You can imagine my surprise when I found that one of the Crape Myrtle trees in my yard was this stunning pink color. I am on a true learning curve because I've never had to deal with Japanese beetles before. I have two more of these trees which I am assuming are a different variety as they haven't even begun to show buds. Are they already eaten alive or are they just late bloomers? Time will tell.I've found that most of the plants in the yard are early bloomers and so I've begun to fill in the gaps this year with annuals. I'm hoping the zinnia and salvia fill up the spaces. I noticed many of the hostas in the gardens are very small and don't stand out in their surroundings. I was watching an episode of "A Gardener's Diary" on HGTV that featured a fellow from Atlanta who was a true "garden nerd". He had a huge collection of Hostas and noted that they liked to get cold roots so he put them in pots. Hostas need cold roots to spur them to grow bigger and better each year. So I picked up these three stunning plants and plopped them in pots that I brought from NY. They are just ugly plastic pots but hopefully will be just an afterthought when these hostas are bursting out on all sides. And for my favorite new thing! I picked up this sweet Daisy Fountain at Lowe's for a mere $40. (I had a $10.00 coupon!) I put it next to the brick path that leads to the front door. The sound of water bubbling is just right and just gives me such a good feeling. Every day my mind is full of little ideas to improve my landscape.
Time. Be patient, I tell myself, it takes time.
Here are a few people who inspire me to be a better gardener.