SoCS – If I Had a Bigger Garden

The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “if.” Linda invited us to start our post with the word “If.”

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If I had a bigger garden, I would plant more fruit trees and vegetables.

I have a good size garden and am grateful for all the flowers in my garden. My picture folder showed my garden was barren in 2003. I planted the flowers and trees a few at a time for the last eighteen years. I set a mental budget for gardening and didn’t spend too much money each year. Probably I spent the most this summer when I replaced many annual to perennial flowers.

Flowers in My Garden

I also tried to see what grows well in my garden. Some part of my garden gets full sun all day, while other part gets either the morning sun or evening sun. After we planted the Cypress trees in the backyard, they block the sun in the winter as the earth tilted.

Another factor about gardening is the soil and watering system. Hubby is in charge of the sprinkler system. He also takes care of the lawn while I take care of the flowers. He installed the sprinklers according to the needs of the lawn. As a result, some flowers get too much water, and some don’t get enough water. Well, I have to improvise and make change now and then. I don’t mind doing that. What I did was to plant the flowers that need more water in the areas that have more sprinkler heads and planted the flowers that don’t need so much water in the areas further from the sprinkler heads. Of course, I could ask him to add sprinkler heads in some areas.

I started with one patch of Lily of the Nile (African Lily). African lily can withstand drought because of its large, fleshy roots. Roots spread and fresh shoots grow. I transplant them on several spots and the sixty feet wide slopes in the back yard behind the retaining wall, spaced them every eight feet in eight patches. The photo below is in the front yard.

Lily of the Nile (African Lily)

When we renovated the front yard, I bought ten rose bushes, and they turned out to be in different shades of pink. Then I felt in love with the white iceberg roses and bought ten bushes.

Throughout the years, I planted different flowers. As mentioned above, I experimented with the kinds that do well in my garden. The flowers above and below included in this post are what I currently have.

Year-round: Geranium, Hibiscus, Pentas, Periwinkle (Vinca) Lantana, and Snapdragon

Spring: Freesia (yellow and purple) and Clover

Summer: Daylily and Sunflower

Winter: Cyclamen and Camelia

I have planted the bulbs for Daffodil and Iris, hope to see the flowers next year.

Fruit Trees

So far, I have two plum trees, one apple tree, and one orange tree. We hope to plant a dwarf lemon tree, blackberries and raspberries. Berries are invasive, so I need more planning before planting them.

Vegetables

I planted kale, orange and green bell pepper, and squash. They are not ready to harvest yet. I love to grow more vegetables if I had a bigger garden.

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89 comments

  • Your garden is lovely, Miriam! I’m jealous of your beautiful orange tree. We’re trying a Washington orange next spring. We’re a zone 8 so it might be touchy, but we’ll give it winter protection and hope for the best.
    I love the African Lily!

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    • Thank you, Jacquie! The Valencia orange tree must be 60 years old, planted when the house was built. It has two crops a year and bears abundant fruits even when we forget to water. Good winter rain would help, of course. My daughter’s friend (in Portland) has an orange tree in a pot. It looks healthy. I hope Washington orange will be a good choice for you. I’m searching for thornless blackberries for zone 9 right now. African lily is low maintenance plant. I need to have many low-maintenance plants so that I could have fun trying different plants in some spots each year!!

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  • Thanks for sharing your garden. Your flowers and fruit trees look so lush and healthy. They must know they are appreciated.:-)

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  • Your garden is beautiful, the plums look mouthwatering 🙂 We mainly have hibiscus. Thank you for sharing.

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  • What a lovely garden you’ve created, Miriam. I have many similar plants in mine here in the Western Cape of South Africa – we must have similar climates.

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  • How wonderful to have flowers all year round! Your fruit trees look very robust. If you plant more vegetables, beware the almighty zucchini. They are very, very prolific.

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  • Lovely photos, Miriam. My hubby expanded his garden this year and he’s pleased with the results, except that the birds ate all of his little green grapes. We had plenty of kale, tomatoes, lettuce, and snow peas, though. Three squashes have been harvested, but there are a couple more to come. His biggest challenge is dealing with the bugs, birds and other critters that want to help themselves to the food 🙂

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    • How wonderful, Debra! I want to have all the vegetables in your hubby’s garden. I think the bird or bug ate the new leave of the bell pepper so it’s not growing. I covered the two plants with a mash. Now one is growing and I can smell the pepper.
      The two squash are doing well and I’ll transplant two more because I started the seeds in the peapods.

      I have some space with lilies which I don’t need. I’ll dig them up and use the space to grow vegetable.

      There’s large mash at Lowes to cover plants, so at least birds won’t get to them. I don’t know what to do with bugs.
      When I raised butterflies in the summer, I think the bugs killed the caterpillars. So I collected them to put in the cages with milkweed to raise them.

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  • What a gorgeous garden, Miriam! Since we’ve been in a severe drought with water rationing, we let our grass go and some of the garden didn’t survive. But the hydrangeas did, along with the lantana. I only hope that next year is much better after a good, rainy winter. I miss how it looked in the past. Thanks for sharing! Your blooms are inspirational!

