Easter, Visits, and Garden Plans

Happy belated Easter weekend! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (If not, you really should!) you probably already know that we had family visiting for the holiday weekend. A great way to end our Spring break week. 

The girls loved dying eggs and hunting for them around the house with their grandparents. And I loved the extra cooking. I know, sounds funny, but sometimes cooking for just two extra people can cause me to splash out a bit more than I would for just John and our two picky girls. Feels more festive.
Some of the highlights from this weekend were: Edie's cheese tortellini soup, Ree's baked french toast, and Ina's Provencal Lamb.

It wasn't all celebration this past weekend, we managed to squeeze in a bit of work, too. I'm sure you are relieved. 
My parents are both avid (and opinionated) gardeners, so we really picked their brains when it came to our new kitchen garden. Concentrating on both plant placement and aesthetics, we tried to incorporate a lot of what they suggested. Along with some of our own ideas, of course. What would a family get together be without at least a tiny bit of disagreement :)

Parents suggestions:
1. Table moved to the back of garden, under the fig tree. We won't be growing anything back there anyway! Replace the table in the center with a large urn filled with blooming flowers.
2. Remove the potted rosemary so they won't block the new hedge.

Our ideas:
1. Add a hedge to outline the beds, potentially camouflaging a seasonal fence.
2. Trim the neighbors tree to allow for more light and more growing space.
3. Add some plants!

Speaking of plants, here's our rough outline for plantings. Completely not to scale and a bit rough, but you get the idea. Right?
Over the last couple of years, we've decided that gardening is all trial and error. In other words, we'll give this a go and if it doesn't work out, we'll try a new layout next year.

Any experienced Southern gardeners have any advice they'd like to share - I'm all ears, in the comment section below. 

Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

until next time,