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Raindrops keep falling on my head

Good day, my friends! How very lovely was that rain we got last night. Everything in my garden is looking nice and lush. Let’s hope the wet stuff continues to fall through the summer cause I think it’s gonna be a very hot one.

Today is a work-from-home day finalizing a client’s garden design and researching plant info for future FB and website posts. As I do that, I’m also watching the clouds roll in and am hoping for more rain. A good rainy day would be a perfect backdrop for my at-home workday.

However, Gibbs and Ziva weren’t too happy with their backyard being wet this morning. We usually sit outside as I drink coffee and plan my day while they eat their breakfast and play. They were having none of that this morning. lol. This is their way of telling me they wanted to go inside where their little paws stay dry.

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How’s your garden looking? Does it need tidying up or new plants put in? Or do you want whole new beds added? Keep in mind that I do garden design / install and garden maintenance. The design / install can be as simple as creating custom containers or hanging baskets for your patio or as large as taking out all the grass and turning it into a garden wonderland. The garden maintenance can be as simple as adding mulch to your flowerbeds or as large as doing once-a-week maintenance on your garden. I’m very flexible on the maintenance because I know one size does not fit all and will create a schedule and budget that fits your needs. Call or text, 386-310-9969, or email, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, to schedule your free consultation.

Gibbs and Ziva say stay dry and have a fabulous day!

 

 

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Rain’s coming … go fertilize!

Tip of the Day: ¬†When rain is in the forecast, I try to get my organic fertilizer spread either on rain day or the day before so it can get watered in by Mother Nature. My favorite general purpose organic fertilizer is Milorganite. It’s slow release, has nitrogen and iron in it, won’t burn the plants it it’s not watered in right away, and enriches the soil as it gives the plants the nutrients they need. I use it on everything … yes, even veggies.

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If your Milorganite stash is running low, let me know, 386-310-9969 or jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, and I’ll deliver more to you!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

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Plant of the Week: Mona Lavender

It’s Plant Of The Week time! This week’s special plant is the beautiful and exotic looking Mona Lavender.

Mona Lavender
Mona Lavender

Isn’t she pretty! Regardless of what her name says, she isn’t related to lavender. She’s called ‘Mona Lavender’ cause of the pretty, light lavender color of her flowers. Her botanical name is Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’, and she’s in the Lamiaceae family, which means she’s actually related to Swedish Ivy. She gets extra points for being on the Florida Friendly Plant list. Yes!

To keep ML happy in your garden she needs part shade, well drained soil, and water on a regular basis. She’s a tender semi-evergreen perennial in zones 9b – 11, meaning if it’s a normal winter she should overwinter with no problem. If we get one of the rare cold winters, then she’ll probably die and you’ll need to replace her in the spring.  No special fertilizer is needed on ML, just whichever general organic fertilizer you use. Personally, I like using Milorganite on all my garden beds.

Her pretty little flowers all perky on their upright stems repeat bloom quite frequently. The flower stems are above the foliage so from a distance it looks like a little cloud of lavender puffiness. Very pretty. Deadheading does make her look nicer and helps her to rebloom quicker. The flowers last a good while on the plant. The ones in theses pictures have been blooming for about two weeks. I’ve never tried them as cut flowers. If you have, do they do well?

Mona Lavender
Mona Lavender

ML grows to about 3′ x 3′, so give her room to mature! I planted this one in front of the Hawaiian Ti plants where she’ll fill in that whole area. She’s been in that bed less than a month but already has new growth on her. Can’t wait for her to fill in. I think the pink Ti leaves will be beautiful growing through the purple and dark green leaves of ML. Did you notice that the backsides of the leaves are dark purple! How cool.

ML does great either in containers or in the ground. She does have somewhat brittle stems, so don’t plant her where she’ll be brushed up against, like next to a walkway. Oh, and she does attract bees, which is a very good thing … unless you’re allergic to them. Here is a pic of a mature ML (how awesome is that!) and one in a container with Creeping Jenny (both pics courtesy of the internet).

Now that you’ve learned all kinds of cool things about Mona Lavender, I’m sure you have the perfect place for her in your garden! Let me know how many you want and I can deliver, install if needed, and/or create a container garden for you. Call/text, 386-310-9969, or email, jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, to schedule your delivery.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva