I hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day with loved ones, and you got lots of flowers. I love to get flowers and plants for Mother’s Day.
May is my favorite time of year here in Kansas City, everything is blooming, my lilies of the valley are fully budded, peonies, azaleas and grass is green, and trees are full of leaves. My gladiolus are coming up but won’t be fully grown till July. This season I decided to plant some new flowers. I planted some wildflowers, crazy love dahlias, and lavender. I have been wanting to plant some lavender for a while now and so I bought a few different ones to plant in the front of my porch and some in the back yard around my water fountain area. I also planted some pink double knock out roses because my other rose bush died and well, I had to replace it. I also planted some morning glory, sun flowers and assortment of Perennial and annual wildflowers that attract butterfly’s and hummingbirds, I can’t wait.
I love to create a place where I can sit and journal and spend time with my Beloved Jesus and also with My husband, and friends to enjoy when they come over.
I also bought a porch swing to sit right by the water fountain so when we sit, we can enjoy the fragrance of lavender.
Here are some tips I have learned through trial and error.
Seven reasons seeds fail to grow
1.Seeds are planted too deeply. As a rule of thumb, plant a seed no deeper than three times the diameter of the seed and follow directions. Sometimes I am so excited to just plant the flowers or seeds that I don’t follow directions, because I am not into the details like my husband is, well, I get failed results.
2.The soil is not prepared well: using organic mulch or compost ensures success in your garden. (How many times have we wanted to jump into something new, a new job or project, and we are not prepared well, and we don’t have the right tools we need to do a good job or project.)
3.The soil is either too hot or too cold; if the soil is too hot or too cold seeds may fail to germinate and grow properly. Patience ---something I am still learning about gardening. Learning how to wait on perfect timing is like on waiting on God’s perfect timing for an answered prayer or move.
4.Overwatering the soil; soil should be moistened and never continuously wet. When I didn’t know anything about plants, I use to drown my plants with water or forget to water them, and the result was always death.
5.Birds and squirrels have taken the seed. Oh, am I familiar with this in my own garden? We have many squirrels, rabbits and even deer in our yard, and when these animals get to mu seeds or eat my plants the war is on. We have to use rabbit and deer repellent to keep them away from our flowers.
6.The seed quality is poor. Sometimes the packaged seeds are damaged because of exposure to bad weather conditions. This has been the case for me some reasons when planting gladiolus that have been packed. We have planted twenty bulbs, and only ten took root, So I try to plant about 60 or more to get better results.
7.Problems with Transplanting seeds outdoors, which I have not tried to do because I am not experienced with this yet.
If you love to garden, you will enjoy this. If you have never done any gardening and are afraid to, then I challenge you to try it at least once.
Activity: Start a small garden with flowers or vegetables. Here is a good resource to get started:
From Inner Beauty book, by Isabel Perez McCoy
Here are a few plants and flowers blooming in my garden right now, I hope you enjoy
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