Fabulous Flowers: A Gardener’s Dirty Tale

442  Welcome to Fabulous Flowers, one gardener’s perspective on flowers, shrubs, trees, vegetables, and herbs. My passion for gardening and love for all flowers is overflowing my property lines, and so, I’m expanding my gardening here, to talk about plants I love and share tips and tricks I’ve learned.

My garden contains mostly perennials. When my husband and I moved into our home, our neighbor was very kind and graciously gave us many perennials when she divided her plants. Through the years, I’ve added to her generous starting push! I try to purchase a few new (to me) perennials every year, and when it’s time to divide, I try to give to others and share the kindness our neighbor shared with us.

I also love container gardening! We have a large yard, but most of it is septic in the back. For this reason, I grow most of my vegetables in containers. In addition, despite the high cost, I love filling my pots with tropical plants that aren’t really meant for zone 5. My goal is to bring them into the house and save them for next year. So far, I’ve had varying degrees of success with this. Still, I love them, and I will keep trying! While this may prove I’m not the brightest flower in the garden, at the very least, it does display my persistence and a longing for beautiful, unusual, and unique plants.

In the last year, the combinations of my allergies and MCS have forced me to reevaluate my life and to begin making different, hopefully better, choices. One of those choices involves organic gardening, and growing more of my own food. And, of course, avoiding pesticides on my plants and in my yard.  I’m learning there are much better ways to deal with these issues anyway. I’m hoping my garden will continue to grow in new and healthier ways and provide a safe, healthy, healing sanctuary.

Stick around and grow with me—I’m always open to new plants, ideas, and design!

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