Perennials are my favorite kind of flower. I love to learn about new flowers and try them out. I need to learn more about certain ones - how to care for them, what to expect, etc. I hope to learn lots and lots from the other folks here! I do have to admit, however, that quilting is my major love in life. Gardening is becoming a very close second!
How much time do you spend a week on average in your garden when weather permits?
We moved into a new house that we designed in January, so everything at this house is all new for us. We have 3 acres and we started a great vegetable garden, and we've planted lots of perennials so far. I can see me spending at least 6 hours a week on all the upkeep of the lawn, the vegetables and the flowers.
With the rain we had and the heat the weeds went from 2" to 6" in 2 days. Of course the good plants didn't sprout as much. This is the type of weather we can hear the corn grow at night.
I just noticed you are from Mt. Vernon. My kids went to Delaware Hayes. My daughter was a cheerleader so we've spent many a night watching the Yellow Jackets/ Pacers play basketball and football. She graduated in 97.
I enjoyed your pics. Love the hummers, they're so much fun to watch! I like perennials too! Especially when you have a great deal of space and they love to spread. It makes things easier when they basically are maintenance free. I'll be interested to see how the new gardens shape up.
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Agreed, Lorraine, that these colors are soothing on a hot day. This hydrangea is planted on the shady (northeast-facing) side of the garden, which keeps it from getting scorched on really hot days."