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Do you have a gardening tip to share? Do you have a gardening question? Do you know a garden related quote? How about a garden sign?
This is the place to share!

Tip: “Plant what you love, not what you think you should grow. You are much more likely to have success tending to a crop that you actually like.” 🌱

”To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn 🌸

Garden Sign: Free Weeds Pull Your Own

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The August birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy.

The gladiolus, or ‘sword lily’, represents remembrance, calm, integrity and infatuation. Gladiolus indicates that the heart is being ‘pierced with love’.

The other August flower is the poppy. A red poppy signifies pleasure; a white poppy is given for consolation; and, a yellow poppy wishes wealth and success. (Old Farmer’s Almanac). 🌸

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“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you and I think to myself what a wonderful world.”  🌸

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“Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.”  (Murray). 🌸

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Hi friends! Hope you're all doing well and that you and your gardens are making it through the heat okay. I saw this and wanted to share: 11 Types of Flowers to Plant Right Now for a Beautiful Garden

 

It's not too late to plant or start a garden! I just planted some bee balm and sweet potato vine in one of my balcony planters. I'm looking forward to the new blooms!

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“We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.”  (Uglow)   🌸

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Tip: Growing Lavender.

Lavender is a bushy, strong-scented plant from the Mediterranean. Research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled. In warmer regions, it’s gray to green foliage stays evergreen throughout the year, and the herb thrives in some of the toughest of garden conditions. It will attract pollinators to the garden. It will survive in a wide range of soils. Lavender isn’t easy to grow from seed. We recommend small starter plants planted 2 to 3 feet apart. In warm climates pruning can be done in autumn. In cooler, prune in spring. (Old Farmer’s Almanac). 🌱

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Gardening - just another day at the plant

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Happy July 4th!

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July’s birth flowers are the larkspur and water lily. The larkspur, especially white forms , generally indicates lightheartedness; pink, fickleness; purple, first love. The water lily symbolizes purity of heart.  🌺

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Tip: Growing hostas.

Hostas are hardy perennials that are especially perfect for a garden that doesn’t get too much sun. They are reliable, easy to grow and long lived. Plant  them in the spring or summer and cut back in the fall after a few frosts. There are many sizes, heights, textures and colors. The plants produce flowers from early summer to early fall. Hummingbirds and other pollinators love the flowers.  (Old Farmer’s Almanac)   🌱

Here are pictures of mine:

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@LindaB671 Oooh!   You have nice big lush ones!!!!

 

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@RosemaryF433825  Thank you! I think the key is cutting them back, as they seem to come back fuller every year.

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@LindaB671   Honestly?  I've never cut mine back.  Just let them do their thing and they manage to come back every year.   (shrugs)

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Snail crossing

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@LindaB671   People are always trying to find some way to rid themselves of snails in their gardens.  I think they are interesting and sweet.  I found one in my Mom's memory garden yesterday and it made me smile.   

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@RosemaryF433825  Your post made me smile. My mom passed away in February and a friend gave me a heart-shaped stepping stone for my garden in her honor.

As for the snails, apparently they can do quite a number on some things, but they have never been bothersome in my gardens. Like you, I’ll continue to let them cross, especially on Mom’s stepping stone. Take care. 🐌

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@LindaB671  And your sweet reply made me smile back.  Thanks for that!

My sympathies are surely with you over the loss of your Mom.  I've "been there and done that," and know what path that takes you.  My Mom passed away 14 years ago this past May, but I can still hear her laughter and see the sparkle in her eyes.  (That's the good stuff we get to keep close to our hearts!). ❤️

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@RosemaryF433825  14 years…4 months…It doesn’t matter…It’s Mom. I’m so sorry for your loss as well. Keep those memories close and continue to enjoy the wonders in “Mom’s Garden”.

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@LindaB671  It's  indeed Mom !   Thanks for your sympathies, too.  She was quite a gal, my Mom!  🤗

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Tip: Planting Roses

Rose bushes are often at their very best in June, but many types will flower from late May through early fall. Rose bushes come in a variety of forms, from climbing roses to miniature rose plants. If you order bare-root roses from a mail-order company, order with your planting date in mind; as they should be planted as soon as they arrive. In colder regions, plant in spring; warmer regions early spring or late fall. Plant potted roses by late spring for best results; but can be planted any time during growing season. Plant where they’ll receive a minimum of 6 hours of sun per day. Morning sun is best. In colder climates, consider planting close to home foundation. Be sure not to crowd multiple roses. Roses like loose, loomy soil leaning more toward sandy.  (Old Farmer’s Almanac). 🌹

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@LindaB671   And might I add, please????

Once the flowers on your roses start dying away, if you clip them down to the first branch with 5 leaves on it, you will be rewarded 🤗 with even more new buds and flowers!  And you may well end up with double the blooms you started with!    Enjoy!!  

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Thank you @RosemaryF433825 !

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@LindaB671  Very welcome!   Always happy to add something that might help someone else.  Happy Gardening!!!!!!

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When I started studying Botanical Sciences our first project was to create and design a rose garden for this...well off...lady in Southern California...

We put 720 different domestic and wild roses on this property. 

My head was numb when I heard the number...surely there is not that many different types?????

Two months latter the garden was completed. Each rose in it's own setting with a name placard detailing when, where, and who developed the variety. The wild variety's all had information on where found etc...

Needless to say I came away with a new appreciation foryard_6-7 020.JPGyard_6-7 032.JPG roses....

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A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.

                                                                                           William Shakespeare

 

 

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GARDENING QUESTION FOR GARDENING CREW 🍃

 

@LindaB671 and @RosemaryF433825 and @aruzinsky and @AaronA108617 and @TheSuzyQ 

 

If you use seeds, where do you get them from? Thanks.

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A few years ago, I bought vegetable seeds from the University of Hawaii's seed program:

 

https://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/seed/

 

I got some interesting varieties but sadly didn't have very good luck only because I am the world's worst gardener — I didn't know I had to prune the tomato plants. I ended up with very tall (over 12'!) healthy plants that didn't yield many tomatoes. 

 

But I thought it was interesting that the university was offering, to the public, these varieties they developed. Their $1.50 packets of seeds had more than enough for the backyard gardener.

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@AvocadoDog  Good for you for giving the seeds a try, from Hawaii no less! Sorry they didn’t exactly work out as you had hoped.

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@Bye   I get mine from all over....anywhere from a garden center at Lowe's to even harvesting seeds from my own plants.  Then I put those from my own plants in the refrigerator over winter, and get them out next Spring and plant them.

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