Monday, April 25, 2011

Sprucing Up

Two cans of Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover in Satin 'leafy green', some new plant additions, extending the side out 3"s and re-arranging later, our front porch is looking clean, bright & colorful again. I lucked into a stack of large 'landscaper' containers over the winter (free!!!) which were a dingy black color - one coating of the spray paint later and they look fabulous!

My new additions? Glad you asked! Last week I picked up 2 'Strawberries & Cream' Hydrangea's and a 'Ballerina' African Daisy. Yesterday on a quick run to the supermarket for some last minute Easter dinner necessities, I picked up a 'Crimson' Hardy Azalea. I brought the Peonies from 'round back as well as the Bee Balm. I removed two dead Butterfly Bushes :-( and moved the white Butterfly Bush & Autumn Joy Sedum to the side of the porch. I left the 'Harlequin' Butterfly Bush seedling where it was in hopes that it will get enough sun to pull it through from the beating it took this winter.

My mission this year, after having such a lousy gardening season last year & recently coming across pictures of the garden I had before we lived here, is to bring back COLOR! Somehow I'd gotten very narrowed down, only having a few colors throughout both the front & back gardens. I don't know when or how or why it happened! I have nothing against it and it works well for others, but not for me. And I didn't even realize it until I found those old photo's. I had practically every color in my old garden and to me it worked. I had such a smile looking at those pictures. I showed them to Mom and she said while everything I've done here is beautiful, she wondered what had happened to all of the color but didn't want to say anything. (Imagine, My mother held her tongue about something?!)

I believe I've got a good start :-)
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7 comments:

Sue Jackson said...

Gorgeous photos and I'm so impressed by your energy and motivation!! I love color in the garden, too, but even the tiniest bit of gardening tends to bring on a crash. I'm doing a bit better this spring, though, so maybe I can brighten things up a bit this year!

Sue

Jo said...

I couldn't do it all with out Hubby's help (he's the heavy lifter, lol!) - I do what I can when I'm able. I usually pay for it afterwards but the joy is worth it!

Jo said...

Ps, thank you Susan! :-) I hope you're able to brighten things in your garden as well!

Judy said...

Pretty, pretty. The plants are just coming out at the garden centers here in town...I can't wait to get some for our decks.

Brenda said...

looks good!

Jo said...

Thanks Judy and Brenda!

Holli said...

Looks fantastic Jo!