Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How does your garden grow?

Not too well at the moment!

But I am already excited about planting some fun, new seeds this year. A local store had seed packets for 50% off AND I'd been reading through an adorable book on potpourri so I got a little excited and did some shopping.

I already have lavender, sage, thyme, lemon thyme, and spearmint in the herb garden. I even had nice enough weather to go out and trim them all the other day - I smelled pretty good by the time I was done!

I also have plenty of roses and a couple of cedar trees which are also in many of the mixes found in the book.

Here's what I plan on adding:

I'm also a huge fan of cut and dried flowers (and also need some more for the potpourri mixes). So here's what I intend to add:

I suspicion I won't be able to leave it at that though. There's a specific area I want to till up and plant to all flowers of this variety so I can always have fresh cut flowers that last and enough pretty petals to add to all my potpourri mixes.

Another plant that's considered useful (and grows in horrific abundance) is calendula. The petals are supposed to be good for dyes and also for cold sores? Honestly I've never tried that. I just wanted to warn you that this stuff can and will take over if you don't keep on top of it. I have a HUGE garden and it almost filled the whole thing. I was pulling up enormous piles of these things so that the vegetables wouldn't choke out and die. Scary! They also seem to attract some gross looking beetle things that hang out in them and scare away any other attractive insects. Fan. Tastic.

Do you have any favorite flowers or herbs that you grow? Or would like to try? If you suggest something I'd love to try it out.

I'll leave you with some older shots of a few of the garden areas to perk you up and make you hopeful for spring!

Two colors of sunflowers with zinnias, African daisies and the odd cosmo.

One of my zinnias.

Two evil plants looking benign and lovely: morning glory and calendula.


The Blonde Duck said...

Congrats on being saucy from a fellow SITSta!

Cassie said...

Oh man, I have a black thumb, not a green one! ha. Congrats on being Saucy!

{Katie Lane} said...

Those are going to be gorgeous flowers.

Fruitfulvine2 said...

I have thyme, peppermint, rosemary, chives, something that is supposed to be parsley and I plan on planting some dill. I did not like planting before but I'm growing more and more interested and when my hubby and I have our own home we plan on planting all kinds of fruit trees and vegetables. Visiting from the Saucy blog list on SITS.

Kristy Michelle said...

Oh my word, chica! Your zinnia is ridiculous. I wish I had a pot of them on my desk rigt now!

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Frenzymom said...

Came to check out your saucy blog from SITS!! I can't wait to start gardening again. Mine is under snow right now.

Ronnie said...

Thanks for sharing your garden, Molly. Spring needs to SPRANG!
I too have been over run by my sweet morning glories and a HUGE patch of oregano that started as a 3" pot.
Watch out for mint. It'll be a ground hog too.

Heather said...

We just started planting our garden 2 years ago. Last year we added pumpkins for the boys and they wanted to try strawberries this year. I'm wanting to add some herbs this year too.

BusyBeadLady said...

You make me want to get my hands dirty

Michelle said...

Thanks for the nice comment! I can't wait until spring...I really want to get my hands in the dirt! Great idea on the herbs!

Helene said...

Hmmmm, I may have to tap into your gardening expertise in a couple months!! My kids so badly want to plant a veggie garden and I have NO clue!!! I want it to be a good experience for them (and not one where they're crying every day because mommy killed yet another plant!)

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Snarky A. said...

I absolutely love your cat! Gorgeous! And your Etsy shop is divine, as is your blog. What a great find!

Sherrie said...

Congrats on being saucy at SITS! And -- your garden pictures are making me more and more excited about ours. We're planting a vegetable/fruit garden (our first one) next week when my MIL and FIL come to visit. MIL has quite the green thumb, and I, of course, do not! LOL!

Brittany said...

I REALLY want to start growing an herb garden!!! I also want one of those upside-down tomato planters (I watch too many infomercials!).

Gardeners inspire me! I can kill just about any plant... even bamboo. :(

Cute blog SITSta!