It’s a ‘skirt garden’ that’s gone to weeds since I’ve been away quite a bit this summer being busy like a bee–but!–I managed to come home and find a nice surprise: My garden was tending to itself. It seemed that way because among the tall grass, in and around the thick shrubs, tip-toeing through prickly weeds, beauty abounded with loads of flowers and greenery that was meant to be. Business went on as usual. It’s as though the plants in my garden knew to hold down the fort while I was gone–or the bees did! No pesky weeds were going to stop them.
Sometimes life gets hectic, and we can’t be busy bees everywhere, but we can start in the small places that are the most important in our lives–in our own yard where it’s filled with solitude and the beauty of nature.
Home roots are the best place to be. (Do you see the leaf heart?)
Enjoy a walk with me… be careful where you step!
I’m a Marigold girl, always have been–so each year, I not only plant a variety from seed, but I can’t seem to turn down the giant African Marigolds from a farmer’s market–I mean, just look at them! They’re Florida sunshine in the Midwest. The colors are like freshly squeezed orange juice.
Do you see the vanilla color of African Marigolds here? It’s my first year I’ve had these planted, this kind. This color has got that vintage look, for sure, but it makes me think more of vanilla ice cream!
It’s frilly, full of style–a classic vanilla or a summer dress this color with the right trim!
Why couldn’t you pin on a corsage with one of these?!
More sunny vibes in the garden… lemon yellow of this flower is a positive power, too!
I adore the scent of Marigolds.
My Cosmos flowers came back from last summer–
yellow and two shades of orange. They seem to like being cluttered with the grapes. They’re right at home.
I decided to try something last year–plant carnations from seed. They didn’t do fiddly last year, so I figured that the seeds were no good. To my amazement, there are tall plants from those very seeds–stems taller than me with blooms up along all those stems that need to be staked. These are edible, and the blooms without pesticides are perfect for the top of Sunday cake. Not only are they still the classic flower for prom dresses and wedding decor, but they can be sugared for whatever baking desire you want them to be.
Here’s my Climbing Sweet Pea, blooming this year for the first time, too.
It’s got an Orchid effect to it I think.
I took a drive out to the country after work-hours and brought these back and transplanted them. Orange Tiger Lilies grow wild in Missouri and Illinois. They will multiply next year and bunch into thicker clumps of gorgeous color for my garden.
The sun was wanting to parch their vibrant petals from hot summer days but they’re not going anywhere–they are now rooted in my garden soil, their new home. They will change petals for new ones next Spring.
Daisies and Black-Eyed Susans…
This flower wants to fly like a bird, is carefree though planted, rooted to the ground. Its heart say, “I can go anywhere! My petals are blades to spin me up in the air to propel me anywhere I want to go!”
But there’s no place like home, even Dorothy said it. Give me Kansas, Alabama, good ole Texas, Missouri, the Land of Lincoln–I don’t care, ’cause home is where the heart is, and they’re right in my yard–
in the heart of this soil.