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Glorious Morning Glories

Morning Glories are the first plants a novice gardener will grow, because they are the easiest and most successful of annual climbers to grow.Everyone should find a spot in their garden for a brilliant blue or white (my favorite) morning glory. But to be sure with any easy, pretty plant there is always a disclaimer. Read on below all about the history and growing guide for morning glories. Thank you Weekend Gardener for this article. Morning glories are a pretty annual climbing plant.  Many species were originally from China, which introduced them into Japan in the 9th century.  The Japanese were the first to cultivate morning glories as ornamental flowers and have produced many cultivars.  There are also species of morning glories native to North and Central America, where they were used by the Aztecs as a hallucinogenic and to galvanize rubber when combined with the rubber trees in the jungle.  Note that the seeds of the morning glory are poisonous.  They ca…

Secret Gardens

Secret gardens are small gardens with a quiet place for contemplation. They can include shade, water features, benches, trellis, a variety of colors and textures, and perhaps an element of surprise.

A Secret garden should not be an open area, as the name implies the garden should be somewhat hidden, it can even have an entrance door, as in "The Secret Garden".




this has all the elements of a secret garden, wall enclosure for intimacy, interesting architecture, soft flowers, pots, seating
 secret gardens are often found in a previously neglected side yard. The  site already has a one sided enclosure, and an entrance gate. This is a lush secret garden I wouldn't mind spending an afternoon in.

entrance to a secret garden is very important. It can be grand, or simple. An arbor covered by wisteria or roses, or perhaps a wooden gate and a simple door hint at mysteries and wonders found inside.”
fences add support to climbing roses
















Seating is important to a secret garden whether a s…

7 Easy DIY Bird Baths

Easy DIY Bird Baths. Fall is the time of the year when birds become very active in the garden. I love birds in my yard, and I have feeders and bird baths in my cottage garden active all year round to attract my feathered friends. These DIY projects are so cute and simple, and they are great garden decor as well!

When it comes down to it, a bird bath is just a shallow container that holds water sat onto a base. There are so may creative ways to build a bird bat, all you have to d is check Pinterest or goggle it, but hopefully you will find inspiration here from these artful easy birdbath projects.

This a lovely idea, a beautiful bowl just glued to a stick, simple yet beautiful and useful . http://www.mysocalledcraftylife.com

















I loved this idea, and I have lamps in my attic, I see a DIY project in my future. http://www.thriftyrebel.com/2012/08/diy-lamp-into-orange-birdbath.html







Great DIY project with Kids http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/homemade-flower-pot-bird-bath/
You can't…

Winter Bird Care

Winter Bird Care   Water is one of the most important things birders can add to their backyard to attract birds. All bird species need water, and adding one or more water features to your yard will quickly attract feathered friends.





















Why Birds Need Water
Birds need water for two reasons: drinking and preening. Water helps keep a bird’s body cool both from the inside and outside. Water baths can also remove dust, loose feathers, parasites and other debris from a bird’s plumage. Offering water in your backyard will attract more birds than just food sources, since birds that would not normally visit feeders can be tempted by water features.



Most Popular Types of Water
Any water is an improvement on a dry backyard, but standing water is the least effective for attracting birds. While they will eventually find it, standing water is not dynamic enough for many migrating birds or casual visitors to notice.



Indestructible Liriope

Indestructible Liriope



Liriope is also called big blue lilyturf,  the other common species of Liriope is called creeping lilyturf .Lirope is the first plant I dug from a neighbors yard and transplanted  to my garden.

 Once this plant starts growing it does not stop. It can be used  to edge  borders of your flower bed, edge your front yard  walkway, and any other spot you need a hardy indestructible plant.

It is hardy in zones five to ten.

Liriope is a hardy evergreen ground cover.  Liriope generally grows from ten to eighteen inches tall and is twelve to eighteen inches wide.  It grows in clumps with dark green vegetation.  Some varieties are variegated.  Liriope blooms in July and August with spikes of purple, lavender, or white flowers. The flowers are small but there are a lot of them, making the plant very showy when blooming.

Liriope will grow in anything from full shade to deep shade.  For the most flowers, however, plant in full sun.  It is a very hardy ground cover and spreads rapi…