Here is a before photo of a small area near the garage that we started reworking this afternoon, thanks to DH and his tilling skills and great help.
Garden renovation in progress
Now comes the planting. Here's a photo of the far left rounded edge, where I have planted (from the fence) Campanula `Blue Uniform' purchased for $2 at Lowe's (almost dead but now coming along nicely), Jonquils, Hemerocallis White Temptation and Bergenia cordifolia `Tubby Andrews.' Poor Tubby's been languishing in his pot for a year now, so I divided the plant and have it in three places in this little area.
CoreHH: Maybe to some, but I saw the sign and couldn't resist. The area doesn't look like much right now, but in a few weeks, I hope it shows lots of progress as the weather cools down a little. Those poor Campanulas were brown and dried and just a little green showing, but I've bought some great plants on sale that looked like they were dead.
Alliterativly I totally agree, Core. But the message is the same---and just as clearly understood. So I think it works...
I liked how you showed the progress of your project. Thanks.
Greenthumb, stay tuned. I'm hoping it will show great progress in a couple of weeks and I will keep posting photos of its growth or lack of. Thanks for the thumbs up.
LOL. I had that problem this year with the lack of rain. Had a bunch of plants I grew from seed and got them planted in the ground. After that I was watering them so they wouldn't die. Not exactly imnpressive to look at right now. I gave my neighbor an elephant ear that gets huge. He was all excited and there it sits with 6 inch leaves on it. It didn't get enough water so it has done almost nothing. LOL. He's not to impressed.
Oh well everything will better next year.
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Core, yep, there's always next year! The lack of rain is killing us. I am trying to keep only those things which went in the ground this year watered;everything else is on its own.
Ditto. Once it's been in the ground for a year it's pretty much on it's own.
Really like your pictures, it's great seeing the progress one step at a time. I've often wondered If those 'almost dead' plants at lowe's could come back this time of year with the cooler weather coming.
I LOVE your Fairie sign!!!
I was just at lowes a few hours ago. No half dead plants at all. They were getting rid of outdoor stuff at 50% off of the lowest priced marked. They had an outdoor 10x10 event tent with side curtians for $12, they're usually $50. Outdoor furniture was real cheap for whatever they left over. I'm close to Lowes so I cruise it every couple of weeks especially when the seasons change. To bad the plant buyer for the Bluffton Lowes seems to be dead on with her numbers.
av_ocd_girl: I'm glad you like my warning sign! I love fairies and am incorporating them into my garden as I renovate all areas. I also have them in my house. See the fairy swap thread.
One of my friends rented a house from hippies and at last count 37 buddas were found. LOL. They were were everywhere but kind of hidden. No pest control on that house it was meant to be left "natural". It was fun trying to find new buddas. They were up in trees looking down, in bushes, think they pretty much were looking at every piece of the house and yard.
Nice to have the Buddas looking out for you. LOL.
There is a house in Asheville just off Haywood Road that has Panda bears everywhere in the yard, in trees, up on fence posts, I do mean everywhere, but it's always fun to try to spot a new one that you haven't noticed before.
Here's another before photo of part of a front garden area. This is right in front of the bow window in our living room. Horribly weedy and overgrown due to my working the last four years in Asheville and only getting home on weekends and holidays. I'm embarrassed by this photo, but there's worse to come.
dont feel bad about weeds... just come down to wy place and you'll feel better!
Hey, 1Cross, thanks for the encouragement. The weeds, the weeds, the bain of our gardening existence!
yeah.... i was actually starting to think about keeping the weeds as a groundcover for the area. i mean, they are all nice and green. if they were supposed to be there, i would be real proud of them!
Looking this thread over makes me think I have to do some weeding and get my beds in shape this weekend. It just got so hot I didn't keep up with the weeds in August or the beginning of Sept.
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Core: Neither did we and it was horrible! We're off this morning to get mulch and some plants. Ye-ha.
I hope you have better luck with your fabric! We moved into a house this year and there is fabric or plastic down everywhere. Would have been great, however, in most places the weeds are growing on top of it and through it! It has become my nemesis. You did nice work on your beds! Come on down and I'll put you to work! Melissa