Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Favorite Plants From Seeds

Flowers - 10 Easy to Grow plants from Seed

Choose from these easy to grow seeds for a 
bright summer flower punch of color in your Garden.

1. Sunflowers
Sunflower - Plant seed into the ground, in full sun.  Support Stems in the summer mid growth.  Save the seeds for planting again next year.

Burpee Seeds

2.  Sweet Pea
- Plant Sweet Pea in a sunny spot with good soil.  Water often and give the vine support- Sweet Peas love to grow on a Vine Trellis, you can even make an easy trellis yourself. (see Pinterest   DIY Trellis) Sweet Peas need a careful watch to keep slugs and snails away.  (As Nan points out in the comment section below :) with beer

Nan says ( comment section) ---"I love these ideas. Wish I had more sunny spots. Put beer in a shallow pan and slugs will fall in it and drown (while feeling happily intoxicated).  "  ---Ha ha! Thanks Nan, it's not a bad way to kill slugs and snails.  Plus, it eliminates slugs without chemicals.

Sweet Peas are Annuals
Annuals, but re-seed, often come back the next year.  These flowers have a delightful fragrance.
There is also a perennial variety species, the everlasting pea (Lathyrus latifolius) doesn't have the same fragrance.

These flowers make a wonderful gift for a friend.
The Sweet Pea has a beautiful fragrant scent.
In a bouquet-  Perfect in a simple mason jar with a raffia bow and trailing Sweet Pea vines.  Links below to Amazon and raffia.

raffia from amazon

3. Nasturtium .
-  Plant these easy care seeds in your garden for bright color.   Personally, I love the orange ones.  I'm a little obsessed with planting these in every container (to spill over sides.) 
These flowers trail happily from containers and thrive in sunny spots in your garden or patio.

Thrillers, Spillers and Fillers    (P. Allen Smith)
Nasturtium seeds are great for teaching kids to plant, grow and enjoy flowers. 
Even I can grow Nasturtium.  The seeds are large, easy for kids to pick up.  They grow and bloom profusely all summer. 

These flowers are also edible and add color to a summer salad.

Nasturtium are Annuals. 


4. Columbine
-  These delicate flowers are good to grow in Sun or shade. (I find they work best in sun dappled shade)- They need to be started in a pot then transplanted. 

Oops! I sowed them into the ground last weekend...
I'll let you know what happens (if they make it) later on this summer.    hmmmmm ... ?

Burpee Seeds Columbine

5. Nigella (Love in a  Mist)
-To plant Nigella seeds, just scatter them on bare soil in a sunny spot. 
They re-seed the following year, too.

I want to look into bachelors buttons, a similar sweet blue flower.  
Each year, a friend grew them indoors in a pot,
then transplanted them to outside in the early summer.

Love in a Mist are Annuals, but reseed the following year. 

6. Red Poppy 
- The photo of the poppy below is not a California Poppy.  You may need to research your area for the best type of poppy for your climate.   (I live in the Midwest # 5) The Poppy likes dry soil and full sun.  These seeds are perfect for sunny and bare areas.  Plant in bright forgotten corners for a puch of color.

Poppy's are Annuals (sow into the ground-  self seeding)

7.  Marigolds
Bright sunny Marigolds. 
What a big punch of color from such a small seed!
Sow in groupings of the same color for a big impact wave of color. 
(I love to pair these with Nasturtiums in pots- as part of the Thriller, Spiller and Filler theory, - Thank you,  "P. Allen Smith")
- sow seeds directly into the soil, a pot or in the ground for easy bright color all season. Marigolds are Annuals- hmmm,  there may be some Zinnias in the photo below from Google Maragold search...?  The Marigold is fun to see and brightens any day.

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
in June from seed.
marigolds,  sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, four o'clocks, nasturtiums,
annuals that usually burn out by late summer.
these produce a second crop of blooms around labor day

June and July -
start seeds for perennials and biennials to bloom next spring.
Sow in a protected seed bed.
Transplant seedlings in fall to winter over and bloom, for blooms in the garden the next year.

seeds- fast growing
Sweet alyssum, celosia, cornflower or bachelor button, marigold and cosmos. Zinnias, sunflowers and morning glories for color and quick growth, a favorite- nasturtiums 

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