Wielding our green thumbs

Saturday we woke up after sleeping through a night of severe thunderstorms, which apparently produced a tornado in east Charlotte. We initially thought it was going to rain all day, and so planned on starting the final coat of paint on the stairs (a project that started in December…) After looking at the radar though, it appeared that the line of storms was going to stay southeast of us, and felt a trip to a nursery down the road was called for. Our front flower beds have been in desperate need of some love, and Saturday turned out to be the perfect day to do some landscaping. At Sugar Creek Garden Center we got three “Sparkling Plum” loropetalum, a dozen “Fancy Knickers” dianthus (that name makes me giggle), and a bag of organic fertilizer. The loropetalum shrubs would be planted in a row in front of our porch, with the dianthus in front of them. That would take care of the front bed, but we still wanted to do something down by the street, where there is one larger shrub already with an empty bed at its base. So at Home Depot we got 5 “Georgia Blue” speedwell, garden soil and mulch. A quick lunch, and we were ready to spend the rest of the day transplanting lilyturf, digging, planting, fertilizing, and mulching. Our front landscaping went from this:

To this:

The coneflowers and sage that we planted at the height of summer seem to be making a remarkable comeback.

Grow baby sage, grow!

Come on, coneflower!

The dark purple of the loropetalum looks great with our shutters, and the dianthus has a spikey-looking light green foliage, which really pops against the darker shrubs. I am also excited about cutting the dianthus once they bloom, so I can have fresh flowers in the house, grown in our very own garden!

*On another note, we now have a nephew! Stephen’s sister and brother-in-law gave birth to baby Beckett Saturday morning. It was kind of a surprise, because she was scheduled for a C-section this Thursday, the 8th. Apparently Beckett did not want to wait any longer. It was an exciting text message to wake up to!*