Since we moved here in the middle of summer/June, I didn't jump full force into converting grass to flowerbeds or renovating existing beds filled with pebbles. I thought I'd be fine with some potted plants. I set some geraniums out in pots along with some begonias in other pots because I knew those two plants would be fine with all the heat of summer.
Well, it rained almost every day for the first month and a half we were here. My geraniums and begonias looked HORRIBLE! In September, they finally started doing a little better.
Last month, I bought some fall planting stuff that will winter well this far south. My largest geranium that was also my saddest apparently just needed some friends.
On the patio is the rusty old toolbox I bought from an elderly gentlemen's yard sale in New Jersey. He asked me if I had tools to put in it. You should have seen the look on his face when I told him I was planning to put flowers in it!
Speaking of baby steps, I have a "baby" tree that I'm babying on the other corner of the patio. The birdhouse was from the previous owners. I set the Japanese maple out behind it because I could just imagine the look in a few years of the tree as the backdrop for the birdhouse. I read on Pinterest that a bucket with a hole in the side would be a good way to keep a newly planted tree watered without going overboard. So, I have my bucket out there and have been adding water to it daily for the last few weeks to help it get established.