Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Plants, Plants...And More Plants!

The weather has been glorious lately, and because of that, I’ve been zooming around each morning from one garden centre to another to see if there’s anything interesting that I can take home to add to my flower beds.


Considering I have oodles of empty space in need of greenery, and it’s been over ten years since I was able to garden, just about everything at the stores is interesting. Despite my enthusiasm, I am trying not to go overboard, but it’s hard, I tell you, very hard. I want to bring everything home with me!


I have purchased quite a few plants in the past few days that I’ve added to my garden, and I will create blog posts about these new arrivals and post pictures of them. But not all together. I will break down my gardening work into different posts to keep them all short and sweet.

I’m going to start with Dianthus 'Raspberry', which I added to the flower bed that was carved out recently.

I’ve placed Chuckles the gnome nearby to keep an eye on things when I’m not around (looks like he means business):

I also picked up four Dianthus 'Violet' plants that I placed in front of the flower bed under the kitchen window. They should add a nice splash of colour to this area:

Next, we have Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Sunfire’ that will produce golden-yellow flowers with burgundy centers from June to October (Can’t wait!). These were also added to the new flower bed (I picked up 2 of these):

And last, but far from being least, I added two Liliums to the same area (Lilium ‘Pixie’ (orange) to be exact). I love orange flowers and I love liliums, so when I saw orange liliums for sale at Home Depot, you can imagine the heart palpitations I was experiencing. There was no way I was going to leave that store and not bring any home:

This one is planted next to my little frogs:

And that’s that...

So this is what the new section looks like so far:

I still have a long way to go before it’s filled with plants. And that’s the exciting part – that I have room for many, many more plants!

Garden centres, here I come!


  1. It is always so much fun to fill up an empty garden bed---a blank canvas waiting to be filled with color! I love the flowers you've chosen. I'm going to have to look for that coreopsis with the burgandy center---so pretty. My coreopsis, which has bloomed beautifully for two years now, has mysteriously disappeared---just like it was never there. Really weird. I think probably if I'd only had a gnome like Chuckles there to keep watch, it would still be blooming. :-)

  2. That is so true, Beth, it's a lot of fun filling up an empty garden bed. It's also terrific that I get to plan a brand new garden according to my personal taste, instead of finding an established garden that previous owners built.

    That is very weird about your coreopsis. I wonder if some animal dug it up or something. Strange. You see why it's important to have a garden gnome out there? That's why I placed Chuckles out there; to keep an eye on things :)