How Does Your Garden Grow? Part 2

Gorgeous geraniums!  I love how they look like the flowers in Maui!
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This little ol’ blog is such a great way for me to archive and keep track of things!
I love that I can look back here and see how my garden transforms over this summer season!
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I did my first post about planting my sweet peas, then I did my next garden post just after I had planted my veggie and cut-flower garden…
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So here is part 2, so much has changed already!
We have such a short growing season that everything grows as fast as it can here!
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Here’s a little tour…
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These boxes are my FAVOURITE!  I was inspired by an image I had seen on Pinterest, using wine boxes for gardens.  Genius.  We actually have quite a few wine boxes on hand, so I put them to use.  Gorgeous, no!?
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I’m a big fan of group planting, so one box is full of these violas,
and because there are so many, you can smell them from the deck!  LOVE!
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And the other box is full of strawberries for the kids!  They go out everyday to see if any are ready!
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This is one of my little herb gardens!  I’ve already put the parsley to good use!
In here I have parsley, dill, spearmint, a stray pansy plant, verbena (for colour only), and nemesia for scent.  Lovely…
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My peas and gladiolas are up!  Still waiting for the beans to show their little faces…
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My daughter fell in love with these little moss plants!  They were being sold as ground cover, but we thought they would look amazing on our outside table as a centrepiece.   Pretty!
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My favourite time of day in the garden is early, early morning.  This is around 6am.
The sun is perfect and everything looks fresh and smells so delish!
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I love, love my hanging baskets.
I originally had strawberry plants here, but decided to move the baskets over.
Don’t they look stunning here?
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So pretty!  I bought these baskets like this… all ready to go…
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Every year I plant the same flowers, petunias.  I love petunias, and still have them in other pots, but in my deck pots I’m trying something new.  Goin’ outside my comfort zone this year!
I decided to try million bells.  I have yellow, red, fuschia, white, and pink in here.
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They look sparse now, but just wait…I can’t wait to see how they take off!
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Stay tuned!
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How is your garden coming along?
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  • Reply Sam June 7, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Sam wrote:
    Your garden looks great! I especially love the wine box planters, I’m going to have to try that, maybe for my veggies! Looking forward to seeing how your garden progresses! X

  • Reply olguis23 June 7, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    You’re garden is so pretty! Such an inspiration.

  • Reply Nuha June 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Nuha wrote:
    your garden is gorgeous 🙂 I love the hanging pots!

  • Reply Kristin June 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Kristin wrote:
    This is gorgeous, I have a ton of these, now I know what to do with them 🙂 Thanks for linking up !

  • Reply Susan June 7, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    How neat!! Love your garden. Beautiful…

    Hope you have a great day!

  • Reply Vicki June 7, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Your garden looks like a little piece of paradise! Gorgeous! Love the wine box idea!

  • Reply Nook & Cranny June 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Your garden is wonderful.
    I love your different items as planters.

  • Reply Missy June 8, 2011 at 3:04 AM

    I had big plans for our garden this year until I got pregnant, so I’m having to take it easy. Can’t wait for next year!

  • Reply Cecily June 8, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    Oh WOW I love your planters! That box is fantastic! Thanks for sharing these!

  • Reply Jenn June 8, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    Your garden looks fabulous! Pinning it! I also wanted to say how much I love your blog design. It’s my first time visiting so I must go have a better look around! 😉

  • Reply Kari June 8, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    I’m loving how you planted your flowers in the boxes – what a great vintage look!

  • Reply brooke June 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    SO cute!! Great use of your space. And you can tell by looking at it that it is well loved. What about some kind of frame up the fence for eggplants or cantaloupe or climbing beans? The boxes are wonderful. AND I LOVE THE GNOME!!!

  • Reply Katie June 8, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    I absolutely love your wine box planters!!! Makes me want to go out and get some wine boxes pronto! 🙂 I’m your newest follower and
    I would love if you’d link this up at Sew Woodsy today at our What’s Up Wednesday’s link party.

  • Reply abeachcottage June 8, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Your garden is lovely. Love your planters and the hanging baskets looks so cute. Thanks for stopping by BC Good Life Wednesdays.

  • Reply June 8, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Gorgeous garden! I love how you set it up with the wine boxes and the baskets – the whole thing is just beautiful!
    Star Hughes Living

  • Reply Rosemary@villabarnes June 9, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Beautiful garden, made extra special by your lovely containers.

