March 27, 2016

Debris Baskets for the Garden


HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

In the spirit of the holiday, I thought I'd write a short post about baskets...in this case, handsome, inexpensive baskets I found at Michaels this week. I bought a number of them to set in various places in the garden....handy for capturing garden debris en place as flowers are deadheaded and weeds are pulled.


They have a gray/white-washed look that reminds me of French laundry baskets...and they actually add a nice textural detail to the garden beds.


In the past I have used rubber garden trugs (here), but after much wear and tear they gave out and I needed a replacement catch-all that was equally as good-looking when left about.


They are that, and also lightweight and shallow enough for easy tossing when on your hands and knees.


They will probably only last a season or two, but that suits me fine as they are biodegradable and look even better after getting broken in. I think they are rather charming, don't you?


And attractively at-the-ready for tulip tossing when the blooms are spent...


March 24, 2016

Spring in White and Lavender


I know, I know....... I have been blog absentia for quite a while. So I'll just jump back in and show you the beautiful white and lavender color scheme of the early spring show out front. If you live in Oklahoma, it is well worth a drive by....


About half of the 800 bulbs that I planted were a GORGEOUS white, the first wave being White Cubed from COLORBLENDS....so beautiful and fresh and pure.....especially with the delicacy and softness of 'Emerald" creeping phlox,  my beloved golden feverfew, and sweet faced pansies and violas in soft yellow and shades of lavender, both dark and light.


I am not typically one who has a lot of statuary in my garden, but I fell for this perfectly darling Easter bunny,


at Lowe's! (for just $20) just in time for Easter, and a comely addition... next to the


Red Ruby cabbages planted for their beautiful form, and foliage and seasonal message. 




I love the way the phlox spills and runs down the sloping bed, eventually stopping at the brick and stone border.



(Note the stone 'steps' that run through the flower bed to allow access for tending and a shortcut to the foreground.)


This early white show will be a permanent feature of my spring garden from now on...I am SO fond of its innocent sophistication.


Quantity is key....in the hundreds if you have the space.


Note the few pink tulips about to start, the beginning of a palette change that should crest at Easter...


and in time (and hopefully intact) for a SOUTHERN LIVING shoot on Tuesday.  The wind this March has been horrific...and the tulips hate it....but they seem to be holding on...  


The cabbages have been getting a regular powdering of DIPEL dust ((Bacillus Thuringiensisto keep worms at bay and the massive leaves hole free and ready for their close up.


I can't rave enough about the NEXGEN artificial turf I installed last September. It has freed up SO MUCH TIME, time now used for far more pleasing gardening activities. Go here...ARTIFICIAL TUR INSTALLATION to read my detailed post about the nitty-gritty of it all.


(White tulips, back lit by the setting sun are a thing to behold...and not easily captured by a camera...)


Long lasting hellebore blooms echo the white shades.












Azaleas are waiting for the pink and sorbet tulips to echo their rosy tones.


As am I.