I love lilies. All kinds of lilies: day, calla, regular ol’. That’s what our front garden is filled with. I finally got our front flowerbeds weeded and mulched last week, and the flowers are looking so gorgeous this year! We still have a giant space in the middle of our big bed that seems to be a deathtrap for whatever we plant there, but otherwise it’s looking great.
Check out how incredibly ginormous our daisy bushes have gotten since everything on the patio was planted last summer.
Those roses are no slouch, either. I love it back there!
Adam and I spent the entire weekend prepping all our flowerbeds for the season. And I literally mean the ENTIRE. WEEKEND. Four trips to Lowes, 24 bags of mulch, 19 plants, several bags of soil…you get the idea. We are exhausted, but as of this afternoon it’s done. Now we keep working on the lawn (which took a beating when the patio was built last year), and I’m thinking about growing tomatoes this year. Maybe. I’m not sure, but we’ll see. If Adam helps me build a raised bed for them.
The burning bushes got so big I had to prune them back. I’ve planted 9 more lily plants in the big flowerbed this year, I might add even more. We put a Common Boneset between the bushes, but it’s not too happy there.
I planted a bunch of daylilies in the small flowerbed. We had some tulips come up, but they’re already leaving for the season.
I don’t know why, but when I realized what today’s date was I had to get out of the house. I didn’t realize it was October 10, 2010 until nearly 4pm, but then I had this need to go pumpkin picking. It’s entirely possible that the remaining fuzziness from this week’s cold led to this decision an hour or 2 before farms were closing for the day, but nonetheless. And Adam, patient man that he is, humored me. So we went to Dearborn Market, one of my favorite local spots, and pumpkins were got. So were lots of other goodies. Now I feel like it’s October.
The mums and greenery were just awesome.
So was this grilled brat that Adam devoured. With some help from his darling wife.
It’s time again for me to launch my annual full-scale assault on the grass that grows in the front flowerbed. I have no idea how and why this grass grows so persistently, especially since I’ve hardly watered that bed at all this summer (even through the drought). We’ve been so busy keeping the patio alive, so many of those plants are struggling after the drought we had here in NJ at the beginning of July. But the flowers and bushes are doing fine, so I’m working on killing the grass and weeds so that I can then mulch the dickens out of it.
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago we found a bird’s nest at the top of one of our porch columns. We’ve seen the 2 birds in it.
While I was out this afternoon working on the flowerbed, I saw the babies! We’re going to need a pressure washer to clean up all the droppings around that column, but it’s the miracle of life and all that.