Flowers...colorful...full of life...love...potential...flowers!
Cheating with the picture above...this is actually a flower growing in front of my sister Fleas house, who lives across the street. It's just so beautiful I had to share. Now let's begin...
My all time favorite flowers are Gerber Daisies but I'm not brave enough to grow them yet...it's coming. Over the years, I have had potted plants that have survived my care but having moved 10 times in a year between 2004-2005 I stopped dragging them with me. When we were renting, Special K always persuaded me not to buy plants and flowers because he knew we would just have to move them. Pretty sure if I had been willing to part with more of my books, he might have not stood his ground on this one.
When we finally closed on our house last year, I wanted to get busy planting new things! I wrote about my first attempt with 2 of the planters attached to our house in this post. It's fun to see what we were doing then and to see the little we began with.
One of the planters did really well through the Florida winter without much care. The crotons we planted at the end of last year didn't grow much but they weren't dieing. The surprising thing is plants that we had tried to plant and things I threw into this planter because they were dieing in pots all of a sudden popped out of the ground in late winter! So below is what it looked like back in early April at the start of Spring. (please ignore the wood covering that window...that was a little accident the doggies did while we were at work. Neither of them were injured when they broke the window. It has since been replaced with some plexiglass so that they can't do that again. Can't wait until we replace that whole window!)
vinca that is growing out of this planter was never planted there but I love how it looks. Although out of place, I refuse to move it since it's doing so well. I may transplant it eventually but for now I am enjoying all the flowers it produces.
Right behind the vinca is one of the pentas that I attempted to plant last year that had completely died but I didn't remove. After the winter, it just popped right up and is doing great!
On the Saturday before Father's Day, the girls, Special K, my sister Fleas, and I all ventured to Home Depot where we bought some mulch and plants. I let Carmen pick some and I wasn't paying too close attention so I came home with 3 crown of thorns...those were dug up the next day and I tested out Home Depots plant return/exchange policy and came back home with some vincas.
Before I planted anything, I inspected what was there and decided I would keep several of the vincas that were doing well. I then proceeded to rip everything else out and transplanted one of the vincas that seemed to be doing ok but wasn't where I wanted it. It's fun to have all these fresh flower and too see all the potential beauty they will bring to this area of my home.
Have you done any gardening this Spring? What has been your favorite plant to see grow in your garden? Have you planted any fruit or veggies?