I’ve been making noises for months now about a new hardscaping project that my husband and I planned to undertake this summer. The goal was to tie our new greenhouse in with the rest of our landscape, to add a new vegetable garden, and to make our back patio and potting shed more accessible. I was so excited, and we had such a good plan.
But Mother Nature Had Other Plans
When we first started planning the project, I thought that it would be completed by July, or at least well underway.
Instead something got in the way, and that something was about an inch and a half in diameter and probably weighed about an ounce. But it had the power to stop the delivery of tons of bluestone pavers.
Yes, just before the project was scheduled to start, my husband, Chris, noticed a hummingbird nest in one of the trees next to the driveway. The nest was hanging so low that work trucks would have wiped it out. The two tiny eggs inside hatched shortly after he discovered it. We thought the little chicks deserved a chance.
So we missed the only window of time our landscape contractor had until August. Meanwhile, the little chicks stayed so quiet and motionless day after day in their nest, waiting patiently to get big enough to fly away. Then one day they seemed different – restless, alert. And the next day they were out of there!
Now we’ve noticed a bumblebee nest under our potting shed so, come August, the landscaping around the shed might have to be put on hold if the nest is still active. Bumblebees are great pollinators.
But at least the sparrows now nesting in the birdhouse by the back door will be out well before August. And our contractor won’t think that we are completely hopeless.
So the birds and the bees have been holding our landscaping project hostage, but at least a few things are going as planned. Let’s have a look.
I started some begonias from tubers in my greenhouse in spring and most of them are doing very well.
The blossoms and stems are huge now.
These large begonias are easy to start indoors in spring. For the how-to, check out this guest post I wrote for the Sunglo Greenhouse blog.
I wish I could take credit for this big pink wax begonia, but this one was not started in my greenhouse.
This year, I decided to keep my potting containers simple by only planting one plant – two at the most – per pot. This gives each plant more visual impact than if it were in a mixed container with other plants.
One plant per pot works nicely for grouping plants that look good together but have different water or soil needs – or for setting up vignettes of small containers.
And I can easily move pots around and have some new groupings as the season progresses.
At least the birds and the bees don’t seem to have it in for my garden art. Here are a few of our pieces.
When we installed the greenhouse, it required tearing out a vegetable garden and breaking up a stone walkway. So this is what the area around the greenhouse looks like now. Not a pretty sight.
But if Mother Nature finally allows it and if our contractor doesn’t give up on us, my landscaping dreams could still come true this summer. Or we could discover another bird’s nest.
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