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.
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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.
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):
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
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Staying home hasn’t been that stressful, what is stressful for me is keeping my family happy, healthy, focus on school work, and following a workout schedule.
Since quarantine started, we have also let go of our many daily routines. Getting up at a certain time, shaving, wearing makeup, putting on clothes, socks, grabbing our to go coffee mug.
To stay happy surrounded by our children and whoever we had to be quarantine with is more work than we are used to.
We are realizing now that Cleaning, cooking, entertaining, educating, is more work and planning than we have ever done in the past and is simply exhausting, but also very necessary.
For me making a large bowl of pasta, baking double chocolate brownies, gardening, going on long walks, watching a movie, wearing sweatpants all day long is what I need to do to stay, stress free, hopeful and happy surrounded with family. What I see for now as simply necessary.
I am sure we all have heard it, “everything in moderation” . There should be a balance with everything we do. Eat, exercise, social media, travel, and many other things we think of when treating ourselves. Too much of one thing, we are off balance.
Considering what our world is going through some activities are difficult to plan, when we are aware of the hardship, people around us are going through.
Call it guilt, but to feel happy and satisfied just doesn’t feel right. I believe we need balance in our world in order to enjoy a good movie, a good hardy laugh, or a great hug.
If there is one important lesson in this difficult time to learn, and later teach our children is to be happy with every small thing around us. Turning our home to our sanctuary, cooking a great meal with our family, plant some herbs, go for walks.
Face time, zoom, sharing photos is fine for now, they allow us to share our time at home with our friends, and family. We are staying in touch with our grandparents, help with home work, take flowers or herbs from our garden to neighbors & send thoughtful messages to our friends via email. It is our way to make others happy, and make our days special and productive.
We all must Stay positive, stay at home and healthy, until things are back to normal.
I know every entertainment idea is not a good idea for all of us, but a few can make us all busy and happy at the same time.
Here are a few fun ones :
Cooking & Baking🥖🍳🍝
Gardening ( cleaning the yard )🌷
Time on social media🤪
By now we are all aware of the fact that being cut off from all social interactions is necessary in order to stay healthy. The fact that Corona virus can seriously harm people with health issues and the elderly, is a very frightening fact. Every time I hear the number of corona virus victims I am deeply sad for all involved.
Helping others to keep their positive attitude helps us too. Checking on our elderly relatives, and neighbors, and reminding ourselves this is not forever.
Herbs have a wonderful fragrant, and add so much flavor to any food. I have used herb plants as center pieces for many years, and this year offered them as gifts to our thanksgiving guests.
Rosemary and thyme plants are two of my favorites, and have a beautiful flowing shape. To cover the pots first wrap them with colorful gift wraps, and add ribbons and ornaments for more color and shine.