A Hidden Oasis

Do you have a secret place you like to escape to?  Do you have a favorite place you don’t tell anyone about but you love to go to when you just need to get away?  For me, it’s not much of a secret, but for most of the year it is a quiet oasis in the morning and in the evenings.  I love when it’s still cold in the morning and I need a light jacket and socks to go out on my back patio to enjoy my coffee, the sounds of the birds and a little distant early morning traffic.

This is what the flower garden looks like right now at the beginning stages.  I have planted Pentas, which come out in a star shape mound and go from sprint all the way through our TN early fall and this plant is loved by hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. This is becoming one of my all-time favorites!

Another favorite has and always will be Lantana.  This plant grows pretty much anywhere and is extremely hardy, come in a pleathera of colors and it grows well in even if you forget to water it or it has very dry conditions. It does need full sun, so this year I have an orange and red one out front and a yellow one in my hanging planter out back.  These always do well in my garden and again it’s something the butterflies and the hummingbirds love.

A flower that I tried out from last year and became one of my favorites, is back again as well, this time in white.  It’s called Angelonia, or summer snapdragon.  One of the ones I tried last year in pink and I loved it so much it’s back this year in white.   It grows tall and strong and looks great as most of my containers start off smaller and then grow into their height, this one doesn’t grow much taller but does spread out a bit.  I paired it this year with a new flower I’ve never tried before, but if you know anything about me, the name of the flower color should say it all.  Though it’s in the Cosmos family, it’s specifically the ‘Choca Mocha’ Cosmos.  These flowers have a rich dark lustrous flowers (I have a few that are about the bloom – I can’t wait to see them!) and they have the appearances of fine dark chocolate with a cocoa fragrance.  YUM!!!

Two other flowers I got this year that I’ve never grown before, one is a Marguerite daisy.  It’s a beautiful yellow and it’s a busy mounding type in a container with a red verbena which will look beautiful together.  The verbena will stay low, so the mounding daisy will look beautiful.  I’m not sure if our summer is mild enough for it to bloom, but I’m excited to try it out.  The other super awesome flower I’m excited about is the tropical mounding Mandevilla.  This is normally a plant that over the years trails up or down and needs something to vine up on, but thanks to lots someone, they have now come up with a mounding version.  I was at Lowe’s in the “dead plant section” and I got two red ones I planted out front in the ground, and one pink I planted in a container in the back for $3 total!!  I’m so excited, my pink one is blooming already!

In about a month it will most likely be too hot to get up and enjoy this oasis in the morning or afternoon and occassionally in the evenings, but looking through the window I’ll get to watch the flowers bloom and the hummingbirds stop by.

The front porch looks about the same, but with a little variation as I planted two mounding mandevilla’s in the ground to help cover the dead area where they ripped out our hedges and never replaced them 2 1/2 years ago.  This is the front stoop so far!

A few of the plants have grown a bit and I had someone visit the containers one day (maybe a chipmunk or a rabbit) and dig up the one I was trying to revive.  So instead I went back to my favorite place, the “dead plant section” of Lowe’s and I bought two new plants to put in the container that was dug up.

I found a beautiful not so bad at all and with a flower blooming Orange Dahlia.  This beautiful plant should be a lovely addition to the double orange Portulaca that I’m trying for the first time.  I honestly never really liked the texture of the this flower.  But after researching I found that it is also know as the “moss rose” or purslane.  For the rose lover that I am, I’m looking forward to this plant filling out and I do love that this plant needs such little care.  I also have a little blue lobelia plant in the same container with the portulaca – “moss rose” and the Orange Dahlia.  I am looking forward to the lobelia blooming.  It is a very intense blue that I may see only for a few weeks, but I know that it comes back in the fall with the cooler weather.

Here’s the other one I got for $1 at Lowe’s, as they were going to just throw this away.  It took only a day or two and this one finally came out beautifully!  I love Calibrachoa, known better as superbells.  I love that this planter has all different colors in it.

container gardening, colorful flowers, flower photography

The last of my flower garden this year is my geraniums.  One is a double pink geranium, and the other one is still yet to be determined.  It didn’t have a tag, so I’m anxious to see what color it produces.

I’ve spent my day in the garden.  And one of my favorite songs of all times, minus my favorite of “It is well with my soul”, is “In the garden”.  Here below if you you know it, sing along….

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses

Chorus:
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known
He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing

Chorus:
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known
I’d stay in the garden with Him
‘Tho the night around me be falling
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling

Chorus:
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

If you don’t have your own favorite spot, I invite you to find a spot and make it your own.  The peace and quiet, and the joy and the stillness brings a peace that refreshes your soul.  Today I got work done, spent some time in prayer, watched bunnies, butterflies and hummingbirds and enjoyed my oasis!

Come by anytime!

Noelle

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