Enjoy the Rest of May

 “The world’s favourite season is the spring; All things seem possible in May.” ~   Edwin Way Teale

May is a lovely transitional month—not too hot, not too cold, much like Goldilocks’ favourite bowl of porridge—it is just right.

Over the long weekend my family, like thousands of others, planted their gardens as this is the weekend it is considered safe—there should be no more frost or cold threatening our delicate plants. As foretold from my crystal ball, which is really just learning from experience, half of my vegetable garden is taken up with peppers—most of the hot, hotter, and hottest variety, as the avid gardener in the family, my eldest son has a penchant for peppers. We do have four green pepper plants for my more mild taste buds. We planted a row of radishes, a row of carrots, two rows of onions, tomatoes (a few yellow as I just love these) as well as some lettuce and chives.

And, we planted Swiss chard—that most prolific and hardy of vegetables. In fact, we had Swiss chard from last year come up in the garden this year—now that is my kind of plant! Now I just have to learn to like it a little better. I kind of like it—but do not love it.


English: Geraniums, Omagh Still in bloom along...

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As I write this, I am multi-tasking (which may explain a lot)—because I am trying to come up with a plan to plant some flowers that take little care, yet are pretty. So far I have come up with geraniums, which are the Swiss chard of flowers–hardy yet always impressive, and my go-to flowers– Impatiens. I do think I should step out of the box a little and get something different this year, but I am not sure what.

Do you have any suggestions for easy and pretty flowers–remember I am not much of a gardener. Bliss for me is an easy care garden–how about you?

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  1. While I appreciate the beauty of a well-tended garden with flowers and vegetables, I find myself rather allergic to the work involved in maintaining it. So, I take pleasure in looking at on-line photographs of gardens. It’s the next best thing to being there.

    • I am a lot like you–so sometimes my gardens go untended–I should adopt your method

  2. Geraniums for sure are easy…for a change plant the cascading kind and marry it with fan flower….an easy care and drought tolerant combination. They will come back if they dry out…..seriously the most forgiving of annuals, and of course very pretty.

    • I like the idea of the cascading geraniums– will have to look for fan flower–thanks Peg

  3. Oh, yeah, and for height,, throw in a spike or annual grass.

  4. Your veggie patch sounds really great. I have a blissfully small bit of garden both here and in Florida. The less maintenance the better for me. Gone are the days when I would spend all my days digging, planting and weeding. I sort of grew out of it as I grew older. 🙂

  5. Begonias are great for a pop of color. They tolerate sun or shade and planted in the pockets of a strawberry pot, make a little tree shape.

  6. I really prefer perennials. Plant them once and they come up every year on their own. For planters they’re a little tricky though. I just plant my herbs in my planters. No flowers unless you let them, but very pretty just the same….and tasty!

    • and you can mix them in with annual flowers also!

    • I think you are smart to plant perennials–though most of my plantings are in containers so it would not work for them–thanks

  7. I love wildflowers and while many are considered weeds, often you can buy a container or package of them, spread them around and they do their thing! I know my approach is rather basic, but it has worked for me (when time and maintenance was a problem). 🙂

    • I have areas where that might just work, thank a lot Penny

      • Absolutely, sorry I haven’t visited in so long! Hope you are doing well!

      • As my husband says, I may get better–but I will never be well–must come over for a visit your way–been taking a tiny sabbatical of late

      • lol, I understand the need for a sabbatical! A visit would be most awesome!

  8. Lou, I didnt’ used to have a green thumb, but I delevoped one over years of moving to different places. I love flowers and green plants and I try to determine what flower or plant will brave lots of sunlight or shade. I do this fron going to places where I talk to people whose passion is to tell you this I think plants, like people and other living things prosper from care and praise. That may sound simple but it works! So, find the flower or plant that thrives in the environment that you can give it and it will — live, flower, grow. Just like us. 🙂

    • I always love your take on things- philisophical, practical and always kind–so glad to have found you in the blogworld and glad you are back — I think you are right that we and plants thrive in the right environment

  9. I remember telling you about my blackest of black thumbs so all I’d ever feel safe planting are cacti. I have heard though, that basil is a relatively easy plant to take care of and grows easily (based on my friend’s testimony so I’m not sure how true that is). But fresh basil always beats the dried kind in those expensive glass containers at the grocery store.

