|The two flats on the ground leaning up against the glider are|
the ones I bought from the high school. I was much impressed.
I don't do fall clean up so I needed to pick up and rake before I could start planting. I use my utility cart to mix potting soil and fertilizer, dumping most of the pots and re-working the soil. Some of the heavier ones I didn't dump this year, I just pulled out any dead plants remaining, worked up the soil, and added in some fertilizer as I planted.
|This is the "before" picture, still has last year's dead plants.|
|Cookie wanted to be helpful, but she's|
so in-your-face about it that she was
in the way. She finally found a nice
spot to lay down and just watch.
I got everything planted that I had bought and then went up to Lowe's to check out their selection. I'm not done yet, but I'm close enough that now I know what I need to finish up. We plan to hit Strange's Nursery over in Richmond on Sunday and I should be able to get everything else there. There are generally a few more pots to fill and a few more stops to make for the next several weeks, but the vast majority of it should be done by the end of this weekend.
|Theo is very dependable about sticking around.|
|This is that pretty portulaca I got from the high school.|
Good plants and lots of color.
|Vince cruising by, supervising the other dogs.|
|Theo, Cookie, and Samantha on the front porch.|
|Gigi stopping by for a drink from the water|
garden. A couple of the water plants made it
through the winter.
|Samantha and Gigi|
|Gigi and Theo|
|After she realized I wasn't out there to feed, she|
picked a spot and laid down for a while, It was hot
today, but we had shade and nice breeze.
|It's not fully planted yet, but it's cleaned up|
and looking much better now.