Friday, January 10, 2014

My Old Friend

Living in Florida I temporarily put my old friend, gardening, on a shelf.  I plan to get reacquainted with my old friend once we move into our new home. Above is a hardy orange, the branch structure would be wonderful in a winter landscape. I never knew there was an orange that could take the cold, wonder how cold a temperature it can take?

Yesterday at the grocery I picked the magazine Fine Gardening. Leafing through the pages stimulated ideas for various sections of our property. I'm dreaming of conifers, herbs, flowers and more. I love using perennials in the garden for color since they don't have to be replanted each year.

My eight year old camera is going on the blink so please excuse the quality of my photos. Above is a red twigged willow. I plan to add interest in the landscape with texture and color. Since I'll be living in a completely different growing zone I'm researching the type of plants I can utilize.

It'll be fun looking for items to add architectural interest to the garden. I can't wait to see what type of ornamental grasses I can use.

Don't you just love the tall false cypress in this landscape. I definitely want to use confers with various heights, textures and colors. The addition of some rocks or boulders would be great if I can find someone to place them for me.

The magazine had an article on floral arranging with plants picked from the winter garden. What a good idea for a cold winter day. Less than two weeks and we should be in our new home. I can't wait to put some plants in the ground, the heck with unpacking. Ha. Photos for this post were excerpted from the Fine Gardening magazine. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. You are truly and earth mother...if you can't make clay things, you want to be in mud to plant them. Good news about move, and enjoy learning what is already growing in the area! I know you'll be creative. (Hint, azaleas are gorgeous in the mountains)

  2. I think you have garden fever. Not a bad thing.

  3. Exciting times ahead. And garden lust is addictive.

  4. I would love to have a lovely garden in my back yard, but am unwilling to dig, because the ground is very hard. However, I might hire some yardmen to do the job, instead.

  5. Hi Barbara, thanks, we have some native rhododendrons on the property and I'd like to complement them with evergreen and deciduous azaleas too thanks for the tip. I was just thinking last night that I am so in tuned with the earth I do love the land the earth so, it has so much to give us.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, oh yes garden and Spring fever for sure.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, oh I am a certified plant aholic, you would be shocked at how many plants I had in my lavender gardens in California. I shocked even myself when I compiled the list. Ha.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, have those you hire add some compost to the soil to improve the dig-ability and the fertility, plant yourself some perennials you will enjoy the fruits of that labor for years to come.



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