Gardening In A Pine Woods

As far as I can tell, you have to work with what you’ve got. I am still refining my little fenced-in garden on the edge of a grove of pine trees. My mind was made up as soon as I started a new garden: I am not fighting Mother Nature. I will enjoy the deer. Maybe even feed them. 😉 I will work with native plants as far as what goes in the woods. I will make myself fences to have a few things I love, and some food. I will feed the birds and let nature do her thing!

Here are some recent garden photos.

Once inside the fence, this is a very sweet little spot. Butterflies are beginning to visit. I want a very zen ceramic seat to put in here, and a small solar-powered water feature.
A new addition: metal containers and pebbles from the Scrap Exchange for my sedum garden.
Old metal potato chip container. Pebbles from a customer at the shop. Sedum from Home Depot.
Cleome.
This bed is filling in beautifully!
Finally. The perfect place for this antique iron birdbath/planter.

Still hard to believe this “geranium” (Pelargonium) was nearly dead when I purchased it from the clearance shelf.
I think our sun plaque is looking up to see if there will be anymore camellia blooms to fall in his face.

Perhaps I can get a few minutes in my garden this evening. I have green tomatoes! Stay tuned for photos.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

My Little Zen Garden

Happy Winds-day, as Pooh likes to say!  It feels good to get a chance to sit down and catch up here, and I look forward to catching up on all of your posts too, my blog friends.  I have been busy gardening and playing guitar, as usual, including another recent jam with friends.  There is something about playing in a small familiar group that is very nerve-racking to me!  (Or nerve-wracking.  I’ve seen both.  But I digress.) The point being made is that, for me at least, it is often harder to do something so personal in front of very close friends than it is to do in front of a group of strangers.  Playing is very personal.  It is very exposing.  Anyway, I am grateful for the group of friends I have who share this experience with me.

Then there is my garden.  Oh, be still my heart, little places are coming alive in Lynnwood!  I will share the most recent photos of the one fenced-in haven I have.  I am very afraid the tomatoes won’t get enough sun to produce fruit.  They get, I think, about 4 hours of direct sun and then dappled light.  We shall see.  Jason and I are currently outlining new areas that get even more sun.  Next year, or maybe later this season, we will have vegetables there.  For now, we experiment with my one fenced-in spot.  Meanwhile, the deer still visit and eat what they like where they can get to it.

The plant with the dainty white blooms is Euphorbia “Breathless White”

I fell in love with the bright purple pot and the trailing coleus.
The garden is taking shape.
I love this little kitty face that guards the garden gate.

I like unusual items to use for edging. This cement brick was found earlier in the year at the Scrap Exchange.

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

North Carolina Sunrise

Another week has flown! I find myself not having posted for 8 days!

This morning, Jason captured a beautiful North Carolina sunrise with our DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter. That is an affiliate link.  I love Amazon, by the way.  I have Amazon Prime.  The photos are stunning!

Call me a Carolina girl!

So what else has been happening over the last week? I have continued to work on a sweet, tiny sanctuary of a garden in “Lynnwood.” Let me preface my garden photos with this video. This will undoubtedly illustrate for you just how familiar the deer are with folks around here. No fear. Eating everything from native plants to cultivated plants labeled “deer proof.” Deer proof. Yeah, right.

That said, here are some garden photos.

A collapsible twig door. Lots of potted veggies and herbs.
This tiny fenced-in garden will be my haven from the deer. The centerpiece is a new clematis that is heartily trying to grow, but the deer keep eating it! A sweet friend saved my stepping stones from the old house.
With a few bricks from the old house, and a significant token from the foundation of the old house, I have formed a bed in the ground for seeds.
Knowing how perennials fill out, and how structures and pathways give bones to a garden, I know the garden will feel softer and more lush over time. For now, it’s new, and it looks new! Ugh.

I have great plans for this little garden. It gets lots of sun. I am seeing more birds, more butterflies, and I can’t wait to put in a little chair so I can sit in my Zen garden and watch the tomatoes grow! I hope the deer will not jump this fence, but my hope is to expand and heighten a few fenced-in areas to give myself some garden sanctuaries set up on the edge of Lynnwood, a pine garden with a pathway, birds, deer, frogs, and native plants.

In other gardening news…

The blooms are dreamy and perfect.
A beautiful pale pink azalea.
This orchid from Jason is going into its second year. I cannot believe I have nurtured it for this long! It survives and thrives!
A beautiful orchid from my dear Jason. The orchid will soon be two years old (to me).

I hope this week will allow me to post more about day-to-day activities, especially the garden. There’s a gig coming up. I have a lull between classes. Work and family keep me busy. I would love to hear any thoughts you might have on gardening!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Home Depot Flower Shopping

Last night it was raining, but that did not stop Jason and me from going to Home Depot to search for some things we needed.  Of course we ended up in the lawn and garden section.  It was raining out, so we could not get to most of the plants without getting soaked.  I know the plants were loving the rain!  We did get photos of a few plants that we might be able to put into our gardens.  We have a lot of deer who like to visit and eat the plants, so we are slowly composing a list of plants that the deer won’t eat!  That said, I have read and heard that deer will eat anything if they get hungry enough.  So far we have had success with:

  • butterfly bush
  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • iris
  • azalea
  • lamb’s ear
  • dianthus

In the background of all of our daily activities, the kitties make everything more cheery.  Amelia snuggles up to me when I am resting on the couch in the evenings.  Vlad stretches confidently while I am working.

calla lillies
Digitalis
Garden plants at Home Depot
Amelia.
Vlad.

I found an amazing iron bed frame that is going to make a great flower BED. Not sure where it will end up, but for now it is heading up some plants that were sweetly given to me by Henny Penny. And a potted yew that had been at the shop for a year needed to come home and get repotted. It was nearly completely root bound.

yew

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

The Magical Garden: I Shall Never Get Tired of Plants and Garden Whimsy

A few photos from the little whimsical garden outside my shop, Sidetracked:

A planter full of sedums.

Bottles sit atop metal posts.
Bottles in the garden.
A stack of this and that.

I will close with a few photos taken from an antique photograph in the shop currently. There was no information on the back of the photograph, but I sure wish there had been!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn