April 9, 2014

A Hankering for . . . Garden Time

With the delightful warm weather finally arriving here in Minnesota my mind has shifted towards all things gardening.

I'm itch'in to get my hands dirty and plant seedlings.  Sadly, I'll have to wait at least a month before planting time.  In the meantime, I'll be spending my time searching for inspiration and planning ahead as much as possible.

Here are a few images that caught my eye that I'm hoping to incorporate into my garden.

I thought this mass planting of simple white Impatiens is pure genius.  
What a wonderful way to brighten up a shady spot in the garden.

white impatiens border - Love the simplicity

I love this mix of various Hosta's and decorative grasses in island beds.

Although I don't have any island beds in my yard, I do have a Hosta bed that I think could be greatly improved with the addition of some decorative grass.


Look how gorgeous this row of Knock Out Roses look against the wood fence.

I have the start of something like this in my backyard garden.  I currently have three Knock Out Roses that I love but maybe if I expand it a little I can have this look towards the middle of my large garden and than fan out into other plants on either side.

Knockout roses and hostas planted along fence. Low maintenance and beautiful!

You all know how much I love my Zinnia's.  

This year I'm going to have to give this version a try again.  Queen Red Lime Zinnia's  -  gorgeous aren't they.  I tried them a few years back, but unfortunately the year was not a good one, my whole garden struggled with the cool summer.  Maybe this year will be better.

Queen Red Lime Zinnia

I say this every year, but I really would love to add a pretty birdhouse with vines growing up the post somewhere in my backyard.

Bird house

This isn't really a garden accessory, but for some reason they seem to go hand in hand.  I really need to convince hubby a laundry line would be a great thing - - especially if it looks like this.


I should really make one of these since I have everything it required.  Such a nice way to spruce up a garden necessity.

DIY garden hose hanger with 4 x 4 painted wood + finial + hardware store hose holder

This would be a quick and easy project to give my patio a little character.

diy aging terracotta pots - add some soft pretty color to your pots!

I love planting in buckets.  Aren't these fun!  I would think they would be very easy to do also.

stenciled zinc <3

So there you go, now you know where I'm heading with my garden this year.

How about you, any big plans?

bye now



  1. Such pretty inspiration photos! I was so busy with family goings-on last summer, that I hardly had any time to garden...I can't wait to get out there this year!

  2. I had a gorgeous bed of red impatiens growing beneath my hibiscus tree last summer - and then we got a puppy. Oh, they looked so beautiful in mass until the puppy decided to use the impatiens as a bed and then dig them all up.

    All of your ideas are perfect for your garden.

  3. Thanks for sharing this beautiful inspiration!
    I was at the Garden Center today picking up a few pots of white flowers and greens to accent my booth for the show and was in heaven!!

  4. Adorable! Especially the last three pictures!

  5. These are so pretty! I'm so ready to work in the yard.

  6. All your post remind me of spring - longingly!! Sigh!! You should plan a little roadtripmfor the duluth junk hunt - 1st weekend in May!!

  7. Question...hosts and knockout roses together? I thought one was a shade plant and one needed sun

  8. Question...hosts and knockout roses together? I thought one was a shade plant and one needed sun

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  10. Although hostas enjoy shady spots in the garden, some do tolerate some sun. I have hostas and knockout roses in my front garden and they get morning and early afternoon sun. On really hot days I try to get out and water them in the evening. The hostas leaves do fade and get scorched on multiple hot summer days. They certainly do look really pretty together. Keep them watered and trim off any scorched leaves.

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