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A No Kill Flower (My Favorite Kind)

Welp, I’ve found my favorite flower. And why is it my favorite? Because I’ve had it for 3 years and it’s still alive. (I’ve got high standards.)

Dying to know what my resilient mystery flower is?

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Clematis!

We inherited these purple pretties when we moved in and they have bloomed bright and beautiful every single year. I have literally NEVER touched them. Not so much as a single drop of water (they are exposed to rain). They’re planted in the front of our house and they get direct sunlight  in the morning and shade in the afternoon.

I have no idea if that’s the ideal setting for a clematis, but it’s definitely working for ours! Now, I’m sure if you planted them in a place where they got no sun and no exposure to rain, you could probably manage to kill them…so don’t do that, mmkay?

And here’s a fun fact: another name for these is Traveller’s Joy. Sweet, right?

Do you guys have a favorite low-maintenance flower? Something that’s impossible to kill? And keep in mind, I’ve killed succulents you guys…

 

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Tree Huggin’

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  • April 23, 2013

Yesterday marked 1 month since we welcomed Lil’ Dude to our world. Cue the tears. From me, not him. Oh no, our mister is allll smiles!

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And on top of that, it was Earth Day! So to celebrate both occasions, we got our tree-plant on.

I love the idea of taking a picture of Roarke next to the tree every year on his birthday to see how they both grow. I chose a Dogwood tree for sentimental reasons. My grandfather was the developer of the neighborhood I grew up in, Dogwood Estates so they’ve always held a special place in my heart! Plus, they’re gorgeous!!

roarke's tree

Now, I’m definitely not a gardening expert so I won’t even try to offer up any tips. I’m just praying our tree doesn’t die.

Did you guys do anything special to celebrate Earth Day?

 

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Workin’ On My Green Thumb

This post is long overdue, considering the events took place Mother’s Day weekend…but better late, than never right?!

I mentioned that when my mom was up here over Mother’s Day, that we did a little gardening so I wanted to share with you guys!

I am pretty clueless when it comes to gardening. I have a black thumb, a black hand, and a black forearm. I have no idea what flowers work best for where I live, I always forget to water them, and I never remember to pull my planters in before it freezes. But with the help of my gardening guru (my sweet mom), we were able to pick out a few nice flowers, and finally make sense of the landscaping in our front yard!

I don’t have a before picture for you guys (bad blogger, I know) but just trust that it was ugly. Picture overgrown plants and weeds EVERYWHERE. It was seriously out of control. The first thing we did was trim back the princess spirea bush that was already planted. It had basically taken over the entire section of our landscaping by our sidewalk and was choking out all the other plants that we already planted there. We trimmed it back by at least 35-40% and it still looks huge. Apparently, these things are growing monsters!

Lucy is our version of a garden gnome.

Then it was on to planting some new things! I bought two planters: one to sit on our front porch and one to put in the flower bed underneath our front window. For the one on the porch, we planted some pretty orange-y pink begonias. I’m in LOVE with the color! It makes me feel like a live in a tropical oasis 🙂

For the flower bed below our front window, we put a planter filled with purple and yellow calibrachoa right in the middle and planted two hostas on the sides. The previous owners had some other grassy plant in this spot (which hubby had totally mowed over) so we also left those in their places, hoping they would grow back into something good. And I’m happy to report that they are! I have no clue what they are, but they have these really cute lilac colored flowers on then every now and then. Happy surprise!

So here’s a few tips I picked up during my first real gardening adventure:

1) Put a layer of rocks in the bottom of your planters. It helps with drainage, and you don’t have to buy as much potting soil. Double bonus!

2) Hedge clippers are your friend. I never cut back the princess spirea bush because I was afraid I would hurt it somehow. Turns out, you really can’t hurt it! So trim away, my friends. No, seriously..trim that thing or it will take over your life.

3) Read the tags! They offer helpful tips about how to care for your flowers (how much water, partial vs. full sunlight, etc).

4) Water, water, and water some more! This one’s kind of a no-brainer, but it was always the hardest part for me. So, for the first couple weeks, I set a reminder on my phone at the same time every day to go out and water the plants. And now it’s my after-work routine!

Anyone else been doing any gardening? Do you have any more tips for this novice gardener?

{Sidenote: Big thanks to Jenny at DIYNewlyweds for featuring the art I made with our wedding photo. Hop on over and check it out!}

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Going Green

This post brought to you by Scotts®. All opinions are 100% mine.

The warm weather has me itching to do some landscaping around our house. The only problem? I have a black thumb. I know zilch about gardening..don’t even know where to begin. It goes without saying that I need all the help I can get to try and keep my flowers alive.

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So when I got an offer to receive a sample of the new Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix, I said, “Yes, please!” Just listen to all of its’ benefits:

-Up to 3x the Flowers and Veggies (versus native soil)

-Significantly improves soil for multiple years

-Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3X when water is added

-Feeds for up to 6 months

-All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil

Pretty awesome, right? The part that I love is that actually improves my soil. That way when I kill my first batch of flowers (it’s inevitable people), I can come back next year and plant more and the soil will still be healthy! Woop!! It also doesn’t hurt that it feeds for up to 6 months because there is no way I would remember to add it more often than that.

So here’s the exciting part, readers. I have one free sample to give away to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post in the next 7 days, and I will pick the winner at random. Go on, comment..you know you want to!

PS – This is my first official giveaway..exciting!

 

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