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.☀️

Decorating for spring🌻🐝

Thinking🌸 spring colors💕

By March I am ready to open the windows, and start planting. But almost every year, I have to wait till the end of May for airing our house and walking into my garden. I have learned my lessen, fooled with few days of mild temperatures and pure sunshine in mid March, just to end up pulling sweaters out of drawers, and covering my new plants with bed sheets.🥺

For now to ease the itch for spring weather, I surround myself with potted daffodils, tulips, and colors of spring. Accent pieces in pinks, blues, glass and crystal, looking ahead to a gorgeous spring🌻🐝

Keeping my eyes wide open for the cherry trees and redbud trees to burst in color. Any day now!!! (fingers crossed😆)

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

For more pictures please go to:

We earn a modest commission if you use the link and purchase the product.

Encyclopedia of plantshttps://amzn.to/2YYl0wt

Women’s gardening gloves https://amzn.to/31Ru4VK

Tools https://amzn.to/3jBAi20

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 didn’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.

Affiliate link – We earn a modest commission if you use the link and purchase the product.

Gaura lindheimeri

https://amzn.to/3fFvp5V

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 ?!”

😩 😤 🥺 🐝

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.

Use the link below if you would like to see organic lavender products at Amazon.

https://amzn.to/2UoX9Uf

For more info and videos on lavender plants please visit our

YouTube channel https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pUtonj3RBds

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.

https://m.youtube.com/user/HouseResort

Summer plans !🤔

Florida 2019

For most of us summer has started and we are worried and concern about flying and staying in hotel rooms.

As I talk to friends I hear the same concerns and fears related to traveling, interacting with others at the airport, hotels, and beaches. Plans to the beach, softball games, ice skating with friends all activities that would have been planned for summer are on hold indefinitely.

How to entertain ourselves without using electronics? For the time being we are making a list of our most favorite activities, and anything new we like to learn and experience for the first time. We also have a list for things we enjoy doing that are more entertaining and keeps us in touch with classmates, and family members.

Here are 10 items on the list for our teens (created by them):

1- learn to do laundry

2- learn to iron

3- learn to chop vegetables

4- learn a new language

5- practice music

6- yoga

7- workout

9- try cooking new recipes

10- gardening

Hope everyone enjoys a healthy happy summer😎

Are you ready to be a Gardener? 🐞🐛

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.

Cilantro, & Thyme

Affiliate link – We earn a modest commission if you use the link and purchase the product.

https://amzn.to/2B9eKZI

https://amzn.to/2B9z2T1