Not quite complete yet, this pergola and deck face west, with a great view of the small river i live on year round.I live in zone 5, central east Ontario. I've bought an Engleman's Ivy, and Clematis-President. Looking for suggestions on where to plant these and other plants at the base of the deck. I have two large baskets that will hold 5 gallon plastic planters, both are planted with -Impatiens and Fushia. All season interest is important. My budget is tight, the two chairs will be replaced, yard sales and clearance stock will be my source for new to me garden furniture. I'm hoping to pick up some more plants at endow season sales. Suggestions, pics?
Howdy Saucy Gardners! It's been a while since I've posted here and wanted to share some of our garden progress. If you're in the gardening community, then you've seen these before! We took the sunshade down this weekend and I took a few photos . We've had some great success and some things need to go back to the drawing board, but we're really happy with whats been done this year and how everything looks. We hope to get the patio done this fall. It was just too danged hot this summer to deal with that kind of work. Then we'll address adding French drains in the back yard.
This used to be a dark blue bench with white lighthouses painted all over it. Not my thing. So I spent an afternoon painting it green. Then I just got a cheap rectangular planter and filled it with annuals, keeping in mind that I wanted it to drape over the front and remain green and white.
There are only a few plants in there and they expanded quickly. I think that white and green are overlooked as colors when it comes to gardening. This looks great against the white siding on my house - really jazzes it up. A really inexpensive project if you find something quirky at a garage sale and you know you're going to use that bucket of paint more than once.
Tip: if you're using bricks in your design, try painting the sides of several to make it look like they were pulled from an old building. It will add character to a place where eyes do not normally settle.
Just some photos of my shade bed, which is a hosta garden that I put together this year and last. My main design was to alternate green and white. And please let me know if any of you update your LJs routinely with gardening as the subject. I'm looking for like-minded Ljists to read!
Howdy everyone! It's been three years since my husband and I have the opportunity to fully get down and dirty in a garden space. We closed on this house on June 4, 2010. We had a long contract because we thought it would be best to allow the owners' daughter to finish out her high school year in her house. She was at the academic high school and her parents didn't think it would sell so quickly. It also saved us about a grand in the final price. The yard was a wreck thanks to the previous owners' dog. He wore two deep channels across the back getting to the fence on the other side of the house. They're mostly filled and have grass growing but it's been a pain. Oh, and the grass around the yard was in horrible shape!
We brought several plants that were in containers or were dug up just before the move. Most were transferred to the ground just after we finished getting out of the old place and now all are happily in the ground.
Spring is always one of the best times of year in the garden, and this year spring is especially exciting for me: my partner and I moved into our new house at the start of winter, so this is our first spring here! I've been working on our outdoor spaces and it's been great to see them coming to life. (Although I can't take all the credit--the previous really did do a nice job on the garden.)
So, one challenge of being a gardner is creating a garden that has 4-season interest, which means spring, summer, fall, and winter. That last season is tricky, but I think I've managed, at least in one small corner.
Heads up fellow members of saucygardens! The post immediately previous to this one, a video posted by aishacoffey appears to be an adult movie. It was caught by my antivirus software when I unthinkingly clicked to watch, assuming it was something community appropriate. On further inspection, it seems aishacoffey is a troll. Community maintainer peregrinekt has been messaged.
This weekend's big project was ripping out the ugly front garden and starting again. There were pricker-bushes all along the lower step of the garden that were a) ugly b) hard to prune c) hiding the hydrangeas. They've been replaced with lavender and asters.
There was a terribly ugly evergreen bush in this garden for the longest time. It took no small amount of effort to remove it, but now it has been replaced by some fantastic variegated grass.
I've been hard at work on my garden this past week and have some new things to show off.
First up, a bit of whimsy I've added to the fairy house in my previous post. These glass mushrooms were purchased at a craft fair in Nappanee, IN:
Then, a new garden I just planted. The plant in the center is a Japanese Kerria, which will grow to between 6 and 8 feet tall. In the corners are two Astilbe and two Blue Star Flower miniature willows. Both types of plants will grow to between 2 and 3 feet in height. The fencing is from Lowes and is called Old Salem:
And finally, the front of my house. The potted plants have been reorganized, and the hydrangeas are a new addition:
This is my back porch (upstairs) sanctuary FINALLY FINISHED today! I Just recovered and weather proofed the couch. It was an indoor couch, but I weather proofed it and made new cushion covers with outdoor fabric. SOOOO HAPPY! YAY SPRING!
Hopefully this is allowed. I thought I would ask here because ya'll might know.
Don't look at this next photo for the patio furniture, okay? Just look at the patio itself. Is that slate tile? Sandstone? Bluestone? Travertine? Some other type of paver? I've priced out hardscapes on my herringbone idea and it's out of our range, even if we DIY. This might be an alternative.
My husband and I just moved from a rental house in Burbank, CA to a slightly smaller duplex in North Hollywood. The new land lord's partner also happens to be our handywoman and landscaper. So, the backyard was recently redone with new bushes, new sod, and a large planter area was left open for us to use complete with a drip system.
Last weekend we spent most of our time playing around in dirt and planting a SoCal version of a winter garden. The only thing that didn't get planted was the chard and carrots because frankly, I ran out of room. Fortunately, I have a friend who is a teacher and was looking for edible or SoCal native plants for the kids to plant in their school garden. So, excess plants did have a home.
Hi everyone - I'm new here (just hopped over from saucydwellings ), and I'm looking for any photos of saucy rainchains and or rainbarrels that would be at home in a garden and don't look like your run-of-the-mill Home Depot plastic jobbies.
Our house is an older bavarian-style chalet in the Puget Sound area where it rains frequently but not in great amounts. I've got a place near this beautifully funky arched door where a downspout just doesn't work with the architecture of the house, but some sort of giant flowerpot-/-rainbarrel-/-rainchain combination could be quite lovely. I'm thinking along the lines of "old winebarrel full of flowers."