From Tree To Platter

Figs, feta cheese with balsamic glaze

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 tree๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ˜˜

Even rain didnโ€™t stop me from picking these beauties ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ

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.

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Fresh look with homegrown Flowers

I like having flowers in my house and most of all, flowers from my garden. Cut flowers are expensive, and usually have a short life, but having a few flowering plants, and a creative touch, can help in putting together beautiful flower arrangements. I am always so happy when I put together small vases, by arranging herbs, and blooms for every room in the house. From early spring to early summer, I pick and choose from Purple pansies, star jasmine, primrose, daisies, gardenias, dahlia, and mums in the garden. Something different every few weeks. I canโ€™t Waite for more blooms popping their heads out this summer season, so I can enjoy fuller, and more colorful arrangements.

Star Jasmine
Mums, & star jasmine
A beautiful bouquet of herbs and early summer blooms
Indoors next to my family photos
Pansies
Gardenias for the bathrooms
Lavender
Dahlia

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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.โ˜€๏ธ

Gardens possess personalities

Gardens possess personalities

A garden lined with flowering plants, carefully lined, and color coordinated makes me admire the gardener who invested time and patience to create it.

How we choose Our flowers, herbs, and even the flower pots in our garden is a reflection of our personality. Colors of our flowering plants, the shape of our garden, choosing perennials or annuals sends a signal of how we think and see the world around us.

When I choose to create a garden I pay attention to how the sun will pour over the space, and how they are placed with the older plants. When I figure that out I start visiting my nurseries and purchase my plants based on what I fall in love with. Color, shape, how rare they are, or replacing an old plant that didnโ€™t survive the winter.

Gaura lindheimeri, is one of my most favorite large flowering plants. They have a free-flowing, angelic personality that my eyes crave to see.

Geraniums are my trustworthy plants; they are bold, resilient, long lasting, and beautiful on their own in any pot. No matter how wilted and unkept they are, I grab them from clearance racks and bring them back to life.

There are many annuals I repeat every year like impatiens for my shady corners. They spread and bloom all summer and their colors add a pop to forgotten corners.

Next time you walk by a garden after you admire the hard work it took to create it, you can try to guess the personality of the gardener behind it.

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Summer Blooms

Coneflowers, Lilies, Daisies, Petunias are beautiful colorful bunch for your summer garden.

Summer colorful blooms

The blooms of these beautiful summer flowers are large, with mild perfume that bloom through summer. With little attention, moderate watering and some grooming these flowering plants will give you the chance to take beautiful photos of your garden, and capture their color and beautifully shaped blooms.

I love creating a permanent space for perennials in my garden. The excitement, and the chance to see them pop up in spring and come to full bloom in early summer is so gratifying.

By the way petunias are annuals. Enjoy your summer garden. ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒž

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Lavender flowers

You just watched a disappointed bee : “Wait! didn’t you plant lavender for me? I though we were sharing the flowers?!” It seems like you clipped all the flowers ?!”

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There are 47 known species of lavender plants in the mint family. Lavender requires a well drained soil and a very little moisture. As much as I enjoy my lavender plants, it took me a few years to bring a couple to full bloom. Too much rain leaves them with moldy stems, and they need mild winters

Early summer when lavender blooms start to pop open I use them in flower arrangements and dry them for potpourris. Their beautiful perfume add a crisp freshness to my rooms, and a summer look to flower arrangements.

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A lovely garden begins with your pots

It is not just for holding your flowering plants or herbs, for me a flower pot also needs to stand beautiful by itself in my garden.

When in full bloom I bring the smaller pots in to add color to our family room, and most often they are the main object of my photos a hobby I enjoy.

I have flower pots that are more than 10 years old, and every now and then I purchase one for a special place, a corner or a spot on the porch and the garden.

I choose them by color, size, and always stay in the same color scheme, and yes I do love hanging baskets even though they need to be maintained more, since birds and squirrels enjoy pulling their liners and love to swing from them.

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Are you ready to be a Gardener? ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ›

Dahlia

I was surprised to hear that nurseries are running out of tomato plants!? Personally I never had good luck planting them, but I guess with shopping dilemmas and food & vegetables some what been scarce, for some people growing their own food made sense. Or is this just a beginning of a trend?

Creating a garden, is not an easy task. It is extremely time consuming, and expensive. To create a garden and keep it beautiful, and healthy is a daily chore, but a chore that is delightful, gratifying, and heavenly.

I have had vegetable gardens, herb gardens, and flower gardens. Had to make peace with squirrels, bunnies, birds, and yes even lizards, that enjoyed leaving bit marks on tomatoes that were half ripped.

In mid summer when plants are well established and are in full bloom is when I sit back and enjoy as they say the fruit of my labor. But for now, I put on my gardening gloves and start my mornings with pulling weeds, watering and filling the holes that squirrels have left behind.

Gardens don’t just add color to our yards, or food to our tables, they make our homes a haven for birds, bees, and butterflies. They come to our gardens to find food and they pollinate our trees and flowers.

If you are a first time gardener, you will be a gardener for life.

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Unexpected Snow

Daffodils

Every year it only takes a few sunny days in mid forties to encourage the daffodils, hyacinths and other spring bulbs to sprout and show off their blooms unexpectedly. Since we all expect this unusual change in temperature in late winter, to save the blooms from the freeze we have to cover them with fabric and towels. This morning we all woke up to a beautiful steady snow shower that covered our spring blooms and reminded us that winter is still here and spring has to wait it’s turn.

Hyacinth

A flowering Shrub from early summer to late fall

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Bees love these beautiful full flowers

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Rose of Sharon creating a private corner

Rose of Sharon, also called “althaea” or “althea,” as Hibiscus syriacus. Native to China and India, was brought to Europe in 16th century.

one of our favorite Shrubs, perfect for creating tall wide private wall, with its natural tendency to grow wide and thick with its beautiful trumpet shape flowers.

Resilient Rose of Sharonย  is drought tolerant and prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love this shrub.

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