Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Gardens Small to Large Photo Gallery

Today I had a conversation about my garden and the person I was speaking to had mentioned their garden.  They said how they had planned it and created an eye appealing layout so the color would flow nicely. Then they mentioned the vegetables, herbs and flowers that they had planted last year and that this year they hoped to extend their garden so that it was better than last year.

I asked if they had any photographs and with a smile she retrieved a few from her phone and to my surprise the garden was not located in a large or small yard but instead on 6 feet wide by 9 foot space on her patio.   

The photos showed that it was a nice container garden and that she had utilized her space well. It confirmed that anyone could have a garden as long as they have an area that has sunlight.

I complimented her on her garden and then she asked me about my garden, “you always talk about your garden, do your really have one?” I replied yes but it was not a container garden, I told her my gardens are 157 x 57 feet and that it has taken me years to complete.  My garden is what you would call large, but know that I have worked as an estate gardener and the property that I oversaw was four times the size of my own garden. 
Large garden with gravel path

 People love to garden and it does not matter if it is a small container garden or large oversize garden, the importance should be that gardening is good and all will benefit from planting a garden.

Notes: I grow plants in the ground and in a variety of containers. I think containers make the garden look more interesting. I shop for containers at yard sales and at homedepot.com as this store has an interesting mix of containers for indoor and outdoor use. I also shop online at hayneedle.com plowandhearth.com and gardeners.com.


Here are some garden photographs. I hope that they inspire you to plant a garden.

Garden pavestone path 
 Flower garden along the fence
 Container garden
Daisies grown in the meadow
Butterfly garden
Hosta Garden
Lily garden path
Sensory Garden
Dog Kennel Garden
Backyard garden
Flowering Shrub by garden path


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Greenwood Nursery Client Review; Flowering Shrubs

I have been a long time client at Greenwood nursery because the trees, shrubs and perennial flowers that I have bought from this online nursery have thrived in my garden. All plants are shipped with care and arrive healthy and ready to be planted. In the last 7 years that I have shopped at Greenwoodnursery.com they have never let me down.
This year I find myself looking at greenwood nursery website for flowering shrubs that will grow on the sunny side of my dog kennel. I am thinking a shrub that has flowers will look better than a chain link fence. I have some evergreen shrubs in this area of my yard and they look nice but would like some summer color since the kennel is directly under my side sun porch.
My neighbor has Crape Myrtle in her yard. It grows along the backside of your privacy fence and it does look beautiful when it is in bloom. This flowering shrub did grow fast however the flowers are not fragrant.
Some of the flowering shrubs that I like are the Red knockout Rose Shrub, always looks good however my favorite flowing shrub is the Clethra Sugartina Crystalina or commonly knows as the summersweet. 

 This flowering shrub produces bottle brush shaped flowers in late summer that are very fragrant. I think this flowering shrub would be perfect if grown in masses along the outside of my dog kennel because it grows fast and the blooms will take away the doggy smell.
This summersweet when fully grown is three feet in height with similar spread. It is deer resistant too and that is a plus since the deer cut across my yard nightly to get to the woods on the other side of my house.
I am certain that I will shop at Greenwood Nursery for the knockout double red roses to plant in my yard close to my patio. Then I will buy several summersweet shrub to grow in masses along my dog kennel and in the front of dog kennel where the gate is I plan to buy and grow honeysuckle Arnolds Red because the bright red flowers will look nice and this fast growing shrub ill provide a good windbreak and will also attract butterflies.
I am glad I took some time this morning to check out the new gardening supplies and plants that are being offered at greenwood nursery because it is the season to plan my garden for planting after spring frost has past.
I am a satisfied client and know if you check them out that you will be too. Know that when you login and become a member you will get a special discount list of prices. Affordable prices for your yard and garden needs.
Here are some photographs of my gardens, all plants that you view were bought from greenwoodnursery.com 
 Hosta Garden
 Summersweet
 Coneflowers
 Japanese flowering Quince
 Ivy
 Old Fashioned Lilacs
 Honeysuckle

Thuja Green Giant Arborvitae



Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cosmos Flowers Photo Gallery

When it comes to  planning a colorful garden that has nonstop summer blooms until the weather turns cool in the fall I plant cosmos flowers. These flowers are so easy to grow from seed and they are maintenance free, although I do water them when the weather is extremely hot or there is a summer drought.

