It’s been quite awhile since I posted any photos of my garden, but I am happy to report that the first year experiment went pretty much according to plan! It’s crazy to look back at those before and after pictures and think what a wreck the front garden was only four months ago. We’ve made a lot of progress this year.
Sure, some plants had a rough go of it (I’m looking at you, blueberry bush), but others did remarkably well. The salvia, yarrow, and butterfly bushes have gotten nice and full and lush, while several of the sedum have done a great job of filling in the front of the garden. Confusingly, other varieties of sedum have done great in containers while their counterparts in the garden haven’t hardly grown at all. And of course, all the herbs loved how much south-facing sun the yard gets — I’m pretty sure the Thai basil would mutiny if it could.
But the showstoppers? The single packet of zinnia seeds I planted with the neighbor kids. We had to replant the seedlings and they nearly died in the process, but they have been blooming for more than six weeks now (!) and they’re showing no signs of giving up. Here are some photos from the last month of summer in the garden, and Grandma — these are for you!
above: An explosion of herbs, zinnias and soft fronds of calamintha along the sidewalk.
below: The bees are in love with all of it!
above: The zinnias grew from seed and have been blooming for more than six weeks!
below: Up close and personal with the butterfly bush, and tiny purple blossoms on the thyme are so delicate.
above: I am so impressed with the zinnia’s range of colors, but these hot pink blooms are my favorite.
below: The sedum has begun to bloom! And I’m pretty sure these tall flowers are weeds, but I didn’t have the heart to pull them up.