Saturday, May 16, 2009

Finally Flowers...

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into. ~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858

I planted my annuals yesterday. I'm still tired, lol. I didn't think to take pictures but, to be honest, they aren't much to look at yet. They are still itty-bitty. So, I'll grab some other images to show what mine will look like someday soon. I planted...

Portulaca - I love this plant! I have a lot of very hot sun at my place, and these absolutely thrive in it. In fact, the flowers only open in sun. I planted a variety of colors, but my fave was the mango.

Snapdragons - I'd planned for these to be in the full sun on my front steps in a big pot, but noticed that they wilted easily in the heat (despite saying that they'll take full sun on their tag). So, they went into last year's "vole garden". I bought a mixed pack that wasn't blooming so I have no idea what the colors will be. It'll be like Christmas in the summer when they bloom!

Petunias -- a favorite here. DD got one six-pack for her garden in red and white, and I bought some to add color to last year's "vole garden" in pink and black.

Ageratum - the first time I bought this, I was fooled by how tiny the flowers appeared. In fact, I wasn't the one who got them, it was DD. And we planted and were wowed by how big, lush and purplely-blue these got! Even better, they reseeded themselves and came back year after year... until the voles decimated my garden. So, I bought some for color around the edges.

I got a new hosta for the back where a spot was open...

And then, for my pots on the front steps where it will COOK all summer long (no one believes me when I say it's unbearably hot and dry in the front of my house -- I fight with nurseries all the time when trying to find plants that will survive there. It's amazing how ridiculously hot it gets: full sun all day, pale gray house reflecting the light/heat... it cooks). So, for the front I got...

Gazania (prettiest flowers, and ONLY like sun):

Dusty Miller:


More portulaca:

And I'm going to try the annual version of bachelor buttons (because they're coming up in the pots on their own from last year! LOL...):

And lastly, I planted impatiens around my well-pump. I bought striped ones because they were so unusual -- in fact, they are apparently so unusual, I can't find a picture of them online. So pretend there is one HERE. *G*

Today? It's all veggies, all the time. If I have the energy.


You Are A Lily

You are a nurturer and all around natural therapist.

People see you as their rock. And they are able to depend on you.

You are a soothing influence. You can make people feel better with a few words.

Your caring has more of an impact than even you realize.

Um...hummmm.... not so sure about most of that. You?



Dru said...

Your garden is going to be beautiful.

re quiz: I'm a LilyHow is the vole situation? Did you put down the thing?

Have a good Saturday!

MomJane said...

I'm glad you are getting your garden planted. Hope it is beautiful.

You may not think Lily fits you, but it does. So there ! ! ! !

Michele said...

Yours matches you a LOT more than mine does....

You Are An Iris

You are a unique person who seeks out novelty in life.
An inspiration seeker, you often have to change scenery to recharge.
You don't deal well with structure or rules. You need to do it your own way.
Your ideal relationships are free and flowing. No one can tie you down.

That last line? Sure they can, if they marry you. the ultimate 'tie down'. LOL

The seeds I planted were mostly veggies...with a few Cosmos in there . They like full sun and not the greatest of soils. and I agree.Portulaca ROCKS
I have Hens and Chicks too..they love the heat..Lots of heat....
Ever try those?

Good luck with the veggie plants!

Keri Mikulski said...

Gorgeous! :)

MJFredrick said...

I love portulaca! I have it in hanging baskets all around. None of those other flowers like me, though. Hibiscus and geraniums, I can do.

Diane Craver said...

Beautiful pictures!

You did great getting your annuals planted - I haven't yet.

Tori Lennox said...

Your garden is going to be gorgeous!

You Are a Daisy

You see the world with an artist's eye.
Finding beauty is easy for you - even in the dullest of moments.
You notice all of the colors of the world, from fresh grass to sunsets.
You are a total optimist and hedonist. You love to drink life in.
Um. Right.

Brandy said...

Are you going to share pictures of when your gardens start to bloom? I bet everything will be gorgeous! We're planting our garden tomorrow and placing mulch on the bush and plant beds.
I, too, am a lily. I like it. *G*

I hope you had a good Saturday and a blessed Sunday!

Elle Amery said...

Beautiful garden - snapdragons are a favorite of mine. Took the flower quiz - I'm apparently a lily as well!