Our backyard basically has four sections with the swimming pool dominating the space in the center. On the right of the pool we have a small grass area (soon to be reduced as we are adding a brick patio and arbor later this year) and flower beds, behind the pool is a smaller flower bed and there is a brick walkway and flower bed along the east side of the house. Today I'll share with you the flower beds around the grass area.
I like to do the majority of my plantings with perennials so that I'm not replanting every season. However, many of my perennials were getting old or died over the winter so this spring I have done a lot of pulling out of old plants and planting new. While I wait for them to grow, I supplemented with some annuals. This is the coneflower (Echinacea) area. Normally it would be a few feet tall by now and blooming. Don't know if we'll get any blooms this year or not! Soon to be growing on the newly-painted blue trellis is a black-eyed Susan vine. The shoots are just starting to peek out of the ground! It will bloom in late summer until the first frost of winter.
In the back of this area are hollyhocks. They are a biennial plant so we won't have any blooms this year. Next spring we will have stalks of colorful flowers. Gardening does require a little bit of patience, but the results are worth it!
Each year I grow a small patch of sunflowers; this year I planted a mammoth variety, the flowers will be huge. They are growing rapidly and will probably get as tall as our brick-faced wood-fired (pizza) oven. I don't tear them out until late fall, letting the flower heads dry so the birds can feast on the seeds.
The butterflies love the zinnias and they are beginning to bloom. Soon, we will have butterflies fluttering all over them and landing in the shallow bird bath for a dip of water.
Speaking of butterflies, I'm attempting to attract more Monarchs to the yard. They need milkweed to feed on and form their chrysalis. This plant is the only one that survived the winter but I planted more seeds so hope to have more emerging soon. I've purchased a Monarch butterfly kit for my granddaughter, we will feed the larvae, watch it turn into a caterpillar, chrysalis and, finally, a butterfly. We will release them in the garden. She loves to work in the garden with me and is excited to grow butterflies!
This beauty is a mandevilla vine. It's a tropical plant so it may not survive the winter, we will try to protect it. We have one in our front courtyard that we enjoy so decided to introduce one to the backyard.
The morning glory is starting it's upward climb on the obelisk. It reseeds itself each year so I just wait for the leaves to start popping up in the spring. They reseed everywhere so I do admit to having to pull them from the most unlikely places!
I love to attract birds to our yard, we have an abundance of hummingbirds, finches, doves, sparrows, and bluejays. Most of the plants we have were planted to attract the birds but we do feed them, too, with various feeders throughout all parts of the yard. They love this little water fountain and can be seen drinking or bathing from it throughout the day.
I love to have things of architectural interest in my gardens, I think they add a lot of character to the areas. I have birdhouses, cement figurines, watering cans, wine barrels and benches as a few examples. A geranium grows in an old pot that was my Grandma's.
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