I Grow Flowers Too! (Or I Try To)

(But you’d never know it from my pictures)

Yep, It’s not all chickens and vegetables.

I also have some flower beds, There is not much blooming going on this year but I do have flower beds. In fact I have been working on a butterfly garden since we moved in.  One of the first things I planted in my yard was milkweed.  I will tell more about that in a future post.

Our yard was pretty much a ‘blank slate’ when we moved in and as usual I got overambitious and created HUGE flower beds.  I thought curvy edges would be pretty but my husband says they are hard to mow around.

NO PROBLEM because the plan is to eliminate a lot of the grass and make paths out of stepping stones surrounded by mulch and later by ground cover.


So picture this area with stepping stones surrounded with mulch where the grass is. C’mon – you can use your imagination!

I have a vision!

I got a nice bunch of ‘free’ plants this year – I will write about that in another future post!

I am still waging war with weeds and what I really need is a super-thick layer of mulch to help keep them down until the areas ‘fill in’ with perennials.  This years garden budget is a bit tapped out but that will be my priority for next year along with more stepping stones as I continue to work on the paths.


By next year the sedum ground cover should fill in all around the stones. Remember – IMAGINATION!

Gardeners are a lot like CUBS fans.  We are always saying “Wait until next year!”


Meanwhile I just keep pulling the weeds and tossing them to the chooks to eat!



I am having a bit of a problem with my flowers not blooming well.

  I planted a Gallardia – those suckers bloom like crazy.


  Only as soon as I pluncked it into the ground it stopped blooming!

I spread a bunch of my compost in the flowerbeds and that helped some.  Things then bloomed a bit more.

Except for that one darn Hydrangea.

That sucker hasn’t bloomed since I got it.  One more strike and it’s O-U-T!

(Not really)


Sigh…….. I wish mine looked like this.


….instead of this.

I definitely need to work on amending the soil in my flower beds.  Last winter I put all the coop bedding into the veggie bed and my veggies are doing great!   This winter it will all go into the flower beds.

Here are more pictures of my garden, not because I think it is all that great, in fact it is actually quite ugly,  but it’s a start.  Next year it will be soooooooooooooo much better and it will be fun to put the old and new pics side by side and see how far it has come!


One of my scraggly planters. My blooms are so bad this year, if it weren’t for coleus I’d have no color at all.


My one and only Dahlia in my rooster planter. I hope to get more Dahlia’s – they are awesome!


My Chicago Blackhawks garden gnome peeking out from a bunch of petunias.


A jumble of zinnias (love ’em), ornamental grass, one of my elephant ears which summer outside, and my ‘yard art’ planter made out of an old floor lamp. It blew over in a strong wind and broke. I reglued it but haven’t yet replanted it.


Garlic chive blooms and a very young blueberry bush.


Black Eyed Susan


Delphinium and more yard art.


Marigolds in another scraggly planter.


The butterfly garden, almost all bloomed out now. I want to put stepping stones over the grass here as well. Those are my compost bins in the background.

Gardens are a work in progress but mine is more work than progress!


I’m sure these pictures make you feel really good about your garden.  It  wouldn’t take much to be a LOT better!

Share your garden pictures and stories with me!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. karensalemi@foxvalley.net
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 13:45:41

    Ruth, this is one of my favorite posts from you.  Still have no idea where you get your energy.  I thought your flowers were very beautiful and I can see your VISION!  Looking forward to seeing you!  Luv Ya, Karen



  2. Steven Criger
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 13:21:02

    pretty garden….what’s a chook?



  3. bren@BGgarden
    Sep 01, 2014 @ 03:47:47

    I think it is beautiful!



    • ruthschickensruthschickens
      Sep 01, 2014 @ 23:48:15

      Thank you so much for the compliment! It means a lot coming from you because I LOVE your blog! I plan on adding Joe Pye Weed to my garden next year and will plant tulips in with my hostas this fall. Thanks for the tip from your blog!



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