Friday, March 21, 2008

Fluff Your Nest

As Spring gets closer and the days start warming up, your garden is going to beckon to you, " Please come outside and give me some TLC." It's time to cut away the freeze damage and fill in the gaps with fresh annuals. Yesterday a friend called and asked if I'd come over and primp the garden before out of town company arrived this weekend. Of course I was happy to help because she always rescues me in the interior decorating department. After a quick stop at the garden center, I got to work. First, I cut away any dead or damaged leaves and branches from the perennials and shrubs. Then it was time to add some new plants. A shady corner got filled up with white begonias. They'll look beautiful in front of the white star jasmine already in that spot. Next, a sunny area by the front walk got some miniature yellow roses, a yellow bush daisy, and cascading lavender petunias. It's my favorite color combination for spring. I added a few white begonias to some existing planters that needed new annuals and filled a large shallow bowl with interesting foliage plants including maidenhair fern and ivy. Now the garden looks fresh and pretty and company ready.


Lori said...

what a truly beautiful garden:)

Have a Blessed Easter!!!

Anonymous said...

Is that her yard????? If so....when can you come to my house??? Beautiful, I am soooo jealous. All that seems grow in our red clay yard are weeds and plants that thrive on neglect.

Happy Easter.

windycorner said...

I wish I was talented enough to create that garden. It's actually in England, I just used the picture to show what is possible(if you have a herd of gardeners working for you). Growing up in Ga. I know what you mean about the clay. The best way to solve that problem is to compost leaves,grass clippings,and kitchen scraps and dig it into your garden with a rotor tiller. Also, making raised beds is a good way to fill an area with good soil and plant it. Mulch is the other absolute necessity. We have pine trees in our yard just so we can rake up the straw and use it for mulch.Or you can run over oak leaves with your lawn mower and use that. Try using a variety of shrubs and grasses and fewer "flowers" on the garden. It will be tougher and as you can see from the picture, just as pretty.

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