How are your gardens looking this spring?

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Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

DeniseSecunda :  Disclaimer: I inherited my green thumbs from my mother and I have a plethora of plants, both indoor and outdoor. I LOVE discussing them, writing about them, photographing them, sharing them, researching, helping others, etc. Plants make me happy. 

Lemon Tree: My parents have a 20+ year old lemon tree that produces hundreds, if not thousands, of lemons each year. They ignore it most of the time, water it once per week, and prune it back once per year. That’s it. It’s in a corner of their yard where it gets full sun for 10+ hours each day. Also their soil is a bit sandy so it drains very well and doesn’t stay soggy. So when I got my little lemon tree a few years ago, I put it in the sunniest corner of my yard in a pot with good drainage (this article has excellent tips: https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/newsletter/june2003.htm.) With citrus trees, the more sun, the better (think of citrus orchards out in the valley with no shade whatsoever). 

Cacti: It’s so easy to overwater a cactus; I’ve found that instead of pouring water on the soil in the pot, I use a spray bottle to gently mist the soil. Since the soil is usually very dry and loose, the water just drains right out the bottom; with the spray bottle, it’s easy to give it a good 10-15 squirts that gently moisten the soil without dripping out. I use this same method for my orchids and they love it. 

Native Plants: I’m a huge proponent of using native plants in landscaping. Our backyard gets full sun from sunrise till late afternoon so hubby and I have been researching native plants (with non-invasive root systems) as we prepare to re-landscape the area behind/around our pool. We don’t like high-maintenance plants and would prefer something that fits the region/climate so it reduces the environmental impact. Southern California is a dessert. Having a lush garden full of exotic greenery is nice but takes a lot of upkeep and a TON of precious water. Just sayin’. 

 My parents’ lemon tree (after I had picked 2 bags full of lemons):

Post # 21
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Blushing bee

Darling Husband and I planted over 100 plants over the last 2 weeks…2 trees, 7 shrubs, dozens of ornamental grasses and small plants and lots of flowers, including 5 pots! We bought our house 2 years ago and had a couple of major projects to complete this spring. I’m so excited to see everything grow! Most excited for my Cherokee brave dogwood and 2 of my pots which are supposed to be somewhat evergreen and only need one annual replaced seasonally. They have a Wilma goldcrest, obsidian coral bells, black mondo grass, creepy Jenny and ranunculus. I’m so excited, I love my plants!!

Post # 22
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Blushing bee

Miss-Mauverick :  awesome lemon tree, I’m jealous!! We’re from CA and always had citrus trees but are in the PNW now where citrus doesn’t do so well (and lemons and limes are frequently $1/each at the grocery store!!). We do have an ideal climate and lots of water for evergreens, roses and many other flowers so I suppose that’s the silver lining!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

DeniseSecunda :  We have a 5 acre horse pasture! The only problem is that we are not allowed to block the view in any direction for our neighbors (or our own house!) so we will have to be careful where and what we plant. We also have irrigation and water rights which is huge where we’re located. I figure native plants are always the easiest way to go for landscaping as you’re not always fighting to keep them alive or keeping them from taking over.

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

Very dead, UK weather is very unpredictable, it was quite mild and sunny on Monday and then Tuesday it was snowing. I won’t be doing any gardening until it gets consistently warmer because I think anything I plant will probably die! 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

We ripped out the front planter that was just a hodgpodge of random things we got as gifts and werenʻt thriving or were threatening structural damage but my garden boxes in the back are going off. My cilatnro and onion is doing amazing.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

wineosaur :  this weekend is going to be warm where i am in Midwest. Daffodils are blooming.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

KatzeB :  Yes finally! We were in the low 60s all weekend, a bit of rain but I’ll take it.

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