Starting a garden of any size fills me with anticipation. Ideally, I would begin the process after the threat of frost on May 15th, but downsizing and moving have taken up all of my time and energy until now.
I was at Lowe’s on Monday, buying dirt and garden tools before 7 am. Since the front of the house gets full sun until late in the afternoon, I planned the plants around the summer sun pattern for that area. I purchased them last week and left the pots near the space to allow them to adjust to the changes.
Lots of chores and grocery shopping kept me busy until the shade arrived later in the day. The summer dress was from Old Navy earlier in the year, and the sandals are two years old from Dillard’s.
The small entryway section has remained mostly empty for years. The lone boxwood was overgrown and not at all healthy, so I pruned it way back to give it a better shape as new growth fills it out.
I am in my socks since I had to wash my sneakers with the water hose, so they were drying in the sun. I was exhausted and sweaty but very happy with the results.
The plants form a perennial foundation that will return each year. They include, from left to right, Queen of Hearts, Coral Bells, Heartleaf Brunnera, Bee Balm, and Lavender. The three low ground cover plants are Thyme ‘Doone Valley.’ The placement will allow each plant room for growth and the addition of other plants in the future.
Have you ever seen a cow pigeon? They are so named because they have similar markings to black and white cows. This lovely one has been visiting the roof of the house next door daily and watching me while I work. I’ve named her “Bessie.” She is an oddity because no other pigeons visit the neighborhood.
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