I’m showing you plants on my patio today. It is looking prettier and more lush by the day.
Yesterday it was rather cold and gray. Still, looking out the French window from my chair in the living room was so pleasant. The heater kicked on and off from time to time. But I think next week will be much warmer.
Nathan and I went to the nursery one day after he got off work and picked up some flowers, herbs and vegetables. He was like a kid in a candy store on the vegetable and herb aisles.
I picked up some petunias. And I’m going for my purple and yellow color palette this year like I did in 2017. I find purple with green just enchanting.
Nathan’s color palette for his garden containers will include red, he told me. And possibly pink.
And I finally got the Japanese Maple tree I’ve wanted for years. Seems springtime is the best time to buy. It was much cheaper than the Ginkgo tree I got in October 2017.
I’m calling her Mabel. Which is very close to Maple. She looks so pretty next to Jade on my patio.
I love trees in containers for height and interest on the patio since I don’t have any other trees. And the great thing is that you can move them around.
Mabel is a few feet shorter than Jade. I asked someone at the nursery why Jade’s leaves don’t have yellow in them. They said the leaves start out green and then yellow appears later.
I had to get Charlie his beloved pineapple sage. He settles his tummy by chomping on the leaves. And the scent is so sweet and pleasing.
The hostas are coming up. They share the big blue raised garden with lemon balm, mint and sedum with a few irises. I won’t have to add a single thing to it this year. It’s already nearly full with what came back from last year.
As you can see my clematis is full of blooms. They are white. The clematis comes back bigger and more full every year.
It makes me so happy to sit in my puffy chair and gaze out at my patio. I would not be happy with a large garden. And I doubt I could even take care of one properly.
I truly love this amount of space that is all my own and enclosed for privacy. My secret garden is how I think of it. My cozy outdoor living room.
Here’s a pic of Ivy sleeping. Notice one paw is sticking up in the air somehow. How does she do that while sleeping?
This cat just does the strangest things. I don’t know what she’d do if I didn’t have a bathtub. She loves to take her toys into the tub and play.
She’s still carrying around the red and white buffalo check curtain tie. She found another one in the closet and now she has two. Ivy drags them from room to room. Into the bathtub and back out of the bathtub.
I see her walking around with one of them in her mouth. I don’t know quite why she took to those as she has. Who can tell with cats?
Charlie very much enjoys the new chair. It is a nice bed for him right next to me. I often pet him with my left hand while I’m scrolling on this laptop with my right hand.
He has learned how to go up the doggy steps to the couch, then walk over and step onto the chair arm.
My silly, silly Ivy. She stopped sleeping on the quilt stack in the bedroom for some reason. But she will sometimes sleep in the bed with Charlie and me. She also sleeps in the chair and obviously on the couch.
She looks pretty big all sprawled out like that, doesn’t she?