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A Beautiful Sunny Day – “Only The Good” Friday

It’s a beautiful sunny day on this “Good” Friday and I’m trying to get finished up with my planting.  It’s been over a week of great weather, which is nice since we had such a cool wet spring.  (The wet spring  brought on an abundance of Slugs which are making a feast of my Hostas and Marigolds…. which is not good.)  However, other than that, I’ve enjoyed being out in the sunshine planting my flowers, tomato containers and herb garden.

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I love to peek over and see what my neighbors are planting because everyone’s tastes are so different.  Gardening is truly a reflection of the heart.   My garden is filled with “old fashion” flowers like Marigolds, Geraniums, and a few Petunias.  I have a new variety of Petunias this year that look like tiny Gardenias.  Of course,  English Lavender is special and  several plants adorn  my garden, which is harvested in the fall for sachets.

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I do enjoy finding new plant verities at the nursery that are placed  in the flower garden.  This year I found this fun flower called Pink Mulla Mulla and it’s going into this container this morning.                Unfortunately, it’s an annual and won’t be back next year… but the enjoyment it offers this year will be enough.

I’m off to enjoy this “Good” Friday in my garden.   I hope your weather is sunny and bright and your Friday will be a “Good” one.

Till Later

Kathy

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Don’t forget to pass on your “Good” Friday news.  When you do… check with  Shelly at This Eclectic Life.  She’s the host of this “Positive Movement.

P.P.S.  Sorry I’ve been so neglectful in posting on this blog… but I’ll be back… as soon as I get the last tomato planted.

Lavender – The Romantic Herb

Growing Lavender plants is easy. Lavender is best grown in well drained, dry soil. It does best in Zones 5-8 and can survive Zone 4 if planted in a protected area. French or Spanish lavender is the easiest to grow. English Lavender can be a bit touchy because it doesn’t tolerate hot humid heat.

This perennial blooms all summer long and reaches from 1 to 3 feet in height, depending upon the variety. You can wait till the flowers stop blooming before you harvest the flower buds… which is the end of August or the first of September.

Lavender is know for it’s romantic fragrance and is used in potpourris, sachets, and soap. The flowers are lovely in dried floral arrangements and wreaths. Lavender holds it’s fragrance for a long time and can be easily refreshed with a bit of Essential Lavender oil. Even the leaves are fragrant… so don’t worry if the stems and leaves end up in your potpourris and sachets.

I love to walk by my lavender bed and smell the fresh clean scent.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. Last spring, the clean up crew I hired cut my Lavender back to the nubbins and I was frantic. I was afraid I wasn’t going to get any blooms. It was probably one of the best things that could have happened… it bloomed like crazy…as you can tell by the photo. I’ve enjoyed my fragrant Lavender plants all summer long.