Long ago, I was given advice about a new relationship....be with someone through four seasons to see what they're really like. People change with the weather. And so does your landscape!
When you've moved into an already established landscape and it's winter or just heading towards spring, you might want to wait and see what pops up in the areas surrounding your home before you head to that local nursery. You might be surprised at all of the goodness that is already growing!
As with gardening, or landscaping, seeing where the "sit spots" are, for viewing wildlife, giving yourself some time indoors, you can better see where to put that birdfeeder for that perfect place to catch those special moments while doing the dishes.
I have found that a great viewing spot is right outside our dining room. We have sliding doors and a "phantom screen", where I have placed numerous areas for birds to come and taste the morsels left for them. Each season brings different birds and we have a morning movie every day! I had no idea when we moved to our 5 acre ranch that I would have such great varieties of birds visiting us through every season.
Our first spring here, (we moved in in February), I was able to see day lilies that had been very well established along the perimeter of one side or our home. All kinds of shade/partial shade and sun-drenched perennials popped up to my delight!
When you give it some time and even start a garden journal, you'll be able to better tell where the sun hits throughout the day, where the best places to plant shade plants are for them to thrive, where to set up a vegetable garden....and if you write down when the sun hits that part of the land (time of day), you will be better educated as to what to plant where with a modicum of success!
I like to leave the little signs that tell me what plant I have where because when winter hits, I have a tendency to forget once they go dormat, what exactly was there a couple of seasons ago! Taking photos of the areas will be helpful, too, for a visual memory. And if it doesn't come back, you know that wasn't the perfect spot for that little gem.
Recently I created some mosaic stepping stones, really bright ones in a bald spot for placing in one of my gardens, but I still needed some bushes to fill in that area. I took a photo with my phone and then headed to one of my favorite nurseries to talk with an expert as to what I could place there to finish off the area. It helps to know what kind of heighth you want as well as the amount of sun that shines on that area and what time of day that occurs.
BEFORE ADDING PLANTS
My expert helped me pick out three smallish bushes that will be evergreen (I love having some color/texture in winter) and even showed me a couple of plants that matched the orange tones in my stepping stones! (I just planted these moments ago--the small ones are actually more orange than in this photo).
AFTER ADDING PLANTS
Have fun, get creative, give yourself some time and take notes and photos with you to your favorite nursery and also pay attention to sales because around holidays you can get some deals! (I did for Father's Day!)
And Happy Father's Day!