We planted snapdragons last year, and I didn't realize they're not actually perennials. In Ogden they reseeded themselves beautifully so I was tricked! I thought they'd come back again this spring, but only two of the four or five I planted last year decided to come up again. I did a little more research this spring and purchased some columbine, bellis flowers and ballerina reds to fill the front flower bed (my red columbine is staked right now because it's too close to the existing sprinkler and can't handle the beating!).
teacup bird feeder, too, because we can watch all the action from our front windows. I have loved seeing all the fat birds come and gobble up the food! It's hilarious when the bullies stake out a spot and scare away all the other birds who try to venture over. Aspen has really enjoyed it, and it makes me so happy that even though I left the feeder out all winter and it broke into a few pieces, Kev glued it back together and it has held this spring. I promise I'll take better care of it this year. And maybe make another one because they're so cute.
Aspen and I also used this spot to plant sunflower seeds she received from her Sunbeam teachers at church. I wasn't sure if we'd get anything, but as the weeks have gone by, five sprouts have shot up. She's pretty excited about them, and I'm hopeful they'll last. They'll be a great complement to the hollyhocks we planted here, too. Kev thinks hollyhocks are kind of annoying because they reseed themselves so voraciously, but that is exactly why I love them. They're super low-maintenance and they invite hummingbirds! What's not to love? I'm psyched to watch them grow four feet tall and take over this corner of the yard. Wouldn't it be so nice to walk by and have sunflowers and hollyhocks waving at you over the fence?
I'm surprised I have so much to say about our flower beds... mostly I want to brag about how amazing it is I'm not just sitting on the couch fighting nausea non-stop. It's been pretty uncomfortable to do all this work while so far along in my pregnancy, but it's so worth it. The yard has come such a long way and I'm so proud of myself for not starting a project and then leaving it entirely up to Kev to finish (yes, I did let him haul the bags of mulch for me, but I totally spread a lot of it all by myself!). It's so nice to come home to a yard that isn't completely dead and disgusting, too.
Next up: I need to fill a big teal planter to place by the front door to distract people from all the cobwebs and peeling paint.
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