Anyway, back to the flowers. I'm pleased with how a lot of them turned out, and some I'll do differently next year. My #1 goal was to buy only flowers that required very little maintenance aside from watering (read: NO DEADHEADING) I wanted to plant them, water them, and admire them...that's it.
Pots on the patio out back:
|From L-R: Calibrachoa, Geranium, Vinca|
|Gerbera daisy that Jake picked out for me :)|
|Gerbera daisy with a tiny bloom, butterfly that Jake painted, and more geraniums|
|Impatiens and Coleus that both went crazy in their pots!!|
|Impatiens and begonias|
I didn't take any actual before shots this year, but here are some from last year at the luau...you can see how overgrown it was at that time, so it was even worse more recently:
We have some mums in that bed that came back from last year:
And some other unexpected surprises of flowers that popped back up from last year:
|not sure what these are called, they came back up along our driveway, and beside our patio|
|snapdragons that came back up in the front of the house|
|More mums, I'm still hoping maybe these will bloom again in the fall, and sad begonias.|
See these weird plants that are growing in front of the bushes in front of our house? I'm not sure what they are, but for some strange reason, they're unevenly spaced (which makes me twitchy) and frankly, they're just not that nice looking. Sure, they get white flowers in the spring...but those last for all of 2 weeks, then we're left with this heap of green and brown the rest of the year.
Brian isn't a fan of ripping out plants that are perfectly healthy, but I'm really hoping maybe we can figure something out next year. I wouldn't be opposed to transplanting them to another area that isn't....oh, directly in front of our house. I'd love to get something with some color in there instead!
So there you have it, my friends, the complete outdoor tour of my hard work. Not too shabby for my first time!