The beauty about gardening is that it is not only about plants. Accents enhance the look but also, could make or break the landscapes.
One important factor about accents is that they bring out the personality of the home owners. They can mix and match plant material with accent pots that are planters with animal themes. Or they can decide to show off some of their special pieces as stand-alone.
Alrightyyyy, by now you know that I am a sucker for flowers and gardens. Consequently, during my daily walks this week, I was blessed to capture the beauties that are still available to enjoy in my hood.
Furthermore, summer is coming soon and with it, a new collection of flowers that are sun lovers and even more colorful, vibrant, flamboyant and interesting.
I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see this years’ display.
LAWN: When the temperature reads 55 degrees or above, it will be time to cut and fertilize the lawn.
Yep, that's what my husband told me, smile, he handles the lawn and told m about these hacks.
If you have a contractor that fertilize it, be aware of the date they will come to spray the fertilizer and make sure that you don’t cut the grass until few days after.
Finally, pray for a few days of rain after fertilizer is applied for better soak to absorb it.
I did my job too, look at what I captured in camera while doing my daily walks, smile.
Last week I posted some photos of what’s flowering now in the north, in particular the northeast, Washington Metropolitan Area.
Today however, I am in the south, posting photos of what is flowering in the area, yes, way down in Florida. You can tell that the cold weather is still preventing some flowers to bloom in the north, whereas the south displays an amazing assortment of color and plant material. Definitely as we all know, the weather plays a big part in gardening.
All we have to do is to enjoy what we have, wherever we live and be grateful of the blessings that we have been given:
Our Health, Family, Friends, Faith, a Roof Over our Heads, our Amazing Country, our First Responders, Health care workers, grocery stores workers, farmers and most importantly, we are still ALIVE!
I don’t know the answer to that question, however, I can show you what flowering in my neighborhood!
Since we are now in quarantine, we can peak out of the window and take a look at what’s going on around our homes.
Furthermore, when the time to go to the store to get supplies comes up to purchase food, etc., it will be time to enjoy the trip. First, there aren’t that many cars around and second, thank you Jesus, the snow is a thing of the past, smile.
Next Week: GARDENING IN THE SOUTH
If we are going to get crafty, it should be with whatever materials we have at home. There are so many things that you can do.
For instance, say you like good wine and emptied a bottle this week. (Or a glass container of pasta sauce or anything else) That’s a craft waiting for you to work on it.
First, wash it thoroughly and detach the labels. If you have spray paint in the garage, select a color and spray paint it. (Or leave it natural). Then go to your craft room or your back yard and select anything that you can attach to the bottle; bark, beads, trim, buttons from old clothes, etc. Get glue and start working on your piece of art.
Spring is my favorite season, when everything wakes up and temperatures aren’t 100 or 35 degrees, smile.
Unfortunately, it is also a time to get our hands dirty to clean all the outdoor living. Mow and feed the lawn, get started on your vegetable planting beds with good soil, organic matter, etc., power wash the patio furniture, decks and brick patios and last but not least, clear all the leaves that were left over from the fall cleaning, bag them and dispose of them correctly.
The reward is huge, summer is around the corner and our quarantine time will be more manageable by allowing us to stay home safely, outdoors in our own properties. Plus, our front, sides and back yards are going to look so amazingly beautiful to enjoy.
Work hard and remember to stay home and stay healthy.
Nandina is an attractive, small, evergreen or semi-evergreen SHRUB originally from India, China and Japan. The shrub is ornamentally grown for its foliage and its RED fruit display. It is so versatile that you can use it in the front garden, on the side and/or of course in the back. It is a perennial and the red berries are the highlight. In winter time, the bush gets packed with bright red berries that unintentionally, add up to your home holiday decorations, if you are using tones of red.
Either way, if you do not have one, Nandina is an excellent shrub to put in your garden.
Type: Broadleaf evergreen shrub.
Typically Size: 4-8' tall and to 2-4' wide.
Zone: 6 to 9
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