August 9, 2011

perked up perennial bed

Yesterday I promised to share some pictures of my newly perked up perennial bed. 



 I know it’s backwards but I purchased four six packs of annuals, (two of impatiens, two of blue salvia and two of zinnias) and two one gallon containers of blue salvia, before I even started my clean-up.  What I should have done is first finished the clean-up, determined the holes to be filled and then purchased the flowers….but the flowers always get the best of me and any extras find homes in my containers. 



I am amazed at the bang I got for the buck.  My $20.00 dollar investment paid big dividends in freshening up the garden. 



I must confess the secret ingredient to keeping my beds fresh, aside from the new annuals, is really no secret at all…water. 



At least once a day during the summer months I am outside hose in hand providing a nice long drink to the flower garden. 



We only water the lawn a couple of times a week so that I can use that ration of water for my flowers.  It’s an easy compromise for my husband since he knows how much the gardens feed my soul.  



I admire gardeners who can rely only on rainfall but in our hot, arid climate even using drought tolerant plants, daily watering is a must for my wannabe English cottage garden.

If your not tired of seeing gardening posts, I'll be back with my container plantings soon.

I'm joining Kim for Wow us Wednesday, A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday and Fishtail Cottage for Flora Thursday.

19 comments:

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  2. We get the rain but the downside of getting lots of rain is weeds! Your garden is charming.

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  3. Everything looks lovely. And assuming those Salvia are perennial ones they'll even come back.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  4. Beautiful! I really need to freshen up my gardens too. I like buying perennials this time of year because they are so in expensive and I am always happy the following spring. I may go shopping today. :)

    I am going to start "Friday Pretties" again in September, if you are interested.
    Joyce

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  5. Looks wonderful. I have been emptying pots as they have been looking rather spindly. I too get so much pleasure from my yard but I don't have any nice big flower beds like yours. I am envious.

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  6. Your garden is beautiful. There's not a whole lot of perky going on over here right now. Next month I will start to replace plants that didn't survive ... bit by bit until winter rolls around and things can really start to grow. Hope your day is great! Tammy

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  7. What a lovely garden you have created! Xoxoxo

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  8. Beautiful! I'm jealous, I've always had a black thumb lol

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  9. I enjoyed reading through your recent garden posts, it looks beautiful.I also loved that you had your own peaches...how delicious is that.
    Enjoy the rest of the summer,
    Jane

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  10. Annuals certainly do have their place in most gardens and really turn on August in mine... I couldn't be without them! Your salvia farinacia and zinnias should provide a very long season of color.... Larry

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  11. What lovely blooms - I wish I could come and walk through your garden - it is charming. Paula from Idaho

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  12. Calling by to visit another Outdoor Wednesday participant, you are creating a beautiful cottage garden.

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  13. I've always wanted a cottage garden! Yours is so lovely! I always get spring fever here about March, and do most of my gardening then. As soon as June gets here (really May this year) and the extreme heat and humidity arrive, my garden becomes neglected! I so wish we had a milder summer here. Thanks for the lovely post! Jina

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  14. It's simply beautiful! And mine is toast.
    Brenda

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  15. Your garden looks very fresh and pretty considering it is almost the middle of August. You did a great job. Love the little garden fairy you tucked in too.

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  16. .....thanks so much for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday's this week & sharing your gorgeous (& Happy) Gardens! xoxo, tracie

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