Have you heard about The Lonely Bouquet? Today is the very first (Inter)National Lonely Bouquet Day! It’s all about bringing joy to others through the sharing of blooms…..sort of random act of flowers.
“No effort is too small… everything from a jar of wildflowers to an artful arrangement is enough to put a smile on a stranger’s face.”
For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/172681542893049/
Let’s share the power of some flowers today!!!!!!
I have sooooo fallen off the Floral Friday bandwagon! Apologies.
Not much to say about this image other than it’s from the holly tree in our backyard, and it’s a gorgeous, mature specimen we inherited from the prior owner. I’m eternally grateful it’s on our side of the fence; my next door neighbor likes to walk barefoot, and he always complains about how the fallen leaves hurt his feet. I think he’d chop it down if he had the chance.
I won’t lie: I curse like a sailor whenever I get stuck in the fingertip by the leaves when I’m cleaning out the beds underneath this tree, but it’s so beautiful. Worth the temporary pain, I suppose.
Took this image several years ago during a late spring snow, of all things. I love the Kodachrome-esque light.
Confession: when I left my first marriage, there were tears. Many of those tears fell because I mourned things I had left behind. I sometimes cried hardest about my forsaken sage plants. It might sound like a bit of an overreaction, but I was uprooted and I missed things that grounded me – namely plants I had successfully raised (mind you: this was in my “Black Thumb” era. ANY gardening success was hailed as a huge botanical victory in my book). I missed the earthy smell and velvety leaves of my beloved sage.
Fast forward many years: I am resettled and thriving like a happy plant. In establishing my mark on gardens in my new home, one of the first additions to the lineup was salvia officinalis.
Many people don’t enjoy sage outside of seasoning their Thanksgiving stuffing with it, or if they eat a lot of sausage (sage is the magical note in your Jimmy Dean links). I throw chopped sage into mixed greens or (if I’m living on the edge), I like to saute whole sage leaves in browned butter (a simply yummy sauce with which you can coat homemade ravioli!).
Even if you don’t care for the taste or fragrance of sage, you might connect with the plant for many of its other fine qualities: it’s heat and drought tolerant, and it makes a pretty addition to a border.
The above plant caught my eye at a recent plant sale at my local botanical garden. The “run of the mill” sage has pale green, silvery leaves. The “Tricolor” sage has pretty splotches of greens, creams and lavenders. Next May or June, it will send up light blue flowers that will attract butterflies.
What sage likes:
- full sun
- well-drained soil that’s on the dry-side (yes! my little lovely plant is drought-tolerant once it’s established)
You’re getting a glimpse of a little bit of what’s being installed in the front yard.
Someone….not sure if it was the guy who owned the house prior to me, or if it was the guy prior to HIM….at any rate, SOMEONE planted ligustrum (privet) as a foundation plant. Well, let me tell you: after it got away from me and branches bolted up to the second story on more than a couple of occasions, I knew it had to go. Last fall, I got to the “I told you so” point, and I had all seven of them ceremoniously chopped down and the stumps ground. It was cathartic.
The front of our home has a western exposure, and the facade of the house gets blasted by the sun all afternoon. In coming up with a landscape design, I had to take that into account when it came to plant selection.
I’ve been using one of the beds in the backyard as a test bed, since it gets direct sun all day long. I figure if plants survive out there on my neglect (because if you think I’m going out there when it’s hotter than the fire of a thousand suns, you’re dead wrong. I might not even set foot out there from June to August), then they stand a chance of making it in the new beds in the front yard.
These guys made the cut because they love full sun, they adapt to a variety of soil conditions, they attract butterflies and they add some great color to the fall garden.
What asters like
- full sun
- well-drained soil
- to be divided every couple of years
- to have some compost and a bit of mulch layered around them in the spring