I like to think I have a pale green thumb, not a full on green thumb, but slight green. Digging in the dirt has always been something I enjoyed. But I really don't have a lot of know-how. I just garden and move plants without much plan. I love watching everything unfold, turn green and flourish.
My mom is a gardener extraordinaire and I grew up watching and helping in the garden, not always happily, but those years really taught me alot. She was also known for not spending very much but yet her garden was spectacular. The key to her success and now mine, is to use perennials, share with neighbours, divide and fill in bare spots with cheap annuals.
Since we are renting, I have spent very little on our yard. The landlady, who lived in the house a few years before we moved in is a keen gardener, so the yard had some fabulous perennials when we moved in. When we moved in though, the garden was half dead, so many perennials didn't survive. She had a plethora of roses (which I loathe, but kept because she keeps count!) and a few great bulb plants! My mom gave me several perennials from plants she had divided. I have now divided many of those plants several times, spreading the, throughout the front and back flower beds.
I love perennials. They are so easy to care for and can give you such a variety of foliage, colour and height. If you know a bit about bloom times, you can plan your garden to have something blooming throughout the growing season. I love having a variety of foliage for visual interest. Any bare spots I fill in with a flat of petunias or impatiens from Costco. Real cheap and you get great bang for your buck.
So I have been busy dividing up plants and moving them to create a more lush garden this year. Even though we might be moving, it doesn't matter as the plants are free (in my garden) and I can always dig up my favourites, pot them and take them with me!
My garden is just starting to grow like mad. It is turning a lush green and a few plants are starting to bloom. Come late June, it will a gorgeous display of colour.
I'll give you a tour!
My herb garden:
Back garden beds
Lily-of-the-valley (these plants smell heavenly and grow like mad!)
Not sure! Got this from a neighbour.
Black-eye-Susan, Tiger lily and carnation transplants. I planted these last week. Hoping the weather holds up and it won't turn cold.
I love using boxwoods in tall planters to give a sculpted look to my garden space. I just shape with pruning shears every year to get a "ball".
Front flower beds.
Oriental poppy and Hollyhock.
Lucifer Canna Lily and poppies. Both grow like weeds as well and can take over your garden.
See the spikey leaves? That is a Lucifer Canna Lily, love the foliage and the flower is so unique too.
Another peony transplant and Lucifer Canna Lily transplant. Those hostas were grown from a divided hosta plant from my back yard.
This variegated hosta I got from my mom.
I loathe this part of my garden. The soil is poor, so I just maintain what was growing here and added ground cover, called Woodruff. Love the droopy Solomon Seal plants.
Another boxwood, that I have pruned to shape it. I have two planters flanking my garage. My house is not too attractive from the front, so I use these boxwoods to detract the eye from the 90's putrid pink stucco!
What my plant pots look like in the summer.
My vegetable garden in the summer.
I am excited to add some annuals this weekend. Watching the garden grown so rewarding, despite not really knowing exactly what I am doing but just muddling along!
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