Mid July Garden - bright color in the garden and a few of my tips
First of all, let me thank you for coming to my garden blog post from Tuesday Garden Party last week and commenting - I really love to hear your comments and tips. I promise I will be better about replying back!
This week in the garden, I finally feel like all my hard work is paying off. I enjoy myself in every moment I spend out there. Even my lazy dogs enjoy the peace even if they had to give up their poop patch to attain this garden.
Something that I love in my gardens are bright pops of color. When you have green vegetables and plants as far as the eye can see, it is nice to have a little bright orange or pink thrown in to the mix to make you smile.
I've never been afraid to plant a container, and that is saying a lot because my mom is a fantastic whiz at container gardening.Seriously, she takes it to a whole new level. So even though I often cannot replicate her containers, I will take bits of inspiration from her.
For instance, she always plants perennials in her containers and when they come back in the spring, she will plant annuals around them. It makes the container instantly seem very full and lush and saves you $$ on buying annuals.
Last year I planted a corkscrew grass, mint, some diathus, and annuals in a pot. The mint, grass, and diathus all came back in full force.
And it was great to have the mint contained, but giving height and greenness to the container. I'm enjoying my peppermint tea at night courtesy of this container!
Also, in my herb box, I find it necessary to keep a small pair of scissors right next to the plants. I use a $0.99 kid pair that I place right on the corner. I don't know about you, but I will be in the middle of cooking a dish and then I'll think, "Oh wait, I need thyme" and I'll run out and find that it is really convenient to have the scissors right there waiting for me so I can get back inside quickly.
As mentioned, I love pops of color in the yard. In my particular backyard garden, the bed that borders along my back fence is always covered in shade. So that is a perfect opportunity to plant impatiens. They produce bright color like no one's business all summer long (if you keep it MiracleGrowed a least once a month). Plus I love the contrast of ferns, impatiens, heucheras (coral bells), and clematis vines. When I'm working in the vegetables, it keeps me lightened to look over and see COLOR!
You may think, Wow - she sure spent a fortune and went to town with the impatiens. Actually, I only spent $10 on the entire bed of flowers! Fred Meyer ( a local grocery/all purpose store in the Northwest) has a Memorial Day sale every year where they sell flats of flowers for $10. There are easily 30 plants in the flat, but they are freely planted, so you have to cut out the starts with a knife. Not a big deal for me. And like i said, if you Miracle Grow them every month, by mid-July you get full, lush colorful plants! (and quick disclaimer - MiracleGrow only touches my annual flowers - never anything edible!)
Last tip I have to mention, you must remember to wear protection from the sun. My sunhat is always poised next to my back door for when I want to run out. I was diagnosed with skin cancer two years ago on my nose and it required 4 hours of MOHS surgery to remove it. Be sure to prevent sun damage by wearing a hat or sunscreen every time you go out.