When my husband asked what I wanted for my birthday this year I immediately said plants! I've decided that I'll extend some of the "tea garden" ideas to the shade garden. If a plant can't be used to actually make tea or isn't an edible herb, I at least want the name to sound like a flavor you might have at tea. That's why I chose this 'Peppermint' hydrangea, which I just think is so beautiful!
A closeup of the leaves shows the pink-streaked petals that no doubt gave the plant its name.
I also got some cute 'Lakeside Cupcake' miniature hostas. Love these!
Near them, I placed these adorable little plant stakes my sister gave me for my birthday.
She found these at Cracker Barrel, which apparently stocks cute garden stuff as well as cute tea stuff!
I also got this 'Caramel' Heuchera. I took this photo early in the day when its leaves didn't seem quite as caramel-colored as when I bought it. Still just lovely, though!
Meanwhile, in the tea garden, something new is coming up, I'm just not sure what since I forgot to record the name of these seeds in my garden journal. Can't wait to see what this is!
I've also been moving things around both inside the house and out. This teapot candleholder sat on the fireplace hearth for a couple of years, but now it's decorating a corner of my tea garden. I need to find just the right pot (and plant) to sit on top. Any thoughts?
In the opposite corner is planted another birthday gift, these 'Lady English Lavender' plants. I find I simply cannot pass by them without rubbing the leaves so I can sniff the fragrance. Ahhh!
The tiny little buds are just so pretty.
And finally, as I mentioned yesterday, my husband is trying a unique way of growing our vegetables this year and has planted them in straw bales! He recently interviewed a local woman who has been producing a bumper crop of vegetables using this method, so he decided to give it a try.
The tomatoes are already quite happy there. And the straw bale garden is certainly capturing the attention of all our family and friends who have seen it. This was a new concept to me, but I love it. No digging, no weeding, and it's said to produce vegetables long after the normal growing season has ended ... what's not to like? For those of you who are also into gardening, how is your garden coming along this year?