Oh Joy!! First thing on a Saturday morning, armed with my list, I anxiously await the opening of the local Grower’s Outlet. It can be hard to find the things that I am looking for, but the prices are fantastic.
I am practically glowing with excitement. I love digging in the dirt, and today has been a full day of digging up weeds, making holes for new plants, mixing up a soil combo perfect for each plant, and then thoroughly watering.
The planner in me definitely comes out when I start thinking about flowers. I think about how much sun each spot gets, how big the plants are going to get, how much maintenance they require, how much water, when to prune and how much.
Once I decide what I want and where it is going to go- finally, the purchase is made. I have been slowly adding things- divisions that people give me, plants that I buy- we have a limited budget so I usually buy very small plants- but I love to watch them grow.
It takes patience, and investment of time and nurture- but to step outside and watch hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds enjoying all the beautiful flowers and berries- it makes it all worth it.
Here is a list of the things I planted today with pictures:
Spider Lily- Red Surprise (Lycoris radiata)
Spider Lily- Yellow (Lycoris aurea)
Daylily- Red (Hemerocallis- Little Business) -pictured at top of post
Itea- Henry’s Garnet Sweetspire (Itea Virginica)
Spirea- White Double Reeves- Spirea pictured is a little different from mine. But you get the idea.
I hope this inspires you to get out there and plant some flowers- there is so much to learn and enjoy- learning about God’s creation and seeing firsthand how things grow, watching buds appear, noting the different seasons- and the different insects and animals that appear when you start nurturing some trees, shrubs, and perennials in your own yard.
All of the shrubs and perennials above are very easy to care for- Spirea and Itea like full sun and are drought tolerant, day lilies are the champions of the garden- so low maintenance and gorgeous- very good beginner plant and they come in every color of the rainbow.
Spider Lilies are a little more picky- but I just think they are gorgeous!!
Please feel free to ask my questions about any of the plants above, and I will post some pics of my plants as soon as they start to flower.