Thursday, June 24, 2010

Today's Outlook

After reading Tina's post about making a light box for her landscape designs and seeing what a plan looks like, the idea popped into my head to do it myself ! Thanks Tina.
No, I'm not a landscape designer but did a "plan" of what is ALREADY in the yard.

Most of my garden beds are done but realized this year I didn't know where the heck everything was planted in my shade beds. And now there's a new sun bed (oddly shaped)which was a gift from Hubby last year with only certain plants labeled (go figure),so I just had to wait till' they bloomed to figure 'em out !
Of course, knowing myself, this is all subject to change. If only I knew then what I know now my placement and selections would have been different. Regardless, my side of the yard looks pretty darn good, IMHO.

This diagram outlining what's growing took about 2 weeks to do and can be changed if needed.
It's not a professional design but the information is helpful for this gardener.
By the way... it's been in the low 90's/33 c for a week now, so working outside has been nearly out of the question.

Click twice to read.

Now a look at some of those pretties !

Coreopsis verticillata or Thread leaf Tickseed

Stella Dora Daylilies

Red Fox Speedwell or Veronica spicata 'Red Fox'

False Sunflower

Rudbeckia hirta Indian Summer David Rose

Catmint or Nepeta 'Walker's Low' and unknown grass

Coleus 'Red Head' and Geranium x 'Rozanne'

Tiger Lily

Creme Brulee Coral Bell

Aucuba japonica or Japanese laurel

Double Knock Out Rose'Rosa Radtko'

Hummingbirds Gold tm Honeysuckle-Lonicarax x brownii 'Kristins Gold'

Phlox panicuiata cosmopolitan David Rose

Obedient Plant or Physostegia 'Virginiana Miss Manners'

Daylily 'Lily Grapeete'

Dwarf Cosmos

Sneezeweed 'Mardi Gras' or Helen's Flower


Temp. Bed

Mophead Hydrangea



  1. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Your design looks most professional and easy to read. Love it! They sure make gardening more simple-providing we don't change the garden too much. Your plants are splendid!

  2. Your blooms are fantastic,
    as is your garden,
    thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. Are you sure you need a plan? Your blooms are gorgeous, Patsi! Look at those hostas! They look like Chinese terracotta warriors! And nepeta - aaah! I love nepeta in mass, but our neighbors'cat already visits my garden on a regular basis. I'm afraid, with nepeta, he would live in my garden! Your drawing looks professional. Go Patsi!

  4. Indeed, a beautiful garden is a work of art! You must be delighted, Patsi!

  5. Dear Patsi, I am in awe of your professional design plan. You will find it very useful to work from as you change your garden. Your photography is also very professional!! Each flower is more beautiful than the last ... I couldn't possibly pick a favorite. Stay cool!! Pam x

  6. So many gorgeous blooms! I do love that 'Helens Flower' and must research the deer resistance. Great plan (map?) of your garden -- you are definitely skilled with pen and paper.

  7. Just beautiful!!! I have some of the same plants. My Mardi Gras is just starting to bud in my garden. Love the Grapette. How do you like Miss Manners. Is she really as polite in the garden as some say?

  8. Patsi , love the idea of mapping out where and what is in the garden.The Angel saying I may have to use , I have a watering can that needs painting and that saying would fit perfectly. Your flowers all look healthy and happy.

  9. Hi Patsi. Your garden looks so bright and beautiful. Your Grapette lilies are so lovely. Your Red Fox veronica is blooming so wonderful and mine seems to be just setting in the bed LOL! That Coleus is gorgeous too. Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Your unknown grass looks like my variegated Acorus?

  11. Your garden is beautiful. Great job on the garden layout. It can come in very handy when things die back. We need to make one for our yard. You have given me the motivation to start on it.

  12. Patsi girl it is amazing how many plants we share ! .. that is a great idea to have a plan of your garden .. I really need to do that too .. I planted a few hellebore this Spring in a shared area for them .. and I swore I would remember the new ones .. what was I thinking ?
    or should I say what was I drinking at the time ? LOL .. I have to get organized and that is THAT !
    I miss seeing new episodes of Nurse Jackie .. I can't wait to see ow she is going to handle this intervention ? LOL

  13. That is a very professional looking plan Patsi. Your garden is full of gorgeous plants and blooms. :)

  14. Love your two quotes - and your flowers! Beautiful!!!

  15. What a great idea to make a plan of what you've got planted. Every year I'm surprised by plants that I forgot about. So many of your flowers blooming there won't be blooming here for awhile. I love the Black eyed Susan's and Sneezeweed. It's cooled back down here, with gray clouds. I think we're getting our summer doled out a few days here and there. 90's does sound hot, but I'd take it for awhile.

  16. aloha patsi

    what a nice plan, i'll have to do something like this down the road and the photos show a gorgeous landscape, thanks for sharing this.

  17. Wow! Absolutely beautiful.

  18. Hi Patsi! What a Great Looking Plan!!! You must be very excited - I got excited just looking at it! :-)

    Btw: What you call tiger lily, we call "ditch lilies." They grow very wild in the ditches here and are invasive . . . There are Many Other hemerocallis that clump and just grow larger clumps that are easily contained and divided. Just a suggestion . . .

    Have a wonderful time creating this garden!!

  19. It's all wonderful, Patsi, and kudos to you for putting it all down, a daunting task I know! Gardens always change, but I love what you say about if only I knew then what I know now, ain't that the truth!!! lol :-)


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