So I planted this:
|Hastas, coleus, petunias and impatiens are beginning to |
grow in my shady garden. (photo by Anna Jauhola)
We'd stop and smell the peonies she transplanted from my dad's farm (the farm she grew up on) and she'd tell me stories about her mom, Grandma Annie -- the peonies were hers. We'd smell the Stargazer lilies we both loved so much. We'd admire the roses, sweet williams, sweet peas, delphiniums (which won grand champion year after year at the county fair), and numerous other flowers that graced her yard.
We'd even stop to taste a few (or more) raspberries from the bushes she and Grandpa planted so many years ago.
This usually ended up being a good half hour to hour-long tour, with me asking questions about new flowers she may have planted, or about old flowers of which I'd forgotten the names. The conversation was often filled with laughing, usually over the dog's or cat's antics.
Then we'd sit at the kitchen table and have coffee and chat about mundane, everyday things, often laughing about our favorite show, "Keeping Up Appearances."
Now that Grandma's gone, I miss those gardens and tours even more.
So this year, I had Derek till up a patch on the west side of the house and I planted shade-loving flowers and plants.
|The hastas love shade and should |
grow about 2 to 3 feet tall.
(photo by Anna Jauhola)
Jacob picked out the colors, red and orange, for the impatiens. He is excited about watching both the flowers and vegetable plants grow. We told him Grandma Ruby (my grandma) and Grandma Sherrie (Derek's mom) would be very proud that he's helping with the gardens, which makes him that much more interested in the process.
Last night it rained quite a bit so the plants should be loving life right now.
|I fell in love with impatiens a long time|
ago and can't imagine a flower garden
without them. (photo by Anna Jauhola)
|Petunias love some sun, but can do well|
in shade too. Looking forward to them
growing large. (photo by Anna Jauhola)