Have I mentioned lately how much I enjoy visiting your gardens, and reading about your recipes, and tips? Sometimes it’s just being able to enjoy things that I can’t grow, either because of our climate zone or because the plant doesn’t like me (Ha! It couldn’t possibly be me, could it?), like these I found from last week’s Tuesday Garden Party:
This beautiful phlox from Lavender Garden Cottage was actually a volunteer. I’ve tried for more than 10 years to grow ‘easy’ tall phlox and finally have one little plant that returned for more than one season. It has about 8 blooms, which I’m thrilled about – but volunteers? Um, no. My volunteers seem to be mostly weeds!
I’ve always loved the tropical look of Rose of Sharon. This lavender version from The Homespun is stunning. I once had a bush that lasted 2 or 3 seasons and got to about 5 feet tall before we had a cold winter that killed it dead. I was too saddened to try again – it just seemed like a waste of time and money, since that winter wasn’t out of the norm for us.
And of course I don’t live in Florida and am not able to grow pineapple like Maple Hill Farm, but I still think it would be awesome to harvest my own pineapple!
Oh, isn’t this bouquet simply gorgeous? Of course I can grow roses, but since this is a mystery old rose variety that Sweethearts and Sweet Tarts shared, I won’t be growing this one. That’s why it’s nice to see – maybe I can find something that has those fun ruffled petals?
Finally, this doesn’t fit with my ‘things I can’t grow’ theme, but I thought Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love had some great and timely tips for preparing your garden before a vacation. Although we all can’t go to Paris (sigh…), it’s the time of year we all like to take trips and there are some good ideas here to keep your garden going while you’re gone.
And if you have any potted plants, I wrote about my favorite vacation watering tip for potted plants here – and my pots are resting in one as I write!
Looking forward to another week of your garden inspiration!