Our lot size is not very large, however, like the front yard I shared in earlier posts, our yard is broken up into many different areas. I have taken advantage of every corner and turn to create little vignettes or "garden rooms." If you are wondering what I feed my plants to get them to grow so huge, I will tell you my secret. Number one, when I plant a pot this size, I start with small 4 inch plants or pony packs. I use regular potting soil and Osmocote which is a three-month general fertilizer. For this sized pot, I simply reach into the bag of Osmocote and grab five handfuls of fertilizer and mix it with the potting soil. That's it! And I only do this in the spring around March. For established pots which most of mine are, I trim them way back in the spring, and put the fertilizer on the plants and that's it. Of course I water the plants too. In the spring and fall I water twice a week. You can see by the stains on our brick our water is incredibly hard and leaves deposits. It's part of life and I just live with it. But our water is nothing special either. In the hot summer months I water every other day. I don't like things getting too water dependent because we live in a drought area. In the winter time they only get watered once a week.
I love statuary. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I put it anywhere I can find a spot.
An hour in the garden puts life's problems in perspective. Isn't that the truth? I found the above statue at a salvage yard of all places. She is pure cement and she's not going anywhere. My garden tends to be 95 percent white flowers with the green foliage. I just love the peacefulness of an all white garden. It is so restful. I call it my French cemetery look since I have so many statues.
Another thing I have a lot of is Shepherd's hooks with lanterns. I have found a ton of these at yard sales. They just add so much to the ambiance.
I bought this little beauty in Mexico. Isn't she wonderful?
I call these two my wild birds. Just like living in the countryside.
Of course watch out for the alligator, or is this a crocodile? He is almost buried in the ground I have had him for so long.
I have lots of frog statuary too. I used to have a pond (a little one) but the raccoons ate all my fish and it was a lot to keep clean so I removed it. The frogs got to stay.
All of these hydrangeas came from the kind you buy in the grocery store and take along for a hostess gift. They are enormous. Now I must tell you that I do not use Osmocote in my yard in the soil. I mulch with Gardner & Bloom soil amendment. Between the front and back I used approximately 15 bags and I feed with organic fertilizers. The only time I used anything like Miracle Grow is when I was getting ready for my daughter's wedding and I needed to speed up the growing process. Now that the yard is established I have the opposite problem of keeping everything under control. This yard can be a real jungle if not kept in check.
Here is one of my New Dawn roses peaking out. Isn't it divine?
I love bird houses, bird cages, and metal accents too. My back yard is a little more wild than the front yard, but I love its ever changing atmosphere and welcoming feeling. I hope you enjoyed today's tour. I will save the rest for another post. Thanks for stopping by.
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