Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Front flowers

Here's a shot of the front bed. We purchased the pink and white vinca flowers for 50 cents a six pack on clearance. Actually, almost all the plants are clearance rack specials, even the huge laurel bush. I'm amazed at how lush things have grown with so little rain. I guess all those layers of newspaper and mulch really do trap moisture at the roots! The funny thing is that all my perennials--which are supposed to be an investment that doubles every year--have dwindled to nothing after two summers. No coneflowers, only one rudbeckia, a tuft of blue salvia where I used to have huge drifts. Talk about frustrating! It makes me feel better about buying annuals for show this year.


momxtwo said...

Very pretty!

I have had very nice flowers this year too.


Jordana said...

Do you water much at all? I find that I have to water my perennials a lot for the first year or so, or they don't survive through the next year.

Coffee and a Muffin said...

Gorgeous! You da woman, Meredith!

Alison said...

Beautiful at any price, even better at a bargain! Ironic about the perennials...any chance they got too much moisture? I ask only because the coneflowers and salvia are plants that I have seen recommended for hot, dry California summers.

Calla Lilly said...

O.K. The sin of envy just popped in my heart. ;)

Mrs. U said...

Your flowers are absolutely LOVELY!!!!! I adore flowers and gardening!!! You and the Lord have done a fantastic job this year. :)

Oh, and I am having the same problem with my perennials. Two years ago, they were beautiful. This year, no purple coneflowers, no shasta daisies and only a few black-eyed susans. I cannot figure out what I've done wrong. Glad I'm not the only one. :)

Mrs. U