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Thursday, August 18, 2011

How does your garden grow?

Also tucked in the front flower bed is lamb's ear and a tall flowering plant from Zjani, the name of which I can't remember.

My neighbor's snapdragons started taking over her yard, so she brought me a bunch that are planted on the side of the house. I'm hopeful they'll soon take over their new home there as well so that flower bed will be less of an eye sore.

I'm pretty sure the unknown plant in the side is an iris. It only flowers for a short period of time and I'm surprised because it's another scraggly thing that has been moved around the yard countless times. I moved some hollyhocks from the front to that same bed in an effort to spruce it up some more; we'll see if the transplant survives and blooms next spring.

I never thought I'd be able to keep anything alive after that first season when everything dried up and died. It was so discouraging. But now I've whipped the soil into shape and showed things who's boss. I think. Secretly I bet my neighbor (who has an amazing green thumb) sprinkled her magic plant-growing-fairy-dust on my yard so I wouldn't feel so depressed about my sucky flowers.


  1. From what I can see in the picture, I think that is an iris. Does it bloom in the early summer/spring?

    Also, I've learned about that magic plant-growing-fairy-dust. Turns out they call it "fertilizer" and sell it in stores. Amazing stuff. :)

  2. Wow, looks great! Can't really tell from that picture but I agree, it looks like an iris. Those hollyhocks are HUGE!

  3. it does bloom in spring, and maybe if i used fertilizer it would last longer... ? hahahaha our yard is so sad.

  4. I want to plant Hollyhocks in my yard just so I have a reason to say the word more! Hollyhocks.

  5. You're probably not doing anything wrong with the iris. It's just an early bloomer and then it's done.

    I have some purple hollyhock. (I like your color better.) The stuff grew like weeds at my house in Pgh, but here the deer eat it, and I can hardly get it to grow. It's super irritating.

  6. I meant to tell you tonight that your flowers looked gorgeous. So beautiful. I need to branch out more in my flower arranging. It looks so fun with all the different heights of your plants.

  7. Your garden looks lovely. I absolutely adore your bird feeder.


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