May 27, 2018

Let's see what's blooming....

Today I did minimal yard work - this means I had three small goals and I completed them.  Then took a trip around the yard to see how things are looking.

First up...

Front porch - alas, the door has not been replaced yet...still debating whether or
not to remove the storm door.

My neighbor alerted me to the fact that these lovely planters were going for $5.00 each at the local Food Lion.  I was lucky enough to snag two of the last four.  Ignore that random planter of (cilantro? And my finger - whoever said I was a photographer was a liar.) whatever to the right. 

The front porch is actually brimming with activity right now, as off camera, there are pots that contain a few tomato plants, basil, oregano and peppermint (I've heard it wards off wasps...I'm beginning to have my doubts).  The back porch is also busy as it is hosting most of my container plants (sorry, no photos) that have been languishing in the house over winter.  They are beginning to make a come back from the lack of sunlight this house sorely does not provide.

My plan for these planters on the front porch was to raise them - so I went in search of planters today.  I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for but I did find these...they are actually inverted bathroom trashcans and they seem to fit the bill.  I think if I painted them to match the pots they'd work even better.

Next up was to plant a hydrangea.  We have this one weird, unfinished bed on the side of the house.  My plan was to plant something in memory of my friend and then finish off the bed with some hostas or something.  Today I bought a beautiful hydrangea - carted it around in my hot car for several hours before planting it.

Poor, sad, wilted hydrangea.  Also, I still need to finish the bed and add mulch. 
To no one's great surprise, my finger makes it's way into the shot again. *sigh*
The heart-shaped stone next to it has a phrase about remembering those
we've lost.

My last goal today, was to remove an invasive vine near the mailbox - no pictures of this event.  I was able to loosen the GINORMOUS root ball but was unable to remove it by myself.  This required brute strength.  So The Husband stepped in, flexed his muscles and pulled it out for me.

Then I took a stroll around the yard.  Last fall, in the big bed, we laid cardboard down and covered it with mulch.  Then earlier this year I learned about Preen and used that in the bed.  Between the cardboard and Preen the big bed has been pretty much weed (AND blackberry!) free!!  I will put out some more Preen next month and continue to monitor the situation.  Although, the lamb's ear seems to be peeking out and I thought, I'd removed it all.  It's not a plant that I care for - especially since I've discovered how invasive it can be.

Of course, by now, my peony has spent all of it's blooms but I did grab a picture during it's blooming glory.

I also managed to snag a photo when the roses and irises were in bloom...

SO happy about those irises - they were transplanted from the shady side of the yard.
I've heard I should be deadheading those roses - but the enormity of the task is

The transplanted hostas are also very happy in their new locations....

Earlier this spring - and yes, we need to mulch
This one is REALLY happy!
The hydrangea that we cut to the ground earlier this year is thriving...

Although, it seems this one is more of a "lace cap"
than a mop head, sadly.  It is also too close to the
camellia and we should probably move it - where,
I don't know.
The daylilies are also happy - and while I don't love them, I'm not sure what I could use to replace them.

I do know that they do need to be divided though.  Again, something I'm not
willing to do in this heat and humidity.
This yard has come a LONG way since we moved in.  There is still much to do (I'm looking at you, front yard!) but I am so pleased with the results we've seen so far.


  1. How wonderful, Gigi! You've made some great improvements in your yard, and I must say I really like those two plants beside your front door. I'm smiling at your progress. :-)

    1. I'm replying here because gmail isn't showing any comments!

      We are getting there...slowly. But I am happy with the progress.

  2. It's all so beautiful!!!! You have quite the green thumb! Some years I'm all about gardening, and some years I am not. This is a not year ;-)

    1. Thank you! I have to be "about" gardening otherwise all these beds would be out of control. Had I actually planned this yard there would be far less to maintain and enjoy.

  3. I love all of your flowers. I need to get better about planting more things around. We did plant a few rose bushes this year and I'm with you on the deadheading....UGH!!!

    1. I have a feeling those roses will never be deadheaded. There are at least four giant roses in the back and probably another four or five in the front.

  4. Very impressive! I just said to Coach that our landscaping needs some help. The front yard (that we rarely see because we typically drive up from the back of the house and our driveway is at the side) has grass, then green evergreen looking groundcover that is scraggly and overgrown, which leads right into our green shrubs. It needs to be broken up. Mulch? Rocks? Flowers? Something. Coach doesn't want to spend the money to change it. Money? What we have 4 sons - put em to work! I would need help from someone like you to transform it.

    1. Thank you, but I can't take all the credit. The original owners did a "we plan it; you plant it" thing with a local nursery. The previous owners bastardized it with MANY invasives that I've been trying to eradicate and relocating plants that weren't planted in the proper areas. As for your yard, look for different perennials that flower at different times of the year. Mulch always makes things look better (black is my preference). I'd stay away from rocks only because of weeds.