For today’s Photo Friday post, I’ve got a tour of some of the flowers that either are currently blooming or have bloomed in our yard. We put a lot of effort into making the yard look good, and other than the pink vining roses, we’ve planted everything in these pictures. Just about all of our plants are what we lovingly refer to as “rescue plants” – meaning that we’ve plucked them from the clearance section at Lowes (mainly) and recently Wal-Mart. I want my yard (or more accurately, my landlord’s yard, I suppose) to look lovely, but I don’t want to pay a fortune for it.
The vining roses are almost done – on the side that faces the house, I need to go through and cut the dead blooms off because their decaying state makes me incredibly sad. The knock-out roses, though, which grow in a tangle with the fence row – in it, behind it, in front of it – will continue to bloom throughout the summer and will supply a mixture of gorgeous red and pink blossoms to remind us of the bounty that a few weeks in May brings.
In front of the roses, we planted a few lilies. This is this year’s addition; last year’s returned, but it did not bloom. Perhaps next year – if we are in the same spot – it will complement the roses as nicely as this one does because right now I cannot for the life of me remember what color it was, although since it is in front of the roses, and we tend to color-coordinate our flowerbeds, I’m betting it’s a pinky-red.
I love this front bed, even though it is not quite done yet. The front side (of which there are not pictures because it is not quite done yet) is pink and white while the back side of it is filled with these wonderful shades of blues and purples, although there are those who would argue that really it’s just filled with shades of purple because blue isn’t truly a naturally occurring color. I say whatever makes them happy – I’ll still call it my blue and purple bed. We have three massive salvia plants that make me joyous to look at and they are complemented by three massive basil plants. The crown to me, though, are these delphinium plants that we picked up in the Wal-Mart garden center for $2.38/each. I really hope they make it. They were looking a little sickly on Wednesday when I saw them, but I hope that was just the effects of all the rain we’ve had lately. I’d think it’s too late for it to be the results of transplant because they’ve been in the ground now for almost a month.
We’ve still got a lot of work to be done. I want to finish the pink and white side of the blue and purple bed and we need to actually finish the blue and purple bed – I need some ground cover to fill in the blank spots – I’m thinking something like verbena. We have some, but I think we could use a bunch more – clump it tightly together. Or maybe some phlox – I remember my great grandmother having a hillside of creeping phlox – beautiful when it was in bloomed – but I don’t really see it down here.
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