For What It's Worth

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Garden ramblings…the week in bloom

I’m not sure if anyone other than me enjoys these posts lol, but I’m finding them really helpful for getting me out in the yard each week.

For some reason, completely neglecting my yard last year as reaped huge rewards this spring. I have plants blooming that never did before, despite doing all the “right” things.

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I have no idea what this flower is. I remember buying the plants at a butterfly festival several years ago and that they are a host plant for some species of butterfly. It was getting choked out by weeds where I had it planted before so I moved it and it’s multiplying and blooming like crazy now!

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I planted a Lavender bed just outside my pool enclosure. Then I remembered that bees like Lavender so I’m not so sure this is the best place with the dogs and I walking right by it all the time. I guess time will tell.

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Although not in full bloom yet, this is the one I’m most excited about. I’ve been trying to grow Butterfly Bushes for several years now but they always die. This year, all four shrubs recovered nicely from their winter sleep and are getting ready to bloom. I can’t wait until they start luring all the butterflies in.

This upcoming week I hope to get all my herbs planted. It was already 90 a few days last week so I have to get everything into place before it’s just too hot to get anything established.
Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S. On the blogging front - next week I’ll be having several giveaways to clear off my shelves before BEA. It will be US only because of shipping costs.

17 comments:

  1. Lovely! I have tons of lavender in my herb garden, which is where I let my toddlers play outside (there's nothing poisonous, so I don't have to worry about them putting something in little mouths), and even though bees love it, we've never once had a sting. I've even cut blossoms when they're buzzing around and never been bothered.

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    1. That's good to hear. My bees have always been pretty docile. It's the yellow jackets that are aggressive but hopefully they won't care about the lavender.

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  2. Totally neglected, whenever our garden gets mentioned 'lions, tigers and bears.... oh my' comes to mind. Still, an eye-sore to us the bees and butterflies seem to love it.

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    1. I'm such a lazy gardener. I have big plans but then it's always too hot to get out there int he summer. I consolidated my beds this year so hopefully it's something that I can keep up with.

      I think the wildlife likes it messier - which goes great with my garden style lol

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  3. Ooh looking good!! My garden is starting to bloom and come alive, but it hasn't been terribly warm lately.

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    1. The spring is the best when all the new blooms surprise you each day.

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  4. Pretty! This is slowly giving me incentive to get out in my yard. Maybe tomorrow!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Arghh not yet spring, sighs. I mean yes no snow for months but it's the whole no -c during night or day for a week. That has still not happened

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    1. & you said on twitter that you'll be getting snow!!!

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  6. Every year I say that this will be the year I do something with my yard! Maybe this year!

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  7. It's lovely to see what's blooming in your garden! We did some gardening today but it really feels like winter now, brr!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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  8. Ha -- I'm also doing a massive shelf clean out. Your garden's so pretty!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  9. Fun! I love when that happens. Lavender is SO great. Smells fantastic.

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  10. I totally enjoy these posts! I tried to grow lavender from seeds. Nope. Nothing's happening so I may just buy a plant. I hope your doggies don't get stung. I bought bulbs for a butterfly bush because they said it's deer resistant and likes shade. So, that's most of my backyard. I find it interesting how things get overgrown and new things occur when you don't pay attention to your yard.

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  11. Alas, no matter how hard I try my thumb is brown and not green. Cool plants though, I wish my neglect turned out like yours. As of the moment 2 of my rose bushes died and another one is one it's way.

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