Are you ready to talk gardening? Get your cup of java or tea and let's start today's discussion. I have plenty to say about gardening! And lots of photos today.
The first tip I have is to put solar lights in container plants at various heights. It lights your way throughout the garden and looks so pretty at night.
Group container plantings together, as it makes for a much prettier setting. Think of it as an outdoor vignette.
Use all sorts of containers. If it holds dirt, it can hold a plant. Just make sure it has drain holes.
Collections always look better when grouped together. Here is a photo of my steel gazing balls in an old wagon. (Note: Pay a tiny bit more and get steel gazing balls. I've broken every glass one I ever had.)
Along with perennial vines, plants some annual vines. I've had a lot of luck with this Hyacinth Bean vine from a packet of seeds. Morning glory vines are annual beauties and might reseed and come back.
Pick up pretties at garage sales and put them in your garden. Gives it a whimsical look.
Plant flowers that will attract birds to your garden. Put up bird houses and a bird bath and birds will come visit you.
Make pathways in your garden. Gives your space more visual interest. (My Tyler gardens)
If you have old chairs you aren't using, put a pot where the seat was and make it a planter.
Colored bottles are beautiful in the garden, with the sun shining through the glass.
Don't just stick your bird bath in the yard. Put it in a more natural setting. like in a grouping of plants. It is better camouflage for birds to escape predators, and it just looks better.
Have comfy seating in the garden so you can rest or have your coffee and gaze at your flowers.
Make a fairy garden. Children love them, and so do adults. You can make themed fairy gardens, or just add whatever you have in miniature. Garage sales are a wonderful place to pick up items for your fairy gardens.
Also it's a nice project to help the grandchildren or children make one of their own.
If you have old plates you don't use anymore, line a garden bed with them. If they are broken you can still use them and push the broken part down into the dirt.
I have used broken pots by turning them sideways or slightly upward, digging it down in the dirt a ways, and planting in them. Doesn't show the broken part, and it doesn't end up in the landfill.
Don't forget to garden vertically. It takes up little space. And adds pretty blooms growing skyward.
Okay, these were from my beautiful Texas garden. I didn't get as much done here at this house in terms of gardening due to my ankle getting injured my first summer here.
So next you'll be seeing what I do at the new place on the patio. I cannot wait to get that started!
Let's dish. What tips or plans do you have to share? I'm fairly adept at this subject, so fire away with questions you may have. And if I don't have the answer, most likely someone else will.
I'm off to top off my coffee cup.