Monday, June 09, 2008

Bloomin' Tuesday

Is it ok for me to mention just how jealous I am of all the Bloomin' Tuesday participants who live back East? I consider jealousy an undesirable trait and generally speaking I try to avoid it, but when I look at your photos with all the wooded acreage surrounding your homes and all the beautiful flowers climbing up ladders, and spilling over wood sheds, and blossoming in nooks and crannies in your gardens, it just makes me realize that, in spite of popular belief, the grass really IS greener on the other side of the fence! Gardens seem to flourish and bloom with abandon back East.

Things are different in Colorado. It's not unusual for us to have to hook our fledgling plant up to an I.V. for the first year and a half of its life. Plants don't do well here without plenty of tender loving care, and more importantly ... Miracle Grow. Even then I've had to put many a plant on life-support to get them through a rough winter. I have to admit I wish I had a summer home back East in the woods … preferably next door to one of you "Eastern" participants. That way I could wile away my summer, sitting on a lawn chair, sipping lemonade, and gazing at your beautifully landscaped yards! If only…

Enough of this pity party... Today I am featuring the area surrounding my front door for my Bloomin' Tuesday post. In the month of May the nurseries in our area are filled to the brim with plants. Some of these plants are not "native" to our zone. Nurseries purchase these plants and Coloradans flock to buy them, so we can have a tropical plant in our yard, even if it's only for the summer season. We pay big bucks for these "annuals" because we all like to pretend that we live in a place where these plants grow naturally. Below is an example of this. This year I decided to buy several hibiscus plants and I placed one by our front door. It is so beautiful and its huge flowers add such a fun punch of color. When I see it I feel like throwing a lei around my neck and swinging my hips!To the right of my front door, encircled by a walkway, lives a little rock garden. This rock garden consists mostly of perennials, but occasionally I plant a couple of annuals just to add a little color. Here are a few photos of this little rock garden...

We also have a cool little round tree in this garden area. I have no idea of it's name, but it's funky shape adds a lot of character to the area. Below the tree is my "rock cat." My mother gave this painted rock to me years ago and often people have to take a double take to figure out if it's real or not!Much to the delight of every bird in our neighborhood, there are strawberry plants that surround this little rock garden. I imagine these strawberries taste delightful, but we rarely get to treat ourselves to one as the birds in our neighborhood seem to get to them long before we have a chance to pop one in our mouths! We may not have strawberries to eat, but we've got a lot of fat, happy birds chirping around our house!

Go to Ms. Green Thumb Jean's blog to see other Bloomin' Tuesday posts!

13 comments:

Cole said...

I love your Hibiscus! I heard that they have some that have been genetically altered to survive in Washington and I'm just wating to get my hands on one, or ten. I love your garden. For me my garden, flower and vegetable, are little havens I can run away to when I need to find a little peace....

Sugarplum Cottage said...

I love the little spruce tree, it's perfect. You do know you can take that Hibiscus in for the winter and it will bloom all year, just put it in a window. Put'em on life support is a hoot. May have to try that myself if it gets much hotter and drier here. Hugs, RoseMarie

No Rain said...

I feel the same way when I visit those bloggers back East--but only in the summertime! You have plenty of green--far more than we do here in the desert. Your hibiscus is such a pretty color. Quite unusual.
Aiyana

Deb said...

What a pretty front entrance you have. I've enjoyed finding new blogs through the "bloomin tuesday" post. Thank you for visiting me and your nice comment.

Jean said...

The entrance to your home looks so inviting even if you don't have lots blooming right now. The hibiscus looks great by the door and I love your little round tree. By the way, you can come live next door to me any time! I'd be happy to share my garden with you especially if you like to weed!

Suzy said...

Suzanne~(That's my name too!)
I'm so glad that I decided to join "Bloomin' Tuesday"...I have met so many nice ladies with green thumbs!
Your Hibiscus is beautiful and I love the little tree in your garden!Thanks for stoppin' by and I'll be back.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

WHAT A HYSTERICAL POST! I am so laughing! ARE YOU THROUGH WITH YOUR PITY PARTY?!!! I hope so, coz ya know what? I think your LANDSCAPING ROCKS!! WOW! IT'S BEAUTIFUL... AND LIKE: WHERE ARE YOUR WEEDS-- THAT is what I would LOVE TO KNOW?!! IF you are ever down south, look me up, and I'd be happy to let you help me pull weeds, mow, weedeat, weed again, oh I almost forgot; WEED AGAIN... and IF we ever get that done, I will make you a pitcher of lemonade and rock with ya on the porch while we watch thee weeds grow some more! heehaoaoo
Have a beautiful day
Lea

MiaKatia said...

I can't believe how big that little round tree has gotten. I do love your yard, it is beautiful and one of my favorite places to relax.

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Your yard does look very relaxing!!! I am enjoying looking at everyone's lovely blooms!!

Connie said...

I think your life-support nursing has paid off well!! Your garden area looks beautiful....and I wish I had luck with hibiscus....potted or otherwise.

My cousin is in Arizona and she doesn't have much growing time to have the lush perennials and such, but you have quite a variety of things growing in your garden.

The grass may be greener out this way, but the sunshine and beautiful scenery have their own benefits out your way! Some of us on this side of the fence probably think your side's greener!!:-)

Pudgeduck said...

I love the hibiscus at your front door!_ and the rock garden is great! Going to join in the fun at "Bloomin Tuesday."

Laurie & Chris said...

I love the hibiscus the color is great!!

devri said...

Great post, very relaxing, and love your little tree, only if my chldren would keep hands off, I could have one just like that someday!!!