This planting bed is actually mostly new this year. We had a lot of trouble getting grass to grow here and we were thinking of changing it to a planting bed anyway. So we decided to just pull some of the dirt out and layer mulch down so it looks a lot better. We didn't know what kind of flowers we wanted to plant, so we ended up putting some veggies here. :-)
Its a little hard to see in the picture, but the small plants in the front and on the right are broccoli. The four on the right were a 2nd batch we bought after seeing how big they were compared to the other ones we had purchased. There are also 3 cherry tomato plants in there. We'll have easy access to the items and they should be relatively easy to care for since they're right at the house. Next year we hope to have a bigger garden in the back of the house.
The plants in the existing planting bed (flowers) are all starting to really take off. They're getting big and bushy as well as starting to get some buds.
The one above may actually flower today or tomorrow. These are beautiful magenta-red flowers that are very pretty.
The rest of the plants are coming along well. They have lots of green, but not too many have buds yet. There's a lot more green around that the last time I posted pictures.
Our lupine is very happy this year. The one in front is actually a new plant to replace one that died last year, but the two in the bag are existing plants and they are definitely happy.
Here's a view down the sidewalk towards the driveway. My little pig is keeping a careful watch on the clematis and poppies. :-)
Speaking of poppies, here's one that is just about ready to bloom. Its been like that for 2 days now and I know in the next day or two it will just completely pop open.
Our clematis are definitely much happier this year, too. The one in the center is from last year and he's grown more this year than he did all of last summer. We also planted two new clematis on either side of the first one. They are all of a variety that you don't have to trim each year. They bloom/grow on old wood, so we won't have to untangle it every year from the lattice. We'll just need to trim off any dead bits and that's it.
I'm hoping the clematis will flower soon, too. It looks like it has some buds that are almost ready to go, but since nothing flowered last year, I'm not sure how long it will take for the buds to mature. The flowers are supposed to be anywhere from 4-7" wide, so it may take a while for them to mature enough to be a 7" flower. When it does though... its going to be beautiful.
~Sarah at upstateNYCreations