i woke up this morning with thoughts of planning and planting my flower beds. this is an exercise i find really delightful!! i have a lot of perennials planted which come up every year and are the bulk of my beds. but the real fun comes in selecting and planting all of the annuals which will add color all summer long. i am lucky in that my flower beds have 3 different sun exposures which allows me to select 3 different kinds of plants. the north side of the house gets a good deal of shade so i like to plant impatiens to add color to the many different varieties of hostas i have planted there. the impatiens get very big (bill fertilizes every saturday morning) and add so much personality to my back patio area. then there is the east side of my house which gets more sun and can take a bigger variety of plants. i like for this long bed to be very showy as it is the first thing you see when you pull into our driveway. the entire front of our house faces south so i plant sun-loving annuals in those beds. last year i was disappointed in how my south side annuals did so i'm going to shake things up this year to try to get more impact. what fun!!
the above original art is entitled "garden delight". i love the bright colors and my signature circle flowers. it is for sale in my etsy shop.