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Monarchs!

Monarch butterflies … they are on the way back north after their winter layover in warmer climates!

Did you know you can help scientists track where the Monarchs go and when they start showing up? Yep, you can. How cool is that! And how much fun and educational would it be to do that with kids either at home or at school. Here’s the link, Monarch Butterfly Migration, that takes you to Journey North’s website to learn more.

Anything we can do to help the Monarchs stay strong is wonderful.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Spring’s Here!

Good morning to all my lovely flower freaks. Y’all know what day it is … it’s the first day of Spring! Yay! I love the rejuvenation of life we see this time of year: new leaves popping out, blooms opening up from flower buds, new shoots rising through the earth. It’s just a glorious time to be alive.

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Pink Jasmine

Gibbs and I walk by this house every morning, and I’ve have been watching the Pink Jasmine bud up. Today it just busted out all over with these beautiful, very fragrant flowers. I knew I had to share with y’all. Too bad it’s not scratch and sniff cause the fragrance is to die for awesome.

What’s blooming in your neighborhood?

Ready for new life to be put into the garden at your home or at your business? I can do that for you! Give me a call or a text, 386-310-9081, or email, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, today.

Jeanni and Gibbs

 

 

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Flooded Gardens

Much of Louisiana has had it rough with flooding problems these past couple of weeks. Don’t despair if your garden is looking sad from all the rain … it can be rejuvenated with some work.  Here are some good tips on getting your garden back in shape “Flooded Landscapes”.

Don’t have time or energy to do the work yourself? No problem, give me a call and I’ll take care of it for you.

Y’all be safe out there …

Jeanni and Gibbs 

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Rainy days

Good things to do on a rainy day when I can’t do any outside gardenscaping work: Finish client quotes for installing sod and new garden beds, then read gardening books cause I can never get enough of seeing pretty garden pictures.
 
Gibbs and I hope you’re having a fantastic day!
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Mutabilis rose
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“Double Delight”

Good Sunday morning, y’all. The sun is finally shining in a clear blue sky here in NOLA. Gibbs and I hope everyone has a fabulous rosy day.

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“Double Delight” rose

This rose is “Double Delight.” It’s a Hybrid Tea bred in 1977. She’s one of my very favorites because of the gorgeous red-blend color of her blooms and her very strong spicy fragrance. If you don’t have her in your garden, believe me, you need to get her.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
~ Lao Tzu

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Rainy Days

Hey there, my flower freaks. Is it as wet and dreary at your place as it is here in New Orleans? That very slow moving storm system coming from the west brought the rain here yesterday afternoon and it’s still drizzly rainy today. Can’t do any gardening in this weather, so Gibbs and I have a free day to hang out at the house and just relax.

One thing we can do for our houseplants on days this like is to move them outside so they get fresh rainwater to drink and their leaves get all the dust and stuff cleaned off of them.

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Houseplants enjoying a rainy day

Of course I don’t want to lose those beautiful orchid blooms so I definitely wouldn’t put them outside during a torrential downpour, but a drizzly light rain like is happening now is perfect. Your houseplants will love, love, love you for letting them soak up all that good rainwater.

My balcony is a very sunny spot, so I’ll have to remember to bring them inside if the cloud coverage starts to go away. Don’t want those shade-loving leaves to get sunburned!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Spring’s coming

This map shows the last spring freeze dates for Louisiana. It’s been a relatively mild winter and our last freeze date has passed, but March can be very fickle so be ready to cover the plants if needed.

I don’t know about you, but I’m itching to put out Spring color.

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Last freeze date map

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs