The Retirement Garden Project rolls on, every day new plants coming back to life after the winter. On Monday I told you about the history. Wednesday we reviewed the current state of the garden. Today I will bring you the first installment of the Master Plan.
I had planned to do this all in one post, but I thought a scant two novel-length posts for the week was enough. Rest assured, there will be more gardening coming at you next week. For now, who wants to geek out on the garden planning with me? You even decide where we put the plants! This is going to be fun.
This abnormally warm late winter and spring we have been having, while possibly being a precursor to the apocalypse, is a boon for us right now. On Tuesday I was sweating while wearing shorts and a tank top and clearing and mulching the vegetable garden.
The ground is soft, so the weeds are coming out pretty easily, but boy are there a lot of them, and all up the perennials, too. We are still holding off on putting anything in the ground until the normal last frost date for Zone 5 here, just to be safe, but now there is plenty of time to prepare everything for planting.
Today’s post feature, the front yard, is a bright, cheery sun garden with fiery warm colors all around. The house is to the west, a massive sycamore on the parkway to the east, and to the north and south are just the neighbors’ yards, neither of which have trees in them to shade our yard.
What is pictured here is mostly what is already in place, as well as a couple of plants (like the Black-eyed Susans and Wallflowers) that still have to be planted/transplanted, but have a place set aside for them. As you can see, there is still plenty of area we have yet to fill in. Then there is the matter of bloom time – plants with short and staggered bloom times can be mixed together to extend the total bloom time of an area of garden.
These are the seeds we have for the front yard, yet to go in the ground
- Brilliant Red Oriental Poppy
- Chinese Lanterns
- Cosmos Bright Lights Mix
- Cosmos Cosmic Orange
- Galliarda Goblin
- Gazania Sunshine Mix (discontinued? This link is a similar variety)
- Marigold Burpee’s Best Mix (discontinued? This link is a similar variety)
- Nasturtium Jewel Mix
- Wallflower Sunset Hybrid
- Wildflower Mix (just a generic mix)
Keeping in mind height, bloom season and sunlight needs, where should we put all of these? Shout out your ideas down in the comments section. It’s like a puzzle!
For a little more inspiration, check out what the front yard was looking like last September just after the big push get the garden ready to bed down for the season.
Thanks for coming with me on this massive labor of love. Don’t forget to tell where you think I should plant all of the nomadic flowers I have not yet found homes for in the comments below!