Monday, August 26, 2013

Working in Yard Opens Door for New Business

While working in my yard last week a neighbor stopped by to view the yellow mums that I had planted along my front walkway and remarked at how pretty they looked.   I took her remark as an opening where I could offer my gardening business card and speak to her about my services. 

The conversation changed to her yard and she asked me if I could plant yellow mums along her front walk also.  Along with my planting services, I also informed the pending client that I could purchase the mums for her, transport 30 mums to her yard and along with planting I would mulch, set up a soaking hose on a timer fall for or one fee.    I told her I would draw up a contract and drop it off to her the following day. 

Today I got a call back and the client agreed to the terms.  My services meant that the client need not do anything except water the newly planted mum and then enjoy their beauty in the fall.

I have been fortunate because all of my gardening clients have come by way of word of mouth and from handing out my business card to my neighbors.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Late Summer Flowers are Blooming

Today when I walked in the garden I saw that there were only a few late summer flowers blooming; belladonna lilies, four O’clocks, toad lilies and the sweet autumn clematis. When these flowers bloom I know that the summer season is coming to an end and that the fall mums will start to bloom soon.

The toad lilies remind me of dainty orchids.  They are such an exotic looking flower but have no fragrance.  They grow amongst my Hosta plants and their beauty brightens the shade garden.

The fragrance in the garden today was glorious.  The sweet scent of the belladonna mixed with the vanilla scent of the clematis and the sweet scent of the four O'clocks  attracted wildlife; bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.  They were all busy buzzing around in the yard. 

I spent a few hours in the yard, watching the light and when it was just right I took some photographs.  If you like flowers as much as I do, then I know you will enjoy these photographs of my late summer garden flowers.