For the past 30+ years, I have lived on 55 acres of the foothills in rural South West Oregon.
When my last child left for college in 2000, my husband started building fences around plantings near our home for me. We call them ‘flower-jails’, as the flowers are separated from the deer and rabbits who find them delicious. I now have 5 distinct ‘flower-jails’ around the house. A number of trees and bushes are also fenced until they get tall enough to survive on their own. I also have a couple of beds that are not fenced, where I am finding plants the deer do not eat. It has been a labor of love for me to weed and move around the many plants I have accumulated through the years.
I am also a potter, who likes to make many flower vase designs so I can bring my flowers inside. My goal was to have flowers year-round, but I know this is not to be as we still have too cold of winters. I still love the cold winters, since this is how we get beautiful spring bulb flowers. As I get older, my goal is to have a lower-maintenance flower garden.
I also grow a vegetable garden, which I have found produces many different flowers of its own. By cultivating the lettuce and other vegie flowers, I do not need to purchase as many starts the next year. For example: bok choy, swiss chard, dill and cilantro keep coming back on their own.
With my little digital camera, I have photographed my flowers for a few years and enjoyed looking back at when each plant reached its prime. During this time, I’ve learned a lot about where a plant will grow best in my yard. Sometimes being moved only a few feet away will make all the difference. No matter what the tag on the plant reads, when a plant finds it’s ‘perfect’ home, it will let me know by growing and thriving.
Many plants outgrow their ‘home’ and need to be divided. I have a hard time ‘killing’ any of my plants that I have usually babied along. Last year, I found a local organization that was willing to accept a number (80 or so) of my plant starts for their annual plant sale. Through other flower people, I’ve learned to know when some flowers go to seed. California poppies are a great example of flowers that I’ve been seeding on other places of my property. I look forward to sharing some of what I’ve learned and photos of flowers.
July 29, 2014 at 6:33 am
Thank you for visiting my blog ! I do love flowers, I look forward seeing more pictures from you 🙂
March 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm
That is great you have huge land to grow any edibles and other plants! There are so many nice plants out there to have fun with, happy gardening! 🙂
March 31, 2015 at 1:18 am
I love your blog!
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June 28, 2015 at 11:02 am
Thanks very much for following The Immortal Jukebox Susan. I hope you will enjoy lots of entertaining writing and the wide variety of music. I usually post once a week. Please feel free to add comments. If it’s been a while since you visited come on over and see what’s new! Good luck with your blog. Regards Thom.
July 26, 2015 at 1:22 am
I love this! I love flowers and plants. I am just afraid of insects.
July 26, 2015 at 3:42 am
I don’t touch earthworms. Insects tend to leave me alone, as long as I leave them alone. I’ve learned that ground bees do not like it if you dig a shovel into their nest. You learn to run very fast!
January 6, 2016 at 1:37 am
i have become a trial and error gardener and just love it and am amazed when something really grows or blooms. i’m envious of your skills – thanks for reading and following my blog and i can’t wait to learn from you – beth
January 6, 2016 at 5:47 pm
No matter what I read, I have found trial & error to be the best teacher in gardening. Perhaps that is why old ladies are such great gardeners – they have lots of practice!
February 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm
I love to divide plants but can’t just throw them away so plant them along the edge of the property where we border a wetlands. I can still see the blooms but don;t have to manicure the area. Our MG group also happily takes all donations for our annual plant sale as well. 🙂
February 29, 2016 at 8:47 pm
Yes! I find that I have to divide plants that are overgrowing their area. Did give many plants away to friends, and donated some.
I started an area that I call “the hinterlands”, that is not irrigated, and plants there live under the theory of ‘survival of the fittest’.
As of now it is composed of Shasta daisies, bearded iris, foxglove and orange crocosmia.
It sure seems like an unusual problem we have!
January 15, 2017 at 12:41 am
My mother loved growing things but as she got older stooping became more difficult, so her husband built her some taller planter boxes on casters that she could move around the porch. When she got Alzheimer’s it was also where she would bury treasure under the plants. We only accidentally discovered this when we emptied the dirt before selling the boxes.
January 16, 2017 at 1:43 am
What a great story! Sounds like a movie premise.
Those planters on casters sound wonderful – what a gift of love they were.
January 16, 2017 at 1:47 am
Yes they were a gift of love. I like the movie idea too. Thanks!
May 10, 2017 at 11:30 pm
such a sweet place here 🙂
May 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm
There are really so many sweet places on earth.
I kinda like my sweet places in the country:-)