Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Favorite Plants From Seeds

Flowers - 10 Easy to Grow from Seed

Choose from these easy to grow plants for summer color.

1. Sunflowers
Sunflower Mongolian- Full sun, Giant up to 14 feet tall . sow seeds into the ground.
Support stems
Burpee Seeds

2.  Sweet Pea
- plant in a sunny spot with support- they love to grow on supports, be sure to keep slugs and snails away with beer

3. Nasturtium .
-  easy bright color! Love the orange ones.
these are large seeds, good to teach kids, grow and bloom profusely all summer, love these.  trailing flowers. also        edible

Burpee Seeds Columbine

4. Columbine
-  sun or shade . - need to start in a pot then transplant

5. Nigella (Love in a  Mist)
-bachelors buttons- scatter on bare soil.  Seeds the following year, too!

6. Californian Poppy 
- like dry soil and full sun.  perfect for bare areas or forgotten corners.
sow into the ground-  self seeding

7.  Marigolds
- sow directly into the soil, a pot or the ground.  easy bright color all season. Annuals

8. Hardy Geranium,  Crainsbill
-sow from seed or from bare root - bright, grow all season, spread quickly. come int purples, blues or pinks.

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