"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere
" Van Gogh

Friday, February 23, 2018

Drying Roses and Lavender

I enjoy drying my roses.  Not all do well.  I have better luck with my mini roses and it seems that spring is the best time to get the perfect roses and rose buds for drying.

 These are the JACute roses that I posted early this month.  I do use a floral spray.  It helps to preserve them for longer use.
 These to jars that I decorated were from my Sumer garden back in 2014.

Dried lavender and roses.




It is nice to bring them out on those winter cold days as you wait for your spring and summer garden to start blooming.
At the moment here in Southern California we are having a late winter.  Suddenly we are having very cold weather.  Cool for us here in Southern California.  

I hope to start and dry more of my roses this year.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

With Love


The pansies are doing so nicely right now. I thought doing something creative with them.



Sending good vibes to all of you today.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New Life



 I never get tired of seeing this amazing sight.  





BEAUTIFUL!

Pincushions and Nasturtiums



 Along the parkway, there are a few flowering plants and at the moment, the white Pincushions are blooming. I cut a few to mix in with the pretty orange Nasturtiums for a mini bouquet.




They look amazing at sunset too.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Confection JACute Roses



A new Month and it is the month of Love.




What an appropriate time for this beauty to have started blooming.  


 She speaks love, sweetness and yes, Valentines too.


Her name is Confection JACute

 I am blessed to have 3 that are very happy in living in containers.  I repot them every other year.


She never disappoints.  She greets me every time I step out in to my patio.


 I am having fun with my the cameras Picture effect (filter) adjustment display.  This is one of them that adds sparkles.  I just recently found where the exposure button was located too, took me long enough.






Thank you for visiting and wishing you a beautiful day.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Nasturtiums


 I love when my garden surprises me.  This time, it will have to be the Nasturtium plant I have planted along with the pansy plants.  They just pop with their bright orange color.




I picked a mini bouquet of them for the house.  


Used the filter function on my camera to get a "process" look.




 I did sow a few seeds of Jewel Blend nasturtiums today.  Seeing these, I wanted more in my garden.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, January 19, 2018

My Red Geranium Plant


 I have grown to love geraniums.  Growing up my Mother had geraniums growing in her flower beds.
 The geranium flowers  did not smell sweet like the roses or sweet peas that she grew, but  it was their bold colors that catches your eye. I would pick them along with the other flowers.   They were pretty but they did not last long in vases. They were a messy plant.  They would over grow in the flower beds and the plants would have this hole of dead brown leaves,  the beds look terrible. When my Mom would trim them back, they even looked worst.




 One day walking through a garden center about 20 plus years ago, I noticed some beautiful colors that got my attention.  When I walked up to them and took a closer look, I saw that they were GERANIUMS.   They wowed me all over again and made put a smilie on my face.  I thought of my Mom and knew I had to have some.  Over the years of gardening, I know I still do not like growing them in the ground, but in containers.  It seems, in my garden, that they are much happier and easier for me to keep tidy.


 Also, growing them has their challenges.  In my garden I have to battle the caterpillars that just love them too.  They start of so nice in the Spring and soon, my plant just looks like someone took a weed whacker to them. I was pretty much lift with an ugly plant with flowers with holes and half eaten leaves. It  was a task keeping up and trying to find those tiny caterpillars.  They would blend in to the plant so nicely.    Last year I was going to toss this plant out but something stopped me, looking through my garden journal, it was October 2016 that I was going to give up on it.  I'm not sure what, but I told myself that I would give them one more try.


I AM GLAD I DID!


    



A couple of months ago, I transplanted it into a new container, a glazed.  The last container was a terra-cotta  and it loved being in there.  So far  the plant seems to like its new home.  I will need to keep watch very closely.  The plant does not like being in soggy soil and the glazed container  has been known to smother plant roots if watered too much or the wrong kind of soil, what I have experienced.  

So far the leaves are big and beautiful and I do see some buds forming too.  




I know that I will still have to battle the caterpillars, but look at the color.