Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall Is Here

I can't believe that fall is here and winter is on its way.  Here in Iowa, it was a very soggy summer and it looks like it's going to be a soggy fall as well.  All of my beautiful impatiens all gone, it's so sad.  My hostas look awful and I didn't get the rock down on the one side of the house.  Oh well, better luck next year!

I did make a decision for next spring, I'm going to start some of my flowers inside and transplant them as plants.  It worked really well for Star Gazer lilies.  I pretty much have a blank slate so it will be fun to figure out what I want to plant and where I'm going to plant them!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Fall Is Coming

I do like Fall but it's kind of sad to see Summer go.  I know I've got lots to do over the winter planning where things are going to get planted and what to plan where etc.  I think I'm going to try seeds this year and grow them indoors and move them outside as plants.  This spring I planted my Stargazer Lilies indoors then moved them outside in May.  I have to say it worked out pretty well since the year before I planted some Lilies and they didn't ever come up but this year they did.  I love surprises like that in the garden!

Friday, August 10, 2018

My Blank Corner

I'm not really sure what I want to do with this blank corner.  The door in the picture is to our bedroom. I don't want to put anything too big there especially since the air conditioner is right there. I was thinking maybe a Hydrangea, I would have to keep it trimmed up.  I also thought about Daylilies. I am obsessed with daylilies and hydrangeas are there really any other kind of plants out there???  It's kind of nice to have a blank slate in most of my yard both back and front!  I have all of winter to decide what goes where.  For all the plans swirling in my head, I don't think I'll be able to afford to do everything right away.  That is a good thing I need to go slow and plan out each area so it's perfect.  I want to fence the backyard for sure, that won't happen until next year or the year after. We have four backyards and nobody knows where their property lines are including us!  I should have them come out just so I know what was ours because there is a huge tree and some other kind of bush/tree things by our shed (I hate our shed I want a new one!).  See why it's going to be expensive to landscape?? I also want to put a berm in that is kidney shape just to fill it with flowers that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  So much to do so little time and money!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rocks That Change Color!

When I put down the river rock that I had gotten at Menard's the other day it looked like all brown rocks.  My brother came over and commented about the boring brown rocks that I had purchased.  He kind of hurt my feelings.....just a little bit.  I don't really care what other people including family thinks of me or the things I chose to buy.  Anyway....we had a torrential downpour last Friday and I noticed my boring brown rocks were no longer brown.....they magically changed to colored rocks!!!  I felt like an idiot I didn't realize that the river rock came that way!  One of the girls at work had done the same thing and was disappointed because she thought she was getting the colored rock as well!  So I guess it's not just me that didn't know that the rocks come dirty and you need to rinse them! Won't be making that mistake again! I am a happy camper with my colored rocks!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Landscaping In Front Of The Porch

I finally got the landscaping done in front of my porch. It was a mess, to begin with. It also took me forever to figure out how I was going to do it.  It's an odd place to landscape but I just keep working until I got the result I wanted I still have a ton to go I prefer to take it slow and just do a little at a time.  I apologize for not cleaning of the sidewalk before taking the picture.

I'm not really sure what I want to plant there but I know it will be a perennial of some kind.  I really like lots of color so I'm sure it will be easy to pick some really fantastic colored, never-ending blooming something!

I have so many projects and so little time and money!  The best I can do for now it show you what I want to do and where. We still have to rip the porch off and replace the columns, which we are going to beef up while we're at it. I want to install metal railing but that can get real pricey an since we have odd lengths. Hopefully, it will all come together!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lillies Have Bloomed!

I was so excited, my lilies that I planted this year and last year finally bloomed!  I planted some lilies last year and they never came up I assumed that they died, I should have known better!  One of the lilies is white and it is stunning!  The others that bloomed were ones I planted this spring they were my Stargazers, I love Stargazers. I will be adding more lilies every year I don't like to plant a bunch of flowers and run myself out of room and crowd the plants.

I'm just adding a little bit each year. I hope to get my backyard fenced in the next year or two.  So many things I want to get done!  It just takes time and money, two things I don't have a great deal of!  We also have to replace most of the front porch. Whoever had this house before us didn't know a whole lot about flowers and how to care for them!
But we will get things just the way we like them.  I have some cool nooks and crannies around the yard to it will be fun to fill those areas with color!  I have already fallen in love with purple/blue hydrangeas and two spots picked out for them next year.  Landscaping can get costly, but good thing I'm somewhat frugal and have some patience.  Just have to add a little at a time.  Next year we are going to put in a raised bed vegetable garden in the backyard so that should prove interesting since I've never grown vegetables before! I have done some research on them and a couple of the girls at work have them I should be good if I run into anything I don't know how to do they can guide me!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

My Impatients

I was talking about my Impatiences in the last post so I thought I would show some pictures of them.  I got an old flowery pot of my Aunt's and didn't really like the colors so I spray painted it black and boy does that look sharp! I tried to plant all shades of pink but I think some red ones snuck their way in either way I think it looks really pretty.

 I also have a hen pot that my boss gave me.  He and I are into chickens we have 26 of them in the back of our dental office for patients to watch as they get numb.  This ended up being a real hit with the patients!  They are always asking about the chickens it's kind of fun to be able to answer their questions. Anyway, I planted red Impatients in the hen pot and now they are spilling over the pot. That is one of the many things I love about Impatients!

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