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 tree👩🏻‍🍳😘

Even rain didn’t stop me from picking these beauties 👩🏻‍🌾

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 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.

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 Fabulous House Plant🪴

The dracaena lemon lime lite

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.

Separating
Now 4 dracaena lemon lime plants

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.

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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

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