Gardening is one of my many hobbies…I enjoy creating new beds and planting new plants and watching everything grow. We recently finished our fence (finally) and have begun expanding our garden. My husband surprised me with a new batch of daylilies and I went to Walmart and Lowes and bought some new flowers along with an apple tree. We had to cut down the apple tree the previous owner planted because it was too big to move (it was not in a good spot) and it was getting smothered with vines.
There are so many pretty plants to choose from and depending on if you’re working in the shade, partial shade, or full sun, you buy plants depending on where you are working at the time. I have found that you have to get the plants you like as you see them because they go quick and when you go back they are usually gone.
While on a shopping exertion with my daughter we found a plant called Dragon’s Blood, it’s color is a rich red and looks like feather tufts; turns out it’s in the celosia family and is an annual in my area but they are pretty. I also found some rocket trumpets in pretty reds and pinks which I planted around the apple tree. I have to go back for a few more delphiniums, i’m out of balance, ha ha. My daughter added a couple flamingo’s which she named Otis and Pearl…LOL.
full corner view
Dragon Blood (celosia family)
Red Rocket Trumpet
Pink Rocket Trumpet
In my small front yard I took out the hydrandgea bush and replaced it with some blue delphiniums, red&green coleus, and white impatients. I really wanted to do a red/white/blue garden and can’t wait for everything to fill in and bush up. My daughter picked out some pretty little yellow bells to fill in an empty spot. They look like sunshine on these rainy days.
The space was way bigger than I thought.
Coleus and Impatiens
Yellow Bell Lemon Slice
I also decided to spruce up around a couple of the trees….I think they turned out pretty.
Hosta’s around my Dog Wood tree. The white&green courtesy of Mum
Hosta’s from Mum and Impatiens
I also have a cutting garden…we added some shasta daisies and black eyed susans (my personal favorite and the state flower) to the abundant cone flowers. This garden gets so many bees, butterflies, and finches once it all blooms. I love that it gets so full of life and the butterflies are amazing. I think i’m done with the front and side yards for now 🙂
Next project is to finish the garden, add a grilling patio, and paint the deck…… All before my daughter’s graduation party. PHew!!! I also really want to be able to enjoy deck time with the family; so the sooner it gets done the sooner we can have deck time.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting my garden!
via Daily Prompt: Imaginary
There once was a little girl named Neva who had an imaginary friend named Tim. You see, Neva was an only child and she really wanted a brother. Unfortunately, her parents were not able to have any more children. Neva and Tim played together every day. He kept her company when she was lonely.
One day Tim told Neva he was moving away and they couldn’t play anymore. Neva was mad at Tim for having to leave but she forgave him. Then one day, her mommy and daddy told her they were moving to a bigger house in the country. When mommy asked about Tim, Neva said Tim moved away.
Mommy gave her a hug and told her it was okay and that friends sometimes move and that she would make new friends. When they moved to the new house Neva never saw Tim again but she talked about him sometimes. When Neva went to school she made new friends and soon Tim was forgotten.
Image by Parent Support Hub
Has your child ever had an imaginary friend? How long before they outgrew them?
In the dawn of night and light of day where do you think the fairies play? Watch your garden as it grows, something tells me you will know.
You can’t see them but know they are there getting ready to start their day. In the quiet of the morning the fairies help wake up the earth. Colors spring from the ground, the air has a lovely scent. Animals wake up and stretch their legs and get up out of their warm cozy beds. Be sure in your garden to leave the fairies a seat so they can rest and eat a treat. Hang a hammock in the shade where they can cool off throughout the day.
Help the fairies care for the earth. Plant new trees and flower seeds, recycle your trash and keep the earth clean. Without your help the earth will die and then the fairies and Mother Nature will cry. When the flowers and trees all disappear, there will no longer be a place for them to play and they will have to go far away. Gardens and forests, rivers and creeks no longer a shelter will there be.
So keep the earth clean and full of life, watch the magic as the land grows. Plant your gardens and your trees and keep your waters clean, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the fairies as they work and play throughout the day. Listen closely and maybe you’ll hear mother nature whisper thank you dear.