Last year, I didn't do my garden in the traditional sense. With my new Etsy shop just opening at the end of January, time was very limited. So, other than the usual herbs that came up by themselves, I kept it simple and just put even more flowers than usual in pots on my front & back porches, along with some extra herbs. (Love the way flowers look in pots outside European cottages (think England, Ireland, France, & Italy!) and Greek courtyards (think "Mama Mia"!)
Having said all that, these days, just give me a nice little salad garden, some wonderful herbs, pretty blue cornflowers (or "Bachelor Buttons") alongside sunflowers, big & small, and I'm happy! Oh......and lots of flowers hanging (Must have a fuchsia!) and sitting in pots everywhere. (Have to have a hibiscus!)
But this year, we decided to have it all. My hubby (yes, of course, I have a wonderful husband!) and I decided to "take back" our garden! Though it was almost still completely there, we lost a few inches in the width of the garden. Over the years, our garden has extended further and further, and now we had to dig a bit more up! So while not exactly as wide as before, it is quite long. With a bit of a late start this year, losing a few plants through the winter, and hungry animals in the back yard, (who ate my daisies?!!!) it was also not quite as full as planned. But, we are quite happy with it!
So, if you saw my last post, ("This Artist's Garden") you have already visited the first half of my garden. Now come visit the other side, the sunniest side, where the herbs, tomatoes, & sunflowers grow, when all goes well.
"Honey Bee Heaven"
As always there is a sweet little bunny or two. (who definitely ate the pretty phlox by the garlic chives!) This one thought I wouldn't know the difference between him (or her) and my lavender. (The onion chives have been moved since this photo was taken.) Note driftwood... brought back from a beach on the coast of Maine!
Next comes what I call the Tuscan side....the herbs..... Greek oregano and/or Italian, basil, etc. (Also thyme & parsley.) The bunnies ate the parsley, but it is coming back. No blue flowers this year. They had to be moved after blooming and didn't quite recover! *sigh*
Then onto the tomatoes, big & small...and my happy little sunflowers.....
....and my happy big sunflowers...(This is actually a close up of one of the smaller ones.) The mammoths haven't blossomed yet, but will very soon. Again, a later than usual planting, so I am very happy to have any!
Have a wonderful week, & see you here again soon!
P.S. "Honey Bee Heaven" & "Happy Face" are now available on Etsy!
You can find me at: www.colorworkstudio.etsy.com