Tuesday, April 26, 2011

~a stroll through the yard ~garden tour~

come see...

Behind our house and backyard...growing effortlessly throughout our neighbors trees...the most gorgeous wisteria...

Each year it's display gets more showy... I can see this from my kitchen window and it is breathtaking...





Easter Sunday turned out to be one gorgeous day. Beatiful sunshine all day and temps in the 80's ~ it really felt more like the fourth of July. We actually ate our Easter dinner on the patio~ that had to be a first! I decided to spend the day outside...planting pots and window boxes...

I have this blue/white theme going on...blue lobelia's are one of my favorites you'll notice.
Two of these pots on the patio are planted with them as well as white star zinnia's. It wasn't until I finished them when I read the little plastic insert from the greenhouse... it read 'plant 18" apart'..ooops. We'll see what happens~ my white marigolds (which I started from seed and are only a few inches high right now) might be replacing them....that's the fun of gardening:)

Out front, this is the side yard... I painted my window boxes black and planted them with white geramiums, creeping jenny and yes, more blue lobelias. This is where I'm contemplating doing a little formal english garden~perhaps a knot garden... you might remember last year my son took down a tree from here, now I have plenty of sun to play with....just not sure if I want to take on such a big project when there's still the vegetable garden to plant.
How about that chippy white paint on this 100 year old house?



I also planted a white rose on the side of the porch, can't wait to see it grow and bloom ~ then to have the aroma while sitting on the porch.








Onto to the urns....






each year they get something different...this year I decided to make them 'busy' ~ six different plant varieties in each. I'm anxious to see how they do. The sweet gentleman that owns the nursery helped me pick these out...I think he was a little glad to see me go when we finally finished walking around all his greenhouses and trying different plants together~ but I think it was worth it....each urn holds wave petunias in pale yellow, white salvias for the centers, trailing blue lobelias, a straw flower in a deeper yellow, white allysum, and a few trailing dichondra called 'silver falls'. I love the way they look already so it can only get better right?

That's a great start for me this year~ thanks to the weather I'm ahead of the game as far as gardening goes...next up is the vegetable garden and I can't wait!!
Linking up with Pam of Sidewalk Shoes for Garden Tuesday!

18 comments:

Victoria said...

How gorgeous everything is Paula!!! That tree is truly breathtaking! You sure do have a green thumb, I'm hoping mine is slowly getting greener:)

Julie Harward said...

I love garden tours..thanks for yours. I love your home..and that beautiful tree too..awesome! :D

Heaven's Walk said...

Beautiful job, Paula! Love your historical looking home! I use alot of dichondra, too. Love the blue-green color of it. And that lobelia add such an amazing splash of color, doesn't it? I'm so looking forward to potting up my baskets and pots, but it's still a tad too early here yet. Hopefully in another week! :)

xoxo laurie

Blondie's Journal said...

Everything looks beautiful, Paula. I love blue lobelia, too and try to stick some in wherever I can! Love your pots and window boxes and I nearly fainted when I saw the witeria. I am trying to train some to grow up my porch, maybe if I just left it alone!

XO,
Jane

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

All my favorite flowers, just beautiful! judy

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Paula,
Oh everything looks so pretty, I can almost smell the sweetness from the wisteria!. Your garden is really coming along.
We have had beautiful spring time weather too and the plants are blooming.
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

Marjie said...

Stopping by from Pam's Garden Tuesday! We're a few weeks from our lavender, lilacs and other flowering shrubs yet, but I'm longing for them. And I have some chippy 88 year old paint going on...but I have a handy 24 year old son home for the summer (jobless) who has a job here fixing all the things this wonderful old house needs!

Corinnea said...

Your home is gorgeous! I love lobelia too. That wisteria is spectacular.

LuLu Kellogg said...

It looks wonderful and I love that you painted the window boxes black!

xoxo

Cottage Rose said...

OH Paula,,,, your yard is so beautiful.. all those pretty flowers,,, really makes your home come alive...

Hugs;
Alaura

Melynda said...

Wow! So very pretty.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Your yard and home are absolutely enchanting! Such pretty colors you've chosen for your window boxes and urns, too. Love it, Paula!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Wow, am I jealous or what? I wish I had a view of a Wisteria. And lilacs? Already? We still have time to wait around here. SIGH...snow this evening.

Hugs,
Judy

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

This was the perfect inspiration for my morning, Paula. Stu and I are headed to the nursery to get some flowering plants to bridge the time between spring and summer flowers.

We have a big party coming up and lots of guests. I would love to hire you to come to my house and suggest changes. For real. Don't know why I didn't think of it before because I'm sure you're busy. But if you're not, let me know...... For real.

A Cottage Muse said...

Everything looks so pretty Paula!
Loving your porch...what a great place to relax!

Vintage Begonia said...

Beautiful flowers and home!
Smiles,
Jackie

michelle said...

Paula your home is beautiful and that wisteria...wow!! I love your planters and boxes and I can't wait to get started this year. Last year we were like you, I got a great head start, this year...not so much. Your porch is wonderful too, what a great place to sit and enjoy a lazy afternoon. Thank you for sharing!
XO

Jenny said...

Oh, that wisteria is magic. What a glorious view! Can you arrange those in a vase at all.

I really like the contrast with the black window boxes, too. The flowers look so pretty against it.

What a lovely yard and home you have! That porch looks just right for sipping iced tea!