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Spring Garden Design

Another Year! Beautiful new additions to the @PromiseGardens.  This post bears repeating!  We are excited for the gardening season as we see spring bulbs popping out of the ground and buds on flowering trees.  These colors are wonderful and helpful as we create the color for our design this year in our annuals and container gardening.  We like the pinks, purples, whites with various hues of light green for this year’s plan.  Looking at images of flowers, strolling through garden centers and perusing flower catalogs are a great way to create your spring garden palette.

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Spring Garden Planning

It’s that time again gardening friends to plan your gardens for 2019 season.  We are creating many new garden beds, moving plants to new locations and the favorite part of it all is choosing beautiful new plants from the plethora of gorgeous ones available to us.  This year we will be adding to our four rose gardens new antique, English and modern roses with colorful new borders.  For our original Promise Garden on the rock hill where Lydia lives and oversees, we will plant many new flowering bulbs and low-growing flowering ground covers.  This are  just a few of the additions to the 2019 Promise Gardens so an inspiration storyboard was in order.  As all good gardeners say, “it is never too early to plan for our gardens” and “you can never have too many garden beds and flowers.”  We wish you inspiration and happy planning your gardens for 2019!  #Jacy JoyPals  #PromiseGardens

Thanks to all of our gardening friends for their inspirational photos.

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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.”*

~ ~ ~

* Idyll by Siegfried Sassoon

Photography:  Copyright, JayJacy Photography ©2013 All Rights Reserved for Promise Gardens

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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.

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

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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.


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!

* 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!