About a week after my last post, I got out and planted my flower garden. My first step of course was plotting where I'd plant each flower. Here was what I came up with:
The lilies ended up being swapped around, but the layout is the same. I didn't get a picture of them actually planted until about a week later and by that time the lilies had lost their flowers. Since I am new to this whole gardening thing, I didn't realize bulb flowers only produce flowers once a year for about two weeks. I felt kind of gypped.. At least I got a pretty picture of one of the lilies before they all disappeared for the year.
The annuals I bought for the front part of the garden, I let my daughter pick out. I figured, "What does it matter? They're all annuals, they'll be fine together." Wrong! I am really amazed at my lack of knowledge of gardening. The scary part is, most of what I "don't know" should be common sense!
Some of the things I "learned:" 1-Not all annuals like lots of sun - impatiens are shade lovers. 2-Each species has different watering needs; some need to be watered daily and some weekly. 3-Different breeds of annuals don't look great when grouped together. This is because each breed spreads differently - impatiens stay low and crawl along the ground, (my) petunias are staying thin and growing tall, and marigolds grow both up and out like a bush. Marigolds seem to be thriving better than anything else in my garden. I think next year, I'll only be plating marigolds as my annual. And maybe some impatiens in a window box?
Here are my pretty marigolds.
I am still not *finished.* I have to install the rest of the buried border thingy, add some mulch, and find some decorative pebbles to surround the garden. But the work that I have done has made a drastic difference in our backyard. The change has inspired me to want to do more!