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(Natural News) Do you have a bare, shady spot in your garden? Or is your terrace facing the wrong side? Though it can be difficult for plants to survive in the shades, these conditions should not stop you from brightening up the darkest corners of your garden or terrace.

While many plants love the sun,

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Monday In Bloom

It was a gorgeous day here Sunday, Mother’s Day.  Low to mid 60sF, clear blue skies, low humidity – just lovely!  My husband took me to the garden center, where I was able to replace the plants that I lost this past week due to all the wonky weather.  Man that place was crowded!  So I spent a little bit of time getting those potted, and I finally got my new perennial in the ground.  In general, things are looking fairly decent.  A few plants are struggling because of the recent cold snaps, but I do think they’ll recover with enough tender loving care. 

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Kind of hard to see in the picture, but I found some heavy copper wire for my hanging pots.  I got so tired of the twine ropes breaking on me.  I’m hoping the wire is more sturdy.
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The side patch.
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The new section!  Not sure what to call it yet – the patio patch?  This is the “extension” I was working on a couple weeks ago.  Before, the grass went to the edge of the patio, but now I’ve wrapped the patio with mulch and garden fencing.  This enables me to get my long pots off the patio, and also gets the square pots out of the front patch.  I love the symmetry of how it looks.  Bonus, I’m hoping the extra fencing will keep critters and neighbor’s dogs off our patio. 
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I think this must be my favorite pot, and I’m sure I’ve overloaded it again this year.  I love the graceful look of it.
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The columbine have been blooming and look pretty
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The newest addition to the perennials – a pincushion plant. 
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That’s how my garden has been growing this week!  How’s yours coming along?

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Well, I still haven’t put anything in pots yet.  Can you believe we’ve had three frost warnings in the past week?!  I’m waiting to see how far the temps drop tonight (Sunday night #3 warning as I write this), in case I need to hurry out and put something over my plants.  Typically, when temps get down to the mid 30sF I don’t worry too much.  My patio is pretty much out of the elements, and the plants in the ground are close enough to the building to be out of harm’s way.  But tonight they were saying it might get down a couple degrees below freezing.  So I’m nervous.  In the meantime, while I wait for things to warm up a bit, I’ve been doing prep work.  I got all my pots ready for their new dwellers.  I didn’t clean anything out after last Autumn so that was quite a job.  Note to self: don’t do that again you dumbass! 

I also got the new “extensions” put down.  Woohoo!  I wrapped the mulch area around the entire patio and moved many of the pots from the patio onto the new area.  That, in addition to getting rid of the grill, should make the patio seem a tad more roomy. 

I got some new wire for the hanging pots.  Hopefully that will eliminate the problem of the pots falling off the hangers when I water them! 

Plus, I want to move my lavender plant to a different spot in the little front patch, but that has to wait until all this “freeze warning” crap is over.  Go AWAY Winter, it’s time for you to go home now, seriously!

Nice sun glare, huh?  I’m so glad I got those big square pots out of this front patch though.  They felt like a distraction somehow.

Clean up clean up!  I got all the Autumn leaves cleaned out of the little side patch under the bedroom window.  What a mess!

It’s a wrap!  New fencing and mulch all the way around now!  I love how the pots look. 

Hopefully, all the plants will be in their new pot homes by next week.  *fingerscrossed* 

Will you be gardening this year?

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Monday In Bloom 2017

The gardening season is back!  Woohoo!!  It is officially Week 0, lol, as I have picked up the plants I’m going to put into my little garden this year.  I have plans to expand a little, too, so we’ll see how that turns out. 

With the exception of the April A-Z Challenge, I haven’t been blogging much.  To be honest, I feel too guilty to blog when I don’t have equal time to devote to reading other blogs.  Blogging is about the community, is it not?,. and I don’t feel right hoping for people to read my posts when I can’t reciprocate.  Even though the kids and I were off from school in March, I spent a good portion of that time trying to re-do some household things.  I really want to get a soaping business off the ground, so I took over the kids’ old toy shelf for soaping supplies.  (mean mom! lol)  That meant going through their old toys and getting rid of things they didn’t play with anymore, moving the stuff they’re keeping to the new shelf I got them for their room, moving many of the soaping supplies I had in the laundry closet to the new shelf, and trying to reorganize the whole kit-and-kaboodle.  I still have a few things to tweak, covering boxes and labeling containers, but I think I am mostly there. 

The next couple of weeks though – plants!  It’s been raining for days so the ground is super slushy, which should make digging in it nice and easy on these old knees.  🙂

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See all the pretty darlings I got for this year?  I can’t wait to get them into their new pot homes! 

