by laura janning

Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts

BloomStruck™ Hydrangeas + $100 Giveaway!

May 19, 2014

Before I moved onto our farm, I had no idea what my green thumb was capable of... nor did I know it existed.
Flowers and vegetables were store bought each week, I was more concerned with my freshly done manicure then getting my hands dirty and I had no earthly idea what the difference between a perennial and an annual was. Email me if you don't, and I will tell you.
Then we built a home here, in the country, on a dirt road in the middle of no where. Where we have plenty of land, a tractor named Bubba, and... lots of dirt. And so with visions of beautiful flowering blooms in my head, we started digging and built my very first garden.
Initially it was going to be a cutting garden, but the tractor kept on digging and digging and soon I realized that this would be a place where I can not only cut from but also sit and enjoy.

Over the years, my garden has evolved and grown into what was once a surface of red Georgia clay with my outline of a path meandering through the future flowers, into the exact vision that I had in my head so many years ago... and so much more.

And along that meandering pathway there is one plant that has stayed loyal and faithful, growing and coming back each year. My hydrangeas.
 I actually have a few varieties of hydrangeas  currently in my garden in blue and pink but am pretty excited about a new plant that I will be putting in the garden this summer called BloomStruck from the Endless Summer® Collection.   BloomStruck hydrangeas have sturdy red stems to hold those big beautiful blooms, which is perfect if I choose not to  cut them,  they will provide blooms all summer because they re-bloom, and are perfect for my garden cause they  prefer morning sun and the afternoon shade.The best part.....
they are easy to grow and require very little maintenance and time. That's my kind of gardening!
And the bonus is... being able to cut the blooms all season and bring them in house... 
to enjoy. Which was also a part of my original vision. But just more beautiful.  Did you know soil pH really does dictate bloom color....just ask my hydrangeas, they will tell you.
And since I am just the girl who got on her tractor years ago and started digging in the dirt, afraid to ruin her freshly manicured nails, you can find more details about the Endless Summer® Collection from the professionals  here.

Contest has ended and winner will be notified via mail.

Speaking of possibilites, I would love to giveaway a $100.00 Visa Card to one of my readers. Just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite flowers from the garden... or grocery store are.
Good Luck!

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Spring Wisteria Wreath

May 5, 2014

Us Southern gals are at it again, this time....... with flowers. 

I definitely feel more accomplished with my gardening skills then I am of my culinary skills...and lack there of.  In fact, I would rather be digging in the dirt , then cooking in the kitchen any day. 
Which is precisely where I was, putting this beautiful Wisteria Wreath together.

One of the first plants that I planted in my garden 11 years ago were 2 Wisteria vines. Each year, they come back bigger and prettier then ever. Every year I have to prune them multiple times so they don't look completely out of control, like my hair on some days. 

The funny thing is, I had never considered using the cuttings for a wreath....until this weekend. So with shears in hand, I snipped about 15 clippings and attached them to a grapevine wreath using floral wire. 

 Snip, attach and hang.

I decided to hang it on one of our feed sheds near the pasture. Now, feeding time is met with a big ole smile, by me....and the animals. 

The donkeys like the wreath too!

Be sure to visit my other pals for more flower inspiration.

grateful for~
seeing my mom and sister this weekend

PS- If you missed last months 'Oh My Word....Monograms, click here.


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Monday Musings

April 21, 2014

Mama and her kitties taking a nap........ all 5 girls

I love this time of the year when Azaleas are in full bloom.....

Over the weekend we converted our old sandbox into a feed shed.....

To feed these little chicks that are getting bigger each day.....

My favorite time of the day and place....mornings in my garden

What's your favorite time of the day?
I hope you had a wonderful Easter and a great weekend. 

PS. Stop by tomorrow when I share a tablescape inspired by my Azaleas.

Grateful for~
Family time
All our 4 legged friends around the farm

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Build a Succulent Garden in under 5 mins

March 19, 2014

I wrote this post specifically for the green and non green thumb plant lovers. You know who you are....we won't tell.

Succulent gardens..... Aren't they pretty?

The definition of a succulent, is a plant that retains water. That's why the leaves are generally thick and full looking. For the non-green thumbs, they require little maintenance and for you green thumbs, the options and designs of succulent gardens are endless.

I have a few gardens around the house and during these 'almost spring time days' when things aren't quite in bloom, the gorgeous colors of some succulent plants more then make up for the absence of color outside.

I wanted to share a super easy method of putting together a succulent garden that you can do in less than 5 mins. Really..... you can.

Container for your garden. In these pictures I am using wood crates and milk glass 
Small rocks for drainage
Succulent plants- you can pick these up at a nursery or home inprovement store. I use at least 2-3 different varieties in my gardens. You can pick these up for $2-$4 each,depending on the plant.
Potting Soil
Sheet Moss- found in floral departments

Step 1
Choose your container and place a few small rocks on the bottom for drainage. For the wood crate or anything else without a solid bottom, I would line it with some sheet moss first.

Step 2
Place potting soil 1/4  full in the container right over the stones.

Step 3
Take your plants out of the container and gently break up the root ball. Place the plant in the center of your container. The base of the plant should not be higher then the container.

Step 4
Take your other plants and divide into several pieces. You don't want the smaller plants to grow bigger then your center plant. Be gentle as some of these smaller plants are fragile and will break easily. Place these plants around the center plant in the container.

Step 5
Fill in the container with potting soil, covering all the bases of the plants.

Step 6
Water your plant thoroughly. You can place rocks, marbles or wine corks on the top of your soil if you want to add some added interest and bling to your garden. Be assured that your garden will still grow without the bling added. I cut up wine corks and added them to the first garden picture shown above and the picture below.

Okay, I fibbed a little. It actually takes 3 mins and 21 seconds to put a succulent garden together. Are you ready to make yours?

Do you have a green thumb or one that's not so green?




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4 Simple Tips to Care for your Orchids

October 23, 2013

The Orchid. A beautiful and exquisite flower. Some plants look to perfect to be real. And contrary to what most people think, this perfect looking plant is not very difficult to maintain. In fact some orchids are quite easy to grow and require little maintenance........ The only problem may be figuring out which of the approximately 25,000 species would be best for you. Yes, 25,000.

When I got my first Orchid plant years ago, a friend gave me the best advice on how to care for my plant..... 4 simple tips that I am sharing with you today.

Tip 1- Orchids need good bright, indirect lighting.

Tip 2- Don't over water your orchid. Water once a week in the winter and twice a week in the summer. In fact, if Orchids could talk they would tell you that they prefer the humidity over watering.

Tip 3- Once your orchid stops flowering, cut the flower stalk down. While your orchid is resting, continue to water and provide it plenty of light.

Tip 4- Be patient......... it will flower again. 
Just, wait and you'll see.

Have you ever grown Orchids? Success or failure?

Grateful for~
A green thumb
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