A girlfriend so kindly dropped them off for me last week after she decided she didn't need them.
Lobelia. We have a cool built-in planter on our front stoop, and I decided this would be a perfect place for the spreading habits of this plant. The box had some hens and chicks and ice plant already residing there, along with an ornamental grass we planted earlier this year.
Here is what it looked like before...
ton of river rock, which isn't done yet, as well as emphasizing the lovely pink brick our house is accessorized with. Those day-lilies are blinging though huh??!!!
Anyway, here is the after shot, with all the Lobelia planted. Ignore its wilitiness, I had just watered them. They'll be perky and pretty by tomorrow.
I also snapped a shot of our front door, for those who want an up-close shot to visualize it when it dons a coat of yellow later this summer.
On to the backyard with more free plants. We also got five strawberry plants, which I planted in our 'amphitheather garden'. We have a pretty large yard, so each zone has a special name so the hub and I can figure out what the other is referring to.
Here is how I laid out the berries before I planted them. I
Now I am kind of itching to get a couple kale and spinach plants, and maybe a pepper or two and plant them in the 'amphitheater garden' as well. Hmm...
The last free plant I received is a Vinca, or Blue Periwinkle. I was a bit skeptical about putting this baby in the ground. Curious about the flowers it would have, I did some searching around the web and found that it is a very invasive plant!! Yikesies... but I must admit that Central Oregon is not the most forgiving climate. I decided I'd give her a go, and if it starts to get wild we will just pull it out.
And thats the story of how some free plants went from on the ground, to in the ground.
Since we're already in the backyard, I'll show off some other plants that are living : )
I planted this Euphorbia about a month ago. It is thriving. I love it. You can see a dwarf Blue Fescue in the background, which is also loving its home in our backyard.
This is the most special place in our yard.
Cruz was our rescue pup that passed away from an extremely aggressive form of cancer this February. I will save pics and more details on him for another post. We had him cremated of course, and his favorite place to lay in our yard had been under this Juniper tree. So we bought some wildflower seeds and mixed them, along with some of his ashes, into the soil under this tree.
Now the flowers are beginning to bloom. : ) It is so rewarding and calming to visit the garden every day, check on the new growth, and see his energy and life continue to thrive through beautiful wildflowers. It has also piqued the Hub's interest in gardening. Win-Win situation as far as I see it.
And thats the story of my free plants, and an abbreviated tour of our backyard. So whats the deal with Vinca? Anyone have any tips or pointers? How about the 'amphitheater garden'? Should I plant more edibles?
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