Dirt Under My Fingernails
I have been spending a bit of time, everyday, in the garden. Today after weeding 4 veggie beds, I went out to my front cottage garden and did some dead heading and cutting back on several plants.
I took the opportunity to use my new clippers that my husband bought for me, to bring some flower beauty into our home.
My hydrangea are so beautiful...all hydrangea is beautiful! I saw an oak leaf hydrangea in someone's yard today and it was stunning.
I love the way they look in this canning jar on my piano.
I love beauty, and have always wanted a lovely garden so I could have fresh flowers in my home as often as possible. I love to learn and started reading books about gardens and visiting gardens, especially Longwood. I bought perennials thinking long term. Annuals bloom longer but once they are spent you need to spend money to replace them - every year.
Perennials bloom every year or every two years. They can easily be divided and you double the beauty in your garden. I have given shasta daisies away to many friends. My daisies just keep growing and I keep dividing. My Echinacea (Purple Cone Flower) are getting huge this year as well. So this fall I will divide those too, and move some to other flower beds, and perhaps give a few away. Echinacea can be used medicinally for building your immune system and helping to diminish the effects of colds.
I have also learned about herbs and love to use them in my cooking and I love to dry lavender. Lavender is really nice tucked into your linens and is known to help you to relax.
I pick roses that do not require a lot of maintenance. There are great climbers and knock out roses that have all the beauty with out the work. Of course, once I can give some other roses some attention, I will likely do it. I fell in love with these roses last night. Aren't they amazing?
Over the years I have received plants from my friends gardens as well. This is the gift and beauty of gardening.
If you don't have anyone to help you get started with your garden by sharing plants with you, try buying some seeds. I encourage you to use heirlooms seeds so that you can save your seeds from year to year.
Also at this time of year, garden centers are starting to sell their plants at a discount - they are looking ahead to Autumn already.
If you want a garden, don't be afraid. I didn't grow up doing this kind of thing, I read, talked with friends, and learned.
So can you.
Joining the Barn Hop today at Homestead Revival.
Linking up with Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.