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Flower Gardening Update

I promised that once a month, I’d stand in the same spot (next to the piles of slate destined for the garden paths…trust me, they aren’t moving anytime soon) and snap photos of the flower garden. I love flower gardening. I could spend all day out there. The butterflies are out in full force. On Tuesday we counted 20 butterflies alone at the front of the garden. This morning as I snapped these pictures, several hummingbirds swooped by to drink nectar from the feeder hanging on the arched trellis entrance, but I was too slow to capture them.

Here is the garden on May 4, 2009:

And here it is: the flower garden, today, June 4, 2009. This is the hot, sunny, sloping area next to the driveway that the guys building our house thought of as wasted space. They’ve told us they wondered what we’d do there. Even the UPS delivery man stops to look at the flowers when he drives up. The flowers make me so happy! Annuals, perennials, roses and a ton of weeds, all in happy, messy profusion.

The majority of the plants are from SpringHill Nursery. Remember my story about them? I bought two kits and they had a year guarantee. I called them to ask for a replacement on just six plants that had died. Each kit had at least 30 plants. They didn’t just send me new plants – they sent me the WHOLE KIT! TWO KITS! So my flower gardening joy is complete. More plants to play with!

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  • Betty
    June 5, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I also love to garden. Your garden is truely inspirational. I’m putting your book on my reading list. Your career shift seems to be working for you. Happy Gardening”!

  • Jeanne
    June 5, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Betty, thanks so much for your kind comments. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you. The book is only available as an electronic download through Best Steps for Success – click on the link in the left margin of the blog to get there. I may release it in paperback too, we’ll see. Enjoy your garden 🙂

  • Jan (Thanks For 2 Day)
    June 5, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Jeanne, wow, the ‘driveway’ garden is eye-candy! It’s ‘wild and free’ but not a bunch of weeds…a mix of natural and ‘planted on purpose’ looks great in such an open space;-) I’d love to have that much of a sunny area–oh, the plants I could put in! Spring Hill sounds wonderful! I’m going to their website right now!! (Will they give you another ‘bonus’ for my interest in them after reading your suggestion?!!). Hope so!

  • catalangardener
    June 6, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Jeanne it looks fab, and all the better for knowing others would have let the space be wasted. Must be great to come home to all that colour and wildlife right on your driveway.

  • Jeanne
    June 6, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Hi Jan,

    If you click the link to Spring Hill from my blog, I get a “credit” 🙂 Thank you!

    I really appreciate your kind words, especially since I’ve seen photos of YOUR garden and it’s beautiful too!



  • Jeanne
    June 6, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for your lovely comment! The flower garden is an odd one. All the plants slant up hill, so it looks most beautiful from the house, especially my office. Which I’m not arguing with!

    Thanks again for dropping by!