This morning I have flowers on my mind. There were a few blooms to greet me and I couldn’t help but take a step back and be pleased at my progress over the last four years. My townhome was built at this point and there was absolutely nothing, not even mulch in place. With very little knowledge but a whole lot of enthusiasm, I began adding to my garden. Because I’m in the USDA Zone 7, and because I don’t have a great deal of shaded areas, some of the beautiful and vibrant blank blooms aren’t an option for me. I find myself attracted to reds and purples, so you’ll find those colors there. I also find myself adding little garden trinkets into the garden. I have a full skull planters; some whirligigs of a hearse, bat, and vampire; and, I have a few other pieces of signage and Halloween stakes which I keep out year round (except I do bring them in during the winter months when it snows).
|Salvia and Heart Attacks|
My front yard is mostly shade until about July when the sun has moved and it becomes closer to full sun. The poor little Bleeding Hearts and Columbine dry up about that time. My side yard has morning sun and I find it is an excellent place to grow perennial hibiscus. If one can’t have dark and moody blooms, the big odd ones are just perfect. My backyard has full sun year around. I’ve designed it so that the plants nearly cover the backyard fence and it becomes very secret garden-like. I recently bought that Funeral Coach and although it’s sitting on a bookshelf in my house, I have toyed with the idea of moving it into the backyard. We’ll see. And while he’s rather difficult to see, my fella’s mother gave me an owl garden feature. He lights up an eerie green at night.