So right before Christmas I moved my 3 dogs, 1 cat and self in with my boyfriend. This was quite the adjustment since I hadn’t lived with another human since 2010 and hadn’t shared a room with one since 2007 when my best friend Jenny and I shared a dorm room. Needless to say, I was pretty set in my ways and Nick had also been on his own for quite some time.
Where am I going with this?
I’m glad you asked. I was so busy being focused on our relationship and turning “his” house into “our” house that I totally dropped the ball on planning my garden as meticulously as I maybe would have liked to. So what I am going to show you here is the result of me going to plant sales and saying “hey this looks good” and planting a bunch of seeds that I got for free from Farm & Fleet because they were technically expired.
So here I will go back in time to May and the beginning of my “Bittersweet Garden” (named after our home…I’m not actually growing any bittersweet this year.)
I already knew that this was going to largely be a flower garden. Part of my dream is to have a flower farm where I will grow different varieties to make into bouquets for special events. For this year, I threw some seeds in the ground so I can see what I really like to grow and then I can expand from there.
Most of what I was doing was adding landscaping but Nick tilled out this little bed on the south-facing side of our house. It gets the best sunlight so I wasn’t so limited in what I could plant like I am in front of our house where it is largely shaded. Here you see Gladiolus (my favorite!), Cosmos, Snapdragons, Sunflowers, African Daisies, Bachelor’s Buttons, Lupine, Cupid’s Dart, Marigolds and I decided to try a couple of watermelon…I know that’s not flowers but it sounded tasty.
I’m *hoping* that I put these markers in the right place. I tried to keep everything in order when I was planting but these were actually put into place a week after I planted the garden initially since I was working last minute and I confused myself a little. Do not recommend.
That was everything I planted from seed on May 5th.
On May 4th I went to a plant sale and brought home this haul:
I planted everything in various places throughout the front 3 flower beds and then filled in one of the beds with wildflower seeds.
I also decided to plant some herbs but due to their invasive nature I planted the herbs in terra cotta pots and then half buried the pots in my flower bed. It was cute and decorative while also being really practical.
I filled in some planters with plants from Lowe’s and Menards.
I also created this adorable bird feeder area. Bird watching is a favorite hobby of both mine and my cat Mordecai’s.
So that’s Bittersweet Garden as I planted it in May. It has changed quite a bit with the rains we’ve been having here so I will keep posting to update how things are progressing!
A question before I go – what are your favorite flowers to grow and why?