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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Planting an Old Fashion Flower Garden

In honor of Earth Day ,   I wanted to share the old fashion flower garden that H and I just completed.     Our hands have been covered in "earth" for the last two days getting this flower garden dug

We completed the new greenhouse just about this same time last year,  so all we had time to do was dig a small area up.    We had plans to expand it this spring,  so we got busy planning our new garden.

We used a hose to mark the area that was to be dug up.    I like a curvy border better than a square one.

 We had a few plants that came back from last year,  so we left them where they were.

It is a pretty large area,  so I needed plenty of new plants to fill it in.

 The photo on the right shows our "wuggy".....a marriage of a baby buggy and wagon that H made.

I played with the plants until I pretty much had them the way they would be planted.    

After all the plants were in,  we added some bark mulch to help hold the water in and also to make the flower bed look more finished.

For a little whimsy,  I have our initials on each side of the greenhouse porch.

The first photo shows the original flower bed just after we completed the green house.

The second one shows how it looked at the end of the summer.   I planted one of those prepackaged wild flower mixes.   Those are great,  but I learned that you can't control what comes up where.   I guess I'm a control freak because I didn't like my garden flowers to be all "willy nilly"

The third photo....much better!

I have left the center (under the white metal wheel barrow)  empty on purpose.   We are going to transplant some hosta's that are in the front yard to that area.  The hosta's aren't thriving where they are,  so we hope they will do better in their new home.
   I have had so much fun making garden ladies this spring.   I still have clothes for two more!


  1. I love and old fashioned flower garden, Penny. I think it is wonderful that your hubby joins you in your efforts. I LOVE your not-scarecrow! xo Diana

  2. I just found you via Pinterest, and I am in heaven! What an amazing decorator you are! I put you in my sidebar so I can visit regularly. And I see that my friend Nana Diana already knows you! Nice to meet you, Penny!

  3. Penny..I immediately called PH in and showed him all you two had accomplished. Told him how your husband helped and dug.. He just said "I'm better with things electric and if you need your TV repaired, I'm your man" and walked back t his crossword. Ah well. I guess my next bet is the gardner..but he only mows, blows and goes!
    The scarecrow is just what all scare crows should look like. LOVE her outfit! :)

  4. Penny,
    Looks great!! Love the Wuggie!! H is so talented ( under your direction, I am sure!)
    I am sitting here looking out the Den window at the SNOW FLURRIES!!!!!!! Yep!! You read that right!!
    No flowers for me until the end of May!!

  5. Penny, your style is unique! I love especially your garden ladies.

  6. Beautiful!! I get so many ideas from you. Thank you!

  7. Your gardens are wonderful! I so love the cottage style greenhouse and all the decor!!! Mine is a muddy mess, nothing yet, but hope to have things planted soon!

  8. Oh Wow that looks fantastic, love all the scroll work detail in the door and porch. That wuggy is too cute, such a great idea and love your garden ladies, perfect touch to your garden!

  9. What inspiration for all of us as we get ready to work in our gardens! It is still quite chilly here this week (last week was gorgeous but this week we had a few snow flurries!) but hopefully we can get started this weekend. Thank you for sharing your pictures. You have a beautiful old fashioned garden! So glad you linked up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine's Corner. Hope to catch up with you again next week at the hop! Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

  10. Love flowers and the outdoors. You truly have a gorgeous garden.

  11. What a beautiful home and garden you have!

  12. Love your garden! Your scarecrow lady is adorable!

  13. So pretty my friend, your lovely lady is perfect in your garden. Love the sun hat ( wink). Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  14. So pretty Penny!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  15. Beautiful! Thanks for joining HSH!

  16. I like a curvy garden bed as well. It really softens the green house and I love the wuggy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. Penny, you're just amazing. Of course your garden would be as lovely as the inside of your home--what else could we expect?

    Thank you so much for joining Grace at Home. I'm featuring you this week!


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