Ten years ago my parents gave me a fig tree to plant in the back yard. It nearly died one year and bounced back, and grew to a 10 feet tree. I guess it needed time, getting used to the garden, and making friendships with the surrounding trees such as the dogwood, and the parade of squirrels, and birds, and the families of cardinals flying over, and landing on its branches.
Every year or so my fig tree, decides to offer me a few figs, and my goodness they are big, beautiful, and not too sweet. I get busy making salads, fig and peanut butter sandwiches, appetizers, and cook a few to top ice cream and pancakes. A few days ago I picked a few for a quick salad. Feta cheese and glazed balsamic. It was beautiful and delicious. Thank you my beautiful fig tree👩🏻🍳😘
Just to mention a few benefits of figs, beside being delicious : high in fiber, and antioxidants, high calcium helps with strong bones, keeping a healthy blood pressure and weight control. One interesting fact, fig trees have natural latex which some people might be allergic to.
Watch me pick these beautiful figs just click on 👇
Traveling has its ups and downs, especially if you’re traveling with your family, I know this as a fact. One of my most favorite places to travel with my family, keeping in mind everyone’s favorite activities, is traveling to Santa Fe New Mexico. A place with great food, gorgeous views, beautiful weather, and entertainment. Almost every weekend in summer time there is a market specializing in Spanish art, Indian art, and contemporary arts. Plus having the choice to visit more than 100 galleries on Canyon Road and shopping for southwestern jewelry, made and designed by Native Americans. There is also hiking the beautiful Aspen Vista, and many more trails, only a few miles from Santa Fe plaza.
This beautiful city is easy to visit with family and little ones, since many hotels and restaurants are accommodating to families, and pets. Please remember when you are in Santa Fe, eat without restrictions, hike with plenty of water, and be open to spending money on art that you will cherish for a life time.
I like having flowers in my house and most of all flowers from my garden. Cut flowers can get expensive, and sometimes don’t last very long, but having a few flowering plants can help you create beautiful arrangements. It makes me happy when I create small vases full of herbs, and blooms for every room in the house. From early spring to early summer. Purple pansies, star jasmine, primrose, daisies, gardenias, dahlia, and mums. I can’t Waite for more blooms popping their heads out this summer season.
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Dracaena Lemon Lite plant is beautiful and easy to care for. If you enjoy green plants, like to care for them, and decorate with them, and don’t care for complicated rituals, this is the plant that you will enjoy for a long time. It grows to layers of pale green leaves that are almost translucent. Requires very low light, and just enough water to keep its soil moist. I have just recently noticed that both my plants needed a larger pot, and to keep them healthy I needed to move them to a larger home.
To my surprise I realized they both had grown another new plant, and it was a bit crowded for both of them continue growing & spreading their roots for more nutrients. I was a proud parent of two more plants. Since I like smaller potted plants, just so I can easily move them to different rooms in the house, I decided to give the young plants their own pots.
Looking closely I was sure that they were not attached and had their own root system, and separating them would be easy without any invasive moves against the new plants. After a few minutes I successfully created two more Dracaena lemon lime plants. 👍🥳🥳
I hope you enjoy watching the video on how I started separating, and replanting these beautiful plants. keeping fingers crossed, I hope I see the birth of new plants soon.
One of the main rules of gardening is to know your zone for planting. Meaning, you won’t waste your money and hard physical work of digging, planting, fertilizing for the wrong plant. Sometimes as most of you might know a perennial plant such as lavenders might not survive the winter freeze and become an annual.
This is my dilemma with lavender plants. They need more attention and no additional watering since we already have too much rain, but when they finally spread their roots and get situated they are beautiful and full of buds the entire summer season. One of my absolute favorite plants, and I take every advantage when they bloom. I take videos, photos and collect lavender buds in sachets for my dresser drawers, also gifts to my family members. I love their color, shape and their heavenly clean, calming scent.
This year I decided to plant a circle of lavender plants around a bird bath close to my other gardens. Creating a focal point and a more designated area that I can pay more attention to and protect in winter time. So this past weekend I found a beautiful bird bath, and I am starting plans to remove the grass and creat a round garden.
In few days another trip to the garden center to purchase lavender plants. I am thinking a hardier variety called “Lavender Phenomenal”. Stay tuned🌸👍
Long, cold, colorless winter has turned into blooms popping through the green grass and tree branches. Announcing we are awake, and ready to go.
As much as I love and live for color, and mild temperatures for gardening, spring is not my favorite season. Unfortunately the suffering from allergies, and the haze created by floating pollen makes everyday in spring sheltering indoors, and spending mornings indoors when the pollen count is the highest. Giving me plenty of time to put away wooly winter blankets, and decorating with floral pattern and pastel colors. I took pictures of some beautiful pieces I ran into while shopping. They are easy inexpensive accent pieces that change any room to spring and inspire you to make simple changes. They certainly inspired me as I stay indoors, skipping the pollen haze.
All Fresh flowers: tulips, baby’s breaths, and a dogwood branch. I used small glass vases with water to keep all the flowers fresh. Placed all the alabaster eggs and hard boiled eggs, in a pedestal cake stand, in the center. Eggs were boiled with red onion skin.