Yesterday I shared with you Saturday's deck project. While at the garden center, I also picked up a couple items for the front yard. Thankfully, though, we've devoted a decent amount of time to our small front yard over the last three years, so it needed little maintenance.
Here's what I picked up Saturday:
One hanging plant -- a Laguna Sky Blue lobelia hybrid --$21.99
Three dahlia plants...
...two standard yellow dahila Figaro Mixes -- $4.99 each
...and this beauty -- Dahlinov Hypnotica Pink -- which is my favorite item of everything I purchased Saturday -- $9.99
The best part is that all three dahlia plants literally grew overnight, and today they look significantly bigger than they do in these pictures from Saturday. Several new flowers appeared to have magically opened on each plant in less than 48 hours.
And though this is not a Saturday purchase, a couple weeks ago I decided it was finally time for a new doormat (the old one was so worn that its design had been completely rubbed out). Of course, it's from Bed Bath and Beyond, though I can't find it on the Web site (and I think I threw out the receipt...sorry!).
As I said in the beginning, I did minimal work to bring a little more color to the front yard. Here's a quick trip through the past three years to show you the space's evolution.
The front yard the first spring we spent in our house, before we did anything
The front yard after we built a wall out of slate (clearly we have a thing for slate), dug up the evergreens and replaced them with some small plants, flowers and hostas
Then I realized the wall was too high, so I removed a couple layers of stones.
Last spring we planted some new perennials, because most of our planting from the previous spring was a flop.
Last year we even did some planting on the sides of our house as well.
These hostas look small here, but they got quite mighty in a matter of a few short weeks.
So you can imagine my thrill this week when we got back from five days at the beach and discovered that ALL the plants I added last spring were coming back up out of the ground! I know this is not a miracle, but for me it certainly felt like one, and it made me feel like a proud semi-gardener.
Here's the front yard as it stands today:
And yes, I'm trying to revive that small patch of grass in front of the slate wall. I am notoriously bad at this, but I'm trying some new tricks this year, so if I have success (finally) I will share with you what I did, but for now I feel like that's one area where I am not qualified to speak.