The final latch was installed on our fence today! I was a little worried that everything would feel boxed in and cramped with the fence up, but it’s actually made our backyard feel bigger somehow. It may not look like much right now, and there’s still a lot of work to be done, but it’s amazing how this fence has transformed our yard into such a cozy space. Please note what our yard looked like when we first moved in! YIKES.
Greg needs to reseed his grass again because it was walked all over and run over with an auger truck thing a million times. Should have waited to seed until after the fence was finished, oh well. The shed is being painted to match the house (grey and white) And we also need to stain and seal the fence. Of course there are way too many color options, so I’ll have to agonize over that decision for a few days.
We also have a LOT of plants to pick out, which means more agonizing. I’m going to go sort of by the landscaper’s drawing, but since it wasn’t drawn to scale, I’ll have to make some changes. I am mostly worrying about which hydrangeas to plant because I need a lot. (They’re my favorite.) I already have five Endless Summer hydrangeas along the back patio (they look like they’re going to be blue this year, whereas the ones I have out front are pink!) and I can’t decide what I want to plant at the back of the yard. Do I want some fancy lacecaps? White? The regular old blue/pink style? You can see it’s pretty shady, so I need to take that into consideration. I’ve been looking around in the “for shade” section of hydrangeasplus.com and the macrophylla beaute vendomeise has really caught my eye. It looks pretty fancy though, which makes me think I’ll probably end up killing them all. I don’t know. I want to plant fancy plants because I’m going to take care of them the same way I would a less-fancy plant… I guess I think of my garden the same way I think about my other hobbies. For example, knitting. If I’m going to spend hours knitting something, then I want it to be the best it possibly can, so I’m using the fancy yarn. Does that make sense? Honestly, I might have a whole year to decide what I want to do, because we’re kind of running out of time. (And money, ha!)
Instead of planting sky pencil holly in front of our back patio posts as the landscaper suggested, I thought it would be fun to do some hanging baskets instead. I planted fuchsia, green and black sweet potato vines, and lobelia, which should all cascade down nicely (esp. the sweet potato vines) with a “kong red” coleus in the middle, to stand up tall and balance it all out. I only know which plants I used because I started a gardening journal! Am I organized, or what? So far, my “gardening journal” is just all of my plant info markers shoved into a pretty notebook, but still ;) Also, the chain broke on one of my three hanging baskets after I watered one day. Broke my poor coleus right off. Looks like I’ll have to go to my favorite nursery again, darn.
My veggies all seem to be doing fine, despite being attacked by stupid aphids. I sprayed the crap out of all the plants with soapy water and ordered some live ladybugs off of amazon. (Which is the weirdest thing I’ve ever ordered off the internet in my life by the way.) But apparently if you let them loose in your garden at night, they’ll go to town murdering aphids. I’m cool with that.
The veggie garden seemed to explode after we had a big rain this weekend. Cucumbers are starting to work their way up the trellis, we have a ton of blossoms on the zucchinis, and there are baby La Roma and Tommy Toe tomatoes. Oh! And a “volunteer” tomato plant sprouted up in between the lettuces so I dug it up and put it in a pot. I hope it lives. (I don’t know why it wouldn’t, baby plants just make me nervous.) I’m excited to see what type of tomato it is! (Volunteers are veggies that come up all by themselves like fancy little weeds from seeds that fell in last years garden.) We also have a volunteer broccoli, but I’m tossing that guy. Our broccoli and cauliflower has been worthless the past two times we’ve tried.
And I just love this begonia in its blue pot. Leftover from what I planted under a tall potted boxwood I have next to the front door, this little pretty has pink flowers on one side and red on the other.
Who knew I could write so much about plants?