It's actually wonderful surroundings, but the elderly woman who lived in our home before us hadn't properly maintained the yard in years, and we've basically spent the entire summer cleaning/digging out our flower beds - a solid first step.
But as we continue to prep for fall planting, I couldn't just leave our yard flowerless for the summer. Enter lots of big, beautiful pots to fill with colorful, hearty flowers.
But what to plant? All my favorite go-to annual flowers were full sun and I have nothing but shade.
Also, I had to think about the deer.
|Exhibit A: a friendly, flower eating deer straight chillin' in my backyard.|
Deer resistant: a phrase that never crossed my mind until I moved into a home adjacent to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Enter Petitti Garden Center, Northeast Ohio's premier garden center. Their knowledgeable staff walked me aisle by aisle helping me pick out flowers and plants that would be most likely to survive (and thrive) in my new yard.
Admittedly, I didn't listen to all their advice, which is probably why I'm going to need a slightly altered plan for spring 2016, but I'm confident that my yard is going to improve year over year.
An easier portion of our outside to maintain, the front porch, has plenty of sun and from what I can tell thus far, no real deer interference. Bring on the big beautiful pots!
|CK and Maria helping me pick out two glazed clay pots for our front porch at Petitti's.|
|Top left: the day we planted the annual flowers - Penta, Lantana and Bacopa - in our new pots. Top right and bottom: growth progress after a month or so - blooms for days!|
While we may not want to admit it, summer is basically over, and I'm already thinking about my fall planting and spring planning -- mums, flower bed prep, weed killing, grass seeding, perennial planting and leaf removal.
There's so much to do! Luckily, Petitti Garden Center, and their nine locations in Northeast Ohio can help. I even already have a date set over Labor Day weekend with my Mom to make a trip to the Avon location for yard prep.
If you plan on doing the same in the upcoming weeks I have a giveaway for you - a $50 gift certificate to Petitti's!
To enter, complete one or all of the following:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite flower, tree or bush.
2. Tweet the following (You can tweet once per day, but must leave a new comment each time letting me know you did so.)
Hey, @Petittis - help make my garden grow with a $50 gift card from @clevelandsaplum! http://bit.ly/1LsOX9D
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You have until end of day Tuesday, September 1st to enter to win - GOOD LUCK!
Editor's note: I've partnered with Petitt's Garden Center to help bring this contest to you. As always, opinions are my own.