Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy week with back to school. Hubby and I dropped Little off and then went out to breakfast. It was nice after along summer to have time for just the two of us. I think sometimes we get so caught up we forget we need some time just to have an uninterrupted conversation. Eggs and a full sentence are a pretty awesome combination!
I saw some Fall mums at Walmart and I had to buy some. My front walk needed a bit of a pick up, as my summer flowers were beginning to peter out a bit.
It was time to assess what I need for next year and what needed to transition over. I like to have some color year round.
A few years ago, we pulled up to the front of the house mid-summer and noticed everything was green, green, and more green. After that I’ve been slowly trying to see when something was blooming and then add something appropriate for that bloom time. It’s been a fun process, kind of like fitting together a puzzle of plants and color.
I like Mums for a quick burst in the Fall. If you pick ones without a lot of opened blooms, they last much, much longer into the season.
I went for the straight dark red ones. I like how they are against my white house and the different shades of greens.
They show up a bit better against the yellow and reds and make nice color contrast.
My chartreuse coleus are finally starting to hit full stride.
This used to be a full shade area.
When we had to take our dying ash tree out last year, it instantly went from full shade to full sun.
Some of the plants don’t mind so much like the darker Hosta’s and Coral Bells, but the lighter ones are getting burned out.
I ended up adding some Penstemon and a Purpleleaf Sand Cherry for some color. The dwarf cone-flowers are thriving in the sun. They add a pretty deep pink color.
I also have some silver sage in the back ground that adds some nice contrast.
I am looking forward to next year when everything will fill in a bit more. We are also going to be adding a larger tree in front. We really need the shade. At about 2 pm it’s like we live on the sun.
I am thinking about a Little-leaf Linden, or I want something that gets about 20-30 feet tall and about 15-20 feet across like our ash tree did. It’s a shame, but you just can’t replace a 35 year old tree. That’s why I am so against people cutting down trees unless you absolutely have to (and sometimes you do).
We had to take down out plum tree this year too. It had some kind of fungus that completely killed off. It really leaves a huge bare spot in our yard. I am actually looking at a Beech tree for that space now. We’ll see what spring brings and what the nursery’s have!