WARNING!!!! HEAVY WITH PICS!!!!
Now….I know….this is mostly a trashy to treasurey….redo….upcycle it blog….but during the heat of summer, things get crazy, and folks go on vacay…and kinda get too hot and tired to work on “house stuff”. It’s time for swimming, BBQing, and YARDWORK!!!! Now most folks just kinda fade away with the flower part of gardening when the heat of July/August hits…..I have to admit….I’m a die hard. I am still snatching up flowers and such at the store. I just can’t stop! The reason for the name…..because of some advice. If you let your lawn grow a bit taller….or shaggier this time of year….it won’t take as much water….and it shades out the weeds….I PROMISE this works!!!! Just some “summer” advice….from someone who has a HUGE yard….that didn’t have any grass when I moved here five years ago….and now the whole acre or whatever this monstrosity is….is completely grassy and pretty weed free….in the yard that is! lol
This time of the year is one of my faves. I know….I know it’s blazing out….but in my book…that’s the time of the year that I’m NOT complaining about the cold. This has hit home especially this year when I’m thinking about my hubby stuck up in North Dakota….where the winter will likely hit -30 to -40 this winter! EWWWWWWE…..I shiver just thinking about how miserable that is gonna be!…….and how bad I’m gonna miss him!
ANYHOO….There are tons and tons of beautiful things blooming this time of the year. Things that actually grow the best in my neck of the woods. I’m gonna share some of my, not NO CARE….but LITTLE CARE garden goodies with you!
The standards. Yep….we southern girls know about the cacti….and yuccas….but there are more….Now….I’m not gonna go all “botanist” on you and try to give you the LONG technical names….I’ll give you my slang names….and if you want more….I’ll hunt it down for you! For those of Y’all who live local….the pics marked share….I’ll be happy to share with some lucky subscriber….will get one of each of those. I’ll say more about this in a bit….
Now….I have more that I’m gonna GIVE to the winner…..but I really could go one forever! One thing I DO want to say that I’m sharing will be a Crinum Lily. Ask any of my friends that I’ve shared one of these with….no garden should do without these. Look it up! They’re AWESOME…..mine get about two feet tall….and just get thicker every year. I got these about twelve or thirteen years ago from a friend….and I’ve been in love ever since! Thank You “Miss Pam!!!”
Okay….there are more…..but seriously….I could go on all day!!!!
On the give away….this is NOT the give away that will be announced August 1.
To win this….(and YES there will be more plants than I have put in here for the prize…I’ll keep updating this post with a list at the bottom….so keep checking back to this post….because I have to remember what all I have that I CAN dig up and share.)
1. You HAVE to be a WEBSITE….or BLOG follower! That means that you have to go over to the right…..and subscribe via e-mail…..and confirm it in your e-mail. Or….if you have a blog feed….you can subscribe that way.
2. You have to either comment on here….or if you follow me on facebook….you can share there…..and comment on YOUR share. If you share on facebook…..I’ll enter you twice. I will allow you to enter yourself this way twice….once now….and once after the fifteenth…..so this actually gives you a chance to have your name put in four times from this method alone!!!!
3. If anyone follows me…and comments that they followed me through you….I’ll enter you again for each new follower you are responsible for.
It’s that simple. I will be running this from now till the end of August also….so get busy posting and subscribing….
I’ll place reminders on my facebook page throughout the month….with a link to this post….that way if you don’t do it today….you won’t have to search forever for it!
Plants included in the Prize:
This list will keep getting updated
Weeping butterfly bush
the fluffy purple flowers that butterflies love….can’t remember the name.
Purple coneflower seeds
Lavender Obedient Plant
Pink Evening Primrose
I also have another vine that has small “clematis” looking blooms in the spring.
Golden rod…..this is a tall variety….and spreads well….mine gets approximately four feet tall…..even after I cut it several times….which by the way just makes it bushier and have more blooms in the fall.
Tall reed grass….mine in currently about 13-15 feet tall!!