Friday, July 22, 2011

Our Rainbow Garden


I'm super excited today to share a project that has been 8 or 9 months in the making!  Last fall, the children and I started a rainbow garden inspired by the book, Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.


We picked a spot right by our driveway so that we could enjoy it as much as possible.  I will admit that I was a little worried that the garden would not be very pretty to look at because of the riot of color (in a straight line no less!) but that has proven to be an unfounded concern.  One of the best things about the garden has been the continual surprises and color.  Once one plant fades another takes up the slack!  The garden has been delightful to watch grow and bloom!


We mostly used plants that were suggested in the book though we did have to scale back a little due to size constraints.  We planted tulip, daffodil, crocus and iris bulbs in the fall and were thrilled when they poked up this spring!






With the exception of the zinnias, we planted the rest of the garden with plants from the nursery.  The green zinnias were from seed and the lavender was already planted.  Unbelievably, the hardest color to get was red!  We planted a red rose but it turned out to be hot pink!  Also, we had planted an orange poppy that was doing wonderfully and was ready to pop open, but we came home one day to discover that the bud had fallen off!

Yellow and Oranges

Purples


Blue

Green

Red?

1 comment:

  1. This is AWESOME, FANTASTIC, AMAZING, WONDERFUL, AND A MUST DO FOR US NEXT YEAR!

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