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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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  • Cindy in the South March 18, 2017

    Momsav, I totally understand. I have a very different climate from yours, but when it rains my entire backyard, and part of my front yard becomes a small lake. I also have complete shade over all my backyard, in addition to the water issue, and three fourths shade over my front yard. The one portion of my front yard that is not shaded, my neighbors keep running over with their vehicles. I finally put my foot down yesterday, after repeated requests, and told them I was tired of the disrespect, and I am putting up a fence. Maybe I can then garden that one, useable corner. Now, I have to figure out how to get the money for the fence. At the moment, I eat dandelion greens, and mulberries from my tree and that is it. Love Brandy's yard, and she was smart to put up a nice fence!!!

  • Leticia Cinto March 17, 2017

    Oh Brandy, your garden is SO beautiful! It is amazing how you can grow all of this in the desert! Today I planted some sweet potatoes, ginger and turmeric, all in onde large pot in my tiny balcony. We will see if they will produce something :) Many blessings to you all!

  • PJGT March 17, 2017

    Beautiful and uplifting! It has been quite a journey to this beautiful garden. As an avid gardener, I am tickled to see how your garden has matured and grown. How smart to plant an edible landscape! We are just starting out once again and I look forward to bringing the raw and wild land to the mature beauty of your photos! Thank you for sharing.

  • Becky March 18, 2017

    I already was struggling with spring fever. Now I'm down with a full-blown case of it!!!! Your gardens are lovely. It is so interesting to me to see the differences in a garden from another part of the country then where I live.

    I am actually looking very carefully at how you have done your yard and garden. That is my new challenge for this year--producing lots of food in a small yard, since we no longer live in the country where I had unlimited area to grow things in. When I would run out of room, my husband would just go till up a second area for me down by the barn. There is no barn here:) So, I've made a plan, but I know I'll have to tweak it as I go along. I know I can't grow enough corn here. There's just not enough room. So, I've arranged with my sister, who does have property, to share her garden again for corn and squash. Last summer, she graciously shared with my while we were in transition, and she loved that there was another person to weed, plant, pick, etc. It is just much harder when we live at a distance now, so I will try to raise what I can here at my house.

    I ordered a lot of seeds from Territorial and they have arrived. I just got my strawberry plants yesterday, and need to try to get them into the wet, wet ground very soon. I will buy veggie starts this year, as I don't have my greenhouse any more.

    I love your little daffodils. I am loving the bulbs that are coming up here, and I do have some miniature yellow daffodils, although I'm thinking the ones you have are even tinier. It's difficult to tell exactly from a picture. I also have pale cream, regular-sized ones, and a row that my daughter planted of the common, yellow ones. We got the bulbs for free from my sister who was cleaning out a flowerbed and re-planting. I'm also noticing tulips coming up, iris, and some unknown bulbs. It will be fun to see what else comes up.

    I think it will take a few years to whip this place into shape. I am looking forward to seeing what I can get this year. Then, I can make improvements each year.

  • Lake Livin' March 18, 2017

    Seeing your beautiful garden makes me wish I had any desire at all to garden. Is it too much ask for my yard to just magically look like this?

  • Dawn In The Deep South March 18, 2017

    Here in the deep south, we have had an exceptionally mild winter, with only three nights of below freezing temps. I've only worn my coat twice, have already mowed the grass four times and our daffodils/azaleas have bloomed and are long gone. I fear our upcoming, months-long hot and humid summer is going to be brutal. I miss wearing sweaters and having fires in the fireplace!
    I have taken inspiration from Brandy and ordered 9 blackberry plants. They are now planted in one of the only sunny spots left in the yard. We planted shade trees years ago for protection from the sun so our girls could play outside and now most of the yard is shaded. I also planted several blueberry bushes. I'm going to refrain from planting so many front porch flowers and use those pots for tomatoes and peppers. I cut toilet paper rolls in two, labeled them, filled them with potting mix and planted seeds in them. I placed them on cookie sheets and have put them in a sunny spot indoors. The rolls should break down after planting, but I will soak them a bit before doing so. I've never used toilet rolls before so I'll have to see how that works! Thanks to everyone for maintaining such a wonderful community. I don't post often, but I do read all the time :).

  • Dawn,

    I have to make sure my blackberry bushes get afternoon shade, or they burn up! So if you find yours start burning, you may have to move them to a place with more shade. I get the largest berries at the bottom of the plant where they are in the most shade. The ones at the top of the plant will be tiny and they will literally burn up (they are hard, dry, and brown and completely inedible). Upper leaves will burn up too.

    I am trying peppers again this year; I never have success because my bell peppers get an inch long and then they get burnt. I have planted them in a new spot with afternoon shade and I have high hopes this year. I started with larger plants from the nursery.

