Wednesday, June 26, 2013
This is a continuation of an exciting story about a "make over" of an overgrown flowerbed surrounding the waterfall in our courtyard (if you would like to read the fascinating details from the beginning before reading this post, you can click here: Dog Days of Summer).
The following pictures show the flowerbed before I cleaned it out ...
It was a tangled mass of lantana plants that had taken on the characteristics of kudzu and was strangling everything in sight.
In an attempt to make it look like someone lives in our house, and to make the flowerbed less "snaky," I pulled up the unsightly lantana plants and transplanted them to a flowerbed in our backyard where they have plenty of growing room. Although less "snaky" looking, I thought the flowerbed looked rather empty without the lantana, and, well ... boring, for lack of a better word.
I decided it needed some color, but it had to be plants that could tolerate our soon-to-be 100-plus degree temperatures ... and zinnias were the first thing that came to mind. Since Home Depot is close by, I decided I would begin my zinnia quest there. Unfortunately, there were no zinnias to be found, but as I walked down one of the aisles, I could have sworn that I heard someone, or some thing, calling my name. And then I saw them ... five of the prettiest little red Vinca plants you've ever seen ... all in a row ... and practically quivering with excitement, as if they had been waiting for me to come along and take them home with me. And, of course, I did!
Their tag promises that they can withstand six hours or more of sun ...
So, hopefully, they will do well in their new home ...
I wish they were bigger, but at least they add a little color to the flowerbed, and, who knows ... perhaps in a couple of weeks I'll write a post beginning with the words, "Remember the little red Vincas planted all in a row? Well, look at them now!"
[Above photo is of some vinca I planted in the same flowerbed five years ago]