Come join me on my dream garden for a summer garden walkthrough! So much has been transforming in the garden, I have been growing plants non stop. Every day in the morning I start with a cup of coffee, sit and relax to absorb the garden air. In truth, my evenings end up in the garden also and when the weather is just perfect, a nice fire rolling.
Growing Food and Flowers is a possibility, even in a small urban home. It is time for a stroll to check what is happening within every inch of the dream garden. Let’s look at the flowers, what food I have been growing and what is coming next!
Do you do the same?
Best time of the day!
Maybe one day I will place a baby monitor on different parts of my garden, so I can get quick looks at my babies when I wake up in the middle of the night.
Take time to enjoy the Dream Garden.
I think that is the next thing to be sold, plant monitors for plant mamas!
Bring it! There you go, somebody make it happen.
One of the things that have been an advantage is that it is a sun garden. Having 4 hours or more of sun really helps everything grow much faster, especially when you go from lawn to garden. Check out my post on ‘Steps to ‘Convert a Yard into a Garden’. READ HERE!
The Garden Beds on the narrow on the entryway are flourishing!
I love growing on grow bags, they are fantastic!
The Season Begins
Gardening is my hobby and this past 3 years it has become my passion. I have always loved gardening and have lived around the country, learning about the different plants that grow best on some of those regions.
This is my main and most important advice for you if you want a Dream Garden! It is so important you understand what grows in your zone, it will save you a lot of headaches and prevent you from loosing plants in the garden. See link for the USDA to find your zone.
Check out ‘Xmas Mood / Cozy up with Tea and a Flower’ for more about what is happening this Christmas. READ HERE!
I Fell in Love Hard
Getting the allium bulbs planted in the spring was when I realized how immensely excited I was about these beauties. The spring is where the hard work began.
I wait for the failures until after my coffee. Yes, I fail at times, like everyone. Gardening is not a perfect sport, you are going to be impacted by so many things, weather, pests, soil, ‘YOU’.
Many times it’s ME!
A great way and opportunity to learn.
And then, well, I fell in Love even Harder!
My dahlia garden was next! Did I tell you I got 70 dahlia tubers?!
Creating a Dahlia Garden
I know, but I can explain!
We have been searching for land to do micro farming, mostly flowers and some chickens. Well, okay, maybe a couple of goats.
I won’t tell Frank if you don’t.
Most Critical to Consider when planting Dahlias.
Let me tell you about some of the few most critical things to consider when planting your Dahlias in your Dream Garden:
- Use bamboo poles to mark the spacing carefully. You can also do twine, but for my small garden the bamboo was perfect.
- For spacing use the following: Dinnerplate dahlias were spaced 9″ to 12″ apart; Small Flowering dahlias 2′ apart and Taller dahlias 3′ apart. I did mine pretty tight since I have such little space.
- Plant bulb with the eye facing the top.
- If the eyes are too small, place a little soil and as it grows begin to add soil. The eye of the Dahlia needs to be exposed to light in order to grow.
- Pinch the Dahlias once they have reached about a foot tall to produced more branches and so the trunk will not be hollow, it will get solid inside and much stronger.
- When space is an issue, you can place two dahlias in one hole, but make sure they face away from each other.
- I plan to start staking mine as soon as they reach 3′ to support them. For this I use either Bamboo Poles or a wood stake and twine.
An Impact Worth Having!
I cannot wait until they all start blooming!
Trying to be patient, but it is so hard!
Have you read, ‘HELP! My DAHLIAS are not blooming! / MY FAVORITES!’. READ HERE!
Where it all began! The pond!
This water feature is the highlight of our garden. So much work to accomplish this! If you want to see more about where it all started and the transformation, read my post ‘Steps to Convert a Yard into a Garden’. READ HERE!
I can’t begin to explain how much life comes into a garden when you have a water feature.
More than that, your summer walkthroughs become even more special with the amazing sound of the water.
Bring Life and Color to your Pond.
And nature comes alive!
Sweet Peas Anyone? Everyone is Going Crazy for them.
This is my first year growing sweet peas and growing them from seed has been just amazing. Every single time I do my summer walkthrough, I remember how long they have taken to see the first few flowers, but they are so worth waiting for!