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Monday In Bloom

It was pretty nice when I popped out to take pictures Sunday.  I even went barefoot!  Not because it was that awesome outside, but because I couldn’t find my shoes, lol.  Thankfully, it was nice enough I could do that without freezing my toes off.  😀
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Still, it was pretty nice.  I was glad.  I know it’ll be one of the last nice days for a while, and this will be the last of the In Bloom posts until next Spring.  It’s been getting pretty cold on the overnights, close to freezing once or twice, and we might even get snow this coming weekend.  Yikes!  We will have some nights into the 20s, so whatever is left of the garden will certainly be gone after that. 
There really isn’t much left now, as it is.  The mums, of course, but the annuals are looking pretty bleak, and the perennials are really to go to sleep for the Winter.  It’s time.
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The side patch now looks tired and sparse, no longer vibrant and thriving.
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The mums had a few flowers.  Just a measly few though.
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And the snapdragons were giving up their last bit of glory.
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The purple sweet alyssum seems to be enjoying the slide into Winter, although it too is losing leaves and petals.  It’s also giving off a really strong, beautiful fragrance as it leaves.
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This tree across the way keeps getting lovelier and lovelier.  The way the colors are so variegated is breathtaking to me.
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And that’s it!  That’s how my garden grew this year!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  I certainly have loved sharing it with you!  Thank you for sitting in the garden with me for a bit!

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Monday In Bloom

It was pretty lovely Sunday when I went out to take pictures!  These days are so rare now, and I can’t believe how lovely it is for November!  Thanks, Lord, I’ll take it!  There was barely a cloud in the sky, the air was fairly crisp, and it felt wonderful.
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I can’t believe I forgot to take my “corner” shot!  I would have run back out to take it Sunday, but because of the time change, it was already nighttime.  I almost forgot it again on Monday!  I got it just as the sun was setting and dusk was hovering.  Barely made it!  It still looks like a night shot I guess, but at least I got it in.   I think I’ll be throwing away my much loved little garden lights at the end of this season.  I got them last year, but now most of them no longer work, and their pretty colors are all faded. 
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The side patch is thinning.  Still vibrant, just a much thinner vibrancy, lol.
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I couldn’t resist this image of some shrubs on a neighboring building.  Not my garden, but close enough.  😉
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Snappies!  Yay!
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The potato vine has really flowered quite a bit lately.  I think it’s doing it’s best to go to seed.  The colors are amazing to see.
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More blooms on the mums, yay!
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The Artemisia is going to sleep.  The center of it is turning gray and dying off, so the rest surely won’t be far behind.
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The speedwell looks positively lush!  I’m thinking it really likes Autumn.
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The lavender seems to be thriving with the cooler temperatures, too.
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Look!  It IS going to get some more flowers on it! 
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Across the way is this tree, and when I looked up, only the tips of it were changing color, like someone had dipped the top of it in some paint like a giant paintbrush.  The light was changing fast as I was trying to get a decent shot in.

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This is how my garden does Autumn.  How’s yours changing with the seasons?

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Monday In Bloom


It was a pretty lovely day Sunday when I went out to take some pictures of the garden.  The weather was chilly, but not exactly crisp as it was still pretty humid.  But my hands and feet got chilled while I was out there, so that was a nice Autumnal touch. 

We had a lot of rain this past week so everything got soaked really well, and with temperatures above freezing still, and even a day in the 70s coming up this week, I have a feeling there will be some last minute growth happening in the garden.  It’s kind of exciting, waiting to see what it will do with such a tiny bit of time left. 

Things are still basically holding steady from last week, so that’s pretty good.  The grass sure has been loving the rain!  It’s in its Autumn growth spurt and it looks so lush and full.

The yellow of the dying lilies adds an interesting layer of color to me. 

The side patch is still pretty bright and sassy, although some of the coleus have lost a few leaves. 

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I keep waiting for this tree to turn red.  I thought it was a sumac, but perhaps it’s not.  Maybe I’m just impatient.  Sumacs get so amazing looking in the Autumn.
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This tree almost looks like the top of a cupcake peeking over the building when the sunlight hits it just right, lol.
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The burgundy colors on these trees just enthrall me.
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The shrubs across the way have finally exploded into their brilliant red glory.
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The side patch.  Gloriously colorful, still!
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Oh sweet alyssum!  Watching you fade is so sad!  I shall miss your lovely fragrance!
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Geese!  Flying low and … northeasterly?  They must be heading toward a lake or retention pond or something.  No goose in its right mind would head toward Canada this time of year.
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Ha!  I knew it!  It will get another blooming!
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I love the variations in the colors of this one. 
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Looking for new blooms on this one but I don’t see any yet.  It’s supposed to be a lovely week ahead so maybe in the next few days there’ll be some blooms.
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Clearly the lavender likes Autumn!
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The flowers on the sage are dying back, but some of them are still pretty vibrant.  The bees are happy about that, working hard to get the last bits of pollen before Winter.
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And that’s how my garden’s growing.  How’s yours doing?  Do you have any Winter preparations done?

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