The slow work on the lawn, flower boxes, and flower beds continues.
If the rule for perennials is “the first year they sleep, the second they creep, and the third they leap,” then Summer 2014 is going to be a stunner in my back yard. Foxglove, dahlia, daisy, coneflowers, ranaculas, hyacinth, verbena – all have joined the lilac, hardy mums, peonies, butterfly bushes, lilies, daffodils, tulips, hostas, and hydrangea that were already doing well. The lilac next year will be particularly full, if the new growth is any indication.
Irises just don’t do well in this yard, either because of sun or soil. The cyclamen I put out by the patio is doing well, though. And the zinnias will be wonderful this year, since i just scattered last year’s dried seed.
Driving back from Columbia yesterday, I purchased a chicken for the back yard.
That chicken is now filled with marigolds, with a bit of creeping jenny added to the side. I’ll have to replace the marigolds next year, but that creeping jenny should be hardy and rampant.
The chicken is roosting in a bed of zinnias, one of three in the yard. On the neighbor’s side of the fence is a large hydrangea bush.
I also planted creeping jenny in the front porch flower boxes, hoping for a bit of draping as they grow and add to the curb appeal.