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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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“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 @Bye 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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Phil Harris, actor and showman, to John Fogerty of CCR: “If I’d known I’d live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
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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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Beautiful photo! Thank you @Bye 

@Tip: “Milkweed plants are the only source of food for the monarch caterpillar. Milkweed plants are food for caterpillars but poisonous to humans. Do not get milkweed sap on your skin or in your eyes. Milkweed is also toxic if eaten, so keep plants away from young children and pets. After it becomes a butterfly, the monarch has a much more varied diet. It starts out extracting the nectar from the milkweed flowers but butterflies consume nectar from many different plants. To attract butterflies plant annuals (coneflowers, impatiens, marigolds, phlox, sunflowers and verbena); perennials (asters, bee balm, mums, daisies, sedum and yarrow) and wildflowers.” (SaveOurMonarchs.org)🌱

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Tip: Know when to start from seed and when to go with a seedling.

“Root crops like beets, carrots and radishes resent being transplanted, so they’re best to start straight in the ground. Squash family members including cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and zucchini also do best when direct-down after the soil temperature reaches 60 degrees and the danger of frost is past. In cooler regions, you may need to sprout seeds indoors until the ground warms, or buy seedlings. Unless you started your eggplants, peppers and tomatoes in late winter or early spring, seeds will take too long to grow. Get seedlings instead.” Forkner

I do both. How about you? 🌱

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Gardeners work too hard. Lol! As a professional forager, I help people identify the edible and medicinal "weeds" growing on their property. They are always shocked by how many of the things they've been fighting are actually very tasty and nutritious food. 

-Mark

 

www.foragingtexas.com
www.medicinemanplantco.com
YouTube: DrMerriwether
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@MarkV847771 is this something you do as a hobby or business? Very interesting. If you can, what are some examples of medicinal weeds. No pressure to respond 🙂

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Both pleasure and business! For pleasure I run www.foragingtexas.com which currently covers over 220 edible and medicinal plants found in Texas, but remember that plants grow in the ecosystems that best suit them. They don't follow man-made boundaries and so most of the plants on that website are found in many other states and Canada. Because of this, I include North American range maps showing all the states and Canadian provinces in which each plant has been found.

 

On the business side, I've finally combined my Ph.D. in chemistry with my training in herbs to create MedicineManPlantCo.com to bring back the ancient plants for modern issues. While the plants and mushrooms in these formulas have multi-thousand year histories of being used medicinally, as a scientist I need scientific proof, too. Everything I formulate is supported by science....not to mention triple-tested for impurities, contaminants, and fake material at every step from the farm to the finished product. I have trust issues. Lol!

 

To answer your question about some medicinal plants, let me point you to my YouTube channel where I've created over 100 hours of plant videos. Start with the playlist of medicinal plant information and then if you aren't sick of me (no pun intended) check out the edible plants and other science videos. 🙂

Here's the link to my medicinal plant videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGS3Ma8No-fBK6MAYueUumV4zlABJwSIS

 

Let me know what you think and feel free to ask any more questions! 

-Mark

 

 

 

www.foragingtexas.com
www.medicinemanplantco.com
YouTube: DrMerriwether
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