Whether you have a green thumb or a black thumb, some flowers are easier to grow than others. On Instagram, I have a series detailing these easy flowers to grow and why they are so wonderful.
lauriekehler🐝Simple, easy, charming. There’s a lot to like about old-fashioned flowers. Daisies are carefree and easy to grow. They do well in a vase and bring a smile to everyone. Plus, making daisy-chains with little ones is one of the sublime delights in gardening. 😉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍃When daisies are done blooming, just whack them back. They will rebloom like an old-fashioned, faithful friend. 👍🏼⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There is a lot of “new and improved” in technology and gardening. But sometimes, the tried and true is still a winner.🍃⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you want to learn more about old-fashioned flowers and gardening, click on my linktr.ee link in my profile and learn about my book, “Gardening Mercies.”⠀(or for the reader on my blog, check out the book at the bottom of this page 😉)
lauriekehler🌸In spring, these biennial flowers soar upwards to delight gardeners. The Latin name, digitalis, will be familiar to anyone that’s had to take heart medicine (or give to their dog like we did for years). Used correctly, it can help hearts. Eaten in the garden, it’s poisonous.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍃But each spring, my heart nearly stops when I see Foxgloves.
Instagram: @lauriekehler🌸If you’re zealous for zany color, grow Zinnias! They come in fire-hot pinks, reds, yellows and soft apricot and coral too. They are inzanely easy to grow. Old-fashioned, faithful and vigorous, add some zinnias to your flower boxes, pots, and garden and I dare you not to smile as you walk by.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
☀️They like full sun and last well in a vase. You’ll feel like a pro when you grow zinnias.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
lauriekehler🌸Snapdragons actually “snap!” They come neatly apart and can be used like clips—to softly ‘snap’ on—for earrings or hair accessories. Perfect for little ones and silly adults too. 😜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just pull them open (the bright pink ‘top’ area from the bottom white area) and watch them speak to you of garden goofiness.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌸They come in tons of different colors like deep red, all white, soft pastels and bi-color, like these fuschia and white ones.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍃Snapdragons are a child’s delight and a flower arranger’s friend.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌸Check out my book, Gardening Mercies at the bottom of this page for more interesting tidbits about gardening 🌿⠀
lauriekehler💦Hydrangea comes from the Greek word, hydros, for water. They like a lot of water. But who can resist their pastel charm and gigantic blooms? The blooms grow as big as a human head. One giant ball of miniature blooms in burgundy or sky blue, white and colors in between.
🌸They are a great shrub for foundation plantings around the home and are perennial, meaning, they’ll come back year after year for generations.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🌸Hydrangeas dry really well and then look fantastic in Christmas trees or dried garlands. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
lauriekehler💕Know why people call each other “Sweet Pea?” It’s because these small, delicate, unassuming flowers pack a powerful fragrance punch. They smell divine and are charming. Although they aren’t special, fussy or modern, these old-fashioned climbing flowers will make any stroll past a fence a romantic moment. 🌸⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you want to learn more about old-fashioned flowers and old-fashioned values, click on the link to my book, “Gardening Mercies” at the bottom of this page.
🌸And happy sniffing!
lauriekehler🌿The hot color right now is indigo, and Japanese Iris deliver! If you have wet areas or boggy soil, this flower will reward you with striking indigo blossoms (or white, blue depending on what variety you choose). Plants grow from rhizomes that can be divided every 3-4 years. Thus, you get more blooms for free! If you have a moist area, plant these!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My book, “Gardening Mercies,” will help you dig deeper, grow stronger!!⠀
While Japanese Iris thrive in wet, Matilija Poppies thrives in dry climates!☀️
lauriekehler🍃Matilija Poppies (or, the “fried-egg-flowered plant”) is a great space filler. This flower is the largest of the poppy flowers at 6+ inches across, and it grows 2-5 feet tall. Best results come with fall/winter cutting back. Matilija’s are native in sunny, dry areas from Baja to California. But if you are in a high desert, you could probably grow them with success. They don’t need much water once established.⠀They don’t have fragrance but their crinkly, crepe paper flowers are delightful. 🐝
And finally, here is some purple clematis. Clematis is a climbing vine that looks great climbing up a fence or lamppost or mailbox stand. It comes in purple, white, blue and pinky stripes. I just love this quote fromAlice Walker, it makes me smile when I see purple flowers screaming, “Hey ya!!”
lauriekehler🎨 “How do you become a good artist?” My son asked. (He thought I was “good”). I told him, “It’s all about noticing things. Pay attention to light and shadows. Notice the details. It’s the same with writing, coding, engineering, whatever. Notice what’s going on. Pay attention.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🔭God wants us to pay attention too. Read the 38th chapter of Job. The world He has made is full of wonder, beauty and delight🏔 Notice it.⠀⠀