Saturday, December 26, 2009

Less is more

What to do on my week off from work? I’m the kind of person that can’t sit home with noting to do, so this week I went out into the garden looking for a project to keep me busy for the week.
I found the project in this corner of the garden. Much to the dismay of my dog Rosie I decided to take some of the grass out and expand the flowerbed. The grass in this area of the garden did not do well and most of the area was cover with weeds.

I recycled all the border stones from the old border; and went looking for annual plants at Home Depot. The selection was poor, this been Christmas week and gardening was not on the top of the agenda for most people around here. I purchased impatiens, begonias, pentas, dianthus, and marigolds; I also transplanted lantanas, blue daze and Bolivian sunset from other areas of the garden.

In this corner I planted milkweed (butterfly weed) they are the favorite host plant for Monarch caterpillars.

In this area I transplanted all my canna lily rhizomes and added rain lilies bulbs.

Here I planted black eye Susan, coneflowers and hollyhocks.

All in all it was a very productive week and to top it all off Santa left some goodies for the gardener.

I hope all of you in Blog land have a Happy and Healthy New Year and I’ll see you back in 2010


Evelyn Howard said...

Very productive! Look forward to seeing photos of these spots later... Have a nice week, happy holidays.

Randy Emmitt said...

Looks like you got a lot done so far! We have good garden weather right now but the dirt is mired in nasty mud. Sticks to everything. Have an exciting New Years!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hi Rusty! What a great project! "To take some of the grass out" is my permanent desire, but not everyone in the family likes this idea. We had a green Christmas here. I was able to do some cleaning in the garden. Have a Healthy and Happy new Year!

Nicole said...

Looks nice and a very productive week! I wish I had a week to devote to my garden, my calendar is packed with work to do.

Marlene said...

Great job Rusty. I love the border stones, they make you bird bath pop. That little corner looks so peaceful and just beautiful.
Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR with your family.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Hi Rusty, I wish you and yours a very Happy and Healthy 2010 filled with lots of garden and blogging fun!

Good idea to turn that corner into a plantbed, I think they will do much better there than the grass did. My lawn is getting smaller and smaller to every year. Once upon a time my garden was just grass with a few shrubs here and there. It's very different now as you know.

Darla said...

Dang I wish is was warm enough here in North Florida to tackle a project in the garden. This has turned out so nice!.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Although I garden in California during the winter I like checking in on your garden!

I love your salad harvest, which is what I just did. I'm still picking the sweet little yellow cherry tomatoes, basil!!! (do you believe it), lots of citrus, salad greens, and edible flowers. The garden gives me so much more than I can ever give it.

Keep on posting!

Happy January,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island