5.05.2010

Home is Flowers in My Yard

I can grow what I can grow, and usually stick with those items. I actually love gardening..at least the act of it...my outcome is not always successful...but I keep trying. I {heart} rosemary and lavender for many reasons, but it doesn't hurt that I don't seem to kill them. Once upon a time, in Southern California - land of sunshine - I somehow managed to grow a beautiful herb garden and bountiful roses, and all sort of other beauties {that I do not know the names of}.
Then we moved. Our "new" house had an abundant garden...but by the time escrow closed...many of the plants had died or were just about dead {long story}...I did my best to revive some of these plants...to no avail. And now I had a new type of climate to consider...land of fog and dampness. I was and still am pretty clueless...let's not even talk about the deer {I am a city girl...what the heck!}
Anyway, I have moved things around and planted {*cough, cough*} some of my  own beauties, but some of my favorite blooms are plantings from the previous owner. I especially love the geraniums...they bloom year after year and there are many varieties planted on the property {that makes it sound like I do not live on a postage-stamp size lot in coastal California} that smell wonderful!
Here are some more lovely blooms in and around my home.
I adore these plants and look forward to their
blooms and their scents every year...
A welcome to Spring, and always a bright spot in my day!
And I cannot seem to kill them...yeah!
Actually the rule is I am not allowed to touch them.

What's your favorite flower in your garden?
Do you have a gardening trick I should know?
My plants will thank you!
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37 comments :

  1. My Asiatic lilies are my favorite, but I'm a horrible gardener so I don't have much to see out there!

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  2. Love the photos!! We won't be planting flowers or anything else for a few more weeks. But I can't wait :)
    I have a huge garden (the size of most city yards), weeding is the worst :)

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  3. Loving your flowers Holly! I am like you I grow something and stick with it...I am very limited in the gardening category! Oh and variety of Modge, I have to check that stuff out...you do know you are the one who inspired me, I saw it on you blog first:)

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  4. I can't keep flowers alive to save me life. Grow me some veggies absolutely but flowers...NOPE. I get my beauties at the florist!

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  5. Your flowers are beautiful! I love peonies and anything the deer won't eat!

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  6. Holly! HI!! Miss you! These flowers are GORGEOUS! What is that pretty pink one? (#5) - so beautiful! xxoxo I LOVE fresh flowers and herbs from the garden, thank goodness summer is almost here!

    Oh! And guess what? I am having lunch with Bumpkin and Captain John tomorrow!! :) xox Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  7. Gorgeous! I can't grow anything. I want to try, though. Especially an herb garden.

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  8. Such a beautiful garden!

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  9. Beautiful flowers! Everything grows better in CA. I love my hydrangeas, but they are slowly blooming this year. Our rare 3 snows sort of threw them off. Usually by this time they are blooming like crazy. I do see about 200 hundred buds, though, so I know I am in for a good season. My trick is to leave them alone and prune back the dead stems in the spring.

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  10. I make it a rule not to go near flowers, since my presence seem to kill them - but my mom had the most beautiful garden I've ever seen (now she's sold that house since she and her hubby are moving with me and mi novio to DR) - I hope that somehow I can have a beautiful garden too, when I have a house - guess I'll have to hire a gardener and keep a safe distance from the plants!

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  11. Mine is what you call a volunteer garden... whoever volunteers to grow there is welcome to stay! I am like you- love to garden, not that great at it.

    I did plant a little herb garden over the weekend for the kitchen, and I hope to use some of the lavender and rosemary in some future soaping escapades...

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  12. Girl, I love flower gardens. Dianthus became my favorite a few years ago when I plant several at our old house. They were gorgeous. They were full of blooms, big (as in the full plant was at least 10 inches across). Then we had to move...bummed beyond belief. The house we are in now, well couldn't get anything to grow. Boxwoods out front (we are renting) take all the nutrients and don't have enough money to sink into making the soil inviting under boxwoods. So, since we have to be out of here by June 30th (just found out), then I am hoping what we move into will be more inviting.

    I have planted my veggie garden though (in planters). Can't wait for those to start germinating.

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  13. I pick out the things to plant, my husband is in charge of their care. He loves it...I love the result. I want to grow lavendar, and we can never find it to plant. I need to look now before it is all gone again this year.

    My favorite thing to have growing is basil. I use so much of it in the summer and I even bring bunches in the house to put in a vase...love the smell.

