What a weekend! Good friends came down for the weekend. We went to the Lupine Fest at the Pinebush, attended a talk on the significance of Grant's (as in Ulysses S. Grant) Cottage, ate ice cream for supper, and went to a concert at the Linda. And that was just Saturday!
Did I do any wash studies as I had planned? No, I'm simply too tired tonight to work on that (I even dozed off during the 6:00 p.m. news which I rarely, rarely do). What I did do was more planting in the front yard. Again, I'm taking a risk, but - fingers crossed - the colder nights should be past.
Our daughter gave us this wonderful big white planter last year, and it was fabulous in the copse of oak trees that is in our front yard. I like to take a picture of it when it is first planted (which I did last weekend) so at the end of the season I can see how it has changed, That way I can tell what works and what doesn't. This year I've done pretty much the same thing I did last year, but this time I used fewer coleus plants and no sweet potato vines (they weren't out when I purchased the other plants). I think those changes will make a significant difference - on the minus side. My guess is that not having those plants will diminish the look due to lack of strong contrast. We'll see.
And here is the smaller white planter Daughter gave us this year. Since I planted it today, it includes a white geranium (an experiment as I'm not a real lover of geraniums as specimen plants), a few white petunias to carry the planting over if the geranium decides to stop blooming for a while, sweet potato vine, and a new plant - ornamental millet (the two spiky plants - no room for three). Over-planted? oh yes, but . . . I like planters to be exuberant, to spill over.
Now I have only a rose bush and red day lily to plant. The rose is my favorite Blanc Double de Courbet and will go in the front on the berm. Right now it's on the patio in back, and every time I go out there, its sweet subtle fragrance reaches out to me. Its white blossoms look like a lady's hankie folded over in her hand. Can you tell I like it? The day lily will go in the day lily border on the side of the house, and that will be it until we get the back gardens cleaned up.
Those practice watercolor washes? Tomorrow is another day.