One of my long term goals is to settle into a home where I can have a pretty yard and flower garden. Someday! Meanwhile, I’m doing my best this spring to pot small plants here and there. Here is some garden goodness to start your week.
I have an obsession with pea gravel. It seems so quaint and adds such a classic vibe to a garden area or path. Not sure what it’s like living with it day-to-day? High maintenance? Easy? I imagine my young ones would play with the gravel or bring it inside for their trucks and Breyer horse farm set-ups. Maybe I’ll ask Peter for pea gravel and a path for my birthday. He wouldn’t know what to say.
This garden and design by Douglas VanderHorn is heart-stopping gorgeous.
I love how all of the main shrubs in the pic below are sculpted to give the area a more tailored feel. And who could argue with hydrangeas growing in a big basket! Last spring I planted the beautiful hydrangeas my children gave me for Mother’s Day and they slowly died in the ground despite my tending to them every other day. Ugh! #blackthumb
Sidenote: Our oldest daughter took a gardening class at her school this year and learned all about growing vegetables. She absolutely loved it! Seaside Neighborhood School has a garden with raised beds where the students grow beautiful collards, broccoli, kale, and carrots with the gardening teacher. Here’s my girl on the day the gardening class hosted a parent tour.
I’m toying with the idea of planting raised beds this spring, plus I’ll have a little helper with me who can share her knowledge. Seems fairly doable? Of course this is coming from the girl who can hardly manage to keep a succulent alive. This raised garden is UNBELIEVABLE. There’s that pea gravel again.
Another lovely raised garden.
What a beautiful saying. How cute would this be framed in a potting shed!
So tell me, what are some good plants or veggies grow in a humid, hot, Florida climate…with a beginner gardener who is slightly errrrr, unskilled in the basic nurturing of plants? I think I will need fairly hardy (or independent/survivalist) plants. Any advice from green thumbs appreciated!