Before we went on vacation this summer, in an attempt to save all my plants, I placed every plant that was in a pot underneath the live oak tree in the backyard. We were also trying to save the St. Augustine grass that my husband had sodded last year, by saturating it with water before we left town. We also learned that a tree can absorb water from the lawn. So we watered to save the lawn, the tree and most importantly, the foundation of the house. I have never really liked any landscaping I tryed to do in the past, but this arrangement of flowers has made me happy. Many of the flowers were bought from the rack of nearly dead plants from gardening centers. Some, like the vinca flowers and marigolds were planted from seed and though they are annuals, they manage to come back every year. The only principle I followed was to put the tallest plants in the back and put the running vine plants along the edges. The impatiens and begonias are the only flowers I do not plan to plant again because they require too much water and shade. However, I was surprised by the fragrance of the tiny white flowers. They remind me of honey suckles that bloom in the spring.
Welcome to my gardening blog. My father passed to me a love for gardening. I wanted to share this passion with my girls, so they would know the origin of their food. (not the local grocery store). So, I dedicated myself to giving them what my father gave me; and if I can inspire someone to garden, the reward is even greater.