Thursday, May 31, 2012

Garden Perfection

Now that our outdoor living room is set up, we're spending an inordinate amount of time in the garden, morning, afternoon, and early evening. Why waste your time on Twitter and Facebook indoors when you could be wasting your time on Twitter and Facebook outside in the bright California sunshine?

Spending more time in the sunny weather yesterday led us to cool down with some maple Oreo ice cream at Scoops, followed by an impromptu trip to Rolling Greens to get some new plants to complete our outdoor living room. I've discovered after a few months of living here that our garden is not as shady as I'd originally thought (the hydrangeas I planted are suffering a slow burning death) so I decided to try out some full-sun plants, with the help of the friendly blonde lady at Rolling Greens and a certain detective who helped search for clues about which plants would survive the longest.

verrrrrrrrrry interesting evidence indeed.
Here's what we came home with:

sweet lavender


furry kangaroo paw!
forgot what this is called

succulents, my favorite low-maintenance girlfriend.
Investigating the newcomers
By the way, these gorgeous peonies below are not from Rolling Greens, but rather, Trader Joe's. It was only $5.99 for the whole bunch because they're in season and are mostly shipped down from Northern California. That's like $1 a pop for tabletop beauty that lasts over a week. You can't tell in the picture, but these are each about the size of small dinner plates.