Raptures of Serenity

How beautiful is the morning sunlight as it warms the trees with its dappled light and hues many.  I am in raptures of serenity, beauty and peace.  Oh there is such a place as this in the Promise Gardens for delights of body, soul and spirit . . . take inspiration my friends, create an oasis for your morning joy and daytime repose.  Come walk with me through my gardens and then we will rest awhile and read the poets . . . _jacy

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“IN the grey summer garden I shall find you
With day-break and the morning hills behind you.
There will be rain-wet roses; stir of wings;
And down the wood a thrush that wakes and sings.
Not from the past you’ll come, but from that deep
Where beauty murmurs to the soul asleep:
And I shall know the sense of life re-born
From dreams into the mystery of morn
Where gloom and brightness meet. And standing there
 Till that calm song is done, at last we’ll share
 The league-spread, quiring symphonies that are
Joy in the world, and peace, and dawn’s one star.”*

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* Idyll by Siegfried Sassoon

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Window Views and Rainy Days

It’s Monday in the Promise Gardens but three days of soaking rain have left much undone.  The “always-much-needed” rain for gardens to truly grow beautifully has weighed down the roses, peonies and flowering plants to the ground so we will have tons of maintenance to do when the sunshine and dry ground returns.  The colors enhanced from the rain and the trees getting a huge drink is a blessing we hasten for sunshine soon.  So then, I will admire my window views until I am loosed to return to enjoy a turn in the gardens again.

Rainy Day Promise Gardens

This image was shot from an interior window with iPhone and that fun Camera Awesome App, a must-have for your iPhone.

Veggie Cart for Two

Good Morning Gardeners!  It’s a beautiful morning here in the Promise Gardens and perfect for tending and watching plants grow.  The birds are chirping, bees buzzing, sun shining, water rippling, puffy clouds and gorgeous color everywhere.  The rains have been magnificent providing growth of the grapevines, strawberries, herbs, veggies and more!  A delight indeed!

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Isn’t this cute?  It is my newest planter.  We have two of these carts* which are fabulous for gardening.  I decided to use one for my kitchen garden this year filling it with squash and cucumber plants.  The choice was either a deck raised bed or the large containers and I opted to use this cart for a fun punch of color and funky look.  The neat thing is the sides of the cart come down so I have the option to open them and allow the plants travel if needed.  The beauty of the cart is you don’t have to deal with wire, plastic netting and the like to keep the critters out.  Since we are planting veggies for two, it’s perfect.  The how-to is below.

VEGGIE CART

1.  Layer with landscape cloth, punch random holes for extra drainage.
2. Attach landscape cloth with plastic ties that lock.
3.  Attach arbor, flat tomato cage, wire, pallet, etc. for plants to climb.  I used the 3-pane box wire folded into thirds.
4.  Plant each veggie in large pot (or fill cart with soil and plant accordingly).
5.  Watch the veggies grow and oh my yum they are delish!**

This is a very easy way to grow veggies just outside the kitchen door.  Like herbs, you need them close by to use and tend.  This is also an easy garden for those with small and limited space.

Watch the blog for posts with new ideas, plantings, garden décor and more.  Have a happy and creative gardening day!

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* Garden carts are available at Lowes, Home Depot and Tractor Supply.
**  The rain fell for two days and I shot this image with my iPhone after.  I was shocked to see the plants had doubled in size and there are already 3 squash popping out!  Amazing!

Beautiful Container Gardens

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It’s “Beautiful Container Garden” time now that the weather has warmed for those luscious annuals and colorful annuals/tropicals. This image serves as fun new inspiration in the gardens. I have included my former “Beautiful Container Gardens” post as well for our new gardening friends. Get inspired from the Southern Living Container Gardening link for your new containers. There is much to be gleaned there. Our new ones are forthcoming on the blog when rain and wind stop to design them. Have a happy container hunt and design!   Be sure to read my post below for tips and more.

Do you love container gardening?  Looking for a way to beautify your gardens with your favorites and keep the critters out?  Do you have limited garden space?  If you answered yes to these questions, consider the wonderful ways you can dress up your gardens, porch, deck, patio and more with a plethora of different plants and flowers in containers.  I have always loved them because I love vases filled indoors and urns outdoors so they were a sure bet for me in my Promise Gardens.  I have everything in them from roses, flowering shrubs, perennials, annuals, tropicals and more.  In the summer, I fill large containers with tomato, squash, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and herbs.  All of these plants and vegetables grow beautifully and they are easy to water, feed and protect from disease and insects.  They are just the best and their use and creativity is limitless.

This container and its twin sit in “pie-shaped” twin gardens on each side of my porch stairs.  They contain floribunda roses, perennials, annuals, grasses, trailing vines and many other plants.  Each year I choose different plants and create a new look for the season and transfer the previous years plants to the main Promise Gardens to spread and supply me with future container plants.  It is pure joy to create and photograph them and during our flower and garden show to share them with friends and family.

One of the first questions I am asked about the containers when folks come to visit the gardens or see photographs of them is “how do I create them?” and where can they learn to do it.   I share my favorite books and sites with them (see links on tab above).  My favorite container gardening book is P. Allen Smith’s “Container Gardening” and was the inspiration for my twin containers above.    You can visit his website to see photos, videos and recipes for container gardening.  The book is a “must-have” for your gardening bookshelf and will inspire you to create beautiful containers for your home and gardens.

We will be sharing many of our container photographs and recipes over the seasons.  Be sure and come back and visit us.  Happy Container Gardening!

Spring Garden Inspiration

It’s here!! First comes a little warm weather and then the “I want, I want, and I want” design inspiration ideas for the 2013 Promise Gardens. HGTV Gardens has the scoop on garden benches. Where would I put another bench you ask? In gardening, there is always another spot to fill!

p.s. Remember? These were my colors last year…are the behind? 8o))

Photo Credit: HGTV