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  1. Teddee Grace says:

    Best of luck! I grew up on a farm, so knew gardening, at least the practical kind, from a very early age, discovering it is back-breaking work to plant potatoes and onion sets, sow peas and seeds and pick strawberries, something even five-year-olds can do. I enjoyed a bit of flower gardening while married, the only time I had a house with a yard. Somehow mowing the lawn, raking leaves and pruning a hedge that ran on two sides of that property overshadowed any joy I got from gardening. Now I’m in a one-bedroom apartment with a balcony, which is beautiful by any standard and could be featured in a magazine, and I only use faux plants and greenery! What a godsend!

    1. Wow, such extremes, Teddee. I can imagine how your early experience must’ve colored your perspective… 🙂 I live in a townhouse, so if I do the planting, I won’t have to also take care of it. Plus the base landscaping is in place, so it should be easy for me to just add some color. We’ll see… 😉

  2. So much inspiration here! I am enjoying visiting each one of these posts and I am so grateful to be a part of this Lory! Thank you for putting this together. I have a feeling you are being very humble about your own gardening skills! XO

    1. You’re most welcome! And, nah, I think I’m pretty bad… lol. Well, I just never have really done any planting. Time to try!

  3. Lory, I don’t know how I missed this post. Thank you so much for sharing my Early Summer Garden. Gardening became a passion a few years ago, even thought it takes time and energy. This is a lovely round-up! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Thanks so much for including me in your lovely post! Maria

  5. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    Lory, this came at the perfect time! I am about to head out to plant my sunflowers that I started from seed and picked up some great tips from this group of gardeners. I would love to rip up my flower beds and start over—but that’s not going to happen. It’s right up there with wanting to be a size 6 again!! Happy summer!

  6. Thanks for sharing. There are some really nice posts. I would love to have a beautiful garden especially a cutting garden.

  7. The only way to become a gardener is to garden! With each plant you learn something new. It is not an exact science, there are so many variables, but your eye for composition should help you make great choices in design. Being able to assess your area for sun and type of soil is key. We still have plants that don’t do well until they’re moved to a better spot and yet others that die for no discernible reason. I can tell you that gardening is a lot easier than being 5’7” when in reality you are only 4’10”. As for being fluent in French, well the best way I know of is to spend a year there not speaking any English! If only!
    This post is a great resource.

  8. claudia bassano says:

    Your local Cooperative Extension offers a Home Gardener’s program which I highly recommend.
    I completed the Cornell program here in NY and the education was amazing!

  9. I love my garden and spend hours tending. It brings me peace to putter in the garden and pleasure seeing the returns. Then I reward myself by sitting under my pergola with a coffee and tuck into a book, or if later in the day, with a cocktail and good conversation. I decided on a white garden and love the brightness in the evening or on a dull day.
    Good luck with your garden!

  10. You need to watch Laura on GARDEN ANSWER on YouTube. She’s a wonderful teacher.

  11. You need inspiration, in my opinion, if you’re looking at the prospect of gardening designs. There are just some things you can’t achieve without the help of inspiration, and this is, in fact, one of those things. But never should you take this inspiration for granted, though.

  12. As a fairly experianced gardener I am enjoying all the posts , even though I haven’t read them all yet. Lots of good advice for all. LOVE, LOVE this!!