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Aromatherapy in the backyard June 16, 2005 1:50 PM

It is only June 16th and I'm amazed at the wonderful fragrances in the garden. The dill which has self-seeded through the garden provides a wonderful smell that is so cleansing. The mint is invigorating and the lavender and chamomile just remind me to breathe in the peace. I always enjoy the varied smells that the different lettuces have - some are oakey smelling and others are gentle and lemony. Speaking of lemony - I think one of my favorite herbs is lemon balm. It makes a great tea but I just like to rub it between my thumb and finger and get it to spread that beautiful, clean lemon smell. The petunias and alyssum really create an evening of fragrance magic when I sit near the planters in the evening. I forgot to plant nicotiana this year so perhaps I'll make a dash to the garden center and find some room in a planter. So for today - I can just relax - breathe in and enjoy. Anyone care to join me? What fragrances are enticing in your backyard?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Not much coming up here! June 16, 2005 10:37 PM

Due to a wet cool spring, very little is coming up in my flower garden. I planted calendula, and morning glories and they came up, but a bit sparce! The basil is finally up, and a few have put out their second leaves. The rose that we planted this spring has a bud about to open! I planted nicotania for the first time ever. (Since you have grown it before, can you tell me what the seedlings look like? I have been very carefully pulling the grass and clover and other weeds that I recognize, but am afraid to pull anything till it gets up far enough that I can recognize it for sure!) My mom's allysum and dianthus are blooming, but this is the first year for us in this house, so nothing but weeds were in the flower beds. How I wish that we had blooms already! Hugs! Trish  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Nicotiana and other stuff June 20, 2005 9:26 AM

Trish, I'm not sure what the seedings look like - the plant has soft, stems that are delicate but I have to confess that I always buy them in the little plastic plant containers. In fact most of my flowers this year came from the garden center. I'm blessed to have a good choice of reasonably priced green houses. My luck with flowers seeds is sporadic. Marigolds, Zinnias, Galardia, Daisies, Echinacia - they are all growing well. I was excited to see flowers on the peas this weekend. I got my veggie garden in late this year. Do you grow sunflowers? They are one of my favorite flowers. They just make me happy. I have planted different types for the last few years and all of a sudden their not coming up as well. Any recommendations? Blessings!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Hmmm June 23, 2005 10:42 PM

Have you fertilized them? I watched a show about a guy that grows prize winning sunflowers. He gave them quite a bit of organic fertilizer. If you have been growing your sunflowers in the same spot several years in a row, perhaps the soil needs a little boost. Hope that helps! I planned to plant some sunflowers this year, but somehow the seeds were not ordered. Guess I'll just have to take a drive in the country and admire the ones growing wild this year! I was planning to grow them along the chain link fence that divides our driveway from our neighbor. They get so tall and lush I thought that they would hide the fence rather quickly!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
The Sunflowers and fertilizer June 28, 2005 2:07 PM

It could be that I'm not fertilizing enough so I will be putting down more organic and inorganic things in my fall preparation. I appreciate the reminder. Now how about the weeds? Yikes they are getting as tall as my sunflowers - well okay not that tall but thick. I have hoed and hoed and hoed (is that a word?)- sounds like Santa - and those weeds just pop up - I'm going to try putting straw down tonight - hope it doesn't kill the flowers roots.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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