Monday, June 8, 2009

A Tour of My Sun Garden

I tried to delete these pictures up here but I can't seem to do matter what I try. I know that some of you can relate. So you'll just have to see them twice..sorry, wish I could figure it out. I've been working for over an hour trying everything but nothing works.....So be patient with me...'cause I have no patience left!!!!!

I've been working on my garden a lot this spring. I've only lived in this house for less than 2 years and this is my second summer to work. One of the flower beds was already here but I've extended it and added a second one on the other side of the yard. My house has two small yards, one on the living room side and another off my bedroom. The garage is in the middle of the back of the house and you enter off an alley. The driveway divides the two sides, therefore leaving two long narrow yards. The fence comes off the side of the garage and behind that I've covered the area with weed cloth and river rock to cut down on the maintenance.
The picture above is of the living room side of the yard. I am working on the other side but not ready to show it yet. It creates two gardens, because of that I have one sun garden and one shade garden. It is kind of fun to have one of each, it gives each its own look.

I got these double purple coneflowers a couple of weeks ago at Lowe's. I've seen them in the magazines but never found them until then. Best of all they were gallon size plants marked down to $3.50. I went back a couple of days later to see if any were left but, no they were all gone. Aren't they beautiful and so unusual. If you're interested they are called Double Delight.
This is Mr. Peter Rabbit. I saw him at the nursery one day and fell deeply in love! He was quite expensive so I resisted for quite awhile but I finally gave in. After all he's concrete and will last for a long time..... I just love him!
I am partial to pink flowers but try to incorporate some other colors. I have some day lilies that a former neighbor gave me . When I got them they were dry and had been shipped from her Mother's home in Oregon. I didn't know what color they were but FREE is good enough! I have some dark ones and a peachy one and one that is a cream color. The cream one is blooming today.
And so is the peachy one. They are repeat bloomers, too. I moved them from my other yard when I sold the house. Wish I had taken more of my plants as the young couple I sold the house to have taken out a lot of my plants. I guess they are not gardeners. I can't bear to go by the house anymore as they have changed it soo much and taken out a lot of my
plants. It makes me really sad.

I have a gazebo that I did bring with me. The one I left ended up torn up on the ground and it was only 1 year old. Oh well. The one I bought is an 8 foot one that fit on my side patio at the other house. I had it for several years and the canvas was gone so I added white lattice to the top and sides. It cost me more than replacing it with a new one but this will last for a longtime so I felt it was worth the expense. It isn't waterproof but does provide nice filtered shade. I think it has more ambiance than a stock one.

I covered the two chairs out there with a cornflower blue vinyl and that makes them somewhat waterproof. I like that it brings the blue from the living room out to the patio. I had a fountain that I used with it at the other house too, but even though it was cute it was constantly evaporating the water. So I drilled holes in the bottom for drainage and put some asparagus ferns inside. It still has the fountain look without the hassle. Here's a picture of the gazebo.... and one of the greenhouse,too. Hope you enjoyed your little tour!


C Maisy said...

so, so, so, so, so, so, so perfect!!

Happy To Be said...

Just beautiful my what tou have done...may you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

mary said...

beautiful!!!! flowers always make me smile- thank you! mary

Katie said...

Hi it's nice to meet you! I came over from Kim's blog Shabby, Pink and Pretty.

That gazebo is so pretty! Your garden is just beautiful and I have enjoyed my visit!

Just a little something from Judy said...

You are a master gardener. Every picture is beautiful!! A sun garden is a perfect summer project. Hope you share more pictures as summer progresses.

Jean Tuthill said...

Hi Sandi, I love your garden and can't wait to see more! It is so pretty. You have done a great job on it. And it will only get better! I love what you did with the gazebo and the blue chairs. The bed is beautiful and I can't wait to see that finished. You have been a busy gal!

Glenda said...

Wonderful and beautiful flowers.

I can tell you how to delete photo's you don't want.

Click and drag the photo until it's highlighted, then click the delete key, that should delete a selected photo. Hope this helps.


Glenda said...

P.S. do this when your writing or editing the post.


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi there...I must have saved you blog on my favorites outside on aol because that is where I found you.
I just wanted to add to Glenda's comment. After you get to edit..and find your post and drag the curser over it highlighting it AND going to delete and ABSOLUTE SURE YOU HIT ...SAVE!! HIT SAVE..otherwise your picture will just reappear. :) Try that ..and be sure and SAVE everytime you do something..or it can go back to the way it was and cause you lots of work...
Let me know if you are successful! Good luck!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

I just found your blog off of someone else's blog. Love that rabbit planter and I love that it looks as if he is holding a cabbage! Very very nice backyard. Love it!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Your yard looks very nice! I sure wish I had all that room!

Thanks so much for the nice comment you just left me!!

Mary said...

You have accomplished alot in two years! Love your gardens and your Mr. Bunny is just adorable, when you fall in love with something you should treat yourself!

Anonymous said...

Hello and I wanted to tell you that I think your yard is adorable! I have yet to start on mine....but wow, what an inspiration. Gorgeous :)

Stacey said...

I can't believe you've done so much in such a short time. I'm just terrible about pondering and planning without getting things done. You've inspired me.