The previous owner was supposed to be a master gardener. I’m not really sure where she got this title because there are some crazy plantings that make no sense to me. Like crepe myrtles planted under trees and 2 large sago palms in odd spots. We put an ad on craigslist for the sagos, free if you dig them up. They were gone the next day. But hubby ended up helping with the digging. They were mosquito breeding grounds because all of the leaves would fall and get stuck in them. Now we can finish this corner. But the magnolia won’t stop shedding.
Moving to the left, this is what we accomplished. Mulch. 25 bags of it. We should have just got a truck load. But it was the weekend and nothing here is open on Saturdays when normal people do gardening.
I just want an open bed along the back fence so that I have a spot to plant and grow things to my heart’s content. It’s looking a little sad at the moment. But the 3 plumbagos in the back will grow pretty big so I had to space them. I have been known to be impatient and cram things together and then regret it down the road. I also put in 2 butterfly bushes and a key lime tree. Pie and margaritas. What more do I need?
The post was put in to hold the topsy turvy that we got hubby as sort of a joke for his birthday. He’s into growing veggies this year. I’ll probably paint it and get more plants to hang. It’s doing okay but I’m not seeing any tomatoes.
Moving along. We have hubby’s small vegetable patch. It’s a bit too close to the jasmine so it might get moved next season. But they seem to like it there as we have a ton of zucchini blooms and tiny tomatoes already. The chicken wire is something I picked up at GW for a project but it ended up here to keep Henry from stampeding over the veggies. This is as far as we got with the mulch. We just need to curve the bed back toward the fence so it has an ending. Otherwise we could go on forever. Not something that either of us has the energy to do.
I have a whole list in my mind of things I’d like to add to this space. Roses might be next. Daises, salvia and lots of annuals to help fill in all that empty space. Something to hang on that blank fence. Some large rocks would be nice.
I might move this bird bath over there too. I need a new base for it. It’s made out of that foamy stuff and is falling apart. I really just want a tree stump. Has anyone used those things you stick in bird baths to keep the water moving? It’s supposed to help with keep the mosquitoes down.
I’m thinking of dividing some of the lirope that surrounds the screen and putting some of it in the back bed.
I’m skipping our driveway and garbage cans. You’re welcome.
But I can’t leave out hubby’s one true love. We had the concrete pad made just for her. I need to figure out something to plant around this.
Does anyone know what this is? I found it growing in my small wooded area. Sort of reminds me of a bleeding heart.
I’ve been trying to attract birds to the area. They don’t seem to want to eat my bird seed. The squirrels however are enjoying the feast. I caught one stretching himself from the tree to the feeder carefully reaching in. It’s the squirrel proof one that if they get on it it shuts close. Yeah, not so squirrel proof when there’s Gumby the squirrel around.
For those of you that made it to the end of this rambling post, thanks for listening. If you have any favorite fast growing plants that you know of let me know.
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