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summer lavender

Does anything smell better than a summer stroll through lavender? It’s taken a learning curve for me to grow it—bright sunlight and the right kind of soil. It likes its own space, Lavenderdoesn’t like to be crowded into a pot or a flower bed. I guess you could say it doesn’t like to share. But what I’ve discovered is to prune, prune, prune. Deadhead all the brown stuff and do it quickly, otherwise the part that’s just bloomed and wilted will take over your entire plant(s). As for the soil, I was told to add in limestone or sand to let it drain, drain, drain. So don’t spend years making the same mistakes I made. With a little research you can come up with the right mix to grow lavender. Just remember it doesn’t like to be neglected. But when it blooms, the fragrance is well worth the fuss. And you can’t beat the purple color that invariably brightens up a spot where white daisies and hydrangeas thrive. If you’re hesitant to grow lavender, take the plunge. What used to be a failure in the garden, is now a summer staple for me. I love the aroma. For that alone, I make the extra effort.

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A garden is a grand teacher

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
―Gertrude Jekyll

Looking for a romantic setting? Look no farther than a garden. It holds  so much promise of romance, magic, and splendor. The sights, the smells, the ambiance. Picnics in your own backyard. Set the mood. Make it festive. Make it romantic. Here are few ideas to get your started. More can be found on my Pinterest board.

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Source: theirongate.blogspot

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Source: JannelsonLandscapeDesign.com

 

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Source: LovelyReveriesBlogspot.com

 

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Source: TheBerry.com

 

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