Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More is Best


Most of the time my philosophy is, "Less is Best"; especially when applying makeup and cheap perfume (or any kind of perfume for that matter). However, there is one time when more is best and that's when I plant my garden in late spring.

This year I won the garden contest. It feels pretty darn good to come in first out of 200 entries. To tell you the truth, I'm the only one with horse pucky in my garden, which is probably why the plants are all mutant-like. The coleus look like trees, and the black-eyed susans are taking over the neighborhood. As you can see I love color.

I decided to go all out and plant as many different types of flora and variegated vegetation as would fit into a 7' wide x 5' long x 6' deep garden patch. There are probably seven different kinds of perennials and as many annuals.  It looks like a multicolored jungle. It was a lot of fun as well as hard work, with a $100 gift certificate as the prize, but the best reward is the gift of the plants themselves.

It gives me great pleasure to sit on my front porch and enjoy their beauty as I think about my sweet little Buzi, who was always right beside me in the garden, during the spring and early summer planting.

Flowers for Jenny and all those who read this blog post. Hugs, Pam


23 comments:

Valerie said...

Congratulations, Pam. Winner out of 200 entrants is quite an achievement. Your garden does look pretty, there's nothing like colour to brighten anyone's day.

Pam Beers. said...

Thanks, Val. Since these photos were taken the garden has filled in even more as well as the hanging baskets. Seems to be a great growing season this summer.

Barbara said...

Beautiful! What are you going to do with your $100 prize? Throw a party for all your friends?!!!

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! Congratulations! Your garden deserves to win!

Pam Beers. said...

Barbara: I'll treat you to breakfast.

EG: Wish I had your photo talent. My photo doesn't do garden justice.

Thanks, all of you.

carol l mckenna said...

Congrats on your Garden win~ lovely garden and photos ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

It deserves a prize! It's gorgeous!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Congrats! It would be delightful to sit and gaze upon all that color and beauty!

Grantham Lynn said...

Oh Contragulations! More is best! I love your photos. Your garden is beautiful! Thank you for coming by my Memories Montgomery Ward. You almost sounded as if you have a memory of the building? It did turn into a fabulous place.
Thanks again for coming by. And btw have you seen my Count Down To Christmas link. Check it out a join!
Smiles,
Sherry

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Congrats on winning the contest. I'd give you the prize, too. Your flowers are gorgeous!

Take 25 to Hollister

Gattina said...

I love to sit in a garden, but not to work, lol !

Betty said...

Congratulations! You earned it. I wish my garden looked like yours. It's so hot and humid here and my flowers have mostly pooped out. I water all the time, but they dry out so quickly. Of course, it could be the lack of horse pucky. Do you think dumping used kitty litter in the garden would do the same thing? I have plenty. Probably not.

Pam Beers. said...

Betty, I don't think the used kitty litter will work. Although it will keep pesky flower-eating rodents away. It has been an unusually cool summer here with equal amounts of rain and sunshine. Everything is growing prolifically. Oh yes, the horse pucky does help a lot. ;)

Karen S. said...

More yes, might fine absolutely!

Lmkazmierczak said...

That's great news! Congrats Pam, and I'm sure that horse manure had something to do with it! Thanks for visiting my blog♪

storybeader said...

congrats! The colors are great! I always think "I don't have enough money" but maybe if I just started from seed, I'd get somewhere!

The reason why I love perennials {:-D

Annesphamily said...

Oh my, your garden is a delight! What an accomplishment to win such a fantastic award! My Auntie Ang loved black eyes Susan's! She never had children of her own and always wanted a daughter named Susan. I need to plant them in her honor? I am in Colorado, any suggestions? I love your sweet blog! Happy weekend, Hugs, Anne

Jenny said...

Congratulations!

Your green thumb shines!

More is definitely best with flowers and fauna in my book, too!

Thanks for a marvelous link for the letter M.

A+

Wandering Wren said...

Dearest Wonderful Winner! What just rewards for all your hard work and effort. Let's hope you get to enjoy many more days in the garden whilst the sun is still shining :)
What's your strategy for 2015, retire whilst at the top of your tree or are you already planning your hanging basket masterpeices for next year?!
Wren x

Pam Beers. said...

WW: I'm planning for 2015. Why? I never outgrew my love for digging in the dirt. ;)

Sandra Black said...

Congratulations, that is so good and I do love a colourful garden but do not have the right ability to make mine any way good.

itsmecissy said...

Just gorgeous Pam, keep up the good work. Congrats on taking first place this year too.

Pam Beers. said...

Itsme: Remember last year when I groused about coming in second place?