Thursday, October 9, 2014

Flowers Blooming in My Garden: Photo Gallery

Even thought the weather has changed and the evenings have been dipping into the low thirties there are still flowers blooming in my gardens. These white, yellow and pink flowers add interest and are also eye appealing.
Sweet Autumn clematis 
Today I awoke to find that the change in temperature has caused the autumn leaves to fall from the trees onto the garden beds.  These golden and red leaves make a nice background for the burgundy and yellow Chrysanthemums and magenta and salmon colored Four O clock flowers.
Yellow daisy like Chrysanthemums 

Other autumn wild flowers are blooming in the woods that is adjacent to my home; delicate white flowers of the sweet autumn clematis, goldenrod and then a compact weed has delicate white flower clusters that look so pretty. I noted a few lavender phlox type flowers blooming along the trail and thought this flower would be lovely if grown in masses.
Flower blooming in the woods along nature path

I suspect that these flowers will continue to bloom until there is a hard frost, hoping that does not occur any time soon.  I hope you enjoyed the  photographs of the autumn flowers that are blooming in my yard and gardens. 

What flowers are blooming in your yard?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Early Fall Yard Work: Trimming Grass / Brush

For the last three days my husband and I have been working together to clean up the yard and gardens.  The weather is cooler and we find is agreeable when working long hours in the yard. 
Trim grasses around pavestone and stepping stones

Husband has been using our greenworks chainsaw and pole to trim the tree branches and I have been using the 10 amp string trimmer to clean up the tall grass growing next to the garden edgestones, and along the rock wall.  

This trimmer is light weight so I could use it easily to get close to the base of the rock wall and cut down the tall grass. Cleaning up the wall will discourage snakes from wanting to winter in the crevices.

When the overgrowth by rock wall was cut back I moved to the side yard to trim the tall grass growing up against the dog pen.  In order to get this grass I needed to stand on a large limestone rock and lean up hill.  If I had used the gas trimmer I would be really sore right now, but the greenworks is light and I could get the trimming done without feeling discomfort.

Next on my list was to work on the evasive vines that were choking out the blackberry and raspberry bushes, so I got busy in removing the wild sweet autumn clematis.   When I get the vines removed I will use my trimmer to cut back the grass and brush growing around the berry bushes and then remove clippings with rake. 

There is a lot of work that needs to be done during early falls and I am thinking that I will need two more days to get every section manicured.  Then I can relax on the patio and enjoy looking out at a well maintained yard and garden.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gardening to Relieve Stress: Great Therapy

In my desire to rid my body of stress I put on my gardening gloves and went outdoor to do some hand pulling of weeds in the flower garden.  Being outdoors and being productive is a good way to cleanse your body of any negative energy and anxiousness.

While I was gardening I could watch the birds at the ground feeder and in the distance I saw groundhog posing on the river rock.   The garden was alive with wildlife and with biting bugs which I found took away from the good feelings I was getting from the garden.

My garden after a day of removing weeds

Whenever I perspire it seems the gnats go for my eyes and they are aggravating.  I sprayed myself with deep woods off before going outdoors but I do not spray my face.  So I went and got my protective glasses that I wear when I am painting or doing other home improvement projects.  The glasses worked but then my ankle felt itchy and sure enough there was a tick crawling on me.

The bugs in the garden were going against my stress free therapy so I went to the shed to look for the natural pest control that I got at and found that the mosquito and other biting insects barrier was empty so I went inside and put some diatomaceous earth food grade in a powder sugar shaker and then went back to the garden to dust the gardens with the natural pest control.
Diatomaceous earth food grade safely rids garden of biting bugs
Normally it takes 20 minute for the DE food grade to kill any ticks, fleas, chiggers, mites and ants that may be lurking in the garden.   By tomorrow morning the garden pest will be gone and I can resume my gardening therapy to get rid of stress.

I really love gardening especially when I need to overcome stress or feeling of anxiousness, but hate when the bugs bite me and make me feel itchy.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gardening in the Heat of the Summer

Now that the peak heat of the summer is here I make a point to get up at dawn so that I can get whatever yard or garden work completed.  During this time I can weed the gardens, deadhead the flowers and water the plants.  However I need to wait a few hours to use any of my electric or gas operated garden tools. 
Watering lilac shrub in summer

I was going to use the electric grass trimmer to manicure around the flower gardens but decided to hold off on this project until next week when weather will be 20 degrees cooler. At 9:00 this morning the temperature was 89 degrees and I thought it was too hot.

Other than that maintaining the garden, I find it is a full time job to keep the container and specialty gardens hydrated. The plants get a good watering in the am with a soaker hose but come noon the top soil in containers and garden beds looks like dust.  So I am outdoors again in the late afternoon to water the hosta, coleus and fern plants because the heat of the summer is causing them to feel stress.
Cosmo flower like hot weather
Zinnia flowers grow best in hot sun

The only plants in my garden that are flourishing are the zinnias, cosmos and four O'clocks. These heat seeking plants are producing multiple flowers and the plants do not bolt when the summer weather gets hot.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Transplanted Herb Plants During Growing Season

A couple days ago I transplanted my indoor herbs into outdoor containers because they were not doing so good indoors and thought the natural sunlight would do them good.  Plus I like the way fragrant herbs repel mosquitoes, so it seemed like a good idea at the time. 

When I transplanted the herbs it was on a cloudy and cool day but today the weather had changed it is extremely hot.  Of course this means I need to take extra steps to prevent the outdoor herb plants from stress.

Read the first post about these herbs here transplanting kitchen herbs to outdoor garden

Anything planted in a container will dry out quickly and if you water the plant in the morning by midday when the sun is hot the soil with dry out.  Normally when I check with my index finger the soil is dry an inch down after a hot day. 

To prevent dry soil I generally water in the morning at the soil level until the water drains from the holes on the bottom of the container.

Applying mulch is good also as long as you do not put the mulch close to the herb stem.  Mulch is great because it absorbs the water and then releases moisture back into the soil slowly. A mulch that I use and recommend is nature scapes advanced garden mulch by Scotts  I bought this brand mulch at, had watched sales and got a good buy on 2 cubic feet..

What I like about this mulch is that it retains the water and slowly releases it back into the soil which means you will not need to water your flower or herb gardens daily.  On average you will save up to 30% on your water bill.  Plus you will save time and energy because you won’t need to water garden daily.

When I get home from work I will need to check on the newly planted herb plants and will mist the leaves and stems with the garden hose because this will prevent them from wilting.

The best way to care for any newly transplanted herb in the growing season is to make sure the soil does not dry out. Keeping it evenly moist but not wet will ensure that the roots will take hold and the plant does not get stressed out.

Also helpful when transplanting during the growing season is to use Green Light organic root simulator.  I would not dream of putting a plant in the ground  without a root simulator.  I have bought the green light product at and am pleased with it.

Here is a great way to keep the plant sauce full of water, thus the plant roots will never dry out.