Friday, July 10, 2009

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?

With Appleblossoms, Lillies, and Succulents.

We have a garden now! Hooray! Our once barren front yard is now full of life! We set-up our garden two weeks ago and every plant is still alive!!! =) Trevor visited the nursery on his way home from work yesterday and we picked up their planting guide. We've discovered that we are under watering our 18 babies. While they are healthy and thriving...we may come to find them blossoming over night now that we are watering them twice a day !

We also had our first butterfly visitor this morning. I'm not 100% sure but I think it's a Tiger Swallow Tail. I've heard that swallow tails are very common here in Flagstaff and the picture below looks very much like our visitor. For more info on Tiger Swallow Tails, click here. Two weeks ago (yes, this is the same day that it rained and hailed like crazy! see post below) when we were at the nursery we ran into a wonderful woman who told us about plants that are really good for attracting and keeping (aka plants for them to lay their eggs, so they become residents of your garden) butterflies. I'm very grateful to this woman because I've always wanted a garden butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted too! It always is a great day when I see these lovely creatures fluttering around!

Okay, so back to our garden. We added plants to the front yard and front porch. Below are some before and after pictures.

The planter is from Grace's parents. (Thanks Mom and Dad!) We have the red hanging plant. We're not really sure what it is, it didn't have a tag. The pink plant on top of the planter is called Dolce Mocha Mint (Heuchera hybrid).

The above picture is what our front yard looked like when we bought it.

First, Trevor arranged the rocks from the atrium that he, Alex, Merlin, and Ryan jack hammered apart the week before.

Next, came the plants! Yay!

Here are some close-ups:

From left to right: Tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata Zamphir), Daylily (Hemerocallis x 'Miss Rachel's World'), Sunburst Burgundy (Gaillardia aristata)

Planter on the left: Dark opal basil and Butterfly Red (Pentas lanceolata).
Planter on the right: Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum) aka Succulents

From left to right: Passionate Rainbow (Gaura lindheimeri) and Coral Bells (Heuchera 'fireworks')

We also did the dirt patch by the mail box! The back row we alternated Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' with purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea). The front we alternated Appleblossoms (Achillea millefolium) and parsley.

We LOVE our garden so much! We're very excited to see what develops!

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