Jeff brought me home loads of baby roses - he chose this color because it was closest to peach, which was our wedding color. I had enough for two big vases, plus a tiny arrangement.
We started the fun on Friday, which was our anniversary - Jeff came home from work early and we set out to buy some plants for the yard. We hit the jackpot at both of the Lowe's in our area - the markdown racks had just been stocked with some great plants; usually by the time we see them after we've run on Saturday they are picked over and all that remains are massively heat-stressed plants, but we got a bunch that were originally $10 for $3 each - we ended up spending $27 and were quite pleased with our haul.
Then we went out to dinner - Jeff had a hankering for steak, while I was all about the ribs...and they were delicious:
Paco also enjoyed some rib bones, so everyone was happy!
We got everything planted, and the yard is looking so fresh and cheerful:
Front - I bought a metal plant stand to raise up the asparagus fern, plus we moved the bougainvillea to this side of the house in hopes that it might start blooming again (it's in the blue pot).
Jeff liked this pink plant in the markdown section, so we bought it and plunked it into the pot of iceplant cuttings:
When the ice plant blooms, it will be pink, so this might look pretty cute soon.
The riot of color with this one makes me happy every day!
We bought three six-packs of this ground cover:
Blue Daze - I took a picture of the tag, which is the only reason why I know the name. Supposed to bloom spring/summer/fall.
Planted it here and also in front of the windows on the other side of the front yard.
My new summer flag - I may not be at the beach, but I can pretend...
Another new metal plant stand, for the ice plant. Plus we loaded up the former succulent garden bowl (RIP most of those succulents) with yellow portulaca, which is so pretty! We also bought a bigger clay pot for the ornamental purple pepper on the right.
The vibrant purple mixed with the green on this plant makes it one of my favorites, and now that it's in a bigger pot, it looks much better!
Portulaca. Loves the sun, so it should do well.
More portulaca next to a plant that we thought had died over the winter, but it came back two-fold! We also planted even more of the portulaca in the front yard bed...we bought three six-packs of this, so we had plenty to spread around.
Another $3 find - it's supposed to like the sun and I think it's a perennial. Might be a salvia, if I remember correctly.
Enjoying the view of our new plants in the backyard. Also sweating like fiends. I think we need to get an oscillating fan to bring outside when we want to sit out there - even in the shade, it was still super hot.
Because we just can't seem to get enough of being outside and sweating, yesterday we met up with our fellow Renegades and went to a twilight farmer's market just south of town. It started at 5:00 and while it was still very hot, there was a breeze, so we managed to stay outside for an hour. The farmer's market was lacking in vendors, but we all visited the sno-cone truck:
Pina colada for me - yum!
And we found a Frisbee, so we had fun tossing it around:
Me - flamingo pose firmly in place with every throw, LOL
The gang, afterward.
We ended the evening with a round of salads for dinner and got to see this pretty sky when we left the restaurant. It was a great way to finish out the weekend!