My brother inherited a green thumb and the skill of great cooking from my mother. I inherited her nose and a stubborn personality. This is not good news for my garden. I love flowers. I love the way they look, smell, inspire. I have no idea what their names are or when, how and where to plant them. When Andy & I got married, our signature flower (did you know you needed a signature flower?) was the Sunflower because other than the Rose, it was the only flower we both knew by name and thought was pretty.
So when Boston was hit with a heat wave this past weekend, I decided to take a tour of our garden beds and look for signs of life. Since we moved into our home almost 6 years ago I have only planted things that come back on their own. I leave the rest in planters to fill in the gaps and re-use the potting soil the following year to help out the newbies. But because we did a lot of construction I haven't yet gotten a real plan for landscaping. My goal this year is to have the hardscaping finished this summer so that once and for all we can have a plan for delightful spots for all those pretty flowers I don't know the names of.
Until then, I am forced to straighten up the few existing spots we have. This involved lots of raking, weeding and pain. I don't know why you gardeners find this hard work to be an enjoyable hobby. But if any of you live in the Boston area feel free to come on by and practice your hobby at our house. This is the best I could do...
BEFORE AND AFTER OF PATIO GARDEN:
This front bed is so crammed with plantings that I'm not sure what exactly lives here. Some Day Lillies, among other options. This is where I plant anything my mother sends home with me because it is focal from the front drive and has been safe from changes.
BEFORE AND AFTER OF SIDE OF HOUSE:
All I did here was rake. I know these are all Hostas. They were here when we got here, and they survived all of the addition construction. They give our neighbors something pretty to look at - aside from the big dumpster that has been sitting in this section since the fall waiting for the shed project to be complete.
PROOF AND REWARD:
Notice the Band-Aid on my thumb. Evidence of my hard day's work. Didn't keep me from holding that cold one in my hand. Nothing can stand between me and a well deserved reward.
Stay tuned for future updates on our garden developments. If you have any planting suggestions for my brown thumb please share! Our Comments section and Bumble Town are ready and waiting to learn from all of you green thumbs, florists and landscapers.