Almost 3 years ago, I moved into my current home. There were raised beds in the backyard and the front yard was incredibly bare except for a Japanese Maple tree which my mom has threatened to cut it down many times since and I have to keep reminding her that this is my house, not hers.
2 years ago, I started creating my garden. I planted 2 cherry trees, 2 plum trees, 3 strawberry plants, and 6 dahlia bulbs hoping to stop my neighbors’ weeds from invading my yard.
1 year ago, I planted mint, Shasta Daisies, Rock Cress, and green bell peppers, hoping once again to stop the invasion of the weeds. Sadly, the dahlias did not survive the winter. Apparently, I had to dig the plant and put it in a container and bring it inside for the winter and then plant it again in the spring, who knew?
This year, I was again faced with dead plants when spring arrived. One of the 2 Rock Cress plants did not survive the winter, the peppers didn’t survive either and the 2 Shasta Daisies were not doing so well. So, it looks like not many plants can survive the freezing winter of Utah, at least, not the ones in my backyard. That’s why I decided to build my garden in containers instead, that should give the plants a better chance to last through the winter, being portable.
A few weeks ago, I went to the nursery and bought a variety of flowers – dianthus, pinks, daisies, geraniums, phlox, pincushion flowers, and thrift – as well as some herbs and vegetables – lavender, rosemary, and green bell peppers.
I transplanted all of the new plants and a few of the existing plants into self-water planters with a healthy layer of compost and potting soil last weekend. So far, they are looking awesome. The Shasta Daisies that almost didn’t survive the winter looked revived as well. It makes me so happy to see such a varietal of colors in my backyard.
Colors are what spring is all about.