Traditionally, in Zone 4, many of us like to say we can plant out our annuals on the 24th of May weekend. Every year we seem to get caught up in the excitement of beautiful weather in early May, garden centres opening and hopes that the weather will stay.
He he. Mother Nature usually has her own plans. We had a pretty good frost just three nights ago, but the long-term forecast is looking good. My friend, Paula, and I went to a couple of garden centres yesterday and enjoyed looking at the choices of plants. We each came home with a couple of flats.
I will start planting up some hanging baskets in the next few days, but I am going to wait until next week to plant some annuals in the ground. Just. In. Case.
This year I was really attracted to some bright colours of 'Million Bells' - there were many to chose from, but I picked orange, bright pink and purple! To my eye, they look really fun together. I chose some lime coloured potato vine and some vinca vine to go in with them. I'm never really sure what the hanging baskets will look like or how many plants to put in, so I will be 'trial by error'. Here's what they look at what some of them look like together in the flats;
|Calibrachoa "million bells', potato vine, and some Thunbergia alata 'lack-eyed Susan vine|
Is it just me, or are hostas getting really expensive to purchase at garden centres?
In the backyard, we have made a fairly big change this year. We used to have an above ground pool, which we never really wanted, but it came with the house. We had our fun with it, but my husband always said that when a too-expensive repair came along, he would really rather have a fire pit.
So....last winter, the pool liner didn't make the winter, and we just decided to take the pool down.
My husband worked away at the project last summer, and this spring we hired our local contractor to finish it off.
We are so happy with it. I'm very happy they were able to get it done so early in the season for us, as I have quite a bit of work to do now, to made the flower border go 'all the way around' the circle, as opposed to how far around it goes now (so the back of the pool didn't have a border because you couldn't really see it anyway).
Here are a couple of shots about how this project is coming along. Nothing left but a little planting, re-grassing and gathering some firewood!