There’s a lot of things we did this year in the garden that I have to remember to do again next year. There’s a few things I never got around to doing, but that’s what next year is for.
Things that came out well in 2019
We had great luck with our all-purple planters on the shed this year – oxalis, purple heart, and purple sweet potato vine.
The hanging succulent garden came out great this year – and other than adding a few (30) hens &Chicks to it in the spring, we hardly did anything else all summer, including barely having to waterit.
I finally found the best plant to grow up this decorative grate in this built-in planter in the concrete countertop I made. It’s a mostly shady spot. After having tried passion vine, morning glories, firecracker vine, hyacinth beans, black eyed Susan vine, and mandevilla, the winner is…moonflower!
Fuchsias in the up-high window boxes. It’s good to look up and see the flowers.
The spring bulbs in the hellstrip were traffic stoppers this year.
I like the birdhouse I built. It’s really more decorative than practical. We may never find a bird in it, but that’s okay. It cost nothing – I made it from scrap wood and materials found around the garage, basement, attic,and shed.
Got this new two-sided sign I love the sign
I love it because this is the other side.
My friend Peggy painted this painting of my shed and it’s been hanging in a local restaurant (Betty’s) for a good chunk of the summer!
I made this hanging light from vines harvested the previous fall from our Chocolate (five-leaf akebia) vine.
These planters of purples – purple heart, purple sweet ptoato vine, oxalis, Persian shield, and begonias came out great. There are two and they get placed on pedestals on either side of the entrance to the garden.
I made this light to go above the grill so I can see what I’m cooking at night. It’s just a wine bottle with a bulb – but it coordinates with the wine bottle torches I have in other places on the deck.
The tropicals I overwiner in the basement came in strong and looked spectacular. This was thier third year. Next year I’ll divide and spend more effort on fertailzing them.
The shed has been a great asset for working in the garden, potting and storing.
The Japanese Forest Grass is finally at its highest and bushiest – just the way I envisioned it when planted three years ago. The diamond-trained blackberry vines got WAY bushy by the end of the summer. They may have to be cut back!
I painted dried allium seed heads in yellow and blue and stuck them in a pot of hostas. Cheap, quick, and easy way to make something go from unremarkable to remarkable.
I made this Mexican folk art corazón from scrap wood and copper and milagros (charms) purchased in Mexico a few years ago.
I added some chicken wire to my arbor columns. It’ll make the clematis and honeysuckle happier.
I was gifted this plane-shaped birdhouse. I like the paint job I gave it.
The heuchera garden came in strong, but did look a bit beat up by September.
And books! It was my first summer of selling books in the garden – sold during bus tours, Open Gardens and during Garden Walk Buffalo.
I had to do some minor repairs to some of the glass flowers, and had to raise them all up a bit since the grass grew so tall!