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In My Garden

by - Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I know nothing about gardening. I couldn't even begin to tell you what plants and flowers are in my jungle backyard...

The previous owner was a gardener. Could you not tell by the Monet waterlilies mural I had in my bathroom? She left us a wonderful legacy though...

...all these flowers that pop up throughout spring and summer and colour our world, with no help from us. She even had a sprinkler system installed. Now that is serious stuff.

This is as garden-friendly as I get. We picked up some flowers for our urns. I think they're Impatiens but the neighbour says they're Begonias. Whatever they are, I hope we don't kill them with our black thumbs.

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  1. Love your garden! I'm very envious!

    I can only hope that we have a gorgeous backyard like that when we have a house of our own one day (soon!), irrigation and everything!!!

  2. wow, what beautiful plants and flowers! i especially like your ferns, and the entryway looks really inviting. i'm inspired...we inherited a yard full of weeds when we bought our home out of foreclosure. :)

  3. Are you kidding?! Gorgeous! You lucky girl!


  4. I used to be a black thumb, but now I'm obsessed with gardening! You inherited some lovely stuff. And, those look like Begonias to me as well :)

  5. WOW! that is a fabulous garden!! I'm sure the previous owner was sad to leave her plants behind! After all the hard work we put in, It would be hard to sell.
    Love me some black urns! they look great!

  6. They look like New Guinea impatiens to me!

    Lovely that the past owner's legacy is working for you.

  7. Aren't you lucky?! It is all gorgeous...Enjoy!!

    With our house we got a bit of bark dust and some sod that is dying from the pine needles. When we first looked at the house I said to the realtor, "Oh, I feel for the person who buys this house and has to figure out how to keep that grass alive." Hum...never thought it would be me. And here I am, puzzled.

  8. Yes, lucky you -- you inherited some lovely plants! The first three are a rose variety, salvia, and peonies. The broad-leafed green plant by the sculpture is hosta. And yes, I agree with Kate H. about the impatiens.

    So glad you are enjoying it!

  9. What a great gift that the previous homeowner left for you guys to enjoy! If I ever move, I'm taking my plants with me ;)

  10. soooo beautiful! you have some beautiful plants there!!!

    i was never into gardening, etc but we too inherited some beautiful blooms ... not anything as gorgeous as what the previous owner left you! so now the hubs and i are determined to keep it up! i am hoping that my black thumbs will turn green soon! :)

  11. What a gorgeous yard!! SO pretty!

    And I think those flowers are New Guinea Impatiens. They have that nice, dark, shiny leaf. :)

  12. Anonymous10:08 AM

    I love love LOVE your blog! Please post your pics of what you got at the Chirstie auction, I've been dying to see what you got!


  13. not even fair. had to start from scratch at my place! love those ferns!

  14. Anonymous12:56 PM

    Looks amazing! What a great variety

  15. Your yard is amazing!! If anything it's a botanical paradise, no jungle involved!!

    I wish the previous owners of our home had cared like yours, our yard is literally an overgrown mess.
    Thanks for the gorgeous pictures, they've inspired me to get out there and get to work!

  16. I cannot believe you inherited such a fantastic garden!

  17. Melinda KE5:49 PM

    Wow, you are lucky! I enjoy gardening and I would love to buy a house that already has a garden that lush!

  18. Sure wish we had inherited a ready made garden! This is beautiful and you don't have to water it - even better. It looks like it is doing just fine!

  19. Wow the previous owner left you some great treasures!!when I moved into my house I got a heap of overgrown weeds!! No luck for me!! But I have since gutted it all and planted everything from scratch...I am now enjoying my garden :) I think you will be too, with how gorgeous yours is!!

  20. I knew someday that working in my parents' greenhouse for all those years would pay off. The pictures are rose, larkspur, peony, can't tell, hosta, fern, rose, looks like another variety of hosta?, I want to say stephanotis but don't quote me, another rose, and a New Guinea Impatiens. Begonia leaves aren't usually that pointy, if I remember correctly. They're all beautiful, although my guess would be the hostas are ready to split.

    Sadly I am not a gardener, I have a brown thumb at best and I'm not a fan of how much work has to go into huge gardens. If I do plant anything, it's generally a perennial that's going to basically take care of itself. The less work I have to do the better. Of course I say that now but the house we're moving into at the end of the month has a bunch of juniper bushes in the front yard which I, glutton for punishment that I am, will eventually try and tear out because I hate juniper.

  21. Wow, you guys are a wealth of gardening knowledge! Thanks for helping identify some of the plants. I think the ones in the urn are New Guinea impatiens.

    Jessica - when you say split the hosta, does that mean literally cut the plant in half and transplant it? I didn't know that needed to be done. Good thing because the neighbour has been asking to harvest some of her floral goods so it may be her lucky day ;)

  22. Most perennials need to be split every three years or else they can't get nutrients as well, the centers might start dying or your flowering will go way down. Don't split them now; it's too hot and they'd probably get transplant shock. If you did do it now and the splits survived you'd really need to baby them along. Wait until late September or early next May--you want weather cool enough that the plant's roots can really take hold before it gets too hot or too cold. Just try to avoid dividing them when they're blooming.

    Depending on the size of the plant, the way I was taught was to take about 1/3 of the plant from each side (left and right), leaving the middle part so it looks symmetrical. Take a pointed shovel and cut straight down where you want to split. You want to make sure to get deep enough that you get a good root on the plant. They might just pop out of the ground, or you might have to dig a little bit from the outside to get the dirt loosened up enough. If they're really big clumps you can split the parts you split off, too. Just make sure to give them away or transplant them pretty quickly, or plant them in little pots of soil and get them watered until you can get to them.

    Hope this helps--I'm glad it only needs to be done every three years!


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