    In shade I can plant chard (it grows smaller and slower but still grows), oregano, parsley (parsley HAS to have shade or it will be burnt and dead here), chives, and green onions. Green onions are like chard in the shade (smaller and slower-growing) but they do grow. As my fruit trees get larger I am dealing with more shade and I am losing some growing space, so I am seeing what I can do with those spots. The chard has done well under the trees, and since the trees have lost their leaves it has gotten even larger, as you can see in the photos.

  • Cindi March 19, 2017

    It was such a joy to see these pictures!
    I always pickle my nasturtium seeds and use them in homemade tartar sauce or to make chicken picatta. After the flowers wilt, pick the green seed and soak overnight in salted water (this takes out any bitterness) Then pickle them in vinegar and spices. They are delicious.

    My daffodils and iris are just poking up out of the ground here in the mountains.

  • Dawn In The Deep South March 19, 2017

    Brandy, thanks for the feedback on the blackberry bushes. The berry farm where I pick blackberries and blueberries each summer has them in fields in full sun so I didn't even consider shade issues. I will watch and see what happens. Maybe because our humidity is so high-not sure.

  • Dawn if they have them in full sun then you should be fine. It's over 100º here in May when they are ripe and I think it is just too harsh on them. I thought you might be as hot there from your comments but perhaps not. Best of luck with your berries! I know I sure love having them here.

  • Heather in L.A. March 20, 2017

    I live in Lousiana and our blackberry bushes are unshaded and do fine. But I want the add some more and am looking into a new thornless variety that the university of Arkansas developed. I also believe the fruit on new and old wood so you get a double harvest. And you are correct in stating we haven't had a winter this year. I do not look forward to the Mosquitos and snakes.

  • deb v March 19, 2017

    love those nasturtiums...we collect the seeds and then pickle or ferment them to use as something similar to capers. (and also keep the year-end seeds to replant.

  • Roxie March 19, 2017

    Your back yard garden is beautiful, almost like a park. How your children play in your yard and you manage to keep it so beautiful is a lesson' I would like to learn. My grandchildren and of coarse day care children have my back yard (except a fenced garden area) looking like a very used football/soccer field.

    We have had some weather into the 90's already and the weather man warns it will be a very hot summer here. I wish it would not get so hot but that is just how it is in this part of Texas.

    I planted 3 Meyer lemon tree. I planted lots of wild flower seeds in the side beds and in the beds by our de-thatched garage. Our rain barrels are full and I expect to use them most of the summer.

    Thank you for sharing so many beautiful pictures.

  • Kim March 20, 2017

    We had our first spring day yesterday- wonderful, dry, sunny weather. My sisters bought my husband a camellia bush as a sympathy expression for the passing of his mother. I knew right where it would do the best but unfortunately there was a rose of Sharon bush already planted there. I knew where the rose of Sharon should be moved but unfortunately there was a large rhodie already there. A full day of digging and moving plants around wore us out but now the rhodie is living at the neighbors at their request and the other two should be happy in their new locations.

  • Andrea Q March 20, 2017

    Violet-crowned hummingbirds are very rare in the US. There's a small breeding population in Arizona near the Mexican border. As a birder, it is one bird that I would be absolutely thrilled and shocked to see! I'm sure the Audubon Society in your area would love to know about your sighting!

  • I have never seen them before this spring. We always have hummingbirds, but they are usually another type. I don't know if I'm just seeing the same bird or if there is more than one. I'm seeing female hummingbirds too but I haven't been able to identify them. The hummingbirds get right in my face; they will fly right up to about a foot away from me and stare me down! It especially happens when I have on a red apron :) And though they are said to not perch, they perch all the time in my garden. My dad was remarking to me just a couple of weeks ago about how he is always seeing them sitting. They perch on the wire cages I have and the other day one perched on the fig tree. I see them almost every day in the garden. They are loving the lemon blossoms right how.

    I just got out my Audobon book and looked and I don't think it is the violet-crowned now, but I cannot positively identify it as any of the ones in my book. I am looking on their website because I don't see any in the book that look like what I saw.

  • Andrea Q March 22, 2017

    Hummingbirds are little birds with big attitudes! I've seen them bully much bigger birds. They perch on a regular basis. If you have 10 or 15 minutes to sit quietly in the garden when they are active, you'll be able to follow them (with your eyes) to where they rest, which might help you get a positive ID. Some use the same spots repeatedly. Photos are tough because you typically need a good zoom lens (unless they let you get very close) and crazy shutter speed. I bet they love your garden!

  • Andrea,

    I cannot find it on their website either! So though the birds are always eluding me when I go out with my camera (but in my face while I'm working!) I will have to try to get a picture of this one.

  • Laurie March 20, 2017

    You have an in ground trampoline? Very cool.

  • Rozy March 21, 2017

    It's difficult to believe that you live in Las Vegas! Your garden is so lovely. Thanks for sharing. As we come to the end of winter (it snowed again today, but is fast melting off) I'm looking forward to get out and clearing out the dead and planting new.

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