“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with the dream.”
Winter is well underway and has proven to be frigid this winter season. With record breaking temperatures I can’t help but dream a little about spring time. Lord willing we will be able to add some major exterior improvements this spring and summer in our down time… what little we have of it.
A fun fact about me is I grew up on a farm in the north… like way up north. I am talking North Dakota. I spent countless summers helping my parents in the garden. This was a task I hated until I was about a junior in high school and started to appreciate it as more than just a chore.
Now that I am an adult, I appreciate gardening to the point that I miss it during the winter months. It’s an opportunity to feed my family, save money, get exercise, and beautify the world around me. Last April, my amazing husband gifted me with a book from one of my favorite flower farmers: Erin Benzakein, the founder of Floret Farms. This book almost made me want to become a professional flower farmer…
Erin has made a stunning collection of beautiful seasonal blooms. Every page is full of gorgeous flowers, tips on how to grow them, and ideas on how to arrange them when cut. Her book is a bible for floral gardeners and florists alike. I highly recommend getting Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein, even if you have the smallest appreciation for flowers.
At our old home, I spent the last three falls, springs, and summers fervently planting perennial flowers. My favorites were my abundant peony bushes, allium plants, hyacinths, early spring crocuses and exotic oriental lilies. We haven’t be able to experience a spring/summer at this new home but beyond a couple peonies and maybe some lilies, comparatively there isn’t much for flowers.
The major selling point to this fixer upper was the huge backyard. It doesn’t currently have much visual appeal but, it is a gardener’s blank landscape. And we have some pretty amazing plans to make this yard shine.
To do everything we want it will take a few years… to save up the cash and just have time to do everything. The first year will be about establishing a proper vegetable garden, new perennial plants, trees, and giving current structures a facelift. We are definitely in the planning stage but, being able to budget now will save us stress in the end.
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I asked via Instagram and several of you were interested in a few tutorials on gardening. I plan to run a small series on this throughout our planning process and implementation. So be sure to keep checking back. Don’t worry I will have TONS of interior projects to share!
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