Dianne Venetta, thank you
for organizing this blog hop!
As I type this, there is still snow on the landscape beyond my window--sigh--but I am dreaming of the time when I can finally push my fingers into the earth and start growing things. In Alberta, that is usually on or after the Victoria Day long weekend, which is in late May. At least my spring bulbs should be up before then!
|After Annie's move|
to Morning Lake, she
dreams about the
her garden too!
We moved into this home in the summer of 2012, but that first year we concentrated on the interior of the house and last year we had a tree stump that fought valiantly to stay as a permanent fixture in our yard. I hate to think of how many hours it took us to deal with that obstinate stump! So this year will be all about the garden and I can't wait!
For the last few weeks, I have been pouring over gardening books and starting seeds. Although there are a few trees in the yard, I consider it a largely blank canvas, which is perfect for me! I love it! I've already done a plan, to scale, with a few different garden concepts. (Now I sound like Annie, the heroine of Annie's Christmas Plan ... I wonder how that could happen. LOL) I love this stage--oh, right, I already said that, didn't I? Anyway, this brings me to my first gardening tip.
Gardening Tip #1:
Plant your perennials, shrubs
and trees as if they are their mature size
from the very beginning.
Give them space to grow and be healthy!
There are a few things I know I will plant in my garden. I'll have raspberries, vegetables, herbs, peonies, hollyhocks, day lilies, bell flowers, blue sage ... well, the list could go on and on. And this planning stage brings me to my second gardening tip:
Think about the color wheel when selecting
your plants and choosing homes for them.
Planting complementary colors close
to one another to give your planting bed
a little zip.
a little zip.
But, I never plan everything. (Come to think of it, I write my books the same way.) If the house, the trees and the fence are the body of the garden, and my perennials and shrubs are the clothing, then annuals are the accessories--and I never chose my accessories until I'm dressed and ready to run out the door.
Similarly, I choose my annuals when I arrive at the nursery. Some people always select the same annuals, even choosing the same colors, every year. I used to walk by a garden that always had a border of pink geraniums and petunias. Every year. Although that garden always brought a smile to my face, I won't be doing that in my space. It is like painting my toenails--I will paint them a strikingly different color every time. Because, well, why not?
I love going into the nursery and seeing plants I do not recognize. At first glance, I'm not always sure some are even all that pretty, but they are unusual. They are weird. And I want them in my garden.
They are a dash of the unexpected.
People ask what the plants are, and I never remember their names (shame on me), but I love that people engage with me about them.
Gardening Tip #3
Step out of your comfort zone and find a wacky,
unusual annual to introduce into your garden this year.
Have fun with it!
ANNIE'S CHRISTMAS PLAN (Morning Lake, Book 2)
And, she certainly hadn't anticipated her sexy new neighbor, John Quinn, changing her carefully constructed plans.
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What is your favorite garden "accessory"?