I’m still chipping away at the remaining items on my 40×41 bucket list, although I’m well past my own deadline of my 41st birthday :-). This one is a two-for as I knocked out #3: Plant a flower cutting garden (because I have a black thumb and have always wanted one) AND #5: Do something fabulous with the house’s old original wrought iron porch rails (I love this house so much and treasure every original feature) in one fell swoop.
I really love green and white gardens but wanted to have more color for flower cutting so I ended up using three of these raised garden beds from WalMart. One for herbs, one for tomatoes and one for cutting flowers I am attempting to grow from seeds. (I realize I may be counting my chickens before they hatch here marking this one complete). I planted everything on Good Friday because Mother has always said that anything you plant that day will flourish :-)
Honey put them together and placed them in the clear, sunny spot where we used to have our old garden. We had a lot of problems with voles eating the root balls previously, which is why we went with these raised beds. They were quick and easy to put together. I used a few brick pavers under some of the legs to level them out a bit. This spot does slope down, as you can see.
In front of the pots are two white knock out roses – my first attempt at roses and an addition to my flower cutting garden. I also have had pretty good luck with cutting my hydrangeas and gardenias (although those don’t keep as long.) Along the gate I have planted a Moon flower vine from seeds. I did one a few years ago and they were gorgeous and had a wonderful scent. They open at night!
Speaking of the gate, that brings me to the second part of the garden story and my bucket list. You can see the two original 1964 wrought iron railings that were on our home. When we updated the exterior, I hated to toss them so I’ve been holding them under the porch for six years until I could come up with a way to use them.
Well, as Honey was installing the raised beds it dawned on me that they could be really lovely right here in the back yard. They don’t serve any purpose other than being decorative, but it makes me immensely happy to see them back at the home where they belong.
So far we are loving our scaled back herb and tomato garden, and I do have little springs coming up from the flower seeds!! Fingers crossed!!
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