Sunday, July 3, 2011

110 Feet of Tidal Wave Petunias

Last summer I thought  it would be a great idea to make a 110 foot flower bed down the fence line just to the point where Daisy, my sheep, would be about to eat through the fence.  My son, Nick, helped me dig a trench about 10-inches deep and 10-inches wide. I lined the bottom with partially decomposed compost and then added dirt. We gathered rocks from the ditches to make a border. Last summer I planted around 90 Cherry Tidal Wave Petunias.

This is what the bed looks like now. At the time I never thought about how much work it would be to clean out each Spring especially when I've gotten so far behind and the grass had a chance to go crazy!

So far I have managed to clean out, rototill and plant 40 feet. Between the rain and the horrible swarms of gnats and mosquitoes we are dealing with this summer who knows when I'll finish!

My seeds were purchased from Harris Seeds. These are Purple Tidal Wave. Not even close to my idea of what purple is. I definitely think there was a mistake in packaging. I am going to go back and find my receipt. I know I intended to order purple, but maybe the mistake is on me.


FlowerLady said...

These look purple to me on my monitor. 110 feet plus all of your garden beds and mowing, cleaning and caring for the pool, your critters, kids, YIKES!!! It's no wonder you are tired. It would be way too much work for me. I've got 1/4 of an acre, not all planted, but several beds, hedges, etc., one husband, no kids, 4 feline girls and a part-time job. It's all I can handle, and some days feels like too much.

You are quite the hard worker Gayle. Bless your heart. Your flower beds always look wonderful.

Have a nice holiday tomorrow.


ChrisC said...

All the seeds I bought this spring from every company where mislabeled.No pride in their work?