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 as this store has an interesting mix of containers for indoor and outdoor use. I also shop online at and

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 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 online at Greenwood Nursery. 
 Hosta Garden
 Japanese flowering Quince
 Old Fashioned Lilacs

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 an 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.

If you enjoy gardening and monarch butterflies then I recommend that you grow
cosmos flowers.