Sunday, June 2, 2013

My First Attempt at Gardening

Hey everyone, I'm pretty excited about today's post. Its all about my first attempt at gardening!

Chris and I live in an apartment that is a townhouse. I love this apartment because we have an upstairs and downstairs. Because it is a townhouse we also have our own little front yard/garden. The apartment management also allows their residents to plant whatever they would like.

Chris and I like have lived in our apartment for 2 years now and plan on staying here for a few more years. {Until marriage and kids and all that jazz}. Since we don't plan on leaving for awhile I am constantly trying to make the place "ours". And now I wanted to do that to the outside by doing some gardening. Plus this was a great way for me to learn how to garden so I'll know what to do when we buy a house. Here is what  I did:

Warning there are a lot of photos! : )

Before Photos

This is the front of our apartment. Please ignore the terrible binds, the work of our cats. There were these big, ugly plants in the front. I'm not sure who planted them, maybe the previous residents, but I could not wait to pull them out!

Our apartment is on the end which gives us a nice corner garden. Once again there were these huge, nasty plants on the corner.

We also have a nice little patio out back. It looked okay, just a little plain.

I'd purchased a small patio set a few years ago and I still liked it. I just needed to spruce it up a bit.

After Photos

Here come the fun pictures!

My parents really helped me out a lot with this project. My mom helped me decide what plants would grow best where and my dad helped with tilling the front garden and trimming the bushes

I pulled out all of the big, ugly plants and planted flowers. The front doesn't get a lot of sun so I planted a row of impatiens in the front and a row of begonias behind the impatiens.

The little corner spot gets more light then the front, so I planted knockout roses in the back and azaleas in front of the roses. Along the border of the circle I planted salvias.

For the back I bought 1 large pot and 2 media pots and filled them with flowers. I planted carnations, petunias, sun impatiens, dahlias, salvias, and a couple other flowers I can't remember the name of:

I then placed the pots on the corners of the patio.

For my little patio set I just bought some fun seat cushions to freshen it up a bit and place a small pot with dahlias on the little table.

I absolutely love how it turned out! Check out how great the before and after picture is of our front:

I love coming home from work now and checking on how my little flowers are growing! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to look out for updates on my flowers. : )

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  1. Oh- You did a good job, Stephanie. It is kind of fun to garden - especially for the first time. You will be amazed how those flowers fill in by the end of summer. You little patio set is very cute- xo Diana

    1. Thanks Dana!! I'm pretty proud of my little garden. I'm hoping they will be very big by the end of summer!! Have a great evening!

  2. Nice work, Stephanie! I'm learning how to garden as well - it's a huge learning curve, isn't it?

    1. Thanks! Yes it is a huge learning curve!! But I hope it pays off well. : )

  3. No warning needed ~ I LOVE lot's of pics! I do the same thing I guess LOL! Thanks for sharing at the Summer Bucket List Party =) Marcy @ day2day SuperMom

    1. Lol nothing wrong with lots of pictures! Thanks for hosting the link party!!

  4. Stephanie,
    I think you did a great job. Very Pretty. Love the flowers. Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Trivia. I am pinning!
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    1. Thank you! Lets hope I don't kill them now!! And thank you for pinning this. : )

  5. i really like the curve you gave the front. nice job!

  6. It looks great! I'm learning how to garden this spring too :) And, like you, I LOVE coming home to my flowers.
    - Lora

    1. Isn't it great seeing those flowers when you get home? And checking on them to see how well they are doing? Love it! Good luck with your flowers!