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What’s Blooming in Evie’s Gardens!

My children are the special flowers in my garden of life.

The first time I experienced seeing and inhaling this beautiful, fragrant rose I was five months pregnant with my daughter.

I immediately knew what I would name her.

Fast forward to today! I always have called her my rose and she has blossomed into a beautiful flower!  She spends quality time with her children, holds down a demanding job, and still makes the effort to do for others.

Yesterday my daughter, Mirandy was awarded “Volunteer Of The Year” at her children’s school. Not only was she the President of the Home and School Association, she also, as many of you know… has just fought a battle with cancer and won.

This Momma is proud of her blossoms and  loves the pretty flowers growing in her gardens, too.

Here’s what’s happening in the gardens today!

Right now Evie’s Gardens is bursting with spring colors from the vibrant red of the Mirandy rose to the bright yellows of the water iris.

The geraniums fill their space with bright orange petals while lavender brings fragrance and a splash of color.

Irises of many colors bloom painting the gardens with beauty only God can offer!

I love finding unique ways to grow things. (And I recycle!) These are the insides of a couple of old stoves that do not meet safety requirements, although the plants don’t care. Sedum does well in bricks and the Dianthus adds a brilliant pop of color!

I prefer my farm TV to any show on the tube! Between pets, chickens, goldfish, and wildlife, it is quite entertaining!

Some of my favorite chicks!

It’s a chick flick starring Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, Fern, Fannie, and Flo!  These chicks are happy because I built them a chicken run today!

Strawberries, tomatoes, onions, cukes, squash, peppers, okra, lettuce, and sweet potatoes all grow happy with herbs inter-planted! Hope my Stevia does well. More on that later! Excuse the water hose, it’s a work in progress!

Don’t forget to mulch… it’s getting hot and dry time!

Follow us on Pinterest and join us on Facebook! Thanks for stopping by. Visit again, and watch our gardens grow! Have a blessed day!  Evie

Water Features in the Garden!

My daughter’s Mirandy’s last chemo session was yesterday. Three days from now I will be flying back to Oklahoma… to my little homestead in the trailer-hood where it is time to begin working in the endless gardens. Maybe some day we will have time to fish at nearby Lake Eufaula!

Every season has its end and thank God… the dreary season of cancer is behind us, and spring is springing! So are the weeds in Evie’s Gardens!

I am impatient to get my hands dirty, and excited to see how things have evolved since I have been away for over four months. And thinking that thought, I wondered how much my fish in my water garden have grown.

No, this one isn’t mine, although that would be nice. This beautiful Koi pond belongs to The Water Garden, located in  Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Water Garden's Koi Pond

While we do have plans to build a pond,  for now I enjoy my fauna in a smaller, more humble body of water. Okay, it’s a stock tank!

Living in the country I tend to have critters to deal with in all my gardens. I always worry about wild animals like raccoons having my fish for dinner. I go to certain lengths to protect them, like using netting in the following picture.

Adding a water feature is easy to do, and makes for many enjoyable hours of  entertainment!  You can use a number of things to make your water garden unique such as this:

Old Water Pump Makes Great Addition to Yard!

A small container of  plants or a bubbling water fountain can bring a conversational focal point to your yard. It’s fascinating to watch fish play in your water garden while aquatic plants are fun to grow. Here are some plants to grow in the shade  in your water garden.

Here’s one that you can plant without a water garden! Although you can make a great glass of mint tea with it!

The crew at The Water Garden has lots of great information and products to help you with your aquatic plant care needs. They will even tell you how to plant and divide them! Check out their website out for products, plans, and advice for your water gardens!

For those of you who know me, you know, I like to eat! Many aquatic plants are used by humans as a food source. Here are some edibles that you might want to grow for your own consumption.  

More on this later. Until then, check out Wikipedia for a large list of edibles that grow in water!

Water features entrance young and old alike. You can begin by simply adding a container with water plants such as these!

It’s amazing to see plants happily thriving in water, when it is so easy to over water your indoor plants. If you are on a tight budget, start small, and build your water garden slowly. Even a small one is fun, and one day, who knows, maybe yours will be the best of all!

More on water gardens later. For now, I am going to enjoy some precious time with my favorite flower in my life’s garden, my rose, Mirandy before I fly away!

Of course, take precautions with children around water, and never leave a child unattended!

Thanks to The Water Garden, Lowe’s, and the Public Domain for sharing such great information and pictures with us!

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