Patio Growth Update


If you’re wondering why I have a plastic pot saucer in my birdbath, it is due to two things: 1) I don’t want water to freeze, should I miss the weather report. Which might break the bird bath. And 2) I find it much easier to clean this plastic saucer.

It’s important to keep the bird bath clean, whatever you use.

I put a flat rock in the saucer so the birds can perch on it. Birds are reluctant to lean down into very deep water, so the rock makes it easier for them to hop around.


Look how fast this sedum has filled the galvanized container. This particular sedum seems to be very hardy, and is coming up in various pots.

sedum container

That is “Jade” the tree behind the galvanized container. It has green nubs showing on the branches.

Jade tree

I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. I’m easily excited by anything growing in my garden anyway, but this tree was an investment for my patio. A tree is of course more expensive than a plant. So I’m really glad it made it through winter.


My hostas are showing up. I just love hostas. And most of them came from many of you. You were kind enough to send them to me when I moved here. So I feel like I have a bit of your gardens here with me. I thank you once again!

my patio

I’m keeping you up to date on what’s happening out here on the patio, probably more than you want to know. But gardening is a big part of my life. And this patio is my little piece of heaven.

I’m a bit surprised by what has come back this year from last year, because it was really cold.

Anything happening in your garden yet?



  1. I’m so glad your tree is coming back!!! We are still under about 3 feet of snow so nothing happening here yet….although I swear the willow trees are starting to get more yellow. It looks like your yellow rose has a ton of growth on it already, oh my gosh – things are moving along so quickly in your garden, Brenda, you must be delighted!!

  2. Several posts ago you mentioned a pot saucer and I wondered what you meant by that, today you cleared it up for me with a picture! Your posts are very informative and helpful to beginning gardeners like me. And Iā€™d like to say hello to my sister who also reads your posts (she got me started on yours šŸ™‚ ) we enjoy discussing your posts! Hello Linda and thank you Brenda !

  3. I love updates on your gardening, and never tire of seeing your patio pics.
    Here in Thailand I only have a few plants, a Maiden hair fern which has given me much pleasure watching grow, but I think with hot season very soon it will get too much for it.

  4. Such a good idea, putting the plastic saucer in the birdbath. And the rock. Happy to read any and all of your garden reports!

  5. Snow. Snow happened in my garden… and it’s gonna happen again tonight. Enjoying your green, at the very least – šŸ™‚

  6. Love the birdbath idea by the way. Something I would do. Clever girl you are Brenda.

  7. I never tire of your garden updates Brenda! Can’t wait to see what it looks like all bloomed out this year. Love the idea about the rock in the bird bath too. I had no idea, so I will be finding a rock for mine. Thanks!

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