Tuesday, June 13, 2017

In the running

First - you guys are awesome. Tuxie Love has been given so much love by all you knitters. I've recieved so many nice notes, quite a few about how much other's love their feline friends - which is great!


Last week we got a notice from Property Management. They are running a little contest, challenging all the tenants to spruce up their yards. On June 26, they will be walking around and choosing two of the best gardens.

1st prize is a 55" TV. Now our place isn't really that big, and I don't feel the need to see my TV from space, but I was kinda hoping I'd win the second prize - a $100 gift card to the local grocery store. I was excited until I took a walk around the survey....

There's about 120 units in the complex... and several of them have AMAZING established gardens. While I've done a fair bit of work this year - my front yard doesn't stand a chance. If it was backyards - maybe I'd be a contender.

I do have plans to do more in the front yard, but I wasn't really planning on doing it this year. I considered rushing to get it done in time - but even if I had the extra cash, it wouldn't be established enough to compete with the existing gardens (I should have taken pictures - they really are stunning).

But, Mom and I were out on the weekend and we hit up her local garden centre. I figured it wouldn't hurt to add a couple more things....
I had Dave put a couple brackets in the wall on the front of the house so I could hang some baskets...
They still need to fill out a bit, but it's already a nice extra  bit of green. (and I've got a little trough planter to put on that window ledge - I just need some more soil and plants.)
I also picked up this cool, spacey looking plant. It's a type of Osteopermum (or African Daisy).
And I couldn't resist this pretty little Spanish Lavender (Boysenberry Ruffles). I had some Spanish Lavender a couple years ago, but didn't realize it can't over-winter here. This one has been put in a pot. I'll bring it in come winter and we'll see if I can keep it going until spring. 

It's still unlikely that I'll win the contest, but I never regret new flowers!

6 comments:

D. Kissinger said...

It's neat that your complex does that. Even though you don't think you'll win, I'll send good vibes that they pick YOU!

Araignee said...

That's so much fun! Dad did a great job with those hanging baskets. You can do so much with them.

Delighted Hands said...

Your gardening takes first and second place as far as we are concerned!

Cat Lover said...

Hi Valerie, when we lived in our house on the military base in the late 1980's the government ran a contest for the nicest garden. But they had the contest in late August! I never understood that. By then everything was rather fried looking. It only went for a few years but it was nice to see people sprung up their yards.
Your gardens are just beautiful! I wouldn't want the first prize either. A grocery store gift certificate would be better for me too.
Have a good day, stay cool!
Robin

Eastside Cats said...

Nothing like a contest to get one's creative juices flowing!

Troy Boyer said...

I love this motivator for your neighbors. WOW. Wish you win! But you are right, you cant lose!