life, nature

Greenery Green (and other Colors)

I took a little time away from blogging for the week of the 4th of July and posted without commenting anywhere.

Instead of my usual deep, philosophical posts, I’m back with a lighter topic today.

Do you like flowers? Do you grow any?

When we lived in Florida, gardening was the last thing on our minds. We struggled with even growing grass. We lived inland, and still, the soil there was more like sand. A lot of homes closer to the coast used landscaping stones in place of a lawn. Not that growing grass couldn’t be done, it was just more difficult.

When we moved back home to the Midwest, my husband wanted to try his hand at gardening in real soil like he used to when he grew up in Indiana.

I stay away from his yearly garden. He always does a great job growing my favorite veggies.

I never had luck with indoor plants, so I have no idea why I decided to grow any outdoors. I’m too green! No, not a green thumb. A novice.

One of my favorites are begonias. Our first couple years back home, I planted them along the house. Unfortunately my hands are riddled with arthritis now. I started with arthritis pain in my thirties. The pain is severe now that I’m older.

But I’m not typing this to complain. I just can’t dig in the soil anymore. Instead, I’ve been buying the flowers, planting them in bigger pots and then lining them up next to my hostas.

Something strange happened to my white begonia below.

It looked like there were weeds growing in the pot and choking out the flowers. At closer look, we realized they weren’t weeds at all. There were two grape-tomato plants growing there! How in the world did that happen?

Could the soil I used to re-pot the begonias been leftover from last year’s crop? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Not sure how I might’ve gotten his gardening soil in there, but it’s the only explanation we could come up with.

The hubs took out the tomatoes and they are now growing in his garden. The begonias were left as you see in the picture. They are struggling to come back, but I think they’ll eventually make it.

We also found sunflowers peeking out of the soil where we used to keep a bird feeder. They grow tall, and we needed to remove them. The hubs saved a couple and planted them in a pot.

Like I said. Tall. πŸ‘‰

Ahem. I’m embarrassed to admit that I killed one. I was spraying bug spray around there and got a lot of it on the second flower. πŸ˜•

But the one is thriving. It also has several other buds getting ready to open. You can see two in the pic below.

The yellow is striking against the blue sky. Aside from the bunches of ants that love this plant, the bees love them, too. Can you see the bee below? The bee’s color blends in.

We also tried another new plant. We read a sign at the nursery that said they keep away mosquitos, so we grabbed two without ever reading what they were. We just love how beautifully they flower.

Neither of us are good with the names of plants. I searched (a lot) on the internet and learned they are a Citrus Chrysanthemums. The leaves smell like lemon and the flowers are vivid purple.

We planted one new plant in the front yard. We didn’t check to see what it was when we bought it. Does anyone out there know? I think it’s a hydrangea but I’ve never seen them in this rich pink color before.

Okay, just one more to tell you about. My herbs! I use a lot of basil and oregano when I cook. Below you can see I cut some leaves off. I placed the bowls next to the wrong plant. The larger leaves are the basil.

We dehydrate them, and I use them in my cooking.

Hmm. πŸ€” Which one is which? Thank God I mark the lids. Although I’d likely be able to tell by their smells.

With the way the world is going, food resources may become more and more scarce. Does anyone know what veggies are good for growing in the winter? Maybe we should put up a greenhouse tent.

Do you grow anything in the summer? If so, what? Have you ever tried to grow anything in winter?


24 thoughts on “Greenery Green (and other Colors)”

  1. These are such great photos! Your herbs look great, sure that is nice to have for cooking. And I agree, container plants make gardening a lot easier. You can also move them around if they are not thriving in one area, which is convenient.

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    1. Great point, Joy. Yes, moving the plants to different positions is another plus to having pots. Thank you for your nice comment. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. πŸ™‚


  2. I enjoyed reading this post about your ventures with your garden and trying your luck with growing plants. Nothing wrong with trying at all, and sometimes that can turn out to be a lot of fun. So interesting that two grape-tomato plants were growing in the begonia pot.

    Your basil and oregano plants look so healthy. I was growing basil last summer (summer being in December-February here in Australia) and got many, many basil leaves, enough for a jar of pesto and toppings for many pizzas. It is winter here now and the basil isn’t doing well at all. Hopefully it comes back around later this year. Hope you are enjoying summer and doing well, Lori πŸ™‚

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    1. Hi Mabel! I tried growing my basil indoors in winter, and it didn’t do so well inside either. My friend puts hers in her kitchen window box for sunshine in the winter, but I don’t have a window box. Sounds like you made a lot of yummy dishes with your basil.

      Thank you for reading and for your nice comment. Stay warm out there down under. πŸ’—


      1. That is interesting to hear your basil didn’t do so well in winter. I did try putting my basil plant indoors beside a window this winter, but it seems to be slowly fading away. The basil was fun to grow and nurture while it lasted. I am sure I’ll be growing more basil later this year 😊 Enjoy your summer and warmth ❀

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        1. My friend’s basil did well in a window box. It’s sort of like a mini greenhouse that sticks out from the window and the sun warms the inside. I think that is why hers do so well. Mine was just plopped inside a window where it got mostly heat from the furnace and not so much from warming of the sun. At least that’s what I’m telling myself why that basil didn’t make it. πŸ˜‰


          1. That’s great your friend’s basil did well beside the window. Sometimes plants can surprise you. Sometimes sunshine, and nature, does wonders. Maybe you can try growing basil again next winter. You never know, it can turn out great 😊

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  3. Looks like things are growing well in your garden. I think our plants will finally start to grow some too, now that we have some warmer days at last, but we’re way behind. Your efforts and your husband’s look just great!

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    1. I can’t get over how great things are growing! The flowers amaze me. I suppose it’s because I can’t believe I can grow something. I didn’t take pics of my roses this time, because I’ve put them up in years past. They’re doing great, too! Thanks for reading, Anneli.

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  4. A beautiful garden, Lori, and I like your idea of using flower pots together with your hostas. I’m a flower pot person as well.

    That is definitely a hydrangea plant. Some varieties of hydrangeas change colour depending on how much aluminum is in the soil; pink hues mean that the plant is getting lots of it; blue means that it’s not exposed.

    The citrus chrysanthemum is very pretty and your husband’s veggie garden looks very healthy. When I retire next year I’m going to start with herbs in pots as I haven’t gardened in a few years.

    Winter greenhouses can be very successful. My mother had one and if I remember correctly, grew potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and herbs. As I recall, they take a lot of maintenance, but she loved gardening.

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    1. Thanks for your nice comment and sharing about the veggies. Those veggies I posted here were from another year, but the flowers are from now. My husband’s garden is thriving though. I just didn’t have any veggies to capture at the moment. We’ve been eating Swiss chard and zucchini just about every day because it’s growing so fast. I tried growing herbs in the winter indoors, but I really don’t have any good window spots to put them, so they didn’t make it. I keep trying to talk my husband into some kind of small greenhouse tent for the winter, but so far, no go. I’ll keep trying. 🀞

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        1. My mom LOVES hydrangeas. She said something about the aluminum, too. So I wonder what it is that makes them look pink? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸŒΊ

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  5. Well, you’re certainly a better hand at growing things than I am! I liked your Citrus Chrysanthemums. My daughters can grow small chrysanthemums very well but they certainly didn’t that from me.
    I’m sorry about your arthritis. I guess it takes a lot out of you to do all the gardening and cooking that you do – and yet you get on with it.

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    1. What a kind comment, Caitlynn. You made me think. I suppose you’re right. I do get on with it. I often chide myself for having some limitations. Thank you for reminding me that I still do my part where I can. Hugs. πŸ’—

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