Sometimes a blog entry overwhelms me. I have a lot to say but also love to intersperse photos in the text. Well, it all takes so long to do, unless I have a short little entry, so today, rather than sit here for hours on end trying to find just the right photos for you, and doing all the editing work required, I am putting in a slideshow of the Gardening album I have at PhotoBucket. (Ha! I went ahead and put in some of the photos anyway!) So have a look if you’ve got a few minutes. I took the first 68 photos in the slideshow this morning, mainly to show our new plant additions to the garden.
Hit the stop button in the lower left if you want to read first and then do the slideshow.
You can come back here after reading the rest of this entry if you like.
Yesterday was a big day for me personally. Yesterday I left “the hill” that is my home and went out into the real work-a-day world that is Salem and shopped for plants at Home Depot with Paul.
It was a project just to get there. We have to take my walker that has a seat on it so I can travel around the plant rows and sit down when I need to. Also, we had to bring the step-stool so I could get UP into his big truck!
But we did it. The day was beautiful, a #10 actually, so I didn’t get too hot except after being out in the full sun for about an hour choosing plants. But I was “choosing plants” and Paul was paying for them, so I couldn’t complain!
I went there looking for rose bushes. After we took out the giant burning bushes in the front inner corner garden, and then we took out those overgrown forsythia bushes that were just the other side of the stone wall on the driveway side, well, that garden needed something.
I’ve wanted a nice rose bush for a long time. I don’t want, however, one that requires a lot of maintenance. A low-maintenance rose. Well, I have no idea if I found those or not. But we landed at Home Depot on a day when they had a handful of rose bushes left and they were marked down 50%, so we got 5 of them.
Here they are below, four of them along the wall area:
They are only about 12-15 inches high still but I have faith…
The fifth one we planted over by the corner fence area where the dogs always go to bark at whoever is walking by, it’s behind the little wire fence (to protect it) to the left of the concrete seat:
A wider view:
Inside the interior corner garden, new plant is the yellow coriopsis (?) which is a nice pop of brightness:
and the other threadleaf coreopsis:
I like to buy two of everything!
Here are two more, the purple (verbena ‘lollipop’ and orange flowering plant the name of which escapes me at the moment.
Wider view showing the roses along the back borderline
I moved the bird bath from out front under the crabapple tree to this garden nook. I’ve seen birds in it a lot so I think they like it here.
I plan to spruce it up a bit, I need to clean it out good and I may put it up on some pots – not sure yet.
You can see below where the forsythia used to live, beyond the little stone wall, that we dug up and replanted a good sized sedum plant (we have lots of those around) and put it where Paul dug out the roots from the forsythia bushes.
A wider view of the whole thing. We put the little wire fence to keep the dogs out of this garden. They were heading right for it each day and even doing their business in there… it is NOT a doggy-loo! So they can just look but not enter…
The End. Literally!
The gardener – Paul, taken yesterday when he was installing all these plants. Eight flowering plants and five rose bushes.
He also moved some stuff that was being crowded out in the front corner garden – wow, a lot of weeding needs to be done out there!
The clematis are blooming but they are not great. I have ordered some morning glory seeds, multicolor ones, that I plan to plant all along this fence that cuts the front yard in half, inside for dogs, outside for grass and plants, so maybe next year I’ll have some morning glories to show you!
And the very front garden that Paul made a couple or three years ago…it’s doing pretty well out there.
Lastly, a look back at my helpers/assistants/loyal buddies – my beautiful Emmalee and Kip – keeping guard over everything and everyone!
Cheers for Gardens!
Bex & Co.
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