Flowers and Showers

by Josh on May 24, 2007 · 3 comments

in Gardens

If only my nursery renovation was making progress like my gardening! Due to today’s rain, the veggie garden is only half-tilled, waiting for the rain to stop so I can finish turning and enriching the soil in preparation for the tomatoes, eggplants, beans, and other goodies waiting patiently in their flats.

By contrast, the landscape gardens are basically finished for the season and after this good rain they should be looking terrific. Like last year, we added another 20 or so plants to the front hillside garden to continue to fill in the space. This time the additions were lamb’s ear, sedum, phlox, globe thistle, bee balm, catmint, liatris, daisies and black-eyed susans. Here’s how this garden looked before our 2006 plantings:

Front Landscaping Before 1

And here’s how that garden looks now:

front landscaping

We also did more with annuals in the front of the house this year. We have four terracotta pots of pansies and geraniums spaced along the front steps in addition to the window box. For the window box our 3 1/2 year old selected multi-colored snapdragons, and Ms. Bungalow and I added white and red salvia, and trailing blue lobelia. (For StuccoHouse, I guess that would make our accidental football team colors the New England Patriots.) As a display, the front window box has underperformed for us the past couple seasons, so we packed in more plants and worked manure into the soil hoping the results will be more lush and full this year.

windowbox 2007 detail

I’ve put a few more pictures of the garden on the photos page in the album “Garden 2007” if you’d like to see more from around the yard.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie May 25, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Looks lovely! I’m incredibly jealous!!!! 🙂

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Billie May 26, 2007 at 9:25 pm

Hey as long as the accidental team isn’t the Packers, your good! Seriously it looks great!

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Josh May 27, 2007 at 10:11 am

Aww, thanks. Neither Ms. Bungalow or I were raised to know landscape gardening, so we’re learning as we go. The Minnesota-specific gardening books by Don Engebretson have been a big help. They have great pictures and advice. Having a couple master gardener friends and a pair of landscape architects next door doesn’t hurt, either.

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