Saturday, May 3, 2014
Fuchsias, Fuchsias, and More Fuchsias
Brace yourself because spring has sprung and it’s time to start sharing the flower photos. It reached 98 degrees here at our Oregon Coast home last Wednesday – too hot to work in the garden, but I couldn’t bear to go inside, so I spent a good part of the day lounging in the cool grass under the cherry tree simply enjoying the garden view and making plans for improvements. In the morning I went flower shopping and came home with lots to fill the pots, but they’re just babies still, waiting for me to plant and fertilize them this weekend. Grow, babies, grow! To get a head start on the color I brought home a few fuchsia baskets.
The first is shown hanging in the shade of the red willow leaf maple in the bed alongside the house. There’s a transplanted azalea blooming in the foreground. It’s a little loose and open still after having been split into four pieces during the transplant.
A couple of close ups of its pretty pink blooms, tinged with violet.
This pot is hanging from the cherry tree.
I don’t even have words for how beautiful these are.
Below is the beginning of the backyard beautification. I’m not sure how far I’ll get with that this year, but I’ll do my best. Keep in mind it is the dog yard and utility area. In fact, the windows you see here are part of the deck enclosure which was modified especially for Wally when he was a puppy. The entire back yard was landscaped just for him, and now, of course, he shares it with LuLu. It’s safe and clean, completely fenced in. The basic structure of the landscape is beautiful, but there aren’t enough blooms for my satisfaction. Stay tuned. . . For now, I’ve started with the fuchsia baskets. They’re hung low so they can be watered easily and won’t bang into the windows when the wind blows. There’s another hanging higher at the head of the stairs. You can see LuLu there, too, and a few fading blooms of a rhododendron.
See the knot hole in the fence beyond the basket? Wally and LuLu’s Chocolate Lab friend, Tori, lives over there. LuLu is always trying to stuff toys through the hole for Tori.
Sorry, no doggie photos today, but there will be plenty of those later. These sunny days do bring out the camera! I hope you have a lovely weekend, and for those of you still waiting for spring, take heart – it will come soon!