Thursday, July 16, 2009

I Planted Something New.....

We live on a corner lot and this is on the side of my home. It is very shady all along this wall. This was a small bed at the corner (the far right of the picture is the front driveway and yard) and had bulbs planted in it. They were there when we moved in 15 1/2 years ago and only occasionally do any bloom. Time for a change!
Here is beautiful Mama Kitty, ready to help.
I was working on it at 8:00 p.m. and I think it was STILL 90 degrees outside!
My face was getting quite red. Excuse my appearance but I don't try to impress anyone when I am working out in the yard. I dug up and loosened the dirt the best I could and then it was time for help.
Hubby had to come out and dig down deeper than I was able to. At the garden center they also recommended this soil conditioner. Boy, did it stink!
Here is what was planted. Nikko Blue hydrangeas. I sure hope they will grow and do fine. It is a shaded area and I will give them plenty of water as I have been told they like. I am hoping someday to have blooms like my friend Ramona.
It looks SOOOOOO much better. I am now ready to dig up and re-do the rest of the bed down that side of the house. Depending on how the hydrangeas do, I may plant more of those or some hostas. I am definitely inspired to get the bed in order. Also, the hydrangeas were on sale....YAY!! For the two hydrangeas and the soil conditioner I paid $26.80 so not a huge hit in the wallet if they don't do well.
Oh, you might notice a Texas stone in the front bed. Yep, I was born and raised in Houston, Texas so even though I have lived in Oklahoma a long time now I will always have that Texas love!!

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Marilyn said...

Love it, it looks so pretty and I love hydrangea too. It just looks so neat. Boy, I bet you got hot though. Hey, I was born in TX too. Ha.
Cloverleaf would be fun to look in. I'm more Goodwill and Hobby Lobby clearance, but it would be fun. Craigheads is fun too if you get the chance some time. She is closed all but one or 2 days in the summer--no ac!! Can you believe that? No heat either in the winter. It is miserable down there right now. It does have ceiling fans way up there. Ha Well, fingers crossed for the cool to get here.

Amelia said...

The new flower bed looks fantastic! I know it was lots of hard work and sweat involved - but the resuls will be worth it. My hydrangea is blooming so pretty now.

Stay cool.

duchess said...

That's a great place for a couple of beautiful bushes.
Rest up today & stay in the AC.

April said...

You can't go wrong with some hydrangeas, Darlene. Great choices and good job on the redo!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flwoers! My Mama grew them so pretty. I have tried several times to grow them here, but they always die. I think my yard is too sunny.
Looks great so far and I know you will love having them.

southerninspiration said...

I LOVE hydrangeas!!! And I love your Texas stone!! Too bad you no longer live in Houston! :)

Suzanne

Stacey said...

I understand the Texas love! We may never go back but it's in your soul, right?

Your hydrangeas will be great. I love all of mine. Some of mine haven't bloomed in three years though. They told me at the nursery that it's because they aren't getting any sun. They are strictly in the shade. Oh well, the bushes are pretty.

Nancy said...

OH Darlene, It looks so much better!! Good job!! and yes, I think they will do good there...they do like shade..you will be filling you house will hydrangea blooms for years to come! Nancy

Stacey said...

By the way Darlene, I don't remember seeing many pictures of you. You are gaw-geous!

Kimberly C. said...

Flower-bed looks great.

Laura said...

Great project, and the hydrangeas will look beautiful! Ditto Stacey's second comment!

Carol said...

I love hydrangeas! I have seen some beautiful, large plants around several homes I've driven by lately. I would love to have some in my yard some day! Good luck with yours. . .

Neabear said...

Definitely a lot of work. Hey Darlene, do you think maybe it would have been easier to dig with tennis shoes on instead of flip flops? I guess it was too hot for the tennis shoes!

It my Outdoor Wednesday post about the makeshift trenches I was digging, I had thought about wearing my slip on sandles. But I decided nah I better wear my tennis shoes.

I just had to point out that little detail. Heehee.

Love out it turned out. I will have to check out my yard and see if I have a good place for a hydrangea plant or too. They are so pretty!

Oh, I am really enjoying my new cloche. I still can't believe I won that from you!!

~Linnea

Karen said...

Looks like a perfect spot! Good job, I would love to plant those too.

Christina said...

Looks great Darlene. Your worked hard. Isn't it crazy that is can still be 90 degrees at 8pm. You will enjoy the Hydrangeas for years to come!

Ramona said...

Good Morning my hydrangea loving friend! That is the perfect location. And...it looks like you found some gorgeous and healthy plants! Well done! I love how that bed looks. I know it is a lot of work, especially in your heat...but isn't it rewarding?! Love the Texas stone. Have a great day dreaming of hydrangea bouquets.

Smiles ~ Ramona

P.S. I garden in my flip~flops too!

Caren said...

I think you look cute! I love hydrangeas, so pretty. Impatiens do really well in the shade too, they were always my mom's favorite for her yard but of course they have to be planted each year (annuals? perennials? I always get the two confused)

Good luck with the rest of that side of your house and good luck with surviving the heat. It's supposed to be about 88 here today and I'm looking forward to it! Granted, that's no where what you're getting but a little heat this summer for us would be nice...especially poolside!

