As always, I reviewed my previous years Installations (2008,
2009, 2010) and successes and failures (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Last year’s
garden was a huge failure, so I am hoping for a better season this go around. So
helpful to have these records!
Hubby was a big help as my pregger self tires out a bit more
Before we headed out to the nursery, I sketched out this
little plan and list:
I kept things pretty simple this go around and the things I
learned the most from last year was don’t plant too many varieties of things,
because there won’t be a successful yield from one single thing. So, instead of
doing all heirloom tomatoes, and having to wait until November for a tomato, I
opted for 2 varieties of heirlooms and 2 varieties of hybrids.
Here is the layout, with Bed #1 being the top left:
3 Ichiban Eggplants
1 German Queen Heirloom Tom
2 Zucchinni Plants
Zinnias from Seeds
1 Better Boy Tom
1 Cherry Tom
1 Summer Squach
Bush Beans from seed
My perennial bed with strawberries, bee balm and purple
1 Fairytale striped Ichiban Eggplant
Lemon Cucumber from Seeds
Burpless Cucumber from Seeds
1 Early Girl Tom
1 Sweet Basil
1 mammoth Basil
Zinnias from seeds
White Patty Pan Squash from Seeds
1 Black Beauty Heirloom Tom
Marigolds from Seeds
We also planted Big mammoth sunflower seeds in pots around
the beds for the kiddos. I could not find any nastursum seeds in the color that
I wanted, so I substituted zinnias. Also, there were no Edamame seeds, so that
bed got extra squash.
The girls had such a good time helping and my oldest
daughter made her own little garden complete with stick surrounds:
Here is the veggie plot all ready for the season:
And, of course I couldn’t just buy veggies!
I also came home with this Rocket Ligularia and well as 3
caladiums for the hydrangea bed.
Right after my last entry, HOTlanta turned to COLDlanta and it was too rainy and cold to be out in the garden, so the girls and I retreated back inside as they continued to craft and I continued to knit. Well, earlier this week, we had a huge storm and then spring seemed to officially start for good! We have been out in the garden ever since - so great! Sad part is that the storm took down our beloved arbor that my hubby built and we were married under many years ago:
Pulled the roses right down, too.
Hubby got it all cleared a couple of days later. I actually kind of like the open look now:
The roses were cut way back and transplanted today along the fence. They may do better there as there will be more sun. I haven't decided what to do yet in the arbor's place, if anything....
Hubby was so sweet and cut some of the blooms from the vine we had to cut back:
Also, on a recent trip to Home Depot, I picked up a couple treasures for a pot by the front door. I never have much luck with this guy. I have always wanted something with 4 season interest that I didn't have to replant every year. Last year I put a heurchera in there and thought for sure that was the answer. But, it did not come back this year. So, I picked up a loropetalum and some creeping jennies to try this go around. Perhaps they will be more tolerant of the dry shade with 2 hours of scorching HOT afternoon sun....
We shall see.....
And, on a final note, I am super happy with how the coral bark maple bed is coming along:
And I am enjoying my first spring with the deutzia (sp?):
I had some great help from hubby today transplanting some things and setting out some starts from my mother's garden. Tomorrow, we plan to head to the garden center to pick out our veggie plants - HOORAY - my favorite time of year!