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Bloom Where You Are Planted

It's in the upper-80's here (about 30º C) and I'm spending every possible minute outside, working in the garden. I am working to make a more abundant garden this year, with more food and flowers than ever before.

While the front yard is a white garden, the backyard is where I plant flowers of several colors. I can see most of these from inside the house as I look out the windows.

March View From the Door The Prudent Homemaker

Daffodils in the Garden The Prudent Homemaker

The daffodils are in bloom along with several of the fruit trees.  They smell wonderful.

March Sunrise 1 The Prudent Homemaker

I am loving the pink from my peach trees. I am hoping to see lots more color in the garden later this year, as I have planted both pink and yellow rose bushes and seeds for poppies, larkspur, and zinnias.

March Daffodils in the Garden The Prudent Homemaker


March Miniature Daffodils The Prudent Homemaker

The miniature daffodils I planted around the circle have come up. They are teeny tiny.

March Sensation Lilac The Prudent Homemaker

I added a new lilac bush to my garden this spring, which doesn't require any chilling hours. It's called Sensation. I like having some purple in the back of the bed. The violet-crowned hummingbird that I have been seeing in the garden this spring has already found this new bush.

March Pots The Prudent Homemaker

This corner is full of nasturtium flowers, and you can see more of the miniature daffodils, which I planted in all of the large pots on the patio. Nasturtiums are one of the least expensive ways to add flowers to the garden; you can buy seeds just about everywhere, they spread out (and down) and they reseed readily. You can collect seeds to plant next year if you don't get enough volunteers, or if you just want more to plant in more places. As a bonus, both the flowers and leaves are edible.

March White Bench The Prudent Homemaker

I really enjoy the birdsong while I am out working in the garden. 

I'm planting more flower seeds today. I hope to have many more flowers out here later this year!

March Bee on Pear Blossoms The Prudent Homemaker


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  • Holly March 17, 2017

    Lovely. My sister and her ten-year-old have been on a quick road trip to Michigan from western Arizona to visit mom (and to tow a travel trailer home when her hubby flies in at the end of the week). She is white-knuckling it through the mixed precipitation of northern Indiana after having completed two days of 900-plus miles each day. My 10-year-old nephew was attempting to build a snowman out of the two inches or so of snow on the edge of a McDonald's parking lot a few minutes ago. We're hoping he gets to play in the snow that is supposed to fall here this afternoon. The weather here is SUCH a contrast to the weather where you live. Your photos of your garden are lovely and I like how the bed of chard fits beautifully into your landscaping.

  • Anne March 17, 2017

    The pictures of your garden were a perfect pick- me- up on this gray day! I find your garden advice so inspirational, thank you.

  • Rhonda A. March 17, 2017

    Lilacs are one of my absolute favourite flowers! Historically, it was very common in Southern Ontario for farms to use lilac bushes on farms to create a wind break from the open fields. So every spring, there are a large abundance of these wonderful perfumed flowers everywhere in white, pale pink, dark pink and purple. We have a bunch of lilac bushes around the pioneer village, too. Every spring all the female interpreters cut flowers from to make arrangements for our historic buildings. Their amazing scent is so strong, it permeates through the entire building! Those Victorians really knew their flowers, that's for sure.

    Thanks for sharing your photos with us. For those of us living in winter wonderlands, it gives us hope spring really is on it's way!!!:D

  • Cathi March 18, 2017

    Rhonda, thank you for the memories! I grew up in Ontario on a farm and there was a HUGE ..grove of lilacs on it. I used to play in it in the spring and the summer. The lilacs were so old they were more like trees than bushes and the flowers were so high from the ground I could play on the ground (or read!) and hear the buzzing of the bees above me.
    Lilacs bring back such fond memories for me that the 2 lilac bushes outside the bedroom windows were one of the reasons I bought the house we live in.

  • Athanasia March 20, 2017

    That's popular here too. There a long rows of them where ever you drive in the country, usually grown up into trees. Driving along with the windows open you can smell the lovely lilac smell. Too early here though. We planted bush ones along one side of our drive. They are about 4 ft tall.

  • Jenni@DitchingOurDebt March 17, 2017

    I am curious about your fruit trees and how you have garden beds around them. Is there a certain distance you have to keep the other plants from the trees, and what kinds of plants do you put in there?

  • I don't plant them at the base of the trees.

