Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The First Week Of August In The Front Yard

I'm back with front yard pics.  I was out the other night, after working all day in the yard, and decided to grab my camera.  I've been working so much out there, I just haven't even thought to take pictures.  So these were taken at dusk.

Up first, a red zinnia, just starting to open.
Am I the only one that has a really difficult time choosing which photos to use?
This is why I end up with six that probably look the same to a reader.
To me, they're all a little different.
Hence, the indecisiveness.

My poor, naked "Tina" rose has finally put some clothes back on.
This is the rose that, every year, gets black spot so bad that it loses all its leaves.
Well, half of them at least.  I yank the rest.
But then it comes back super healthy and blooms its little heart out again.
I love this rose.
Again, the reason for the excessive amount of photos.

(FYI, that's a Cleome leaf.)

A little bumblebee was beddin' down.
Aren't they so cute?

A couple shots of the new pathway.

The purple Phlox.

 A cluster of Verbena bonariensis that planted itself.

I transplanted this variegated Hosta from the backyard where it was getting FRIED.
I'd been lookin' at its poor, crispy self for months.
I know it's not the time to be movin' stuff, but I couldn't look at it that way anymore.
So I dug it, stuck it out front, cut all the brown, crunchy leaves off, and it wasn't even phased a bit.
In fact, I think I heard it let out a sigh of relief the other night when the sprinkler was hittin' it.
(The Heather I originally had moved here when I redid the path, didn't make it.)

The window box is finally starting to trail a bit.
Next year will be better since I can get things in earlier.

And no, I still haven't filled the holes or touched up the paint.
It's on my before-the-garden-tour to-do list.

The bed underneath it has filled in a lot in the last couple weeks.
The annual white Salvia is finally starting to do its thing.
And the Pineapple Sage, in the back corner, has taken off with the heat, too.

The Plumbago outside the fence is just staring to bloom.
It's that blue color that I love.

I haven't posted about the sink yet this year, have I?
I always put The Dad's spicy peppers in there, and then whatever else strikes my fancy.
This year, the neighbor gave me some Walla Wallas onion starts, so I stuck those in on one side.
I planted four hot peppers and there's a ton that reseeded from last year, on both sides.
Don't know what they are yet.
We've got Serranos, Jalapenos, Thai, and Italian Roasters this year.
We've done some of the Roasters on the grill.

The onions did well in there.
I'm anxious to do more next year.

And that's it for out front this time.
No worries, I have 400 more where those came from of the backyard.
You think I'm kidding.

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  1. So much gorgeousness! Your pathway is lovely. That hosta is beautiful! I love zinnias as well, one of my favs. I always enjoy the updates on your garden!

  2. Verbena bonariensis will do that - self plant. Often in a pretty good location too. My hummers like it and the goldfinches eat the seeds. Your hosts looks most happy and you have a lovely rose.

  3. I have a naked rose too for the same reason, although the foliage is only just starting to grow back. It never seems to affect the rose though and the way it blooms. It doesn't seem to have affected yours either as the flowers are just lovely.

    I am so in love with your pathway and the borders that line it, they are just gorgeous! You did such a great job there.

  4. Wow Minday you have been a busy girl! The new pathway is awesome- I bet you are tickled you've created it! Love the "naked rose"! I didn't treat my rose this year and something got at the plant and filled it full of holes, but it's still flowering. Glad you Hosta made the transplant. I have moved things in the middle of the summer too- seems to be key to keep them watered. I think as long as they aren't shooting out new flowers that haven't bloomed they do ok. Looks like you've got a good crop of onions and peppers!

  5. Love the sink shots lady! And everything is popping with color in your gorgeous space! That zinnia is crazy!!! I am still waiting for mine to bloom!!! And the rose...oh the rose....I can see why you love her so! Wishing you a fantastic Thursday!! Nicole xo

  6. Your gardens are lovely and I especially enjoyed the close-ups of the red zinna and roses. Nice photography!

    1. Thank you SO much, Lee! What a nice comment. Thank you so much for coming by.

  7. It all looks wonderful, Mindy. I've moved many plants during the heat of summer. Even though I know I'm taking a gamble, it seems more sensible to go for it rather than leave the poor plant in a spot where it will continue to suffer. Your hosta looks great. Your pathway looks great and that rose is so pretty.

  8. Oh gosh! Those are some beautiful close-ups of your flower blooms. I wouldn't have guessed that your roses had some problems before. They all look so spectacularly gorgeous. The vivid greenery and blooms in your garden is a testament to your wonderful skill as a gardener. I hope you always keep that wonderful green thumb of yours. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Mitchell Knapp @ Scenic Landscaping

    1. Thank you so much, Mitchell! What a nice complement. Thank you for coming by!


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