sprucing up the garden after the holiday- a garden tour

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend.  
We jam packed a lot of stuff in to a few days, and are feeling very good about what we got done.

Besides that, and most importantly, we remembered all of those fallen service men and women who sacrificed everything for our country.
'Thank you' doesn't even begin to do justice.
We had some friends over on Sunday night, and with that on the calendar, Jon made a spur of the moment decision to have 6 yards of bark dust delivered.  
So we were pretty busy with that on Friday and Saturday.
Everything looks bright and fresh with the bark down, so I decided to take some photos and take you all on a little tour.
It's still early in the season, so there's lots more to be done, but that's the nature of gardening, isn't it!

In all our containers, I have been using this color combo.  
It's my favorite.  
It really pops nicely all through summer, and the marigolds transition pretty well into fall.  
Bright pink geraniums, lime green sweet potato vine, and orange marigolds.  
By the end of summer, the sweet potato vines will be really spilling over the edges and looking amazing. 

In the front yard, the early spring flowers are still doing pretty well, but as the weather gets increasingly warm, the pansies start to droop.  
These guys are still looking great though!

 Sage and Coreopsis always pair well together.  
These are both really easy plants that deliver a lot of color, and stay nice and green through summer when they are done blooming.

We have one peony plant, and it has given me several nice mini bouquets already.

Out back, we are adjusting to more shade as our trees get bigger.  
Because our yard is so tiny, at this point, plantings are done unless we want to replace an existing with something new.  
Kinda nice, but I always love more!
This is one of my favorite areas- our side yard.  It's a nice little alley, and full of hostas and perennials.
The photo doesn't do it justice.

Our garden is starting out for the season, and I have all my usuals: tomatoes, basil, thyme, strawberries, blueberries, and our espalier apple tree.
You can absolutely garden with very little space! 

Our new honeysuckle vine.  
We planted it last summer, and after a nasty bout with aphids, it's healthy and growing.  

This wicker chair was one I was going to sell last spring, but after a scary accident falling out of the truck, the legs were damaged.  I didn't have the heart to throw it out, so I use it as a pretty plant chair.

The strawberries are coming on, and hopefully this year, Miss Bella (our pug) won't eat the whole crop!!

We always have a nice bunch of blueberries.  
This is the fifth year, and they are fantastic.
Our espalier 6 variety apple tree is growing.... We really need to get on the ball and get some pruning underway.  I'm a little concerned that the Fuji variety (bottom right) is getting leaf curl.
We'll have to do some research on that and hopefully get it taken care of before it's a big problem for the rest of the tree.

I'm not sure that this year's crop will be edible,  but it's exciting to see little apples forming!!

Our bamboo 'screen' that we have just behind our deck is really doing well. 
It was free, and the pots were an amazing deal at our local grocery store.
There's 3 pots holding the bamboo, and it's keeping it all under control.

And finally, some pretty peony bouquets I put on our deck table for our party Sunday night.
I was hoping to show some updates on our back deck, but I need more time to get that spruced up!

Hoping to enjoy these for a few more days!

It feels great to get outside and get some good hard work done.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

xo Denise

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  1. gorgeous- i love the orange color of your honeysuckle! we have yellow, white, and pale pink here, but i haven't seen orange!

  2. Your garden is lovely. Puts mine to shame. Whenever I plant anything pretty or flowering the rabbits eat and destroy it. So frustrating. My roses. Gone. . Right down to the stem.


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