Gardening with Faith & June Garden Link Up


Hey, gardening friends I'm so glad you are here! No kidding I need you! I need your wisdom and camaraderie to talk me through this season of gardening. 


We've lived here one year now and officially started gardening this spot less than a year ago. We've spent a small fortune on plants and countless hours working as we've done it all ourselves. I'm having trouble seeing the forest for the trees right now. The imperfections...the struggling plants..the perennials that have not established themselves and are suffering in our Texas heat are what I see.


We've chosen plants carefully based on sunlight, water needs, etc...it should all work eventually. Right now we are in the waiting stage while plants develop roots and begin to grow. Have you heard about this perennials? The first year they sleep. The second year they creep. The third year they leap. We are in the sleeping stage right now, I suppose.

I do believe the Audrey Hepburn quote, "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." For now, we will continue to fertilize and water the plants. We will protect them when winter comes. We will have faith that they will grow and thrive! 


Today, I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to share! I need the inspiration from your success.
Linking with: Happiness is Homemade


25 comments

  1. Good morning Stacey. I feel your pain, don’t lose hope...it takes time and patience. Thanks so much for hosting and Happy 4th of July!

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  2. Wish I could give you good advice on gardening, but I am a hit and miss gardener. My Mother had the green thumb and I wished she had passed it on to me.

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  3. Hi sweet friend, we do not always have the heat you do although today heat indexes of 110. It's so hard to get to the 3rd year for leaping and I want them to leap now! My hydrangeas, I have 15 of them are doing great, just small this year. With that being said my landscaper is a genius and he would say some dianthus, Bush sage salvia, Blanket flowers and of course sedums, but sedums aren't my favorite, lol. But mine are actually leaping already. Grasses as you know are great too but I have no doubt your plants will be beautiful. You have the knack! Another tip he gave, and you may know these, when fertilizing (and only every other week) pour it over all the leaves as well not just the base. Hope this helps.

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  4. We've planted a ton of trees and shrubs and I know for a fact that the first year you must water the shrubs/trees faithfully. The roots get established and go deeper and then they can survive better. Lawn sprinkling is better than nothing but for the trees/shrubs they really need more of a deep watering. Perennials vary from the type they are but yes it's true about how the first year they just seem to "sleep" or sit there and then the next year you will see some progress but the third year seems to be the charm! Your home is lovely- the brick and tone work is fantastic! Have faith- in time I do believe you will be very happy with your efforts! Have a great 4th of July!!

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  5. It can take a lot of patience to wait for that third year! And after such a mild spring, it seems like the heat is extra intense this year. Here in Houston, my top picks for full sun are hibiscus and vincas. Knock out roses also thrive. My aunt and uncle have a ranch in N Texas that they only get to visit every few weeks. The KO Roses have gone crazy up there, with absolutely no care or maintenance. But your home looks beautiful just as it is, and those plants will fill in soon! Hang in there. :)

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  6. With your passion and love for gardening your flower beds will be overflowing with abundant color and foliage in no time at all. Everything is looking great, I know because you live next door!
    Happy 4th of July!

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  7. Thanks for hosting. WHEW! What a busy week!
    Before you know it Stacey, you will see the fruit of your labor!!!

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  8. You have done so much, Stacey! Lovely! I think perennials are the answer, too...especially with heat!

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  9. Hello Stacey, I always love looking at your beautiful home. Your garden is growing. Lots of hard work, but the big picture is coming alive. I guess patience is the key for gardens. It take years for things to really grow and fill in the space. Happy 4th to you and a happy weekend.

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  10. I love the Hepburn quote. I'm remembering that one. And I think it's pretty amazing what you have a) done in a year and b) with the Texas heat. It looks lovely!

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  11. All you need do is look to your neighbor Jemma, now in her leaping 3rd yr, to reaffirm faith in what you've invested so far, Stacey.it looks young because it is. And it looks wonderful!

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  12. Stacey, I love the quote! You have a beautiful home and fun to have a blank slate to created the gardens of your dreams. Your hard work is paying off.

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  13. I keep reminding myself that gardening takes patience. A lot of patience. :) It's hard to wait those first few years for everything to get established, but your garden is already beautiful. It'll just get better and better from here on out. :)

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  14. It's hard to believe you've been there for one year already! All I know from planting new plants and flowers here in Florida is that you have to water them when it doesn't rain. The heat just kills them when they are 'young'! Enjoy your afternoon! Spray a little water straight up and walk through it while you're out there! heehee!

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  15. When you first plant a garden you can't wait for things to get big. When they get big you wish they were still a bit small, so you didn't have to trim as much. :) Either way it's where I want to be!! Your garden is growing, and yes; getting it's needed sleep, but I can certainly see the beauty!! So happy to be hosting with you!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Do not lose hope. That quote is so true and you are in the worst part of gardening to me. One gets so excited with spring and pretty flowers and then that HOT DEEP SOUTH sun sets in and nothing not even people feel like thriving. You can get enough water. Those beds are going to be pretty and all that hard work will pay off. My flowers are just spent. The only thing thriving is things that are in the shade. Shade is hard to find..huh?!

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  17. Hi Stacey, I love your front yard (and that door)! Have a wonderful 4th of July! We are headed to the mountains for a few days! laura

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  18. Good Morning Stacey,
    I think you said it beautifully. Patience is the name of the game when you plant a garden. It takes time and a couple of seasons to get to the lush life. Your garden is looking pretty already and like you said in a few years it will all be filled in and gorgeous. That is awesome you did research to make sure you planted the right things for your climate. You might even see this fall and winter since yours are not harsh that some of your flowers will grow even then. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  19. I love seeing all you are doing at your home and seeing how your garden grows.

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  20. Yes i can tell you it is true the third year they thrive, i have seen it time and time again. I will be watching to see it all happen and then we can celebrate. Have a great 4th of July.

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  21. When your garden finally bursts it will be so worth the wait. You have put in all the hard work so it will pay off.

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  22. Good Afternoon Stacey, I am sorry I have not been around lately, but I am working in my garden as well. This is also our first year and all the plants that I worked hard to get into the soil last August/September are really doing well this year. I think with gardening it is all about patience. You have created a beautiful garden and as you have been taking photographs, which is always a good idea, you will be able to compare them with next years garden. You will be surprised just how much your plants will have grown.
    Happy Gardening, from a warm and sunny Northumberland.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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  23. Starting from scratch with a garden is difficult and very expensive. Even doing a little bit with my small raised beds and containers on the cabin deck seems to cost a lot annually. You have a beautiful home. - Margy

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  24. Thanks for hosting Stacey! Everything looks rough here in KY too. I am having a problem with mold and fungus and mushrooms contaminating every bag of potting soil I buy. I ended up throwing out 100's of dollars of my precious herbs because of the unknown fungus that spread from the soil to the plants! I am allergic to mold severely and can't take a chance even messing around with trying to save the plants. This is not the first time this has happened purchasing bagged soil, and I have tried different brands, organic and regular. Hopefully the garden sprites I shared here at the party can work some magic and help keep everything else alive!

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  25. A bit of advice: Don't pile up the mulch around the tree trunks. Pull it back so water and air can easily get to the tree, and wet mulch doesn't lay up against the trunk. Wet mulch may also harbor undesirable critters - follow the advice to water newly planted trees and shrubs regularly, especially in very dry weather! Beautiful home and garden! Thanks for sharing.

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