Not giving up on lavender plants🪴

Last years beautiful French lavender blooms

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🌸👍

A visit to the garden center

So many beautiful plants to choose from. I always wish for a bigger garden, until I realize I only have two arms, and maybe a few weeks of good weather to be out doors for planting.

Gerbera Daisy
Snapdragons
Impatiens

I hope you get the chance to do some gardening soon. It is always a great way to look forward to some nice weather, beautiful planters full of flowers, and a garden buzzing with bees.☀️

Spring Colors & Floral Designs☘️for Home🌷

Soft blue accent pillows

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.

These pillows are spring🌷🌸
Accent pillows
Blue floral accent pieces
Blue pottery
Blue pottery
Silk flowers & natural baskets
Lively bold painting

It is Almost spring, somewhere !🌷

Daffodils

This time of the year, I feel exhausted by putting on, more winter cloths than my own body weight. I literally miss seeing my skin, and crave for the feel of the warm sun on my face. Colors are rare in nature this time of the year too. I hopelessly get used to the brown grass, and the bare silhouette of giant oak trees. Bare, and cold without any leaves or song birds perched on their heavy branches.

Seeing spring flowers at the market always brings a smile to my face. Daffodils, and pots of fragrant hyacinth flowers announce the almost end of winter season, no matter how hard it tries to hang its heavy clouds over our heads. Some where, in some warm sunny place these spring messengers are out of the ground and announcing the arrival of the spring season.

A few days ago, when grocery shopping, I grabbed a few daffodils and brought them home, and gave them their own perching place by the front room. Letting every one enjoy their beautiful colors, and their delicate petals, as they walk in & out of our house. I know some of us will spend the next two months in snow and below zero temperatures, but there is hope. For now, when you are out grocery shopping pick up some daffodils.

Click on the image to watch my video🌷

Watch my video👍putting together a beautiful basket for spring 🌷

Gardening in a shade garden🕶

The first time I realized my new house had a very shady garden I immediately thought a colorless back yard. And no chance of a vegetable garden.

Beautiful mature Camellia plants lined the yard, and a few azaleas bloomed in between. One Japanese maple tree that had grown out of its corner, was overwhelmed by a white dogwood tree, and shaded by a large mulberry tree branches.

When spring came, I started making a list of plants that were colorful, plants with many shades of green, and a list with combination of perennials and annuals.

My list for annuals: Begonias, impatiens, monkey flower, snapdragon, pansy, coral bells, lily of the valley.

My list for perennials: foxgloves, hydrangeas, hostas, ferns, primroses, encore azaleas.

I am sure you agree when I say, a Gardner needs to be patient and thick skinned. No matter how much planning is done you are still in the mercy of nature and drastic changes in weather. Gardening is always a work in progress, and the joy of seeing a perennial popping it’s head out of the soil in early spring is absolutely priceless.

Begonia
Hosta

Azalea

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