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Spring Garden Perennials

 

Spring Garden

Purple Iris

What are you growing in your spring garden? Do you plant a little at a time, or do you buy everything at once and plant a huge garden?

Iris bulbs are good to plant because they multiply. When my husband and I purchased our High Desert fixer upper, there was a huge patch of irises. Since then I’ve planted them in different garden spots, and they amaze me. They grow wherever they are planted.

If you are tempted like me to buy everything I see at garden nurseries, you know how difficult it is to go flower shopping and only buy one or two. Frugal gardening takes a little effort, but it can be done if you plan your garden carefully.

The ideal way to plan a garden frugally is to shop for perennials and plants that grow well in the zone you live in. A few perennials I’ve been able to grow are:

  • Irises
  • Snapdragons
  • Lemon Balm
  • Pansies
  • Lavender

The iris bulbs have been placed in three different garden areas in the yard, and every spring they produce gorgeous flowers.

Purple Iris

Purple Iris from My Spring Garden

Cuttings from my lemon balm are proving to be successful, too. I took three small pieces and planted them in another pot, and they are growing steadily.

Lemon Balm Herb

Lemon Balm Herb Mint

Lemon Balm

New Tiny Lemon Balm Herb 

Purple Pansies before Spring

Early March Pansies

Snapdragons are usually planted as annuals, but I’ve had success with them as perennials. They can be grown as perennials in zones 8 and above. Deadheading spent blooms will help new blooms to form. I’ve planted pink, light and dark red, and yellow, but the brighter red and yellow ones planted together look absolutely beautiful.

Snapdragons

High Desert Snapdragons

Snapdragons

Yellow Snapdragons

Lemon Balm Herb

Lemon Balm Herb Mint

Beginning Spring Lavender Flowers

Pre-Spring Lavender

Growing in my kitchen herb garden are rosemary, lavender, and a mint in the ground. The first plants I purchased this month are a basil herb and a tomato plant. It’s a start.

Now tell me about your herbs and flowers and which ones are growing well since spring began.

A Memorial Day Week in the Desert

What might one do on a Memorial Day weekend at a desert cabin? I looked up events in the high desert and didn’t see much going on. Owning a cabin in the desert, however, can present plenty to do for someone who loves gardening. The long weekend started off Friday afternoon with important errands. Then the fun began.

Visitors

Saturday morning I made coffee for the hubby and me then opened the French door curtains and was greeted by a visiting family of a cat and her kittens. I hadn’t even cooked breakfast yet. They were hungry like us, so I made myself busy preparing a meal.

 

Kittens

Visitors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast

I made omelets and iced coffee drinks for us and freshly cooked sweet potatoes for the kittens. It was a hit – at least with the kittens. Mama Cat snubbed her nose at it after a few bites, or maybe she was testing the food to see if it was safe for her little ones.

The omelets and frothy iced coffee made the perfect kick of energy for starting off the day.

coffee

Iced Coffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Herbs

The holiday week continued with one of my favorite things to do – herb gardening. I like to keep a garden of perennial herbs handy for cooking in the kitchen. Last year I planted a perennial herb that I thought surely wasn’t going to make it. However, it’s taking off quickly this spring and growing as fast as my weeds are. One thing puzzled me, though. I couldn’t find the tag with the information on which herb it is. I took a picture and showed it to a friend. She said it looked like a Lovage herb and told me to see if the leaves smell like celery. Sure enough, it’s a Lovage herb. It smells just like celery.

Perennials

Lovage Perennial Herb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other herbs, fruits, and vegetables planted included strawberries, stevia, lavender and garlic given to me by Pattie over at pattycakespantry.com. The garlic is planted with the green roots sticking up out of the ground. Oh my, it is taking off really fast. I had never planted garlic before, so I’m excited about how fast it’s growing. There are more vegetables already planted earlier in the spring. Come back for another visit to catch up on the vegetables and flowers.

Have you planted a kitchen herb garden? Which herbs have you been successful with?

Join me over at Fishtail Cottage’s blog garden party.

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