Gardening – Shelly’s Flower Beds and Gardening Ideas

Handcrafted Birdhouse by Birdhouses by MichelleHow many of you enjoy gardening, whether that be planting flowers or vegetable gardens? I really enjoy gardening as it’s a great way to relieve stress, add beauty to my world and it helps to put food onto the table. I’ve been gardening for about 7 years now and I’m pretty much self-taught thanks to the internet.

Back in May I started a weekly series of gardening posts here on the blog and many of our readers have been showing interest in them. I hope they’ve sparked some great DIY ideas in you and that you’ve enjoyed them. If you’ve missed any of our special GARDENING FEATURES, you can find them all listed in one special place here on the blog. They will continue until the end of September.

Flowerbed and Garden #1

Today I decided to do something a little bit different and give you a peek into my flowerbeds, gardens and some areas that are around my property. When we first moved into this house 4 1/2 years ago, the previous owners had done NOTHING to spruce up the property at all. Sigh.

Since we’ve moved in….every year we work on projects in and around the house. We’ve been slowly, but surely beautifying our property to suit our own needs and tastes. We currently have 2 vegetable gardens, several veggie plants growing in containers, 3 blueberry bushes, 6 raspberry bushes (raspberry patch), a strawberry patch and 8 different flowerbeds & mini flower gardens. Oh yeah, I have several container plants and hanging baskets outside too!

Flowerbed and Garden #1

In the second & third photographs you’ll see what is referred to as flowerbed #1. We number our areas to make planting & care a lot easier on us. Plus, when I’m telling my husband that something needs to be done in such and such spot, he know’s exactly what area (flowerbed or garden) that I’m talking about.

Flowerbed #1 is almost done. We’ve been working on that one for 4 years now and it’s right in-front of our front porch. It gets shade for 1/2 of the day, so I found that bleeding hearts, hosta plants, daffodils (spring), mums (fall), sea grass, purple pansies and a few other things do well in this area. If you look closely, you’ll see 2 shepherd’s hooks holding hanging baskets that are filled with petunias, an old birdbath filled with pansies, a ceramic frog statue, stained glass sea bird (heron) figure, a red crab statue, several large conch shells & a large beach theme’d house flag hanging above. Oh yeah, to the left in the photo’s you’ll see my white & purple hydrangea bush and sitting on top of the pansies in the birdbath is my Mermaid Solar Garden Statue.

Large Front Door Flower Planter

Large Front Door Flower Planter

In the photographs above you’ll see my two x-large flower pots that sit on each side of my front door. I keep them out year round and change out the goodies as the season’s change. In the fall I stack corn stalks, pumpkins and gourds into the planters (after I’ve pulled out the annuals), during the Christmas holiday I put fake snow in them along with a big statue of Santa on one side, a Snowman on the other and layer in pine boughs cut from our big pine tree outback. During the Easter season I put in straw, faux hand-painted Easter eggs, a statue of Easter Bunny in one and a big Yellow Chick in the other one. I highly recommend big planters like this and then just change out your items as the seasons change.

Birdbath Patio Table and Flower Planter

On my little “side porch” where we like to sit out…upcycled an old ceramic bird bath into a flower planter and outside accent table. We used textured outdoor spray paint (looks like granite rock) and refinished the birdbath. It has a relatively flat bottom to the bowl portion which makes for a nice little accent table. We measured the top and had a local glass cutter, cut us a round piece of glass to sit on top of it. When entertaining, I can place the glass top on it and use it as an accent table. When we’re not entertaining, I have a flower basket sitting inside it to add color & beauty. If you’re thinking about doing the same thing, look for old birdbaths that have flatter (instead of sloped) bottom’s to their bowls.

Raspberry Bushes and Berry Patch

Here’s a photograph of our raspberry bushes (the raspberry patch). Those bushes were planted 6 years ago and have continued to multiply every year. We love picking fresh raspberries from those bushes and using them to make homemade ice cream, to make jam or just to toss into our breakfast cereal. They’re super easy to grow!

In the very first photo you’ll see my beautiful birdhouse that I have hanging on the trunk of a large, old pine tree in our backyard. I reviewed that rustic handcrafted birdhouse several years ago on the blog and it still looks fabulous! Every year we have momma birds come and make a nest inside it, lay her eggs, hatch them and go. It’s the BEST birdhouse that I’ve ever owned!

Since this post has gotten a lot longer than what I intended, I’ll break up my little tour of garden ideas into a few parts and posts. In the coming weeks, I’ll show you even more! Don’t forget, you can find all of our gardening posts right here on the blog.

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    You have given all of your readers great tips on gardening. I love how you have decorated your porch and yard. The raspberry bushes look great.

  2. I like how you have arranged the various area and the use of hardscaping and containers. The colors draw the eye and really make the area pretty and interesting. My raspberries are producing like crazy this year and I have already frozen enough raspberries to last all year.

  3. ellen beck says:

    I like the area you used the shade loving plants in. I like the hosta variations that are there. I have to get some of the variegated . Have you seen the blue version? They arent a bright blue of course for of a green with a bluish hue. I bet you would love them. They are becoming popular here.
    It sounds like you love working outside, and it shows, it is very pretty!

    • I didn’t know they had a blue version. I’ll have to look for them. That area is pretty hard for flowers to grow in. In the early spring that entire flower bed is filled with white & yellow daffodils and dark purple tulips. It looks pretty the end of April…then all of the hostas start coming up. There are about 15 cats & kittens in that flower bed too. Mainly along the back wall. Pansies didn’t do well in the ground there, but they are HUGE and doing extremely well now that they’re growing in that bird bath.

  4. Sarah L says:

    I like all the different elements you have in #1. Good choices for a somewhat shady area.

  5. Cathy Jarolin says:

    Shelly your flower gardens and accessories are so Beautiful.. Your Garden in front reminds me alot of my Daughters Garden in Front. She has a front Porch with the white railings going around it too! Her Garden is Pretty too. Yours has a little more items in it like the Planter hanging on the Shepherds Hook. The flowers are so Gorgeous..

    • Thank you Cathy. I try. I’m self-taught and totally learning as I go. I’m working on cleaning up 2 other flower beds this week. We had a nasty storm come through about 8 days ago and it really made a mess. My fairy garden is practically destroyed and now needs a lot of work. Lost a few of my windchimes & other things during the storm too.

  6. heather says:

    Your flowers look so pretty. I so love that purple petunia wow that is amazing and it looks so pretty on your side porch area. I had no idea that they made a solar powered bird bath I would really love to have that for our out door sitting area thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. Flowers just make everything so much better I love this time of year.

  7. I like that blue birdhouse too. It’s a very unique setup and bonus that the birds like it too! I liked my lightweight big containers so I could move them around and they work best on my balcony in an apartment. I really like that orange topped mushroom and love shopping for little thing like that since I don’t have a lawn or garden.