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    • I know, Lauren, we have the water on three times a week. I only hand water the flowers more when they’re new. We’re now back to the regular schedule. We have the water on in the middle of the night so it soaks in before the sun comes out. We also try to keep the grass taller so the sun won’t dry it as fast.

      I do hope we’ll have more rain. We need it badly. Thank you for commenting on my flowers. A few seasonal flowers are not new photos.

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  • Absolutely beautiful pictures, Miriam! Thanks for sharing your happy garden with us. 🙂

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    • Certainly, Yvette! It’s my pleasure to share my garden with my neighbor. When people go on walks, they like to look at my garden. I’m glad to share it with my blogging community also. Thank you for your comment. 🌺😊

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  • A wonderful reflection, Miriam. One of my dad’s favourite hymn starts with “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.” Thank you for sharing your garden – a wonderful life-affirming way to begin a fresh new week.

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    • That was one of the hymns I memorized when I took voice lessons, Rebecca. “And he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own.” It’s a beautiful hymn. Another hymn I memorized is His Eye is on the Sparrow. When I do gardening, it reminds me of all the hymns, God’s promise and his care for us. Thank you for your comment and remind me of my favorite hymn also, Rebecca! This week will be a wonderful week. 💐🌷🎶

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  • Such a beautiful garden, Miriam! I’ve never had luck with bulbs of any kind – not one came up out of the plethora I’ve planted over the years. A friend was thinning out her irises last spring, so I took several of them (leaves still attached) and finally had two that bloomed. Success!

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    • Good to hear the success of your irises, Teri. The leaves are for taking in the energy from the sun even when they’re dormant in the winter. The two you had will reproduce more bulbs next year, I think.

      I know the bulbs we buy don’t have leaves. I’ll see if the iris bulbs will come up next year.

      I’m not adventurous to try delicate flowers, and tend to grow the kinds I liked in the neighborhood or some popular ones in the nursery.

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  • Miriam, your garden is breathtaking. So beautiful. Hugs on the wing.

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    • Thank you, Teagan! I love that when they kids on the street passing by my house and comment on the flowers. The flowers are there for my neighbors also. I’m glad you liked them. Enjoy your new week!

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  • You have a lovely garden Miriam, I love all those flowers and can spend endless hours in their company. Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures.

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  • D.L. Finn, Author

    Such a beautiful garden, Miriam. I want to plant some fruit trees, I know apples do well here but we would have to fence it in with the bears and deer helping themselves, as they do with the blackberries. We didn’t have a garden this year with the drought and being on a well, so just kept the existing plants and trees alive. At least we are getting a amazing week of rain for the forest and garden!

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    • Good to hear you got some rain, Denise. We need it so badly. We only got a little bit last night, even to wet the ground but not enough to make any puddles.

      I wonder if you could just fence off the trees without fencing off your property.

      If you have a well, how do you get water into your house? I’m just wondering. We bought two acres in Washington Peninsula years ago. It didn’t have a well or electricity. It would take $500 per digging to find a well. We sold it eventually.
      I don’t know what we can do with the drought and water shortage in CA!

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  • If I had your garden I’d never go back into the house.

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    • I know exactly what you meant. I have to restrain myself for not being carried away when I do gardening. I sometimes spend too much time picking weeds and trimming the plants and flowers, or simply get sore after several houses or digging, bending up and down.
      Thank you so much for you reading and commenting.

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  • A beautiful garden and you look after it so well. I only have pots of flowers as our garden area is tiled. I enjoy planting flowers in the colourful pots and making sure they are in the right lace so they grow and bloom. We also have a lovely cactus garden in one corner which also blooms with colourful flowers. I don’t want a bigger garden as this one is just the right size for me. Enjoy!

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    • I like the colorful pots but I’m not good at taking care of the flowers in the pots, Darlene. I forget to water them. I had two pots and eventually one pot of flowers died, the other pot is mint and it keeps coming back. I pretty much depend on the sprinklers to water the plants. I have a jade plant that flowers in the winter. The jade started with a small plant. I cut the branches to soak in the water or stick them into the soil. They set roots and grow. I now have many jade plants in different spots of the garden.
      Your garden must be pretty with the colorful pots and you could move them into the sunny spots. It must be lovely to have a cactus garden. There’s drought in California and people are encouraged to have a cactus garden as it needs less water.
      There are two crops of oranges each year. We squeeze the orange for juice and freeze it. Each crop gives us four months of juice. We’re eating the apples from our tree. Hubby uses fresh lemon juice regularly, so I thought of getting a lemon tree. We eat two meals a day and mostly vegetables, so I would like to grow some vegetables. For these reasons, I would like to have a little bit more garden space.

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      • Many people here have lemon trees in their garden which is wonderful and some have fig tress. It is nice to have your own fruits and vegetables to eat. Some neighbours share their lemons with us as they have more than they can use. xo

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  • That was fascinating. It helps to explain how people are obsessed with gardening. There is a lot of cerebral in planting what and where. Thanks for the walk-through.

