Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summertime update!

This is my house I bought in March 2015
I thought I’d do an update of the front of my house for now. I’m pleased with it compared to this time last year! Gardening on a budget is a challenge, but I make progress here and there.

 One of the things I'm most excited about is the two Clematises I planted. You see them above - they weren't very vigorous plants to begin with so I wasn't sure if they'd even make it. Some of you told me not to worry because they are very hardy. You were right! And note the color of the pink one....the light one doesn't look anything like it.

You can barely see them, but they are under the small obelisk I put there for them to climb. I know I need to do something more grand for them, but I had to see if they'd make it. I planted the Clematis with two Knockout rosebushes that I got at WalMart for $2.73 each! Now THAT was a great deal.(Left) Here's the Knockouts going crazy!
The Clematis in all their glory. The light one is a pale lavender and the dark purple - supposed to be a Jackmanii - has huge flowers. I'm not sure if this is a J. but I love it. I believe J. has smaller flowers. The photo is too bright - I'll take more to show you the real colors.

Summer 2016
A beautiful pot of Lantana and matching petunias and yellow gazanias!

My next project is to create a shade garden under my remaining tree in the back yard.
More to come!
Happy gardening to you,

I'd love to have any comments from you. Or you can email me at libbylottie@yahoo.com.


  1. You have done a lot in a short time! Wonderful! And everything looks so great with your clematis and Knockout Roses.

    1. Thanks, Sue! I'm happy with things so far. Everything lived through winter - we didn't have the bad one we had the year before this past one, so that helped, I think.

  2. Wow, such a big difference in just one year. You have really worked hard at getting some much needed landscaping done. I remember when you first got the clematis, and weren't sure if they would live or not. They have done really well. But I also love your roses! Sweet!

    1. Thanks, Karen! Nothing fancy or expensive - just good basic hardy plants to start off with! That didn't let me down, I might ad....:)