Sunday, June 5, 2016

Flowers to Plant from seed in June

Flowers to Plant from seeds in June (Renees Garden)

 (my favorites, nasturtium)
simple to plant, long trailing vine and bloom, sweet lily pad like greenery on vine.  - seed packet, pencil, poke hole in potted plant, depth 1 inch,  cover with soil, water= long lasting flowers a month later.  germination 10-12 days, sun and part sun.  Easy to grow, edible flowers   


Plant flowers
Planting later flowers in June from seed.
Plant more marigolds,  sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, four o'clocks, nasturtiums, etc. --all of the annuals that usually burn out by late summer.
You'll have a second crop of blooms in late summer/fall (Labor Day)
June and July are also good times to start seeds for perennials and biennials to bloom next spring. Sow seeds in a protected seed bed.
Transplant seedlings in fall to winter over, then bloom, ensuring me a wonderful spring greeting in the garden next year.

Friday, January 8, 2016

January- Time to Paint the Garden!

This has been a time of great loss for my family.   I'm thankful for my beautiful mother's life.
Through the year we've also lost my mother in law, a sweet elderly friend and my husband's best friend.  
...I'm not going to write about it.

Because it's January!  
Time to PAINT the Garden.  

Oh! how I love to paint my garden.  (It's always much more beautiful in my dreams.)  Reality requires work.      

How to paint a garden?  Use the months of January, Feb and March and April to dream about what your window vignette should look like.  Imagine each window as a frame to a beautiful, ever changing painting.  With God as the artist, it is always a masterpiece.

Imagine paintings changing season by season, day by day.    Add in bark and evergreens for wintry days plus lots of color for spring and summer.  

Yes, my garden is still an all you can eat buffet for the many critters living nearby, deer, squirrel, fox, groundhogs, and raccoon.  Last year, we caught three groundhogs in Have-A-Hearts. Then turned them free miles away in the woods (last spring). Could the same ones return? or do we have three new Groundhogs?
My dad and mice- too funny!
...when dad caught a mouse in his Have-A-Heart, he painted their toenails with bright red fingernail polish (toes peeking through the cage below).  
Even when driven miles away, red toed mice would show up again and again in our have-a hearts.
Wonder what those mice thought?

Did I mention I haven't been taking care of my garden?   This just happened last year, despite my neglect.  Beautiful!   

My husband watered

Guess who I discovered in the shower one early morning!?

I saw wee bits of nature while at my parents home in West Virginia.  
It's not a stretch to see where ideas come from.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Petunias *sigh*

I've been away all summer and came back to these perfect petunias! 
No care- how did this happen?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dreaming of Lavendar Gardens

Brutal Winter go away, I'm dreaming of Lavender Gardens.
Andrew Lawson  Beautiful!
Lemon kniphofia spike through a line of silver foliage plants, including lavender, 
lambsear?, santolina and larger-leafed brachyglottis

Beautiful!  This garden takes my breath away.  My garden inspiration for my dry hot patch of weeds behind my art studio.  Looking forward to big laughs ahead!
Will use multi-lavendars, with lambs ear. not sure what the lambsear-esque plant is. Don't see santolina? help?

Lavender Phenomenal YES!
Lavandula angustifolia Violet Intrigue- YES!
L.x intermedia 'Silver Edge'
love this!  may use rather than lambs ear.

Lavandula x intermedia Grosso
Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal™

Lavendar- care- Take care to not cut into old brown wood.  Lavendar will not produce new shoots from the old wood. Shear to a few green leaves above brown stems.  Keep your lavendar hedge full and as level as possible.

Lavender Phenomenal is a new and improved Lavender with bright silver foliage

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Notes to Self - March

to plant from seed this year...


Blue Fescue
deer res.
18 inches tall 

From White flower farms inspirations

Not all perennials are good candidates for starting from seed. Some need to be propagated vegetatively- by division or cuttings- in order to produce cultivars or cultivated varieties that will be identical to the parent plant. But seeds of the flowers listed below are gardener-friendly. They are easy-to-grow choices that reward a little bit of effort with a lot of garden color.
Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) — From summer to frost, the 2-3" gold-petaled, daisy-like flowers with dark centers add easy care color to the garden. Plants grow 25" tall. Direct seed in the garden spring through midsummer.
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata) —With its spectacular, 3-4" yellow and red flowers, blanket flower provides plenty of color on 25-30" plants from June to frost. Easy to grow, they can be direct seeded in the garden.
'McKana's Giant Mix' Columbine (Aquilegia) —Large, spurred blossoms in shades of white, pink, violet and blue sway gracefully above a mound of ferny foliage. May be direct-seeded May through July for flowers the following spring.
Sweet William Mixture (Dianthus) — Large clusters of small, carnation-like flowers in a mix of white, pink and red on 15" tall plants add color to a sunny spot and provide blossoms for cutting. Can be direct seeded.
'Russell Mix' Lupine (Lupinus) — The tall spikes of flowers in this fancy mix bloom in pinks, blues and reds in June and July. Adaptable and easy to grow, the seeds of these 3' tall plants can be sown directly in the garden.
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea) —Blooming from midsummer until frost, this easy to grow perennial bears large, rose-pink, daisy-like flowers. Plants are heat and drought tolerant and have few insect or disease problems. Easy to direct sow.
Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) — Perfect for a sunny spot, these 18-20" tall plants are covered with white daisies with yellow centers in summer. Tolerant of tough growing conditions, their foliage is almost evergreen, especially in warmer areas. Can