I promised you a little garden tour after scattering the freshly painted terracotta pots around.
So let’s get started!
Welcome. This is the planter that greets you at the front door.
A new terracotta pot filled with some colourful stuff! I got some great buying tips from Jean over at Flower Hill Design that you might want to check out! This is what’s in the new terracotta planter:
- Spikey Red Star
- Lavender Wave Petunia
- Regatta Rose Lobelia, a little hard to see, because it’s hiding in the back.
And I’m trying something new this year, that I saw on Pinterest…
The bottom of this planter is filled with 3 empty plastic water bottles. This is to help with drainage, and also to fill the planter up a bit. Did you know your pots don’t actually need to be filled with as much dirt as they will hold?
We’ll see how this goes!
At the bottom of the steps we have theses two planters.
The back planter is filled with Sweet Basil and Chives, and the front planter is a Gerbera Daisy. The Daisy was a gift a while back, and I’m hoping it will like this new home! Notice the rubber bin? You might remember one like it from my article, ‘Recycled Tires in Decor’.
This is a snap-shot of the new BBQ pad area with the flower pots in place…
And the recently installed heat pump surround, which is ready and waiting for the Sweet Peas to be set out in front. That’s happening soon!
This is the side yard where all the weeding and planting activity has been taking place. You can see how dry this spot gets!
The Lily of the Valley you see bordering the rocks came from my Dad. He had to thin his patch out!
Let’s take a closer look at what’s here.
This is the little garden bed by the porch you see, which we put in back in the early Fall.
Hubby’s parents brought us a bunch of plants from their garden then, and the Black Eyed Susan’s got planted here. We hope they bloom! We’ve also added ‘Frosty Fire’ Dianthus, and a few Hens and Chicks.
Here’s another little planter with more Hens and Chicks.
In the fall we also put in some rock benches for plants.
The middle one has a Bleeding Heart in it, which we brought with us when we moved. We weren’t sure it was going to survive, but it came through and bloomed a little earlier this Spring. And the two outside benches were just planted with Iceland Poppies.
Our friends, Scott and Julie, gave us this Lavender bush.
We transplanted it to this larger ceramic planter, and added the purple trailing Calibrachoa. Eventually the lavender bush will need to be planted in the ground, but for this summer we’re going to enjoy it here.
When we moved in and got to the bottom of the weeding, we discovered some herbs growing underneath. The one in front is Oregano, and the one in back is some kind of mint, but we’re not sure what. Do you know?
We decided to pot up some Cilantro and Basil to join them. I love fresh Basil, and can’t wait for it to really grow!
To go with our herbs, we popped in to Makaria Farm on Sunday for their organic tomato plant sale.
Source: Clemens Rettich – Instagram
We thought the little side porch would be perfect to grow a few tomato plants, so we bought three.
Two cherry tomato plants…
On the left is the ‘Indigo Rose’ variety…
And on the right is the ‘Sun Gold’ variety.
And this larger Heirloom Vine tomato is the ‘Rose’ variety.
I’ve had this stepping stone for a long time.
It was given to me by my Mom when we lived on the Charlottes, and has made each move since then. And I’m thinking this is a symbol of good luck that the plants we’ve put in will survive their moves, too!
Just for fun, remember where we started way back when we moved in?
No kidding! This is what it looked like!
And here’s one more look at where we’re at now.
I hope you enjoyed the tour!
I’ve joined in the fun and linked up here!
There are a ton of great projects to see, so why not pop over to check them out! Even better, join in the fun yourself!
A special thank you to these lovely hosts!.
And now that we’ve got our planting pretty much finished up, I’m looking forward to getting back to some of my painting projects that have been on hold!
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!
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Photos: Sheila Zeller