’t realize the green house had two different varieties of mixed. I want the pinkie purple mix…not the red mix.
I am so proud of my clematis. I planted it two years ago. I was told it wouldn’t do well as this is the north side of my house. I decided to plant it there anyway. Look how nicely it is blooming. I love it! Last year it only put out one lone vine and only two blossoms were on it. This year, it’s beautiful.
I really wish I hadn’t accidently grabbed the red variety of impatiens. See how much better it would look if I only had the pink, dark pink, fushcia, white variety?? Next year I’ll do that.
Here are my new planters by the garage.
These are planted with two supertunias and two geraniums. There were new pots for me this year. I’m going to see how I like this combo as they grow and then decide for next year what to do. I really think I might like a lighter color or red supertunia. The lighter color seems to stand out more.
This is along my driveway on the north side of my house.
My vegetable garden is right next to it…You can see the flower area that I fixed up. I’m happy with it…just hoping my petunias will take off soon.
My veggies were looking a little tough so I started watering them. So far I am to the point that I eat something from the garden every day now. I’ve harvested spinach, lettuce, peas and radishes. I have green tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers starting but not quite ready for harvest.
I planted egg plant this year. I have no idea what to do with it so if you have good recipes, please pass them one to me. I have three plants so I’m sure I’ll have more than I know what to do with.
This is the Kramer rock at the front of the house. I just dead headed my peony. Oh it was so pretty this year. My creeping phlox looked awesome early this spring.
This is the back of the house. I fixed this up this spring. I got new trellis’, I put in the landscaping and mulch.
My moring glories are really starting to take off. They love heat.
At the back door I have two cherry tomato plants. You can see they already have little green tomatoes on them. Last year was the first year I put tomato plants in these planters. I ended up with tomatos about three weeks sooner than I had them in the regular garden. I’m a tomato LOVER. I love to eat them straight from the garden like an apple. So the sooner I can get them, the better.
This is the south back corner of the house.
I had so many morning glories sprout that I needed more space for them so the trellis’ here are new too.
I really want to get one more trellis. My old wooden one really needs some attention. I had planned on getting a new one for that spot too but the clematis had already started growing and wrapping on the trellis.
This is grass that I haven’t watered. It’s on the south side of the house. Ugh.
It is totally brown and crunchy. It’s so sad looking.
Last Thursday we were given rain chances that seemed pretty good. They didn’t pan out even though we awoke in the night to thunder and lightning. Sunday again we were given rain chances…We ended up getting 6/10ths. We work to light rain in the morning. It heated up a bit at noon and then we got one quick down pour. What we really, really need is a long all day type rain.
That’s it for the garden tour. Every year I do things a little different. I add some plants and I take some away. I add more landscaping or more baskets. I’m not sure what I’ll do next year…I do know supertunias are becoming my new favorite. So I’ll be planting more of them for sure!
I’ll give you another tour in a month or so. That way you can see how nicely everything has grown.