Thursday, April 25, 2013
Sometimes these little succulents can get lost in a garden bed and go unnoticed because of their size. I have found that creating a mini rock garden can help to get them noticed and add a little interest to my garden.
Santolina is planted next to the agave container. It is a shrubby ground cover that I keep shaped up for the area.
Mexican petunias are planted on the right and irises in the background. Lining the fence are Wax myrtles, which offer GREAT privacy.
I love to create little points of interest in my garden.
If you would like you could check out My Circle Mini Rock Gardens.
Posted by Amy at 4:28 PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Plants can often remind us of people we love. When I see a tomato plant I instantly think of my dad. Every year around this time, I buy a tomato plant with high hopes that I will successfully grow delicious tomatoes just like my dad's.
It always starts out great and I am always optimistic that this year is going to be different. However, something always happens along the way. I could go on and on with reasons why they didn't produce. I often have trouble with bugs or too much or not enough water. I don't know something always happens and I never get to enjoy my own home grown tomatoes.
My dad grew the best tomatoes that I have ever tasted. Growing up in Oklahoma, I watched my dad work in his garden and he would frequently carry in the house a huge Tupperware bowl full of tomatoes, egg plants, banana peppers, squash and the best sweet onions. Occasionally, I would help him water or gather up vegetables to take into the house. I didn't do a lot of helping just some watching and his love of gardening was evident to me. I guess a child can learn a lot just by watching and seeing what inspires the people we love. It may also spark the desire to find their own passions.
Well, I may not be able to grow tomatoes like my dad, but I do think he inspired me to fully enjoy being outside, digging in the dirt and seeing the rewards of our work.
Also, whenever we eat tomatoes at my house....I can almost guarantee someone will say...It's just not as good as Papa's tomatoes.
Tomato Tips: Five Secrets to Good Growth
Posted by Amy at 9:48 AM