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Getting in the Summer Spirit

Jason and I partook in that grand tradition of over-spending in celebration of the season. Yes, we bought our plants for the summer  🙂  Actually, this year was not so bad. Thanks to Menards’ rebate program, Jason’s new deck heater made this a pretty inexpensive planting season.

Saturday evening, despite being thoroughly exhausted from working our family rummage sale all day, we headed out to buy our flowers for the summer. I also picked up herbs and tomatoes that I’m hoping are more successful this year than they have been the past few seasons.

First up Sunday was putting the finishing touches on our deck set-up for the summer. There are still a couple things left to do, including hanging Jason’s “chandelier” (…which I don’t believe I ever highlighted on here – I must fix that soon  🙂 ).

Deck, Pre-Set Up (about a month ago).
Spring/Summer 2011

Ready to enjoy!
Deck, Spring/Summer 2011

Deck, Spring/Summer 2011

After getting more deck stuff out, I spent my time playing in the dirt. In this mix this year…

Tomatoes and belle peppers
Tomatoes & Peppers

Lettuce and herbs: parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, chives, and basil
Herb Garden

Gotta have a few flowers to pretty things up.
Impatiens

The rest of our yard is also coming to life.

These peony trees are cuttings from those used for our wedding flowers.
Peonies!

We thought for sure that this lilac bush would die after the second or third move. But it’s still hanging in there.
Indestructable Lilacs

We also bought a new fire pit. Hopefully, we’ll actually put it to use 😕
Backyard 2011

Let Summer Begin!

I can’t wait for the weather to stabilize so we can enjoy our backyard. We’re still going back and forth between 80 degrees and 50 degrees. Ah, Wisconsin  😐

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb are anxiously waiting, too.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle...

 

Gardening Made Easy

Despite having a very large backyard, I’m not really able to plant a full vegetable garden. The backyard borders a creek and lies within the flood plain. All it takes is a few rainy days or rain combined with snow melt to turn our house into real waterfront property.


Flood of 2008 – Just days after our wedding

So I was very excited to discover this patio garden last summer.


Garden, Summer 2009

It doesn’t take up much room on our deck and it allows me to plant tomatoes or other similar plants upside-down along with more growing space above.

This year, I have planted two tomato plants, two zucchini plants, two basil plants, some cilantro, and some sage. I have the garden located in a sunnier spot this summer, so hopefully my plants will be more “productive.”


Garden on May 30, 2010

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