I have been so inspired lately to plant everything in sight! I think most of it comes from finally living in a climate in California that gets sunny and warm. I always love visiting my childhood home in Oklahoma because my parents are fantastic gardeners and have planted numerous flower, vegetable, and herb gardens over the years. To be honest, I am surprised that I have taken such a liking to gardening, in my attempt to have a green thumb.
The flower bed in my front yard had a really large rose bush, some other large green mystery plant, and that’s really it. I kept looking at the very sad flower bed each time I pulled into the driveway and knew I had to do something to spruce it up.
I quickly searched for the nearest nursery and found Golden Nursery in San Mateo, which had an overly abundant selection of flowers and plants. I found this gorgeous hanging basket that has found a perfect spot by our front door to welcome guests.
Our front porch is really starting to come to life with our new plants.
So let’s talk about the flower bed, which is filled with clay soil, and is something we didn’t have in our garden growing up in Oklahoma. I could tell from looking at it that it was going to need a lot of attention and love. I took the easiest route by chopping up the first 4-6 inches of soil throughout the bed, and added new fertilizer and soil to the chopped up clay soil, mixing it in with my gloves. Time to dig holes, add more fertilizer, and plant these pretties!
These lovely pink beauties above are most commonly known as “Catchfly’s”. The flowers are starting to really bloom and take off after only three weeks in my garden and attract butterflies!
I can’t take any credit for the gorgeous rose bush that is in bloom that sparked this entire desire to start a new flower bed, with it as the centerpiece.
I planted many different kinds of succulents, because I can’t ever get enough of them and they are so low maintenance. I was hopeful that if I killed off every other plant, these might still be around.
One of my most favorite floral investments from my trip Golden Nursery was purchasing this stunning “Blue Atoll” below! For reference, this succulent is about the size of my head. It’s HUGE and I just adore the uniqueness it brings to my garden.
It took me a total of 6 hours of lots of sweat, but luckily no blood or tears (maybe a few), to manually ground up the soil with a small hand trowel in the flower bed, add in the new soil and fertilizer, and plant all of my new flowers and succulents.
Another one of my very favorites from my plant shopping experience is my pretty in pink “Bev Jensen” shown below. I was immediately drawn to this plant when I read that it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. How appropriate that I saw my first two hummingbirds on the flowers this morning – happy dance!
After three weeks, the plants finally seem to be settled in and I am watering them every two days in the morning. I ran into an odd issue one night, when I went outside after dark to water the garden, I realized I had over 85 snails in my garden – 85 (my type A personality had to count!) I had never seen so many snails in my life – AND they were eating all of my beautiful flowers and succulents. I went right out the next night and plucked over 80 of them from the garden, disposed of them in a large bucket filled with warm water and dish soap, and all of my plants have been doing so much better since.
Some other plants you can see in my garden are “Hot Lips”, “Dusty Miller, “Blue Chalksticks”, and of course a few “Impatiens”.
My first flower bed is definitely not worthy of being showcased on HGTV, but it is adorable and perfect to me. My hope is just to keep everything partially alive for the next few weeks. If any of these flowers make it through the summer, this is a huge success in my books!
I am definitely invested in taking care of my garden and do a walk-by to check on my plants first thing in the morning and when I get home at night.
Our curb appeal has definitely gone up, and with two thumbs up from the neighbors, I am so glad I decided to give it a shot! If you love succulents like me, but don’t have a flower bed available, check out my post here on how to make a super easy DIY succulent and cacti terrarium for inside your home.
Do you have any recommendations for keeping insects and snails away? How have you made your plants thrive in a clay soil? Any recommendations for flowers I should plant next?