After yesterdays post, some of you asked to see large shots of my garden, and where all my plants are blooming. After my wonderful visit with Marilyn yesterday...I came home to a freshly mowed lawn. The Hunter had cut the grass, trimmed the hedges, edged, and was in the process of power washing the back porch and cleaning out the shed. God Bless him!!! I tend to get a bit nervous when he cuts the grass...he does do it better than me, but I don't want him cutting the grass so that the mower flings the grass into the flower beds. I cut away from the beds, but he did too. He did an excellent job edging every bed for me. This made me VERY happy, and he even cooked dinner. While he did all of this, I perused around the garden to get some pics. Little fella taking a rest on the hibiscus leaf This is a new bloom on the hibiscus. They only bloom for one day and then fall off. The bush is loaded with blooms.
Here is a larger shot of it
Althea, it is also loaded with buds.
Gladiolas....isn't that shade just beautiful!
This is my favorite so far
And my prized beauty...the Dinner Plate Dahlia...she is opening up more and more everyday. I KNOW ya'll are probably getting tired of seeing shots of her everyday....OH WELL!!!! I like to see her unfurl!
Now onto the overall shots.....I am going to sound like a broken record to all of you who have been following me, but for the new followers (glad you are here), here is a little info on my garden.
August will be 4 years that we have lived here. I have only been gardening 3 of those. There were no flowers beds at all in the back yard when we moved in. The were 3 beds in the front yard, but they had nothing in them but boxwoods.
Here we are in the back yard...look at that grass, The Hunter did an excellent job!!! This bed (on the right) I just created in late September. The one of the left is a bit older....and raggedy!
Oh...where to start with this one....ugh!!! This bed needs help, I am VERY well aware of that. Yesterday Marilyn gave me impatiens and begonias, I am going to use the impatiens as a border and plant the begonias. Currently in this bed I have a Jacobean plant, Four O'clock, hostas (very tiny ones), Tibouchina and a hydrangea that you cannot see thanks to the Four O'clock. Major work needed here! I will work on this bed Saturday and then show you some photos. The old car tags came off cars from both of my grandpa's, and the hub cap....I like old weird stuff!
Here is a shot looking back the other way. That whole area on the fence to the left....that is another raggedy zone! I have lots of raggedy zones! LOL! ONE DAY I am going to rip those hideous shrubby trash trees down and make a raised bed (the area I am referring to is directly behind the little green cart). I can't plant anything here because the ground is like concrete, so I want to raise it and make it nice and neat. Those shrubs must go!
This is actually 2 beds. The bed on the left is raggedy as well.....do we see a trend here! Let's just say that shade areas are not my strong point! This is the bed where the circus piece resides...man I love that thing. If you don't know about my circus piece click here:
The playhouse bed....There is a fish pond under the playhouse...ONE DAY I will rip it down, refurbish the pond and make this area nice and neat. In this bed I have a hibiscus, gerbera daisies, bee balm, butterfly bush, miniature dahlia...yeh I know it doesn't look like it....but it is all there. The butterfly bush is just a mere babe.
Here is a bigger shot of the big bed behind the house. This is my favorite bed. In this bed I have (deep breathe)......front to back - Butterfly Ginger, Mexican Petunia, Glads, verbena, amaryllis, crinnum lily, daffodils, angel trumpets (2 very puny ones might I add), zinnia, cosmos, hollyhock (very small), lupine (small), Bee Balm, Butterfly Bush, Pagoda Bush, irises, daisies, Dinner Plate Dahlia, blueberries, climbing rose (on the arbor not shown), salvia, sapphire sage, coneflowers, and a few I am sure I am forgetting. The stepping stones are 12"x12" mosaic tiles.....clever huh! No I didn't buy them, they were FR$$!!
Here is another one...I recently enlarged this bed. In this bed I have - daylilies, sweet william, dianthus, dusty miller, irises, daffodils, verbena, amaryllis, crinnum lily, bee balm, lupine, hydrangea, clematis. The copper things on the fence were my moms, and my aunt bought me a few of them.
Moving on to the front yard
Looking from the driveway out into the yard
There are those wonderful boxwoods that I love so much...ugh! Hate them!!! The Hunter did trim them for me...still didn't help! They will be out ONE DAY. In this bed I have lantana, daylilies, sapphire sage, vinca, crepe myrtle, caladiums, irises, coleus, baby zinnias....there is no rhyme or reason to what or where I plant.
This bed is a disaster. Long story short...it was full of weeds, I dug it up, put down black garbage bags, filled it in, garbage bags make it a pain to plant in, so garbage bags are going to come out as well as everything in it, and I will start over in this bed for the 4th time!
Something old, something new, something borrowed, nothing blue. Old is the back part of the bed that was existing, new is the front part of the bed that I added on 2 months ago, borrowed is the satellite that The Hunter left on the front porch, and the blue part just sounded good. This bed is just a plethora of stuff, let me see if I can do it - Nandina, Glads, day lilies, fire spike, irises, shrimp plant, calladiums, daffodils, amaryllis, zinnia, cosmos, vinca, coleus, mexican heather, coneflowers. gloriosa lilies, climbing rose (you can't see it yet, I want it to grow up each column), dianthus...thats all I can think of right now.
This is the side bed...apparently. This was an ant kingdom when we moved in. The whole bed must have had 10 trillion ants in it...slowly but surely over the past 4 years I am running them outta there! I have been viciously attacked 100's of times by fire ants in this part of the yard. They seek me out and attack. In this bed we have, mexican petunia, wild ageratum, african daisy, morning glory tree, glads, althea, hibisucs, vinca, coleus, day lilies, zinnia, cosmos, and fire ants.
The LOVELY satellite courtesy of direct tv....concreted in my flower bed! That's ok Mr. Direct TV man....I've got this!!! I am hiding that hideousness of a dish with a morning glory tree, some mexican petunia and an african daisy...that's right...its an International cover up!!!