Here is a photo gallery of cosmos flowers grown in the garden and in masses.  



These pretty cosmos flowers attract honey bees, monarch butterflies and other butterflies. I recommend that you plant the flower seeds  in an area where you can view the flowers and the pretty butterflies fluttering around the blooms.
 I grow cosmos flowers in my butterfly garden, containers and along my side slope.  I also grow these flowers in masses in my side meadow that I can view from my sun porch.   

It is nice to sit on the porch and view the pretty flowers in the afternoon while sipping some lavender and chamomile tea.  This is natures way to relax and unwind after a hectic day.

My favorite cosmos flower garden is the meadow because there is a path
where you can walk among the flowers.  This path serves as a nature walk for the kids and adults in my neighborhood.   They all enjoy standing in the middle of a enormous flower garden where they can view the butterflies, take photographs of butterflies, birds and rabbits.  Occasionally you can even see a deer or fox.
Buy Cosmos flower seeds by the pound or packet at Burpee.com Edenbrothers.com Amazon.com and Gurneys.com

If you enjoy gardening and monarch butterflies then I recommend that you grow
cosmos flowers.  To learn more about growing, caring for flowers by reading my Seekyt.com article Grow Cosmos Flowers from Seed

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Harvesting Lemon Balm for Herbal Tea

I grow a tea garden in my backyard because there is nothing better than a cup of soothing herbal tea in the afternoon after a rigorous day of working in the garden. Many of the teas that I grow fall under medicinal as they will cure many ailments. Lemon Balm is my go to herbal tea for a natural anxiety relief and it also helps me to sleep. If you like the taste of lemon then grow and harvest lemon balm for herbal tea.
Brew herbal tea from harvested leaves from garden

When it comes to harvesting lemon balm for herbal tea I think it is best to harvest the leaves early in the morning, after the dew has elaborated. Choose young leaves as they are more potent and have the best flavor.

Today I am made  herbal tea by putting a half teaspoon of dried lemon balm leaves into an infuser. (I had harvested these leaves last fall and air dried them on a screen)  The dried lemon balm leaves  in the infuser was then set into the teapot.  I adding the hot water and let the herbs steep for ten minutes.
I use a stainless steel infuser that I bought at zazzle.com rather than a tea-ball.  to view this infuser open this page and scroll down to the bottom.  It is an inexpensive infuser, I think I paid $8. but it is high quality and you can brew your herbal tea in your cup or in the teapot  You can add fresh herb leaves or dried leaves to the infuser.  

Learn more about growing an herbal tea garden by viewing this YouTube.com video.



Growing Medicinal Herbs in Sun Garden

Normally I grow lavender, aloe Vera and German chamomile, rosemary lemon balm and peppermint in my medicinal herb gardens but this year I intend on growing lemon balm, witch hazel and St. Johns wort, thus creating a medicinal herb garden that will ease my aches, pain, heal cuts and help me to get to sleep.
Pretty yellow flower of the St Johns Wort herb plant

The lavender, chamomile, lemon balm are good for relieving stress and are a natural sleep remedy. The Aloe Vera is good for stomach upset and constipation when taken internally however this herb is also good for your skin, a natural remedy for burns and when used as a moisturizer will reduce the signs of aging. Witch hazel makes an excellent compress for bruises and St. Johns wort is an anti-inflammatory and is good when used as a compress for small cuts or wounds. It can also be used to treat stomach upset and mild depression.
Rosemary in garden

I grow these medicinal herbs in gardens outdoors, the Aloe Vera is grown in my kitchen in a container. My gardens are raised beds with organic soil. The area is sunny with partial shade in the afternoon because my summers are too darn hot.
When it comes to growing a medicinal herb garden I care for my plants by watering in the early morning. And when it is really hot I will mist the herb garden in the late afternoon to prevent the flowers and leaves from wilting.
In the past I have been successful in growing a variety of herbs in the garden and I am looking forward to growing the new herbs; witch hazel, St, Johns Wort this year.
View this youtube video to learn about other medicinal herbs that you can grow in your garden.