    • you know what else–chives–they take off like crazy — I have a rather gray thumb–some things work and some don’t

  10. I love marigolds, they last all season and deter pests around the garden. Another are forget me not’s which in many areas are perennials and will self seed to spread unless you pull them. For something taller Shasta daisies which get 2 – 3 ft tall or morning glories which will grow 8 – 10 ft tall which I like in areas for privacy.

    • thank you for the suggestions–I have had success with marigolds in the past but appreciate your other suggestions too-thanks so much–I particularly like Shasta daisies

  11. http://messingaboutinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/swiss-chard-and-jerusalem-artichokes-the-best-vegetables-in-the-world-discuss/
    Here’s how to deal with Swiss chard, one of my favourite and most versatile vegetables. Lots of ways of using it. Works well insted of spinach when you do something with ricotta to.

    • particularly like the chard and ricotta packets–thanks so much–you have been a big help!

      • Tada! Nothing if not versatile, that’s me.

      • you most certainly are full of surprises!

      • Oh yeah, you can also stuff them like vine leaves. A lot less fiddly than vine leaves, though.

  12. Easy to grow, hard to kill… that is my mantra…. I have had good luck with petunias, zinnias, and the every hardy marigold…. Good luck. A couple of years ago I started planting perennials so I am getting quite a collection of those… then I can just add a few annuals instead of starting over every spring… Geraniums are awesome….

    • I think you have a good plan here–I have terrible luck with petunias and I don’t know why–but I have not thought of zinnias lately and I really quite like them

      • Zinnias were my favorite in my first 4H flower garden! They look nice and last in arrangements, too (which for me means stuck in a glass of water)

  13. Don’t even get me started. One of the best things I planted in my yard are Limelight Hydrangeas. I just LOVE the big lime head on them. They last most of the summer and I don’t do anything for them. They are luscious. I also love blanket roses. I have petunias in big planters everywhere and they spill out and add lots of great color. This year I went with a bluish purple. On my front porch I have Hot pink Geraniums. Everything looks great.

    • hydrangeas–what a good idea and I love the idea of the lime –and hot pink geraniums sound very summery

  14. A small place for some lavender …maybe…. they are easy and have such a fragrance for picking some for the house even…they need sun…Diane

  15. I may not be able to garden because I kind of suck at it ;)/
    But that is why I admire flowers everywhere – they are all so beautiful! Haha May means autumn down under, so I am now looking at cherry blossoms!

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. Sorry I am late replying to this post, but I was busy all weekend planting my flowers, the names of which I can’t remember LOL!! That’s because I am not much of a gardener, so instead of knowing what I’m planting, I just say that I’m planting some pretty purple flowers and some nice yellow ones, etc. etc. :). I do remember a couple – petunias are great because they are really hard to kill, and I have planted cosmos and nicotiana which I haven’t managed to kill either. I also planted some snapdragons a few weeks ago, and even though they got covered in snow when Mother Nature was being bitchy, they are still alive and kicking too!! If you need any trailing plants for planters, I’ve also had good luck with verbena, bacopa, and million bells. Now don’t be all impressed. I didn’t actually remember all these names. I have them written down LOL!

    • at least you are smart enough to write them down–and I am duly impressed — I don’t know plants or trees or birds, except for robins and Big Bird

      • Why thank you, and don’t worry, I’m not good with birds either, but I am familiar with Big Bird too :).

  17. My garden not only has to be “easy”, it has to be deer-proof! Marigolds fill the bill. Zinnias too. And I have discovered Swiss Chard in a big pot looks beautiful and edible too. You can get multi colored versions of Swiss Chard for the same pot. Good luck with your experimenting…. ~Dor

    • Swiss chard can be very pretty in reds and yellows (stems)–I can see them in a big pot

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  19. Ha geraniums are the swiis chard of the flower world 🙂 How about Cosmos, Lavender, Poppies Sweet peas and sunflowers oh and Californian poppies – I have all these at the allotment and all deal with my neglect superbly!

  20. All we’re growing this year are June Bug grubs. Has your area been affected by them yet?

    • not yet–but they could only improve my yard

      • I live in fear of the day they all turn into bugs. I could wind up in a horror flick.

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