Every year I try to vary my patio set up a little bit. This year I added the settee. One year I added a gazebo, but after I had it a year the Oklahoma wind blew it down.
The settee matches my two chairs that always sit against the wall. I like them there because they’re just out of the rain unless the wind is blowing. They’re very durable. All found at the At Home store here in Tulsa.
This is the view facing my apartment. It is in shade part of the day. I read that Japanese Maples like a bit of shade.
This is the view looking inward. I am standing close to the fence that borders on the alley. You can’t see the blue raised bed from this vantage point.
There’s the gate to the alley, which I keep locked.
Look how big my rose bush has gotten. The buds are forming since I recently pruned it. Soon I’ll have yellow roses!
My Shady Corner:
I love my cozy little corner where the settee sits. It is a perfect spot to sit and stare out at my patio garden or sip iced tea and read a book.
I got the little red and white rug so Charlie would have a soft spot to lie down.
The plant you see above has pink blooms and I thought they’d be lavender. So I gave it to Nathan, who was thrilled to add it to his pink flower section of his garden.
Make sure you have the right exposure for plants:
First Nathan planted many of his plants in the ground. Then he dug them up because he couldn’t get the sun exposure just right for the plants. That’s a very good reason to plant in pots. You can move them around until you get it right.
He’s talking about going back to the nursery and getting more vegetable plants. Maybe I’ll go with him and pick up another bag of soil while he’s along to carry it for me.
I have three types of seeds ordered. I’m trying to bring more yellow into the color palette, which is purple and yellow a bit of white. Purple is such a restive color. It has become my favorite color for my garden.
But I’ve been unable to come up with yellow flowers that are pleasing to me.
The white clematis is blooming. It doesn’t seem to bloom long. When it gets hot, it dies back until fall. As do a number of other plants.
Above is the sweet pepper plant that I got. Last year the peppers I grew were a bit too spicy for me and I gave them to neighbors and to my daughter. That pepper plant sure put out a lot of peppers.
I brought these containers out to the middle of the patio to allow them to get more sun.
There is lemon grass on the left, which one year grew to about four feet tall.
Rosemary is on the opposite side. Then in the big pots there is black mondo grass that came back from last year, petunias, and a cone flower on the far left.
I don’t know what color the cone flower is; orange or white. The other one in the same pot died. They usually don’t make it through the winter here in pots. This is the first year one made it. I’m anxious to see what color flower it will be.
Oh, and I also got purple sweet potato vine. I always try to get both the chartreuse and the purple plant. They grow like crazy. Since they’re annuals they don’t come back. But boy do they put on a show all summer and fall!
I like to add sweet potato vine in pots with flowers for the additional color, and because they fill empty spaces so well.
Blue Raised Bed:
And here is the blue raised garden. I didn’t have to add a thing to it this year. And since Nathan raised the irises up from the soil a bit one is forming a bloom.
I gave him some of the irises. So far his garden space is out front underneath his window, whereas I have bushes there. He was so happy to see that one iris bloom on his was about to open up.
Next time he looked someone had broken the bloom off. He was very upset and said he’s installing cameras that will send the photos straight to his phone so he’ll know right away who the culprit is.
I wouldn’t want to be found on camera messing with Nathan’s garden. There will be hell to pay if someone gets caught snapping off a bloom.
I didn’t add a thing to the galvanized garden space either. Lemon balm and sedum have completely taken over and I didn’t want to fight them. I’m just letting nature do its thing.
When my three packets of seeds get here I will start them inside and then find a place to put them. Perhaps in the blue raised bed. Maybe in one of the pots that isn’t too full by then.
One of the types of seeds I ordered is yellow cosmos, which my blogger friend Deborah told me about. I also ordered a form of clematis and a packet of yellow zinnias.
I’m soaking moon vine seeds right now and will plant it later today. I love the big white blooms at night. They go away as soon as the sun hits them.
Veggies I Have Planted:
The veggies I have thus far are cucumber, tomato and pepper. I doubt I’ll get more. I had the same three last year.
So that’s my patio garden for 2019. A very limited color palette. Herbs that aren’t perennials that I get every year, such as the pineapple sage for Charlie’s upset tummy. You can see it above in the far left corner. He’s already munched on it quite a bit.
Nathan said his pineapple sage is getting big. Mine is getting munched.
So the settee is the main addition, along with the Japanese maple (Mabel).
And of course a token photo of Charlie boy staring up at me and Ivy Lou staring out at the patio, waiting for a bird to fly into view.
I wonder if Ivy thinks she lives in a forest with all the plants that are out on the patio? It sure is a nice view for her anyway.
Did you know that April marks the 10th anniversary of Cozy Little House?