Monday, July 21, 2008

A Minty Afternoon

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Backyard/Patio Garden Project (I'll come up with a better name for it later). It began with a gift. Jonathan's father surprised us with a patio table and four chairs. Yipee! Then, completely unplanned, we all headed to his place. He generously gave us many plant starters from his own garden. After the entire car was filled with plants, Jonathan and I headed home with big smiles on our faces.

Since all the plants were freshly dug up they needed to be put in the ground as swiftly as possible lest they perish. However, before the planting could begin I had to pull out a ton of mint! It must have been a well tended herb garden at one point because I even found chives buried beneath the mint, but now it was obvious some sort of revolt occurred and the mint declared dominance over the realm.

So, I dug the mint up (although I know it will continue to show its head for a long while) and planted hostas, coneflowers and daises!

Currently, the plants are a little stressed out. They just went through the dramatic experience of being ripped from the ground and placed somewhere else entirely. So far, they seem to be holding up and feeling better.

This is Part One of the Project. Part Two will deal with another section of dirt behind the apartment which I will fill with perennials. Finally, Part Three will be the filling of pots and ornamentation!

Enjoy the pictures below. . .

Before
(Behold the Mint Explosion)


After

Shasta Daisy

Hosta

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea)

Black-Eyed Susan

2 comments:

Jonathan said...

It's a 100% improvement back there (although the mint would beg to differ)!!!

sarah lou said...

i am jealous of your green skillz. next year my yard will look like that, too! :D