As I was looking through the garden center at Home Depot a couple of weeks ago, I came across a table full of my very favorite flower – Alstroemeria. My mom put some in her yard years ago for me (before they were even available at stores), and I have plans to get some sprouts from her as well, but I just couldn’t resist going ahead with one from HD in the meantime. I chose a purple bloom, because I already have a lot of purple flowers going in the yard (speedwell, lavender, hyacinths, and verbena).
I finally decided to quit putting off filling a large planter I bought years ago for the front stoop. I have been stalled on what to put there – it gets really hot in the afternoons, so nothing delicate or that needs shade. Bradley likes the shaped topiary-type shrubs, which are fine, but neither of us would ever commit to it. After deciding that I want another Emerald arborvitae in the front shrubbery bed, I went ahead and bought one for the planter that I will transplant to it’s permanent home in the fall. Then I guess I’ll be back to square one as for what to use in the planter. But we will get to enjoy the life it gives to the drab front stoop. I found an outdoor rug that perfectly fits the concrete stoop area to soften the look from Home Decorators.
Some plants in bloom now:
Here are my blackberries at this point: