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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems






Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Celosia 'Intenz'

I planted all this Celosia 'Intenz' as 4" single stalk seedlings in the back garden this spring. They self-seed year to year. I literally gathered them from the paver cracks (that's how persistent they are) to make this border.

All summer long I cut them back to encourage shorter, multiple-branching bushes.  Left alone they want to grow straight to heaven on a single stalk. I'm telling you, I snipped these guys constantly until they started budding in August.

My plan for sorta-kinda worked.  No question they ARE bushier and shorter than past years. Still, they are 5-6' tall. They are SO easy in a sunny spot and they don't require more than rainfall. Pollinators swarm them.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Quick and Easy Remodel

When you feel like going out on a limb, taking a risk or just having some fun, one quick and easy idea is to add unexpected color to the garden. In my case it's unexpected because I generally lean toward the subtle side when it comes to decor.
Photo from 2012: Black Adirondack chairs on the perimeter of the Circle Garden in my previous garden.
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I loved my black Adirondack chairs when I first bought them several years ago.

Photo from 2014: Black Adirondack chairs on the perimeter of the Circle Garden in my previous garden.
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They initially formed a cozy seating area in the Circle Garden at my last house, which happens to be next door. You can read about that here if you are out of the loop on that story. I moved the black Adirondack chairs to my new garden and situated them on the edge of the very first planting bed I carved out of a previously grassy lawn.
Old black chairs this week in my back garden.
Black works very well with the deep cobalt blue-glazed pottery containers and orbs I've placed in strategic groupings in my back garden. The blue bottle trees echo the bright blue which creates a cohesive feeling in this part of the garden.
New Chairs Today
It was time to replace the rotting black chairs and I decided to be risky. At least for me it's going out on a limb because that space is not so subtle with the new color. I purchased aqua this time instead of black. Black blends in with background scenery.  Aqua reaches out to you and says, "hello there, you might want to come have a seat because here I am and you need to notice me."
An Overview of the New Chairs Today 
The vintage motel rockers on the edge of  the pergola are light aqua and many of my clay pots (and some large wash tubs) have been spray painted with Rustoleum lagoon (deep aqua-turquoise) paint. My theme in this space is aqua, lagoon, and cobalt blue. It's important to me to create beauty that flows together in a bright and cheery space yet one that still exudes the natural feeling of Florida. I'll get used to the new chairs. And maybe they'll quit talking to me, luring my eyes to them in time. Needless to say, adding them was a super quick and easy remodel that made a big difference.

Happy gardening friends,
Meems



***** I post to my Facebook gardening page almost daily. If you'd like to join us there to keep up with Hoe and Shovel Gardening here's the link: Hoe and Shovel on Facebook or https://www.facebook.com/HoeAndShovelGarden/ if you need to copy and paste.

 ~~If you've just arrived to this page as a new gardening friend or perhaps missed the back story about how we moved from our home and garden of 30 years to the house next door you can catch up here.

All material (text and photos) © 2007-2016 is authored by Meems for Hoe and Shovel Gardening Blog. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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