What about some of the Food in the Garden you Say?
Well, let me show you some of what I am growing!
I have been growing a lot of salad green and have had a salad every single day, just about, for the past 8 weeks!
The taste is outstanding!!!
The hoops you see, I use at the beginning as the seedling grows and get strong. Take a look at my post ‘Four Easy Steps to a Garden Cover DIY’. READ HERE! This changes the game, I was successful in protecting my babies.
Have you added nasturtiums to your garden? You need to!
The flowers are delicious and you can make other dishes with the leaves.
The amount of different colors available makes it even more fun!
Learn how to grow save tomato seeds on my blog post, HOW TO SAVE TOMATO SEEDS FOR NEXT YEAR FOR BEGINNERS! READ HERE!
SALAD GREENS AND HERBS
Nothing better than not having to buy vegetables in the market. Mainly for the money, but even more because the taste is just beyond!
I didn’t buy lettuce for 8 weeks and had a salad at lest 5 days a week for dinner.
What can I tell you, I am on a diet! Quarantine!
Seriously, so easy to grow Nasturtiums and lettuce. Add a few pistachios and wow!
Another favorite has been my miniature white cucumbers. They are small, but so sweet, just delicious.
I definitely will be planting more cucumber plants to get more every couple of days, maybe 8 plants total. Why, because these, I just eat right away. Who can wait for pickling?!
If you want to add some delicious pickled red onions, see my post for a ‘Delicious and Easy Pickle Onion Recipe with Herbs’ READ HERE!
I need to learn to pace myself.
I am so glad that I took the time and care to get the soil prepared prior to beginning. This has made a huge difference in the growth of all of the garden and even battling the crazy weather we have had.
Healthy soil, healthy plants!
Check out my post on ’10+ FAVORITE Gardening Tools for a Better Experience’, to learn about the soil and amendments that I use to prepare for planting. READ HERE!
This pepper is amazing! My favorite! The color is so fun, but don’t eat it until it turns more green to taste the sweetness. Otherwise, when purple, it is bland.
This runner bean is so amazing! It grows very quickly once it takes off.
My Absolute Favorite Plant Right now in my Garden!
I can’t begin to explain how much I love this hydrangea! She is a symbol of the transition from Spring to Summer.
This is it for me, magical. But to be honest, every stage of this beauty is amazing.
I have to tell you a little about this blue beauty, just in case you run out and buy a blue hydrangea.
Heck, I don’t blame you if you do!
The color comes from the soil they are grown in. Even if you get a blue hydrangea, make sure you are keeping the soil acidic. You can achieve this in several ways;
- Find a fertilizer specific for keeping your hydrangea blue. This is the easiest way.
- Keep the soil PH Low by adding peat moss to the soil, organic mulch, such as pine needles or pine bark.
- Add aluminum sulfate through the growing season.
Don’t go crazy adding things to lower the PH, test the soil to make sure or you can deal with health issues in your plant.
Turning a hydrangea from pink to blue takes a couple of seasons, it does not happen overnight. Sorry to give you the bad news! Keep in mind that also, if your soil is natural high on PH, you are not going to change that, the hydrangea will remain pink.
For more on organizing and getting the most information about your plants check out ‘Organizing ideas diy | Plant Tag Hacks’. READ HERE!
I am not sure which one this is, but it may be the Hydrangea Macrophylla “Let’s Dance, Rave Hydrangea”
Hydrangea Changing Colors through the Seasons
In late spring the blooms begin to show and as soon as summer start you can see a show of amazing colors! From pink to lavender and then the strong, deep purple hue. This hydrangea likes part shade, mine does okay with some heat, but in the afternoon it has shade.
Another favorite Hydrangea in my Dream Garden that is blooming right now is the tree by the pond. It is spectacular!
I am also loving my hydrangea tree. I had to show you!
This tree is only a year old and it is already giving me so many flowers.
SWEET DREAM GARDEN!
This Dream Garden Walkthrough was so much fun. It is amazing to see on the screen what is growing.
Journal with me your garden so we can see how you grow and achieve such amazing harvests.
Tell me all about it!
Hoping that you have enjoyed seeing the different things happening right now in the garden. I would love to hear from you what type of things you would like to see.
What is exciting you the most in your dream garden?
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