Gardening Day 2012

Each Year, I take one full day for gardening from sun up to sun down.  This year's gardening day was week before last and I'm pretty pleased with the results.

Actually, this year was a little different from those in the past because my perennials really haven't left much room for planting.  I guess that's a good problem to have, when you consider the cost of plants. 



Yep, this go round was much more about cleaning up.  I always start gardening day at the nursery first and then I stop in at Lowe's/Home Depot.  You just can't beat a local nursery for the best, healthiest and unique (for your zone) plants. 


Whitener's Greenhouse (Huntersville, NC)



Whitener's Greenhouse (Huntersville, NC)

I know it's a little early in the season but I at least wanted to share how Gardening Day 2012 turned out. 

Cutting Bed- BEFORE


Cutting Gardening - AFTER
 I'm still waiting for the ground to warm up a bit before I plant my favorite wildflowers.


Produce Garden - BEFORE



Produce Garden- AFTER


BEFORE

  

AFTER
Patio - BEFORE


Patio- AFTER
My list was pretty short this year. 

  •  A few of my favorite annuals, Gerber Daisies (and one that made it through the winter-far right).  By summer, it will look better than those I purchased.  I'm hoping for pink or yellow. 

  •  A few plants for some mixed pots. 



The violet verbena was a clearance deal on the discard rack at Lowe's.  I feel like I've arrived when I bring back one of these cast-offs to it's fully glory.  An added bonus is the color of this one is "Biloxi" blue. 




  • Something a little different for me.  This one's a Hollyhock.  Kind of old school, but I like it.  However, it didn't do to well during last week's cold snap. 

Hopefully it'll survive and turn into this soon....

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All in all, Gardening Day was pretty successful.  I'll keep you posted on the progress.

Happy Gardening!

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