I would be the first to admit that I lack a flowering green thumb. Now I grow many a vegetable and seem to manage well with them. In fact, I really love having a large garden and being able to grow lots of our food. There are days where it is a lot of work as I am currently hand weeding it all with no real mulch available. The upside is how incredible the food tastes.
A few years ago I was introduced to succulents out at Solar Gardens and fell in love with them. They are low maintenance, handle wind and cats equally well. They winter quite well in our house so I’ve had the same planter of them now for about 5 years.
I do a few planters every year as I love the colours. I struggle to remember the names of each variety and figuring out what grew well last year. They require regular water and the wind plays serious havoc with them. I often wonder why we bother but every year I spend some cash on plants and optimistically try again.
We finally have two sheltered flower beds along the garage. We also have two dogs and two cats and somehow they seem to have adopted that space as theirs. We have left some items in big planters as it keeps them safer but then they need lots of water. Last fall I bought $20 worth of bulbs at Early’s and was quite excited to put them in the ground. Alas only 1 came up which I think is a direct reflection on the cats.
Now it’s time to put in perennials in the big circular garden. We have an excellent book by Sara Williams called Prairie Xeriscape which we should make some notes in. I’m going to pick up some lillies and irises (which I have never been able to distinguish between) tomorrow am. Here is our chance to think bold and big. Waves of colour as things progress along is what my concept is. We shall see what the reality is but if you have any thoughts about plants that like full sun, full wind and little water please feel free to leave a comment. Or better yet a drawing of what plant should go where!!
One always lives hopeful in this climate that the sun shines, the wind stays relatively calm and that the rain comes when needed. Fingers crossed!!