🎉 UPDATE: The winner of a copy of RIGHT WHERE WE BELONG is Tonya Robinette. 🎉 (Congrats, Tonya! See my instructions in the comments for getting your book.)
I haven’t taken you on a garden tour yet this summer, so thought I’d show you around our yard before the squirrels and rabbits destroy everything! I don’t want to complain too much because we do love our wildlife. The animals and birds entertain us endlessly, and we never dreamed we’d see so much of nature here in the city. Still, I must say the critters have been more destructive this year than ever before!
Exhibit #1, this gal. See her resting, looking so innocent under that chair? That was right after she munched my lush fern to the ground. And right before she burrowed under my beautiful lantana plant in the pot (killing it in the process!) to make a nest for future bunnies. We replanted the pot and added a nice stone accent, hoping to encourage her to find a different maternity ward.
This has been a year of learning to trust my husband, the master gardener. (Not to be confused with the Master Gardener from Whom all blessings flow!) Ken has always been the one to decide what to plant and what goes where in the ground, while I choose the plants for our flowerpots. This year though, he had some specific requests. He wanted petunias in the garden cart my dad built. I’m not particularly a fan of petunias since they need deadheading to look their best (despite tags that say “self-cleaning”) but these gorgeous Sugar Daddy varieties won me over, and now I don’t even mind deadheading in the evenings while we water. They have been stunning from Day 1!
Ken also talked me into Shasta daisies (last spring). Although I’ve always thought they were pretty, I’ve seen them look so raggedy in other gardens by the end of a summer that I was hesitant. So far, I’ve been proven completely wrong, and the daisies not only get noticed by friends, neighbors, and deliverymen alike, but they are the gorgeous view out my office window!
Our shade garden under the deck is coming along nicely. The hellebores we planted our first summer here finally bloomed. We divided the hostas for a nice arc of them that is also blooming now. The clematis is blooming on two poles of the deck, and the butterfly milkweed (planted on the edge so it gets plenty of sun) is giving quite a show, along with the new razzleberry coneflower we bought at the farmer’s market last weekend.
What is blooming in your garden these days? I’d love to hear about it! And I’d love to give away a copy of Right Where We Belong to one of our readers who has stayed with me this far and who comments with an answer to that question. (Tomorrow morning, June 27, I’ll draw a winner from among the commenters. Watch here to see if that’s YOU!)