I'll admit it, when it came to gardening - up to about a year ago, I was a "Sticker." Yep, if I'd see a plant I thought was pretty, I'd buy it, then "stick" it somewhere in my yard without much planning.
I really wasn't very satisfied with my flower beds and knew this planting habit was to blame. When I took the Core Training classes for our local Master Gardener program, one of the first presentations was on Planning Your Garden. They made us draw out our property, including buildings and driveways. They discussed shady and sunny areas, plant color and heights and soil types. Oh my, so much to consider!!
I stuck with it, though. The two ladies in my group and I worked together to give each other suggestions or reminders and, at the end of the evening, we all had what looked like pretty good plans. I realized that once I had a plan, all I had to do was purchase just those plants. How easy is that?
I've since given this concept a chance in a couple of my new flower beds and have found it to really be helpful ... and successful!!
Peonies love the sun.
My new project this year was a butterfly garden in our backyard. Wonderful Hubby was given a small dogwood years ago from a man he worked with. We planted it with hopes it would grow to about 12 - 15 feet. Unfortunately, this particular tree ended up short with unruly limbs that requires a lot of trimming. I had planted several Knock-Out Roses under the tree and, after several years, you couldn't tell where the roses ended and the tree began. When I trimmed my other Knock-Outs this February, WH and I pulled these overgrown monsters out. I made plans to replace them with flowers that would attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Candytuft, Dianthus, Angelonia, Lantana, Alyssum
After we pulled up those Knock-outs, I found a tea rose and a mini rose that had gotten lost under those big brutes. They're actually thriving now!
I can see this little flower bed out my kitchen window and the last two days I've seen several butterflies flitting about in it!! YEA!! I haven't gotten any pictures yet but hopefully I will soon.
My vegetable garden is growing too! Today, I harvested some radishes, kale and salad greens!
Don't you just love spring? I can't wait to see what's growing in your gardens. Thanks for stopping by!
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