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  14. Hi Holly,

    Love your shots!

    I too am a city gal living in the country and have no clue as to what should go where, but am sooo enchanted by new blooms and scents!

    Serene... :)

    oh there's a giveaway over at BC if you want to enter...

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  15. These blooms look pretty and healthy to me! I love the IDEA of gardneing. And do it until the ungodly hot and humid weather sets in. If my blooms looked like yours, I'd feel successful.
    Yvonne

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  16. What is the pink and white one? I've never seen one like that! I don't have tons of experience in the flower dept. But I do want to add to my bulbs come this fall.

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  17. I love the flowers. Wow, does that make you happy! Thanks for following me. I really appreciate it ! And Thanks for the compliment on the Spoon garden markers!

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  18. Love the photos! For me, the daffodils popping up are a beautiful sign of spring.

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  19. What beautiful flowers.
    Your doing a wonderful job.
    I can almost smell them :)
    I definitely do not have a green thumb. I even kill cactus.
    Have a wonderful Spring.

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  20. Beautiful flowers. And you should see the deer down South. When I was in middle school, I think it was, my Nana and I were driving down the dirt road (yes, we have dirt roads) and a flock? of deer ran across the road right in front of us. It was scary at first because we didn't see it coming, but they were very beautiful to watch. We see them all the time. I've seen them in people's backyards, my grandparents' runway, the interstate. They're everywhere.

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  21. Those are beautiful! I have never seen some of those flowers before. Much to my mom's dismay I do not have a green thumb.

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  22. Love the garden, Holly, it's beautiful! Right now I'd say our peonies are my favorite. I'm ready for veggies and the herbs though, too.
    Oh, yes, lettuce right now too is PERFECT.

    Thanks for linking up at RE today!

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  23. Ok, those are beautiful. I try to garden, I do, but I suck at it. I always forget to water and weed and what not. Let's not even discuss that I simply don't even understand how the grass can grow here after all that snow this winter. WTF???

    You're on the Monterey Peninsula??? Yes foggy and damp, but man o man when that sun shines, it is something to see!

    Love ya babe, we have to chat. SOOOO much to discuss.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  24. Wow, your flowers are so beautiful! I wish I had the knack for flowers and such...maybe some day I'll be able to turn my black thumb green. :)

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  25. p.s. got your button back up. thanks!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  26. How fab are your flowers! We live in a condo so I don't have to garden/kill all my flowers yet. haha I have no idea what I'll do when we own a home and I'm in charge of yard looking good...scarey!
    Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

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  27. I am jealous. Those are beautiful. I have a black thumb. I can kill cacti. Your plants should hide from me.

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  28. I do not have a green thumb. I am hoping to grow one this spring though!

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  29. I have no tips...I could probably use some good gardening tips though! My roses are finally starting to look pretty after almost three years! I'm not so great in when it comes to plants and flowers!

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  30. gorgeous buds!!! i've decided that growing things in california (we had an amazing garden there!) works out much better than here in south carolina (our garden here = stinky)! i guess that's why all our produce comes from ca! : )

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  31. It's more of a bush than a flower, but my favorite is the azalea. They are so beautiful her in the south when they all bloom. Wisteria is gorgeous too.

    I'm not a green thumb so not much advice on that front. I'm like you, plants live longer when I don't touch them.

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  32. I wait all winter for my flowers in the summer. There are none blooming here yet in Wisconsin......I am waiting impatiently. Yours are all so beautiful.

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  33. Can't help with what would grow best in your climate or soil. I do love these photos of what's in and around your little slice of heaven.

    Thanks so much for steering me to RE ~ it was great fun to play along.

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  34. Oh geez, I get so envious when I see flowers like these. I am so not a gardener. It's awesome that you can grow beautiful things!

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  35. Beautiful flowers. I just bought some today and will probably plant tomorrow. I also saw some lovely wildflowers in the back pasture that I think I will cut and make a table arrangement with. Yours are all so beautiful :)

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  36. It's so hard to pick a favorite flower but have just adore my ever-blooming begonias. They are so awesome the way they flower for 3 months here.

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  37. Awwww Holly, your'e a bloomer too!
    The Captain is a Master Gardener if you ever have problems, take a picture and send it to me, will get right back with a homemade solution, not of that expensive toxic stuff, unless it's really bad. I will share some of my blooms with you soon, wait to you see the Cajun Hibiscus, and in the winter I can share seeds.

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