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If jet lag wasn’t enough we jumped in the car and headed down south to check on the place there – 5 hour car ride!  We did celebrate the 4th of July with family and wished Gramps his 95th birthday!!!  Here’s Frankie still trying to adjust after his kennel vacation …. hm

The hibiscus were in bloom and one of the rose bushes I recently planted had a beautiful bloom …

The Coneflower took off well and definitely will be a nice addition to the landscape down there.

Purple Echinacea(Coneflower) with Yarrow

I also spotted TWO tomatoes on one of the plants and a Snake critter which I am not used to seeing.  This guy was much smaller than the previous one we encountered behind the barn, but a snake is a snake … the dragonflies were buzzing all around and I saw some new birds!  I added more flower pictures at DebsFlowers 


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All of these flowers are a first for me this year except the roses and the vine flower (not sure what it actually is called)

 Baby’s Breath



 Borage flower

 Globe amaranth

 Guardian Marigold


 Vine flower


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I have started seeds beginning in January and as the days have drawn closer to actually planting the flowers and veggies outside, I have quite a few trays of seedlings anxiously awaiting the big day ..  the day they are put in the ground in their own garden with plenty of space to spread their roots.  So….the question is who will I plant next to who and for what purpose?  I will answer this question here and also I have added 2 pages – Veggie List

Flower List


Four o’clocks  – this flower is considered a trap crop for Japanese beetles.  This means that the beetle will flock to the four o’clock flower instead of its regular target, in my case, I hope to keep them off my rose bushes and hibiscus plants.  Both of these had Japanese beetles dining on them last year.  Each day as the four o’clocks become full I intend to have a bucket of soapy water on hand and flick the beetles in the bucket .. this I am thinking will immobilize them … permanently.


Nasturtiums  – this is a picture of how I plant most of my seeds in trays and since the nasturtium seeds are quite big, you can see them clearly.  I scatter the seed in the tray and then cover with the soil, water, place under grow lights and wait for action.  This flower I will plant all over since it is said to attract loads of beneficial insects which are the good bugs that eat the bad bugs who do the damage to your plants.  They also are said to repel aphids, potato beetle, Mexican bean beetles, cucumber beetle and squash bugs.  I will be planting more nasturtiums near my cucumber, zucchini and beans.  Another note states to plant with vine crops to protect ground beetles and spiders (beneficial insects).


Buckwheat –


is used as a cover crop because it adds good nutrients to your soil.  If there is an empty garden place make sure to grow some buckwheat there.  I have an area which one day will be planted with flowers.  I tossed some buckwheat seeds in this area and will let them do their magic.  I will also plant buckwheat in borders around the gardens since it attracts parasitic wasps, hoverflies and honeybees … the good bugs. 

Also between the corn rows to attract wasps that parasitize the corn earworm!


Basil –                   I will plant around my tomato plants along with Borage which will repel the tomato hornworm.  Basil also repels aphids, asparagus beetles, mites and mosquitoes.  Borage will attract bees and other beneficial insects.  My pepper plants will be nearby along with marigolds that will be planted throughout the gardens.


I found this very interesting regarding the dandelion – they have taproots which reach down below the topsoil to absorb important nutrients from the subsoil, which become part of the dandelion plant.  Make sure to add the dandelion (before it flowers) to your compost or back into the topsoil for those important nutrients.


“Great Garden Companions” written by Sally Jean Cunningham is the source of my research and a book I highly recommend.


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