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  I have to believe that there is no one on Earth that doesn’t like a garden, because really, what’s not to like: fragrance, color, form, bees, worms, food, flavor, drugs. Of course, there’s also, back-breaking work, dirty finger nails, expense, blackspot, aphids, and just as much chance your hard work won’t come to fruition. […]

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  • William Kendall - If I even tried to seriously garden, I’d end up killing everything I planted.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I don’t believe it. You have such love in your heart. Just look at your photography and writing!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Encouragement even for this black-thumb girl!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - I love the tips and agree, I hate those “tags” that come with my plants. Yes I buy plants/flowers already to put in the dirt because I am way to impatient to wait for seeds, I want instant color and prettiness everywhere. Tip number 9 {clip back the spent flower heads} good one, did not know. I am not a green thumb gal, but I fantasize always about having a beautiful garden and keep purchasing all spring and summer to make sure it stays that way 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Wonderful! Instant satisfaction comes with Annuals (should be clearly marked as such). They only have one season, but often are worth it. Perennials are more pricey but can thrive for many years. To grow from seed you really need an ideal environment that is available in late winter, which means a greenhouse, or one of those covered trays and UV light. Since our winters are so short here in New Orleans, I am lucky enough to be able to sow seeds directly into the soil in February without a greenhouse set-up. I know, I know. I’m lucky. But you’re in WINE COUNTRY! I’d say you have me beat! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - I learned so much.
    Went plant shopping this past weekend and looked for tags that read “resilient.” Those are the plants for me.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - What an informative post. I learned some stuff. The color thing makes total sense now that you mention it. And my growing season is so short on the Mountain that I have to buy plants that are almost grown if I want to see any fruits from my labor. ReplyCancel

  • Diane - You need to write a gardening manual. Seriously. You had me laughing – and seriously considering trying gardening again! Good on ya!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ya think? I’m certainly open to answering questions. God knows I have opinions! Hope you give it another try. If I couldn’t garden, I couldn’t breathe!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Foster - Great post. I live in zone 4 and still waiting for it to warm up. Cant waitReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s been a hard long winter everywhere. My heart goes out to all gardeners that have been cooped-up and dreaming. I’ve gardened in zones 5 (N.E. Ohio) -7 (Nashville) and am currently a 9 (New Orleans), which is so ridiculous because I know I’m a 10. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Vezie Barton - Great informative post. I especially liked the tip of planting closer and cutting down on the weeds. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Lisa Fedele - I love you aside comments! Great info. Almost makes me want to dig in the dirt. Almost, well OK now I need to plant something. Thanks a lot. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - Thanks for the primer, I have garden fever (maybe just flu fever, who knows) and am itching to plant some stuff – shrubs, tress, border grasses, etc. Except I have to wait because we need to install a walkway, which will form the basis for the planting beds. Its always something. Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Karen @BakingInATornado - I don’t do gardens as the soil here is difficult, but I do plant outdoor pots with flowers. I always bought them but one year started them indoors from seeds. What a difference when you get the chance to see that first little bit of green poking through the dirt.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So true. I love the first pokes of green. I time them to see if I can beat the seed package average. This is a problem I have that spreads across all of my life- like seeing if I can beat the caution light at an intersection. Oh brother….ReplyCancel

     Our next door neighbor has a fascinating house, and garden, and life. Don’s a retired English professor, accomplished author, avid environmentalist, and critical martini drinker (the vodka must be freezer chilled and thick). When he is here (Don spends most of his time at ‘The Place’, a large parcel of land he brought […]

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  • rosie k - Your neighbor sounds wonderful…isn’t it amazing when we surround ourselves with intelligent, interesting, artistic people, we become more of what they are?ReplyCancel

  • rosie k - Or I should have said…”They bring out the best in us”…see, I need a Don next door to me~ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - We certainly shared our ideas- and I think, made each one of us a better ‘us’. I know you always inspired me- still do!ReplyCancel

A long leisurely walk around the neighborhood, reaped a conversation with a one-handed older gentleman (who’s godfather was Mussolini- so he said), two tourists looking for Sandra Bullock’s house (I led them the wrong way), I fence crop of purple fava beans (that’s what pockets are for), and a varied abundance of accomplished vining plants. […]

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gris-gris,gre-gre  Webster’s DefinitionA hoodoo talisman. An amulet originating from Africa believed to protect wearer from evil and bring good luck.Cheryl’s DefinitionA really beautiful, sometimes weird, piece of stuff, that my friends bring me to hang over my doors and put in my garden because they know I love weird and I’d never turn away good […]

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  • rosie k - I do believe!! I “smudged” this house as soon as I could..it’s the present-day humans, not the past ones, that worry me. I plan on doing it again just for good vibes!ReplyCancel

It’s a stormy rainy day. We need the wet. We need the excuse to stay indoors for a change. Nice and cozy.    I haven’t ventured into the garden today but a flower found me anyways. I’ve never had much luck with Orchids. They bloom sensuous and sinewy, tempting you from the florist’s window, but then […]

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