The garden is coming along nicely and I’ve been finding myself wanting to spend more and more time out there! Over the years, I’ve transformed my thinking about the way a garden “should” be. To me, it’s more than just a place to grow your own vegetables. I’ve worked to make it a peaceful, inviting space. The kind of place you want to sit and sip your coffee (or a sangria!), read a book, or just watch the butterflies. This means incorporating a number of design elements and including flowers in my garden scape.
I wanted to share a few developments with you today.
My husband built this flower planter in front of our porch several years ago. We used to have a huge rhododendron here, which I always hated! Plus, you could hardly see from the porch to the street because it was so big. It really opened things up once we took it out! My favorite plant in this group is the bleeding heart (far right). My husband thinks we should get a second one on the left to balance things out. What do you think?
We are growing kiwis on this arbor my husband constructed. For the last couple years, they have not grown at all and I was worried that they were dying. Well, this year, they’ve been growing like crazy and putting out all kinds of new vines. It’s so exciting! Even better, both the male and female vines have been covered with flowers, so I’m hopeful we’ll finally get some fruit this year.
One of the things I’ve wanted to do for so long is string up some large outdoor lights on our arbor! I finally picked some up last week at Costco and spent an hour weaving them in and out of our arbor.
Want to see how it looks at night?
I absolutely love it! It’s amazing to me how sometimes a $30 purchase can make such a difference! Seriously – consider picking some up for your porch, deck, or garden, too. They are awesome lights.
A couple years ago, I had to move our raspberries from one container to another. I wasn’t sure if I could successfully move them without killing them, but ta da! After a year of no fruit, we’re back in business, baby!
So word to the wise: if you ever decide to plant arugula, do NOT let it go to seed! I did this a couple years ago and now I cannot get rid of the stuff. I have tried planting other things, but the arugula just crowds everything else out. (I do think there may be some snap peas in there, but they aren’t tall enough yet. Even worse, the arugula has worked its way into the rockery around the garden and even in other garden beds. If anyone has any suggestions for dealing with this (other than arugula salads), please speak up.
I’m growing some watermelons in our Big Grow Bag (Amazon link) this year. We choose a miniature variety, so we’ll see what happens. I hear we’ve got some hot weather coming this weekend, so I’m excited for my baby watermelons!
Here’s a view of our cute lil’ shed and windmill. I need to apply a second coat of red paint and then we need to put up some trim. I love how we turned this from just a tool shed in the backyard to a design element in our garden. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the color we selected! We used Dutch Boy Paint, which happens to be on sale at Fred Meyer this week too. (It often is on sale and has rebates, in case you’re finding this post at a later date.)
The carrots are growing quite nicely in this bed!
So judge me if you will, but I had a few items not germinate from seed this year, including cucumbers. Now I really, really wanted cucumbers, so I ended up buying some starts from Fred Meyer a week ago.
These are miniature pumpkins and these I did manage to germinate from seeds! We are growing a miniature variety and hope to use them for fall décor.
This cosmos just popped up, a volunteer. This is perfect since it’s in the same bed as the pumpkins and the pumpkin packet said that cosmos was a great companion plant as it attracts pollinators. Well color me lucky!
These are black popcorn plants and yes, I bought these as starts as well. I put them in the same container as the pumpkin.
I was super excited to see that I had a new angelica plant growing in my backyard! I had a beautiful one I’ve had for a few years, but it died last year. However, I let it go to seed on its way out in hopes a new one would grow. Seems to have worked.
Pretty lavender flowers!
Here’s a side view of the garden. I’m still wondering what to plant in the containers. Any ideas? I may just tuck in some flowers, if nothing else.
I’d love to hear what’s growing in your garden right now! Leave a comment below. Feel free to answer any of my gardening questions/problems too. I’d love your thoughts!