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We finished the second half of our porch make-over this weekend. Step one was making the inside awesome. Step two was replacing the tree we cut down and putting a flower bed in that reaches from the sidewalk to the front door. Our goal was to plant a bush that provides shade and privacy year round for the porch. While the camellia we planted has a ways to grow, we hope it will grow as big as the camellia on the other side of the front door, which completely blocks the window. We planted another camellia that was on clearance closer to the sidewalk. We also planted two althea bushes that I started from cuttings five years ago and had been growing in pots. I love althea because it blooms in the heat of summer and attracts humming birds. When picking plants and bushes, we try to think about balancing how everything will look year round. Althea will lose its leaves in the winter, but the camellia is evergreen. Camellias bloom from January to March and altheas bloom in the summer. We tried to balance the bloom times for everything else we planted in the bed.

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porch plants

When we cut down the old sickly tree from in front of the porch, the two things we liked about it was the shade and privacy it provided. We knew when we cut it down, that we wanted to plant something quickly so it could start growing to provide some of that shade and privacy. Because we love camellias and the bush on the other side of the house completely blocks out the window, we thought it would be a good, evergreen to provide some privacy. You can tell this guy has a ways to grow, but I am excited for what it will be. When we bought this camellia, there was another pretty one marked way down, so we went ahead and picked it up. I don’t have a picture of it up, but he is a smaller bush, with smaller blooms.

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This week is my spring break (woohoo!), although I don’t really get any sort of break. I am still up to my eyeballs in school and work. Since I’m not really celebrating any break, I can at least celebrate the spring part. Things are beautiful and blooming around the neighborhood.

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Spring strikes

Spring strike early in the South. Daffodils and irises are rising and blooming. The Japanese magnolias are in full bloom, littering neighbors yards with pink petals. We took a few photos on our walk yesterday. Enjoy the pretty.

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crooked little watermelon

Things are so slow going in the garden this year. I don’t know if it is the heat or if our veggies need more nutrients. But our crop is few and meager. These are supposed to be small watermelons, but this is absurd.

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adding to the flower bed

A few weeks ago, we finally found a place for the beautiful canna to be planted. Dave did all the hard work of digging up the grass for the bed and planting the canna. They have been doing really well and are shooting up new stalks, but I wanted to give them some friends to fill out the bed. I was thinking black-eyed susans and black and blue salvia, which I first discovered for our wedding. However, I didn’t see any of the salvia, so we went with coneflowers (which I love too) and some super cute mystery blue flower. Everything looks really great, and I hope everything will look really lush when things fill out. The coneflowers are wilting a little from the extreme heat here, so we have to make sure they get plenty of water. But the bed looks really great. Check it out.

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window flowers

We bought and planted new flowers around the canna to help fill out the new flower bed by the driveway. When I was moving this plant, I accidentally snapped off a branch, so I put it in water in the window, and it was been doing beautifully since. I actually don’t know what this plant is because the tag was missing when we bought the plant, but I just think it is so cute. Any ideas? I will have a better photo when I post a little more about the flower bed, but I just sort of loved this photo.

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