    I have planted Swiss chard, artichokes, and squash in those beds. They do need sun (though chard can grow with lots less) so I don't want them right under the trees or they won't grow as big (plus I want to not steal nutrients from the trees and I need to be able to get my ladder under the trees for harvesting). We have sun almost every day of the year, but when the trees are full of leaves they do shade part of the garden for different times of the day.

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood March 17, 2017

    I love this post and your pictures! So inspiring! And I love that you're mixing vegetables with the flowers. (Are those carrot tops next to the mini daffodils? And chard with roses or some other bush? So clever!)

    I've been trying to get my balcony garden started inside (as it's minus 14 Celsius outside), and have forced some tulips and crocuses (only the tulips have bloomed so far and they're beautiful! ) indoors. I've bought my seeds and planned my garden, to grow rainbow chard, French breakfast radishes (because they grow down and use less space, as you pointed out once), lettuce, peas (on a customizable wire trellis that I will attach to a wall), carrots, parsley, basil, oregano, cilantro, mint, rosemary, and nasturtiums (because I learned from this blog that they're edible!), tomatoes, peppers, and sweet potatoes. I plan to start the sweet potato slips this week. I've learnt so much about gardening from this blog, thank you!

  • They look like carrots but are self-seeded larkspur. I will have to pull them as I don't want them at the edge of the bed now that I have rose bushes further in (they would cover them so the roses would not be visible nor get any sun).

    The daffodils are coming up through arugula, which is bolting almost right away as it is 15 degrees warmer than average for this time of year. Hopefully I can get it all harvested within the next couple of weeks.

    That is chard near the roses. I am harvesting from them several times a week right now. Next month they are going to go to seed and end up being 6 feet tall in a week if I don't pull them. I will grow more in that bed but further out from the roses this time. I also have some artichokes growing in those beds too. They get big in April/May and then die back, making it easy to plant around them.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. March 17, 2017

    Love, love, love your garden. The picture of the bee on the blossom (apple? or plum?) is wonderful.

    Does your lilac have the typical lilac scent? Hubs and I were in Wisconsin one June, and I fell in love with the fragrance. Having lived in AZ and CA, that was the first time I'd ever been exposed to real lilacs. I'd love to have some here, but our winters are typically so mild most varieties won't do.

  • Roberta, our nursery had 3 different lilacs and ALL of them said they are varieties that do not require ANY chilling hours. One is the Sensation, which I have, and it does have a wonderful smell; they all had a scent but each varied slightly. Another was the Angel White (also called Descanso, which I love, as Descanco Gardens https://www.descansogardens.org/ in La Canada has quite a number of lilacs; if you have not been there I recommend it. Their lilacs bllom around the third week in April, as did mine in Southern California growing up. I loved this, as they bloom at my birthday every year!) The third was the typical lavender color and I cannot remember the variety; the nursery had a ton but when I went to buy one all of those were gone.

    One thing I did not notice about the Sensation until after I bought it and went to cut it to bring inside is that unlike the other two types, and indeed, all other lilacs I have seen) is that the flowers are NOT at the tips of the stems. They are way further down on the stems. This means a huge cut when you go to bring them in. That was a shocker. I didn't notice it at the nursery; it was only until I went to bring some in that I realized that I would have to cut the bush in half to bring any in! So that is a bummber about this particular variety.

    All of these were from Monrovia, so you should be able to find a local nursery who has them, as they are grown in California. So you should be able to find a variety that does not require chilling hours, but get it locally; mail order ones are going to require cold most likely from others I have seen. Lilacs in our climate need afternoon sshade. One hour of direct afternon sun in summer will burn off every single leaf; my angel white lilac in the white garden is in shade almost all day except from 2-3 pm in summer and it lost all its leaves last summer. I've put this new one where it should get even more shade. They do come back but keep that in mind for a hot climate.

    The bee is on a pear blossom. I took out our plum tree last fall as it was dying. The tree is the one in flower to the left of the bench in the photo above the bee picture.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. March 17, 2017

    Thanks so much for the information, Brandy. We're only about 25 miles from the Descanso Gardens, so we'll have to plan a day trip sometime. Oddly, we've never been there--although my MIL went years ago--even though we've been here for over 30 years now. (Hubs even longer; he was born and raised in the area.) We've been to the Huntington, the LA Arboretum, and both of the Getty campuses--all great places for garden lovers. When you lived in the area did you get a chance to see the Huntington's herb garden? Everyone raves about the roses--which are indeed lovely--but we also love the herbs.

