So on Saturday afternoon we went to a nursery and bought several plants: some rosebushes, herbs, dahlias and also four big sacks of planting soil, plus lots of pots from the store next door (yeah, I live smack in the belly button of a huge Walmart like store. Imagine that you cut a rectangle with it's shorter side being the front out of the facade of a super store and put a little house there. Yup, that'd be us)
Sunday we hopped in our bicycles ( the girls riding in their little seats) and went to get the tools we needed. When I was in my parent's house, I had all the tools you could think of. I've always felt like in a toy store when I enter a Truper dealer... guess it comes from being the only girl! Well, my Hubby gave me a set of garden tools (a small rake, a planting shovel, a small shovel and a fork) and threw in some pruning shears. Golly gee! can you see me skipping with glee all the way there?
The rest of the day we spent potting our plants and planting some seeds, with a second trip to the nursery to get more flowers (I decided at last that my balcony needed some love too) and we got two gorgeous strawberry plants! LOVE LOVE LOVE the little suckers!
Pansies and strawberries hanging in the corner of my "living room"
So, after much dirt and shoveling and some swearing and two little girls blissfully covered in dirt, here's what my patio looks like!
Can you imagine it without plants? this is the very back of the patio. From right to left, a rosebush, a chile plant, a dahlia in front of a "mutton tail", then some arnica, sage, a tuberose in the rectangular pot, basil, and in the back pot is my rosemary. The small black pots are where I took some Tuberosa bulbs and I'm trying to coax them to grow! hehehe! let's see if I can manage.
This is what a Tuberose is supposed to look like, and it's so fragrant!
Right at the back is another small black pot where we planted some string beans. And can you see my tools in the small shed? on top of it is an old birdcage that I plan to use as a guide for my tomato plants! Recycle!
here is my pink bouganvillea, the big one in the big pot. I just trimmed it! in the small round pot under it I planted Thyme, and next to it is a rosebush. On the wall, from right to left, oregano, carnations and mint.
This is a small agave like plant that I don't know the name. Then the one in the center is a Desert Glory, and the next plant? I don't know it's name, but it gives out a small sprig of very tiny bell like flowers!
from right to left, a pink rosebush, a white rosebush, a pot awaiting the Aloe Vera plant (we hadn't potted it when I took the photos) and jazmin!
There used to be a heavy sort of motor for a walk-in fridge from when there was a butcher shop in what now is my home (right where my strawberries are! eek!) and the frame was welded to a beam, so we got to keep it (yeah right) and this is just outside my daughters' window (you have to go through their room to get to ours, and yes, it is separated from the rest of the house so if it's raining and you have to go to the kitchen... oy!) Three rosebushes!
I will stop badgering you now! I am so proud of all the work and moving and planting and such that we did this weekend! this is my humble little patio! some other day I'll show you my balcony!