I was so young, just 23 years old. Just a baby myself, and I had two tiny tots who kept me very, very busy.
|My sweet baby girls|
The original Martha Stewart. But without her money!
That very first spring in my new house the gardening bug bit me. And it bit hard, and it has stuck with me all these years.
I wish I had photos to show you, because even though I knew pretty much NOTHING about gardening, my garden that first year was absolutely gorgeous!
At least in my mind.
Oh sure, I made plenty of gardening mistakes. I planted roses in the shade. I planted poplars along the driveway. I bought an electric string trimmer.
But I somehow managed to do some things really well, despite being so naive.
One of the first things I did was create a little garden around a gorgeous tree in my front yard. I went to Home Depot, bought some garden edging that looked like tiny logs, and went to town.
I watered them regularly and fed them every single Friday with Miracle Gro.
Those impatiens filled in around the tree in no time and were absolutely incredible!
Either way, I absolutely loved the way my house looked when I worked in the garden planting flowers and shrubs, and kept things neat and trimmed.
I still do.
My plantings may have become a bit more sophisticated since that very first year but they still bring the same joy when they fill in and add such beauty and life to the landscape.
When trying to decide what kind of plantings I want to put around my new tree, I did what I always do when I'm looking for inspiration.
I searched online.
What on earth did we do before the internet?
One of the first photos that inspired me was this one, which I shared with you all the other day in my post about plant combos.
I hopped on over to Hostas Direct, where I have ordered many wonderful Hostas in the past.
I placed an order for two different Hostas to plant under the new tree.
I think the two colors will complement both each other and the new Japanese Maple beautifully!
And maybe some Impatiens.
Just for old time's sake.