Today we’re joining Amanda Benick as she reminisces about last year’s garden.
Here are some photos from my first full summer gardening in a new home with a much larger yard than I was used to. It is right around an acre.
I’m a fairly busy person, raising a five-year-old as a stay-at-home mom for the past two-plus years. There’s shopping, dinner, books, preschool, play dates, and finally at the end of the day, gardening! I’ve kept at it well past dark in the summer, just long enough to start seeing the bats flying overhead. That’s about the time I quit for the evening. I’m not a bat person! I do all my own landscaping. I create beds, borders, and mini patches by removing turf and adding compost or leaves and then inserting some annuals just to get things going.
In order to start creating some rounded, crescent-shaped flower beds around my patio, I removed some turf and used up the sandy, gravelly soil from the planters that were left before me. I planted some fun annuals in these two beds just to get things started. Since it is dry, gravelly, poor soil, I sowed tithonia (Mexican sunflower), nasturtium (jewel, Alaska mixes), bright orange cosmos, and all types of marigolds. When we moved in there was a makeshift fire pit at the edge, so I made that the “mint prison.”
Marigolds (Tagetes, annual) blooming around the patio
Mexican sunflower (Tithonia, annual)
Close-up of the glowing flowers of Mexican sunflower
Marigolds and Mexican sunflower together. They have similar-colored flowers but dramatically contrasting growth habits and leaves.
Bright pink snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus, annual) looking perfect set all by itself in a complementing pot.
A tiny fairy garden in a pot, with three fairies beside a magical stream flowing between the plants.
A fuchsia plant in, appropriately, a fuchsia pot.
Amanda’s daughter enjoying a pot of brilliantly colored flowers.
Tall, cream-colored marigolds blooming by the mailbox.
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