An experiment with growth and design

I'm new to starting anything from seeds, and also to bulbs. I started my voyage into this brave new world, and there's no turning back now. I relied on a few petunias, and roses to serve as my old faithfuls, just in case this year turned up brown thumb.
I put in a second tier to the flower bed on the side of the yard that gets the most sun by using old paving stones that were pulled up in the back yard. This spring / summer, I'm working to make a low maintenance space in the strip of yard between my house, and my neighbor. It's shaded, on a slight incline, and a pain to mow. My idea? A fern garden. We'll see how much progress I can make as the weeks pass.

Flower Close-ups Front Yard Garden Side Yard Small (Under 1,000 sq ft.)

1 of 9: Purple cone flower blooms have arrived, planted the seeds last year with hopes of blooms in 2011. I call this a success!

2 of 9: The glory of these wave petunias is that they do great here every year..... only three plants are in the photo!

3 of 9: Started cucumbers in the vegetable garden

4 of 9: My climbing rose has been kind to me... beautiful blooms most of the year, very little care has been needed.

5 of 9: New knock out roses will serve as a hedge in the front yard

6 of 9: Petunia, the hound dog, falls asleep daily in a bed of amazon dianthus

7 of 9: Zinnias were put in the new flower bed a few weeks ago, doing well.

8 of 9: First bloom!!!! I did it, I really did it! I can grow a flower from a seed!!

9 of 9: Petunias and snapdragons were planted in the fall, and made a hardy come back quickly

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