What Now?

What Now?

Okay, so I am a super super super super amateur gardener. This is my first time ever in my life being responsible for a garden - and I haven't spent much time in a garden for probably a good 15 or more years, since I was a kid and my dad would pay me 10 cents for every bucket of weeds I pulled... So, this is what I have in my garden. I think it's pretty, but some of it is kind of sad / wilty looking, and it seems a little patchy to me. What else can/should I do? Can I plant more stuff? Should I plant more stuff? If so, what should I plant? I want to go for a look that's lots of color and kind of haphazard - nothing too manicured or formal or planned. I have three beds, but I've been mostly focusing on the one out front. The other two the sprinklers don't reach, and I keep forgetting to water them... (which is probably what makes me such a terrible gardener). I think I'm in zone 6 or 7-ish? I'm in southern New York. I have trouble reading those maps. Okay, the front bed. I've planted (I think) pansies and petunias. I like them a lot, although some of them seem a bit wilty. I also have a couple of little red maple tree dudes that my dad planted for me and some unidentified plants that either I bought one or two of because I thought they were pretty or that I got as gifts (my in-laws are big on giving potted plants for Easter and Mother's Day, although I'm not a mother). I also have some bulbs coming up - lilies in the back, and I think daylilies or something in the middle - my dad planted those. I don't know if they'll flower this year though. From the left, facing the house. Photobucket From the right facing the house (standing on the driveway) Photobucket The side bed, along the top of the driveway. My dad transplanted some of his hosta for us in the fall (we moved in November 1, so it was all a bit last minute), and I planted a few petunias (right?), but they've gotten a bit wilt. In the back corner there is a blackberry plant, which I'm hoping will survive because I think blackberries are awesome. Photobucket The little back bed, under my kitchen window. Right now, we've got just the little witch hazel plant. I'm divided on whether or not I'm going to plant anything else here for this year or if I should just focus on the other two, because it's usually blocked by our cars anyway. Photobucket And a few closeups, because I think they're pretty :-) Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket So... can I plant some stuff to fill in the back of the front bed? What could I plant in the side bed? Both beds are mostly full sun, I think. Or should I just leave it all alone? And... am I even doing right in the first place? Thanks! Okay, so I took these photos at about 5pm. I'd say it's been sunny like this since at least noon, if not earlier. You can see I planted a few things today - I decided to put something in the back bed... marigolds? I've already forgotten what they are. Anyway, the tag said full sun to part shade, so I thought they'd be okay. And I put these spiky little red plants around the front edge of the front bed. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket
Sharing my garden, ID help, and a weeding question

Sharing my garden, ID help, and a weeding question

My Winter Park Apartment :)

My Winter Park Apartment :)

New camera.

New camera.

My Bedroom

My Bedroom

paint or wallpaper alternatives?

paint or wallpaper alternatives?

Here we are.

Here we are.