Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Stinky but Showey
Aren't these GORGEOUS?? I'm so in love with them.
So here's my living room flowerbed right now - still a little bland. I'm waiting for these plants in the front to bloom - they should give me some bright yellow flowers really soon. So then I'll have yellow, orange, pink, purple, white, and peach.
My visiting teacher, Shaney, was telling me today that marigolds keep certain bugs away from your garden because they don't like the smell. And it's true - they really are a little smelly. And I hope what she says is true, because I planted them very close to my peonies, which are currently getting munched by something. They look horrible. So hopefully the marigolds will pull double duty and repel bugs as well as look beautiful.
Now I just have a couple of spots on each side to fill in with something, and I'll finally be done with this flowerbed for the year:
Those spikey plants in the back left of the above picture - they'll soon be gladiolas. Which are also very showey. I cannot WAIT. I love my glads. They make me...glad.
What color/type of flower should I go with to fill in those blank spots? I'm yearning for some verbena. (And one of the main reasons I like verbena so much is that the housekeeper on the original Parent Trap movie is named Verbena - "It's none of my nevermind. I don't say a word. Not a single word.") Maybe some zinnias? And since my bluebells aren't very bright, I wonder if I should go with more purples. Would something red clash with my pink vincas?