Monday, May 20, 2013

What's GROWING On?

Well, Spring is finally here! That means it's time to get outside and clean up our flower beds! To tackle the yard cleanup, we divide our flower beds into sections and make our way through each section. We make a great team! Although the cleanup is not so fun, the reward is totally worth it. It is a miracle to see all of the flowers and plants emerge after their long winter's nap. Mother Nature is truly beautiful!
When we moved into our house about 5 1/2 years ago, there wasn't any landscaping at all. I always admired my mother-in-law's beautiful flowers! She is an amazing gardener! As soon as the first spring rolled around, it was time to start our landscaping. Mark dug and shaped all of the flower beds. My mother-in-law taught me about different plants, gave me several starts of her plants and we went to nurseries together to pick out the right plants! It is a labor of love. It might be hard to believe, but I find peace and tranquility in pulling weeds, planting new flowers and watering.
So, what's growing on in our garden so far? Take a look...
This is a look at our house from the street. It looks beautiful as you drive by.
The sidewalk leading to our front door is lined with several Knock-Out rose bushes. They will have a soft pink bloom and will continue to flower throughout the summer and into fall. They are low maintenance, yet have a big impact in our landscaping. Pruning them a little bit after they bloom will encourage new growth and more flowers!
As you walk up to the front door, you will see the landscaping from a different perspective. Our Japanese Variegated Willow tree is prominent, and my tulips were in full bloom!
Just a little a peek at the tulip's beauty!
To the right of the garage, we have a Weeping Pea Berry tree. We will put some annuals around the tree for added color.
Also in the front yard, we are blessed to have a Crabapple tree. When it blooms in the Spring it is breathtaking!
This year, I planted some creeping roses as ground cover in the front flower bed. I bought a set of 6 plants on QVC
In front of our bedroom window, we planted a large lilac bush. It provides a lot of shade, so a few hostas have a home underneath it.
The lilac blooms are incredibly fragrant, and its fragrance wafts throughout the house when the window are open. 
Continuing on around the house, we have our newest addition...a rose garden! I have never tried to grow roses, but I am excited to give it a whirl. Fingers crossed that they do well.
Columbine is a native plant to Indiana. It's a perennial, but only blooms in the Spring. It produces lots of seed heads and will re-seed...we have Columbine sprinkled all around our flower beds. 
Roses again...I bought a set of 3 climbing roses from QVC. I am going to train them to grow up the trellis. It might take a few years for the plants to mature and produce flowers...but I think it will be worth the wait.

My favorite part of the backyard...the island, as I call it. It doesn't look like much right now, but just wait until things start blooming!

We have another small island in the backyard as well. It's a work in progress. We don't have much planted yet... 

Most of the trees in our backyard are Redbuds. Every year we have planted another tree. All of the trees were little starts from my mother-in-law's garden. Mark's grandmother loved Redbuds. I like the pink blooms, heart shaped leaves are my favorite. 
For a complete look at our yard and garden in its early stages, you can watch a video tour on my YouTube channel, Audrey's Wife Life.

Watch for more videos and blog posts throughout the season to see what's growing on! What's growing on in your garden?

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul" ~Luther Burbank


  1. Your yard is just beautiful, Audrey!! I am looking forward to seeing everything bloom as the spring & summer progress!!

    1. Things are really starting to pop out already! Thanks for peeking at my garden!


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  2. Audrey your yard is absolutely gorgeous!!! Last weekend I just finished cleaning all of my flower beds out and laying fresh new mulch. There is nothing like a flower bed with new mulch it really complets the yard. You should try planting some Lantana in your back ysrd it is such a hearty and beautiful plant, I really think you will like it. I can't wait to see how big all the plants get this Summer I hope you will do a update later in the season. :)


    1. Thank you! I bet your yard is beautiful too! I just bought some lantana at our Farmer's Market on Saturday because I remember you mentioned it. How/Where should I plant it? Do I bring it inside in the winter?

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