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After getting home from Black Feather Farm, I seem to have a renewed desire for getting things done (so, I suppose, that means lots of pics and posts coming soon). The first thing I did was seasonal and easy: adding fresh flowers to the mailbox.


I’ve tried out yellow snapdragons before (and they’ve thrived in this spot), but these red ones really caught my eye while perusing Lowe’s selection last week. I went a little crazy on their clearance section of perennials as well (more on that in a separate post), but I simply loved these and figured that with all of the money I was saving on the other plants, paying full price for these beauties was well worth it.

Pardon the grass… that’s not something I’m willing to do more than (occasionally) mow at this point. But, you might also be able to spot a few more upgrades to the exterior in the below pic in the form of finished and painted siding and trim!

I guess part of the reason I’m so anxious to get some of the greenery updated around the house is to showcase all of the finished siding repair. It’s looking better than it ever has before, and I really want to get some good photos in before it gets too cold and all of the flowers die off. In fact, if it weren’t for the obnoxious squirrel I have to deal with in my attic this week (UGH), I’d probably already have some more updates on that. There’s a lot of mulching and fussing and primping going on, so I hope the after photos are going to have some serious oomph!

In addition to the snapdragons, I also planted another one of my favorite annuals… Dusty Miller. Their frosty green leaves always seem to add a little sophistication, yet they’re budget-friendly for buying in large quantities and planting practically everywhere. They aren’t supposed to last all winter, but Georgia is still going to have several more warm months before these die out (and if the weather is mild, both they and the snapdragons will continue to bloom all winter with practically zero effort on my part to keep them alive).

More on all of the other plants and updates comin’ at ya shortly. Here’s a sneak peek!

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  1. Beautiful! Snapdragons are one of my favorites. I loved playing with their little mouths as a kid. Columbine is one of my other faves.

  2. The color of those snapdragons is beautiful!! I love snapdragons… my Mom always made them talk. So now I do too. haha. Also, we’ve had three pots of flowers on our front porch this summer including marigolds, petunias, and snapdragons, and all of them died because we decided to stop watering them, except the snapdragons are just carrying on as normal like I’m not neglecting them. Woo!

  3. Very pretty. I love Snapdragons and Dusty Miller. Even in CT they can survive the winter if it’s not too brutal and they’re nice and healthy in the fall. Particularly if they’re planted at the base of trees. I think the roots must keep the soil warm enough for them to survive.

  4. I have a couple of trees to put more flowers around, perhaps I’ll try these hearty lovely flowers. My recommendation on the squirrel is seal all entry points / have a heart live trap nuts as bait. The snapdragons are indeed beautiful and will be tried. Hope fully they will survive,

    1. I have a live trap set up right now, and I’m planning on getting up to the attic when the weather cools a little (it’s way too hot to be up in the attic right now). Hopefully I’ll get it all resolved next week!