Spring/Summer Gardening in My Yard 2016

June 2, 2016

Hello blog friends.  I have recently started working on planting flowers and vegetables in my outdoor space.  The reason why I just started gardening now is because we have had such a cold spring here in the Northeast.  The weather has changed here drastically in the past two weeks from winter, straight to summer.

Come along with me and let me share with you the start of my summer gardening.

This statue of Mary is in my side garden and it's surrounded by lily of the valley flowers.  This statue and the flowers are one of my favorites spots in the garden and the flowers smell amazing.

I bought for the first time a succulent plant and I do hope I have luck with it.  I know that succulents are all the rage right now and I just had to have one.  I think it will be easy to take care of since they do not need a lot of water to grow.

I have a few handmade painted pots with assorted flowers in my yard, which I love.

I do not have a lot of space to plant vegetables.  I usually use big pots and plant herbs and a small variety of vegetables.

I love growing mint and basil plants.  I put them into one pot since I don't have too many pots.  I will see how well these do together and if they need to be separated at some point.  I also planted pepper plants in different varieties and I love using them in salads and frying them up.

Each year I plant at least 3 tomatoes plants in separate pots and different varieties.  I do not get that many tomatoes, but I love growing them and it's the best eating fresh tomatoes.

I never grew zucchini before and this is my first time.  I do hope they grow to be big.

I have this gorgeous pot of pink geraniums and assorted flowers on my front stoop that my Mom gave me for Mother's Day!  Thanks Mom, I love it!

I still have more planting to do and I want to plant impatient plants in various colors.  I am also getting a new spiral topiary for my yard.  It died; I think due to such a big snow storm we had over the winter.  I usually plant impatient plants around my topiaries and I love the way that looks. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour of my garden.

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  1. Your flowers and plants are coming along nicely! Love the statue of Mary, lovely! :) ~Rhonda

  2. I love gardening! I think your painted pots are terrific! I also love lileys-of-the-valley, I 've got them too :-)
    Looking forward to more pictures of your garden!
    Have a nice day,

  3. I do love gardening, especially when I know that at the end of the season I will be tucking in to tasty vegetables and salads. You look as though you have been very productive and I do hope all takes off unlike your topiary xx

  4. Julie, your garden is beautiful! I love the flower pots your flowers are in. They are so cute. I bet it's so relaxing. I don't have a green thumb, but my grandfather use to love planting vegetables & flowers. Love yours!

  5. I'm loving your garden!! I just got some lily of the valley bulbs because I miss seeing them. We had them when I was growing up. We haven't planted any herbs or veggies yet...we are really late!

  6. Hey Julie,
    I found your post today on SHINE.
    I love all of your plants and flowers. And, your pictures are beautiful.
    Hope you have a blessed day~

  7. after reading your planting ideas I think I should put my cherry tomato in a pot by itself. I have it in a flower bed and last 2 years the tomatoes were not good, maybe because to much watering. I do water my flowers everyday when it gets up to 100 here

    I like your Blessed Mary statue also I am a catholic convert little over 3 years now because of Mary(another story)

  8. These are lovely plants to grow in your garden! I hear ya. It's been a fairly cool spring here in the Northeast. Here's to hoping to the weather becomes seasonable enough soon. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #shinebloghop!

  9. Aww it's so lovely!! I keep saying I am going to at least plant some herbs and tomatoes each year... but never quite seem to get around to it. My husband jokes our house (and yard) are where plants come to die... We used to have beautiful hydrangeas when I bought the house but they are languishing... a friend asked had I fertilized them lately.... haha.. nope! Guess I have some work to do! I hope you reap a bountiful harvest from all your veggies! ♥ Your neighbor at Sitting Among Friends Today!

  10. Looks like you have a great garden going. Growing in containers definitely takes a bit more work, but worth it!

  11. So pretty Julie. I especially love the statue of Mary!

  12. Very nice. Your photo drew me to your post. I too have a statue of Mary on our garden wall area. She faces our home and is next to iris and Stella D'oro lilies. I planted a mound rose next to her too.

  13. Good morning Julie! When we returned the end of May, the temps were around 90 and humid. Here I was looking forward to some relief, but boy was I surprised! You're right about Mother Nature skipping Spring.

    About Lily of the Valley...do you find it to be invasive? I have some and do. The flowers ar lovely though.

    I'm like you with the tomatoes. I plant them in pots but don't get too many. I still do it though lol. Consider planting the basil with the tomatoes. That's what I do and they do pretty well.

    Looks like the temps might drop a bit and we may get some much needed rain. Enjoy your weekend!


  14. Julie,
    Your garden is well on it's way and I adore your cute pots too:)
    It is so difficult to imagine that you have had cool weather, when we are so hot and humid!
    Soon, I will be basking in the glory of your cool and pretty posts!
    Thanks so much for joining us at TOHOT!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend too:)

  15. Julie,
    Your garden looks lovely and I adore your Mary Statue!! I too still have more flowers to but for the back yard . i am late too because of the cold spring that we had...Thanks so much for visiting!!


  16. I love that little rooster pot. You must be artistic. Hope your garden is bountiful.
    xx Beca

  17. Everything looks great, Julie! I just adore that sweet rooster pot! We just planted this past weekend, too. The cold has finally lifted! I hope it stays that way for a good long time!! :)

  18. I am with you Julie! Here in Upstate NY, we are just getting nice enough weather to finally plant some flowers. I do a lot of pot planting too. Love your pots!! I am trying succulents this year too. I was told to let them get dry before watering again.

  19. I love all your plants and flowers, they are beautiful....

  20. So many sweet considerations. I love the inside peek at your garden! Hurrah for warm weather, right?!! :)

  21. All your plants and pots looks so pretty, Julie. I especially love your statue of Mary., nestled among the lily of the valley. Happy gardening to you!

  22. Julie, I know you must be so happy that it's finally time for you to plant things. We are well on our way to a hot summer here and finished planting a few weeks ago....although we can always add more.

    What are you going to do with your basil? I have some too and love to incorporate it in salads.

    Thanks so much for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. :)

  23. Julie, your garden is beautiful. I really love spot with the statue and sweet lily of the valley ~ pinning! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  24. Julie, your yard is so beautiful! I will be featuring it at SYC! :) Jo


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