Dawn said...

I think you did a great job. I really like hydrangeas. Someone gave me a very small potted pink one that I've put out in my yard. It looked so lonely. For Mother's day my son in law (who is a landscaper) gave me two blue hydrangeas. They have bloomed and look so pretty!

I have a little bed in the front of my house that needs work. I am inspired by your efforts to go do something out there!

I hope your hydrangeas do well in their new home!

take care,
Dawn

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Nice! I have hydrangeas down the side of my house too and I love them. Mine now are taller than my 3 year old!

~ Sarah

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

It looks great! Hydrangeas are one of my favorites! You look pretty darn good to be working in the yard, you should see me when I'm out there. I'm sure I scare any small children walking by. ;)
~Michelle

Songbirdtiff said...

I LOVE hydrangeas! I hope they grow quickly and you have lots of beautiful blooms to bring inside. ;)

Joanna said...

I love hydrangeas. Mine just aren't blooming so well this year. I had one bloom and that was it! A little upset! Here's hoping that yours turn out great!

Jen's Farmily said...

I love hydrangeas. They are so pretty!!

I know what you mean about the heat... it seems no matter what time of day you get out there, the heat is STILL THERE!!

Kimberly C. said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. We live near Stillwater, Oklahoma, North of OKC, West of Tulsa. Heat has been killing us and very hard on flowers and livestock. We are getting a break today, thank goodness. Love, Kimberly

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Darlene
Your hydrangeas look lovely. It's a perfect spot for them there. I think they are the plants that are pink or blue according to your soil type. Some friends recently brought us a blue hydrangea in a pot. I was wondering if it would turn pink when I eventually plant it in the ground. It was great to see your Texas stone there reminding you of your childhood.
Lindsay
x

Farm Chick Paula said...

That looks beautiful Darlene! You did a wonderful job on that.
Seeing you in your slip-on shoes reminded me that Hubby fusses at me all the time for working outside with sandals on! But I really HATE SHOES! LOL

Carrie said...

It looks so good!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Those will look gorgeous when the get bigger and bloom (and they grow pretty fast)!

Manuela

dana said...

Your new planting area looks wonderful!! I need to do that to the back of my house---we have not planted a thing back there cept grass!

Thank you so much for your kind words regarding our gr.son. I know all of the thoughts and prayers helped him and our family get through the rough week. He's doing OK at home and his mommy and daddy are finally getting some rest.

Dana

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I've seen Ramona's hydrangia's. They are certainly something to envy! You did a beautiful job with the transformation. Kudos to you and the Mr. : )
Your Peach Festival pics made my mouth water for homemade peach ice cream. There's nothing like it. And the hand sculpture was completely amazing. Thank the Hubby for turning back (for us).
And the pics of your little pup playing in the sprinkler are SO adorable.
Thanks for stopping by yesterday. My mom had such a better day yesterday than last Wednesday. Last week was a rough one, as my mom was getting use to all the changes and transition to the new facility. I'm surprised at how much it has effected me too. But the new caregivers have been very patient and my sister and I have helped her work through some issues. Next week's Wednesday post will be a happy one. We had a great day together. : )

SmilingSally said...

I don't believe that any state has residents prouder than Texas. We lived there for one year, and I loved it! People say hello and smile when they see you.

Your hard work paid off already. Your flower bed looks so nice.

Life with Kaishon said...

It looks great. You look adorable when you work in the yard. I don't even look that good when I am going to wallmart : ) So sweet and you have the prettiest smile.

Shelia said...

Hi Darlene! Pretty pretty! I love hydrangeas! I have one in a pot and I'm babying it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

vintage at heart said...

Lexi looks just like you!!!! What a great pic of you!!!
Love hydrangeas and hope yours do well!!! If they love the heat then they'' be right at home!!! We are sweltering here!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Love the hydrangeas! I think they look so pretty! And good for you for keeping it real...who wears makeup when they are working in the yard? Not me!
Carrie

Gretchen said...

Darlene,

What a difference that made to that section of your wall. I love it! You make me want to run out today and plant some hydrangeas.

Hugs,
Gretchen

Controlling My Chaos said...

You are so cute, Darlene. I want your legs on my body. I love your little seat on wheels for gardening too. I need one of those.

CatHerder said...

got your message darlene, thats soo cool. My son will be in college this semester, then next semester working in Disney Orlando, taking drama courses..dont know where it will take him but its his passion. We just got back from disney, and he saw friends that are already in disney university, he cant wait...i must admit, i cant either!

Eloise said...

I love hydrangeas! What a perfect spot for those. I wish you many blooms on those pretty bushes. My hat is off to you for gardening in this oppressive heat! I expect our weather in Dallas is much the same as yours in Oklahoma.

PS I cracked up at the picture of Mama Kitty all ready to help!

Shannon said...

Love your hydrangeas! I bet they will do great there.

The Willy Wonka play looked sooo cute!

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