  • Reply Katie June 9, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    I absolutely love your little garden area. It is so cute and clean [which I like]. I have some of those million bells as well that I bought in a huge hanging basket. They were gorgeous when I bought them, but they are looking kind of pitiful now…any tips? How much light and water are you giving them? I am so new to gardening, but I am learning…

  • Reply Pam - diy Design Fanatic June 9, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    What a wonderful garden!

  • Reply Linda June 9, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    I love what you’ve done with the planting. I recently bought some old dresser drawers at a tag sale. I intend to put dirt in them and plant something(hopefully this year). Take care, Linda

  • Reply Karina June 9, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    Your garden is beautiful – I love, love, love the use of wine crates….may have to copy that one. Don’t you just love pinterest – so inspiring.

  • Reply Comeca Jones June 9, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    How beautiful !

  • Reply Light Trigger June 9, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    oh, your garden is so beautiful! as your photos too!

    via Sweet Shot Tuesday

    Light Trigger

  • Reply bj June 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    G’morning…just to let you know that I featured your pretty garden today. I have a I WAS FEATURED button for you, if you want it. Near the top of my blog sidebar. :))
    We ALL love FEATURED buttons to display. 🙂
    xo bj

  • Reply Lorrie June 10, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Lorrie@ The Victorian Rabbit said….your garden is beautiful and inspiring I love the way the grey gravel sets it off.

  • Reply High Street Cottage June 11, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Wonderful idea! I love unique planters and wine crates sure do the trick, you did a great job! I have the honor of being your “linky neighbor” over at Donna’s party, hope you have a wonderful weekend and feel free to stop by to say hello, tami

  • Reply Honey at 2805 June 11, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Wine box planters! How unique and fun!

  • Reply Donna June 11, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    I am in love with your wine box planters! What a fun idea! Where did you manage to find them? I just may have to borrow your idea if I can ever get my hands on some of those boxes! Oh, and I just have to check out your banana Nutella muffins, yum!!

  • Reply Madigan at madiganmade June 11, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    What an inviting outdoor space! Love the idea of using wine boxes for planters. And the little moss pots are darling!

  • Reply Laurel @ Ducks in a Row June 11, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    You have made your space so beautiful. I am loving the hanging plants and am inspired!

  • Reply Deanne June 12, 2011 at 4:43 AM

    Your garden looks fantastic!

  • Reply Jami June 14, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    I just want to go right outside and see if I can make my garden look half as lovely as yours! Would love for you to stop by and share it at the Tuesday To Do Party!


  • Reply Katie June 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    I said it once and I’ll say it again I love the wine box planters! Thank you again for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you’ll come back today and link up another craft project!

  • Reply gail June 16, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    Oh my! So lovely ! You make me want to go work in my yard.

    thanks for sharing at Catch as Catch Can.

  • Reply Oksana June 28, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Your garden looks amazing! My husband and I planted our first vegies this year – just some tomatoes and red peppers. I am hopeful that it will work out.
    Found you through IHeart Organizing.


  • Reply Sydney Landscape Design October 19, 2011 at 5:07 AM

    To begin a New Garden, select a spot that is open to light but is not too hot. An east facing bank or berm is ideal. Soil generally must be amended, or mixed with organic material, to make it porous. A mix of half native topsoil and equal parts coarse sand, pea-sized gravel and compost is one common recipe used by rock Gardeners. Don’t be afraid to be expressive. Rock gardens look best when they are bold and large, rather than puny and trivial. The rocks should all be of the same source, but of different sizes.

  • Reply Landscape Design Sydney September 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    A landscape designer knows his ground. He has done gardens like you before and has accumulated precious experience over the years. This makes him the best judge of what would work for your property and what would be a total disaster. These areas of expertise include knowing what sort of flowers/plants/shrubs would grow well in your garden and which would never thrive. Many homeowners have admitted that they suffered huge losses when they bought a plant or a flower in bulk for their garden, but it never grew well. That is why hiring an expert designer will ensure that you will only invest in plants which will thrive in your garden.

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  • Reply Leann February 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I LOVE YOUR BACKYARD GARDEN! It is absolutely lovely! I have a backyard that is just awful and have been looking for designs that would work with our barren wasteland. What you have done is amazing, simple and beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing.

  • Reply Northern Beaches Landscapers July 3, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Some great ideas hear, as well as inspirational pics. Thank you for sharing. I love the unique pots you have used, great way of adding some charm to the garden.

  • Reply Greg October 4, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Great idea having a box full of strawberries planted for the kids. Any incentive to have children play (or even just be) outside nowadays is a good thing. Having them watch the strawberries grow and then reap the reward of being able to eat them is excellent. Well done Jo-Anna!

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