    There's a local nursery (employee owned) that's really good about helping people find and order plants. They should be able to help us out.

    Thanks again! :)

  • Rhonda A. March 18, 2017

    Roberta, in case your are unaware, Lilacs only bloom for maybe 2-3 weeks each year in spring, then they're done. It may be a short window, but they are beautiful and smell so wonderful when they do! Hope you find one that will work in your area.:D

  • Andrea Q March 19, 2017

    There are new varieties of lilac that bloom twice per season. My neighbors have them. I live in Zone 5.

  • Roberta, I think the prettiest time at Descanso is March-April. It is pretty later, but the lilacs are in bloom over the next month (each kind in its turn), and wonderful!

    I have not been to the Getty on the 405; I've been to the Villa twice. The Huntington and Descanso I know better; my parents used to take me as a child and they're probably the biggest influence I had as a child that inspired me to want a garden of my own.

  • Roberta in So. Cal. March 20, 2017

    The gardens at the Getty on the 405 are much more sculptural and have more of a living modern art vibe (which fits the architecture of the buildings). They have a real tactile appeal; as we were walking through the garden, I wanted to reach out and touch the plants that were lining the paths. Perhaps that was the intention of the garden designer.

    I must say, however, that I prefer the Old World garden styles of the Getty Villa and the Huntington. I've never been to Europe, but I think I would just love the gardens there.

  • Marcia March 17, 2017

    I had snowdrops in bloom, but they were buried under the 27 or so inches of snow we had on Tuesday and Wednesday. The schools were closed two days this week after being closed two days last week for windstorm and power outages. Yesterday and today have been lovely and full so blue skies and sunshine with temperatures in the lower 40's and the snow is melting quickly, which is good because none of us like seeing snow this late in the season.

    My sister wanted to know where to find the Amish store and I needed oatmeal, so I called her last night and said just show up at my house today and I'll take you there. She had a great time looking around and buying a little of this and a little of that--spending about $24. Most of the time she lives alone, although she has 6 grown children, 17 grands, and about 7 great-grands who visit frequently. So her freezer is usually full. She has been doing a Family Dinner on Sundays the last few months so she cooks about 3 PM on Sundays and whoever wants to eat drops in and eats! She has a few single people among her family and they are the ones who show up on Sundays wanting a home cooked meal. The married ones generally give advance notice since most of them have a few children too. Now she has new treats to discover and knows how to get to the Amish store by herself. I got 10 lbs of oatmeal, 5 # of honey and one green pepper for 50 cents! Nice bargains there too. Their prices are reasonable to cheap, depending on what item you are looking at. Nothing is overpriced but there are always some good deals, too. They know how to get people into the store! They have a lot of dehydrated foods and spices also, and lots of baking supplies. I always find something I want--this time I was being purposely spare because I have been eating too much sugar lately. I left their delicious coconut macaroons on the shelf and walked on by. Came home and made Irish soda bread to go with our corned beef and cabbage (and just ran into the kitchen to add the cabbage to the boiling pot! Almost forgot to put it in.) for dinner. That is sweet enough.

  • Debby in Kansas March 17, 2017

    Beautiful. I had a whole bed of daffodils last week that were so pretty. Then I saw that the weather was going to dip below freezing. Rather than lose them to frost, I clipped them all and made 3 giant bouquets to spread around the house. I love the smell. Sure enough, the next morning, the buds outside looked pretty sad. I learned my lesson when I lost them all to a late season ice storm several years ago.

  • Tina March 17, 2017

    I just read on another blog that the woman made pesto out of the nasturtiums and they were spicy. She also pickled the seeds with hot vinegar, she was told they tasted similar to capers.

  • momsav March 17, 2017

    Such a beautiful garden!
    We've had more snow today. I started singing "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!" No-one was amused.
    I joined my first CSA this week. It should start mid June. I'm done with vegetable seeds and plants. The money I've spent would have bought a whole lot of food. I've ordered calendula seeds. So far, that's it. I'd like a peach tree, but honestly, I must not want it too badly. I haven't done much research. This Winter has really left me with a ho- hum attitude about such things. I need to find my mojo! Tomorrow, I'm headed to our nearest Aldi's, over two hours away. My husband had all three of his photographs juried into a show over an hour away, which happens to be on the way to Aldi's. Killing two birds with 1/2 a stone. All in all, I'm very excited at the prospect of getting enough organic greens, herbs and vegetables without the stress. If my garden looked even half as good as yours, Brandy, I would be one happy camper!

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