Wow, what a summer – it went by way to fast! Since it’s officially fall now (although you wouldn’t know it by the temps here in Minnesota), I’m really excited to share this gardening recap and all my Summer 2017 favorites with you.
We moved into our current home at the end of August 2016, so the summer of 2017 was my first full summer gardening in this yard. As I look back over the year and reflect, I’m happy with what we’ve accomplished. Parts of our half-acre yard are looking horrible and parts are looking really good. But, I’m determined to focus on the accomplishments as opposed to looking at what we still need to do. Besides, gardening is never really done anyway, is it?
This was the first major garden makeover I completed. I started last year after we moved in and finished it up this spring. I will move a few perennials around and add a few more, but I’m really happy with the way this tiered garden bed turned out. Sadly, it’s in the back yard over to the side and no one sees it unless I take them back and show them.
Here is another major garden makeover I accomplished in the past year. I hated this area from the moment I saw it, but I knew that I could make it awesome. This is an area that runs along our driveway, and unlike the tiered garden, it is very visible. I actually started this makeover the very day we moved in. The transformation is amazing and if you haven’t already done so, you can read about and see more pictures of this garden makeover on a previous post I shared.
Here are my favorite vignettes from this summer. First up is this little vignette, which is the centerpiece of the garden at the very front corner of our lot. Someday, I will share a makeover on the entire bed, but for now I just show snippets of it. We cut down a diseased maple tree, so I had a big, yucky stump to contend with. My initial idea was to have the insides of the stump chopped out so I could use it for a planter. After working on it for several hours and breaking a few saw blades, my hubby nixed that idea. So, I just plopped my old whiskey barrel on top of the stump, planted some flowers in it, and then added the red windmill behind it. It turned out to be one of my favorite vignettes of the summer. The red windmill is also one of my favorite new additions to my collection of garden junk and decor.
Always a favorite is this old wheelbarrow parked in a shady spot and filled with shady annuals like impatiens and polka dot plant, along with some caladium and begonia and perennial creeping jenny.
Another favorite, is this old ladder. I first saw old ladders used in the garden on Flea Marketing Gardening, and then of course, Pinterest, and loved the idea. Several years ago, I was able to pick this one up at an estate sale and have used it every year since somewhere in my garden. Here it is this year decked out in a birdhouse theme.
And, here it is again, all dressed up for Fall.
I’ve had this little girl statue for several years now and she’s made several appearances in my gardens and in my garden photos. She resides now on a big stone in my tiered garden bed, which seems to be a good spot for her, because she has a square bottom and topples over very easily. At least she’s very photogenic, don’t you think? I think I like her so much because her little scoop nose reminds me of my baby girl (who turns 30 this year).
Here’s another favorite vignette this summer featuring another sweet girl statue. I tried putting birdseed in her apron, but the birds pooped on her and the squirrels knocked her over, so that was a bad idea. Snapdragons are one of my many favorite annuals.
Now for some winning plant combinations. Here’s Becky Shasta Daisies and Arizona Sun Gaillardia, along with orange geraniums.
And what about these little montego snapdragons and purple alyssum. When you purchase mixed snapdragons you never know what colors they will be until the buds open. This combination turned out beautifully.
Here’s a lovely combination of Butterfly Bush, Arizona Sun Gaillardia and Solanna Golden Sphere Coreopsis. Love this mix of hot colors.
Here’s another mix featuring Arizona Sun gaillardia with zinnias. Can you tell gaillardia was a winner in my gardens this year.
Something I’ve always wanted is a window box and never really had the right window for one at our last home. Now I have one and it’s huge. My talented hubby built it, as well as shutters to give our little square box house some curb appeal. Here it is a couple of weeks after I planted it in June.
Here are a few close ups taken a few weeks ago.
And another one.
Overall, it was a very successful year here at Gingham Gardens. I’m still busy doing some garden makeovers and planting new areas that I will share with you all next summer. I get excited just thinking about it. Are you finished gardening for the year? Keep going until the frost comes. You’ll be so happy you did next spring. That’s my mantra and I’m sticking with it.
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Happy gardening… still,
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