Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Our yard

I have so enjoyed reading the lovely gardening posts of my blogger friends. Our yard is not nearly so spectacular, but here is what we've been up to nonetheless. Below is the lovely geranium that I just could not pass up at Home Depot. It just said "spring" when I saw it! It is in my planter atop our outdoor patio table. It is so gorgeous I think if we were to do nothing else, this one simple plant could transform our yard.
This is one of the flowers that Jacob chose, which also happens to be one of my all time favorite flowers to grow - Gerber Daisies! They do so well here and stay around even during our mild winters. I have some in the front that have never died!

Below are some flowers that have been growing continually in this spot for a couple of years now. I forget what they are, but they are wonderful. They have never stopped blooming! I wonder is this because these are the flowers planted right in front of my statue of the Blessed Virgin.

I absolutely love this addition to our garden this year. Lovely native Texas Bluebonnets! Our state flower. I have always wanted to grow Bluebonnets, but never got around to sowing any seeds. When we were out last Friday, I saw these pots of Bluebonnets for only 98 cents a piece. I couldn't resist and might have to go get a few more. These should die back and seed and keep coming up year after year.

The next one might be a bit hard to see. These are little flower seedlings. I had picked up a packet of Zinnia seeds and Cosmos seeds. We decided to throw them in this big pot together and see what happens. They are coming up already. I am so excited. I am hopeful they will make a large pot full of the mixture of the 2 flowers. I hope.

And this here is our revamped vegetable garden box. It used to be about half this wide and not as elevated off the ground. It always served us well, but I had been wanting more space to grow. And I was so inspired by Robin's vegetable garden box. This past weekend, Brian very lovingly transformed my box. It is great. I am hoping to get what I need on Friday or Saturday and get planting!!! Those weed like things in the center are not weeds. They are pineapple tops. They do grow. We've never grown one long enough to see what happens, but maybe this time. They will have to be moved, of course!


Crafty Mom said...

We did bluebonnets a year ago in Texas, and boy were they beautiful. They grew to be absolutely huge and top heavy with flowers. They leave behind pods that probably are what would grow back the following year. We collected some to try to transplant and then lost them. We had to rip out the old ones, so I don't know if that is what makes the new ones are not. The garden looks like it will be lots of fun!

Melissa said...

Yay!!! I am so glad you shared these lovely photos with us. Your geranium is absolutely beautiful. I, too, could go completely nuts for geraniums alone. I saw some at Wal-Mart last night and really wanted to get some!

I think it's so cool that you finally got to plant your bluebonnets! We have "The Legend of the Bluebonnets" by Tomie DePaola, so I instantly thought of the book. :)

I think that is Dianthus that is growing at the feet of the Blessed Virgin. It is gorgeous!

I have to say, though, that my favorite thing about this post was being able to see the flowers you bought on the outing you wrote so beautifully about last Friday. Well done! I hope you have another fun weekend ahead of you, out in your beautiful yard and garden!