Monday, June 13, 2016

Blue Hydrangea in Bloom

Back in 2011 I decided I wanted to plant a hydrangea. I have always loved them but heard they could be temperamental so I shied away from them.

So I finally broke down and wanted to get one that would bloom all Summer so for my first hydrangea I chose the Endless Summer variety.

The color, pink or blue, will depend on the ph of your soil which you can read about HERE, but mine is Blue and I love it like this!

Back in 2011 (pre-blogging) when I planted mine it bloomed nicely but after a few years I got nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Not ONE bloom!!!! 

The foliage was deep green and the plant looked healthy but I got NO blooms for SEVERAL years, then my neighbors trimmed their trees which gave my hydrangea more sun and voila. Instant blooms! Yay!

The blooms start out white and turn blue with time.
Some of my blooms are deep blue while others are a pale blue.

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Isn't this gorgeous?!

Here is the before and after from 2011 and now. 
My hydrangea has tripled in size and blooms, so if you want to plant one, be sure to give it space to grow and sprout.

I love this bush so much that I hope to plant more in my yard over the next few years.

So how do you like your Hydrangea? Blue or pink?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rainy Days

Hello everyone! Just in case you did not know, it has been raining here in the Midwest ALL WEEK LONG!
For four days straight it has rained non stop, and I'm starting to go stir crazy! They are calling for rain through the holiday and into next week so I've got a while before its all over with.

Unfortunately, I can't work on any of my paint projects or do much DIY around the house while its raining so I have been Spring cleaning instead.

Do I sound like I'm whining? Well, I kind of am! LOL

On the bright side, the day before the rain started I was able to tackle two small projects related to my patio and I can't wait to show you once the rain subsides!

Until then I will continue my Spring cleaning and dreaming of the sunshine and the pools that will be opening soon.

How is the Spring weather in your neck of the woods? Getting much rain?


Monday, May 16, 2016

One Urn Many Different Looks

Every Spring I always look forward to getting creative with my black urn.
The urn is usually a focal point on my porch so I try to do something different with it each year.

Over the years there have been many different things I have planted...some survived and some didn't, but here are some of my favorite looks for my urn.

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This was back in 2013 and I went with darker purple tones using various styles of coleus mixed with a potato vine and purple fountain grass of some sort.

I really like how rich this mixture of color looks against a beige house.

I stayed away from "flowery" and went with more foliage and it turned out to be one of my favorite designs.

The following year I was back at the Cape Code house, which is a white house with green shutters, so I chose to plant something bolder with more color that would stand out against a white house.

The lime green an hot pink colors were perfect and they lasted all the way into fall!

I chose coleus for this again, but this time I only used coleus and I loved it!

Funny thing, coleus is supposed to be a partial shade plant but this area gets full sun. As you can see the coleus did't mind it and filled in nicely to create a very colorful focal point for my porch. .....this too is another one of my favorite styles.

Ok, so I love this urn so much that I bought another one for my side yard where I get more shade.

It is a really lush space, and until buying my house I never realized how much color you can get in a shaded area. You just have to know which plants work best for shade.

I filled this urn with pink double impatients. I'm sure almost everyone has heard of impatients, but these are double impatients which look like little baby cabbage roses.

The pop of pink against all the green from the honeysuckle on the fence and hostas is an unexpected splash of color.

I also recently updated this space with these copper lanterns. Don't be afraid of shady spaces...there is a lot you can do with them!

I loved how this turned out and think I will try it again this year!

Lastly, you may remember a few years ago I took a boring cheap dollar store urn and gave it a makeover.

It turned out to be one of my most popular posts.
You guys loved it and so did I!

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It is amazing what some paint and flowers can do for your patio. Just add a few urns (paint them or leave as they are) and randomly place them on your patio and fill with plants that give height, color, or spill over to add an unexpected elegance to your patio without breaking the bank.

So there you have it. My top favorite urn styles!

If you do not have an urn I hope you are inspired to get one and play around with different looks. You can find them everywhere....dollar stores, Lowes, Home Depot, and even your local nurseries.



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