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Gardening Tips 🌱 Quotes 🌸 Signs❗️

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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@Anonymous  All is well here! Thank you! I didn’t plan for them to be daily, rather more at random; allowing others to chime in too. 

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Tip: Find out your Plant Hardiness Zone.

Go to planthardiness.ars.usda.gov 

and enter your zip code. 🌱

@Anonymous  I am in zone 6a.

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“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”  🌸

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Tip: Know your region’s strengths and weaknesses.

”You can have a fruit and vegetable garden almost anywhere in the world, but it’s important to understand the pros and cons of your specific climate. For example, in cool, foggy coastal regions, you might struggle to grow hot-season crops like melons and pumpkins, but you can produce greens nearly year-round. The summer heat in the South and Southwest U.S. means tomatoes might need afternoon shade. In arid climates, while your squash, melons and pumpkins may really thrive, you’ll need to be extra vigilant about soil irrigation.” Torpey  🌱

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@LindaB671 what zone are you in? Lol, if I read info correctly, I am a 7.

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“Bloom where you are planted.” 🌸

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@LindaB671 this is also true for us humans. Thanks for the much needed reminder. I have forgotten yo bloom while I look for my tiny cottage while dealing with my ipstairs neighbors from hell in my studio apartment 🙂

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"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."  –Cicero

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@TheSuzyQ luv the quote 🙂

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Gardening Tips now includes Quotes!

”Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance.” 🌸

Please share a garden related quote!

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@LindaB671 a fairy garden would be fun to do with a grandchild.

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Yes @Anonymous a fairy garden like one of these or others from Pinterest would be fun with grandchildren. Are there any Fairy Gardeners out there?

@TheSuzyQ 

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Hello Gardners!

 

I am going to be adventurous this year and plant a Literary Garden! Here is what I have planned so far for plants from some of my favorite authors.

 

Purple zinnias and purple foxglove: Emily Dickinson “grasping the proudest zinnia from my purple garden.” Letters from Dickinson to Elizabeth Holland 6 November 1858.

 

Poppies: A Room with a View by E.M. Forester "I have a theory that there is something in the Italian landscape which inclines even the most stolid nature to romance."  (And of course The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)

 

Jahn’s Prairie Gooseberry Bush: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë  

 

Daisies & tiger lillies: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

 

White gillyflowers: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

 

Daffodils & red rhododendron: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, “Slaughterous red rhododendron.”

 

My Shakespeare Garden:

Hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram, marigolds: 

The Winter's Tale, Act 4, Sc.4 by William Shakespeare “Here's flowers for you; hot lavender, mints, savory, marjoram; The marigold."

 

Wild thyme, oxlips, violets, woodbine, musk rose, eglantine: 

Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows, Quite overcanopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk roses and with eglantine."

 

Do you have any favorite literary works that include plants and flowers?

 

Suzy

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The Bible has many references to plants.

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An excellent motivation to read my scriptures! Love it! 

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"Peony" by Pearl S Buck

 

A study of race and religion set in mid 1800s Asia.

 

"Queen Sugar" by Natalie Baszile (sugar is considered a flower by many cultures)

 

Novel about a multiple race family and their trials and triumphs.

 

"White Oleander" by Janet Fitch:

 

A touchingly tragic yet triumphant story of a girl coming of age to find her true self, despite major adversity.


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I need to check these out. Thank you for the suggestions!

 

Suzy

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@TheSuzyQ  Wonderful idea!!

The first literary work that comes to my mind is The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgkin Burnett 1911. This was my mom’s favorite book and I have the copy she gave to me.

”Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”

“Mistress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and marigolds all in a row.”

”And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”

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The Secret Garden! I loved this book as well. I should have thought of this book first haha! Thank you for reminding me of it. Love it 🌻🌷🏵🌼🌺🌹

 

SuzyQ

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Sounds like you are going to be busy @TheSuzyQ 

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Oh my yes!! Just the research of these plants to make sure they are in my growing zone haha. I'm excited about it. Hope it turns out!

 

Suzy

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@TheSuzyQ I hope you will keep us posted and of course pictures 🙂

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Look what happened at my house on this 70 degrees and sunny day. Post pictures of what’s going on at your home!

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How do Yu share your photo on this site?

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@cn8777  Click on this post as I have included a photo with ‘how to’ steps.

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i saw this beauty outside my front door yesterday morning 😍 love those happy little daffodils too!

 

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Beautiful! The snow covered all my lovely spring flowers today. Boo.

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@TheSuzyQ  Sorry to hear about the snow covering your spring flowers. Hopefully they are hardy enough to survive.

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@AARPRachelA wow!!!

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@AARPRachelA  Beautiful! Love the color!

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