Well I went two weeks without writing a post. It was bound to happen, and really I have nothing to blame other than just needing a break. Now I’m my brain is fresh and ready for a new (long) post.
When you live in a grey house that has black trim and white windows like we do, the outside can seem a little dull and lifeless all winter long with no plants to add a little color to the curb appeal. When spring comes around I go a little crazy adding plants to the front of the house. This year was definitely no exception.
One of the gerbera daisy plants in a flower bed.
One of the hanging baskets I created for the front yard
This year, I started by adding pink and yellow gerbera daisies near our front door in an area that gets a lot of sun. They were the flowers that were in my wedding bouquet, so they have a lot of sentimental meaning to me. I try to plant a few of them every year. I also create my own petunia hanging baskets to hang near our front yard light. Every single year they had died nearly as soon as I planted them. Not to sound like a commercial, but last year I decided to try Miracle Gro potting soil, and they’ve been amazing ever since! They even looked great through the drought year last year, and they’re doing great again this year. I’m all over the Miracle Gro potting soil from here on out. It makes my life easier!
Eric’s flower pot for the front of the house
My flower pot for the front of the house
Every year we also arrange 2 flower pots for the front of the house. Eric picks the flowers for one, and I pick the flowers for the other. We always follow the rule of one tall grassy plant, a couple types of flowering plants, and then one vine to grow over the side. I always have a couple of purple plants, which are not blooming in this picture to go with my purple potato vine. Eric usually goes with the orange flowers. I’m pretty sure if he could find blue flowers he liked that he would have an Illini pot every single year!
This year all our flowers are looking really great! We’re hoping to add some shade perennials to the front of our house this year to make it look a little more interesting, but I think we really added a lot of color to perk up the drab front of our house this year.
Our first ripe tomato of 2013!
Also with our green thumbs, this year our garden is doing ok. I’ll take some pictures and do a full update later, but we did get our first ripe tomato last week! It’s the earliest we’ve ever gotten a ripe tomato. Usually it’s not until at least the middle of July. It’s tiny, about the size of a ping pong ball. It also have a sad looking spot on the bottom of it, so there’s not a whole lot to eat there. It’s still early though. The best part by far was that I finally beat my Dad to having a ripe tomato!
Getting ready to clean up the back flower bed!
The last thing I’ve been working on outside is around back. About 3 years ago we redid the backyard patio and added these flower beds. They’re gorgeous, but the mulch was looking really sad, and the weeds were coming up through the weed blocker, so it’s definitely time to redo it. This is as far as I’ve gotten so far getting rid of the old mulch. The question is do we go with rock, which we won’t have to replace again in 3 years and Tyler won’t try to eat, or with the cheaper mulch again. I’d really love not to have to redo these in just another few years, but the rock can be really expensive compared to the mulch. I’ve already gone with a higher quality weed blocker at least, so hopefully I won’t have to rip it up again! What do you all think? Cheap but short lifetime or long lifetime with a much higher price tag?