Monday, April 18, 2011

A New Shade Garden

I changed my mind over and over about where I was going to put the plants I bought last weekend. After having them for a week I had to make up my mind. After sitting them down in a few spots I picked this area off the side of the porch. This area is on the west side and the big pecan tree is above this area. After watching carefully the amount of sun here is minimal. It will receive mostly dappled sun after 4:45 for a couple of hours. Hopefully this will be perfect. The area will drain but will retain a moist area due to it's location. 

Behind the grass this is what it looks like. A pecan graveyard. I expect I'll be cleaning out a lot of pecans from the garden this year. Oh well.

After clearing and digging the grass and ground up. This is what I had when I quit on Saturday. I stood there and looked and thought 'this is not gonna work - girl gotta have a bigger garden'. After all the hostas are too crowded here and no room for the caladiums.

So off the Lowe's I went and purchases more edging stones and went to work. Always when I put in a garden by the house I leave room behing the garden so rear access is available and also I want to get to the sides of the house. 

Here I am also able to pull in the azalea bush in and include with this area and that will also make the azalea more healthy. 

The first bloom on the hydrangea going into this garden. Isn't it pretty.

A bloom on the begonia. It's barely off the ground and already blooming. Begonia's are usually kind to me so I'm looking for some hefty plants and blooms.

A bloom on this one too. Look how tiny the plant is.

Help identify this plant. It is in the garden where seeds were put out and mixed up. Those tiny sprigs are grass.

The storms were horrible this weekend. There was a tornado only about 25 miles from me but other than the wind my weather didn't get too bad. There were so many lives lost during the storms that roared through on Friday and throughout the weekend. Prayers for those who lost loved ones and their homes.

Hope you have a great day.


~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Your new garden bed looks good. You were busy.
So scary hearing about the storms. We understand how devastating tornados can be. I wish the best for all those affected.

Lona said...

Your new bed looks great Becca! The Persian Shield is so pretty. Don't you love making new beds? I have to maul things over in my mind forever deciding where to plant something. The hydrangea is so yummy.

Jess said...

I am scanning around the blogs of all my 'virtual friends' I know were in the areas of the storms. I'm glad you are safe and sound. Us too, totally missed us, but only by a few miles as well.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Becca, I love your new garden bed.... You are like us.. We just keep on adding more beds to the yard...

Love that hydrangea blossom... AND seeing your Iris bloom makes me yearn for ours to bloom...


Thisisme. said...

I'm glad the storms didn't come any closer to you! I agree the new bed is looking really good. I really love the brick edging.

Patsy said...

It missed us, we are so sad for all the deaths.
Your going to have a beautiful flower summer.

Rosemary said...

Sign of a true gardener ....... love the new bed. Garden already looks great.

Olive Cooper said...

The first hydrangea is so wonderful! This yellow house had a huge one {probably 30 years old} when we bought it. Have a lovely week. ♥O

Darla said...

Love your new area......I heard the storms were really bad, glad you and Buddy are safe...your seedling looks like moss rose....?

Marydon said...

Saturday's tornado here in MD missed us by a few miles, again Thank God! tho we were actually in the car travelling right into the storm head on ... rather scary.

Becca your gardens are just beautiful, your florals are going to delight you, & us, soon.

Have an EGGS-TRA blessed Easter ~

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Becca,

Just emailed my friends in South Carolina, they are okay but lots of devastation around them.

The scalloped border looks great really ties in the whole area.


Loretta said...

Becca, we are so happy ya'll are okay! So much loss! We pray for those folks who lost loved ones! Your flower bed is pretty with the edging, and I love the shape you gave to it. Thanks much for sharing. Have a good week. Love you!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Becca, I need help in our shady backyard. Forget grass ever growing we are just settling for least it is a pretty shade of green! Your hydrangea is looking pretty. Mine are just now budding.

Ricki Jill

Val said...

I love all of your plants. They are gorgeous. I am in the gardening mood but don't know where to start! And it keeps raining right when the ground gets dry!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Becca,
I see Darla guessed the same thing I was going to about your seedlings. I'm not sure, though.

I love your new flower bed! Do you eat the pecans on your tree(s) or do the critters get them? I think it would be cool to have a pecan tree. There is a walnut tree in my veggie garden across the street, but the squirrels don't save any for the humans.

I'm glad you are safe from the bad weather in your area.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Becca the new garden looks good..I will guess Moss Rose looks like a very fleshy seedling. I bet you will love that is so pretty:)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love your new garden! It's already so colorful, I love all the different colored leaves.

Kim and Victoria said...

I love that you expanded your garden. How often must gardeners do that? I know we do it all the time. :-)
Keep safe from those tornadoes.

Jessica said...

I love your new flower bed, I'm just on my head to add another one. But with our drought I have my hands full. I also bought 2 hosta's this year and 1 has a little purple bloom. Your garden is looking great and I adore your Buddy. Thank you for your kind words and your visit yesterday. =)