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    • I think I’m the only one in the neighborhood doing gardening all the time. I had real estate agents approached me to sell my house. They might think that I wanted to have a better curbside appeal to sell the house. They don’t come anymore when my front yard looks like that year-round. Doing gardening is part of my ‘exercise’ as I must be digging and bending up and down. Thank you for reading, jacqui!

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  • Miriam, your garden is positively beautiful! I wish I had a green thumb. Between the fruit trees and the flowers, you must just love sitting outside and soaking up the sights and scents. Lovely photos!

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    • I inherited the green thumb from my dad, Mae. I watched how he cared for the plants when I was growing up. The plants grew big and well. He would laid the newspaper on the ground to repot the small plants into bigger pots. In my early years of gardening when I didn’t want to spend money, I dug up the new shoots of the African lilies and other lilies to plant them all over the garden. Then I bought some new flowers every summer to replace them so I have different flowers. I’m thankful for the green thumb from my dad. I do enjoy sitting outside or looking out the windows!

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  • Your garden is beautiful, Miriam. I love the flower photos you shared. When the garden is full and pretty, we all want it to be bigger. Here in the northeast, it’s garden clean-up time and I wish is was smaller 🙂

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    • We have short winter here in CA, Dan. I do my clean-up in winter also. I don’t want to disturb the flowers too much in the summer. When the annual die in the winter, I have to get rid of the dead flowers anyway. Hopefully, I won’t have too much clean-up to do this year since I planted more perennial. The African lilies reproduce too fast. I trim and thin them in the winter when the sun is not so hot. The weed grows faster than the flowers and gets me crazy. I clean-up the weed one spot at a time and covered it with bark chips. Doing it all summer and am still not done yet. 🙂

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      • It’s hard work in the heat. At least here, fall cleanup is time for long pants and sometimes a flannel shirt.

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        • The fall in the northeast probably feels like the northwest. When I visited my daughter in Portland OR last month, I needed to wear a light coat in the morning and evening. You may have more snow in the winter. Portland had snow a few times last year.
          It doesn’t seem to have fall season here, Dan. I call it a teasing or cheating season. We have a maple tree but it’s not cold enough to get the leaves losing the green color. The leaves turn yellow, but it’s the beginning of winter.

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  • I’m partial to purplse, so I liked seeing all those purple flowers!

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  • A beautiful post Miriam with such lovely photos.

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  • So beautiful flowers in the garden. Very nice written in. Nice have to work for gardening.

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  • I get carried away and plant up too many tubs and pots then if we get a dry spell have to do too much watering. With my surgery and chemo this year and not able to get to the garden centre for yet more plants, I was surprised how many seedlings have popped up that I have ‘rescued’ and used to plant up more pots!

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    • It’s so easy to get carried away, Janet. So far, I have had any tubs. I have a few pots. My daughter’s new house has many tubs (they moved to a new neighborhood two years ago). The previous owner planted some flowers that bloom at different times during the years. It’s amazingly enjoyable. We don’t have long winter in southern California, so most of my flowers bloom most part of the year even when they aren’t perennial.
      It’s amazing even when you seem not to be able to care for the plants, they popped up anyway. Nature is wonderful. I remember my days of chemo and surgery. I made a ‘daybed’ downstairs to rest all day. Are you still going through the chemo? How long have you been doing it and how much longer do you do it? I hope you have people around to help you! ❤

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      • I am halfway through. My daughter is coming this weekend ready for Monday’s session which is the start of a different drug. I am going to see the oncologist on Friday.

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        • I remember how it felt when I was halfway through. It’s good you’re daughter can come to help you. Is your session inpatient or outpatient? Of even it’s outpatient, you may have to be for several hours. I hope you treat up and have you energy before reach session. Will check on your updates. Take care. 😍

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  • Beautiful flowers

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  • Beautiful shots, Miriam. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous garden with us.❤️

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  • Your garden is wonderful, Miriam. We have a similar arrangement, mom and I see to the planting and my dad sees to the sprinkler system. We have similar results and I spend the entire day yesterday watering. I literally have a hundred AFrican lilies in my garden. We have both white and purple ones and they grow like mad.

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    • It’s good that your dad takes care of the sprinkler system and you and your mom care for the flowers. The guy across the street doesn’t do anything. The wife does everything, even washing the cars. I can’t believe it. The African lilies reproduce very quickly. I have to thin them in the winter when the sun is not so hot. I cut the leaves down to six inches high. It’s easier to thin them when they are low. They grow back very quickly. I would love to have some white African lilies but I hot too many purple ones already. The hummingbirds love them.

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  • Such beautiful flowers. No doubt you take time to smell those lovely blooms.

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  • Exquisite! I love your white roses!

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  • Wonderful flowers, Miriam – it must give you so much pleasure. Toni x

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  • such a beautiful sight to watch and be amazed at what the Lord can do. No wonder the Bible say’s “look at the flowers” they are so awesomely clothed that nothing can compare to them. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. Blessings to you.

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    • Exactly, Sophia! I get inspiration from the garden for my reflection and writing. The Bible says the flowers in the field blossom today and die tomorrow, yet he dressed them in glory. How much more he loves us and watches over us. The flowers are a daily reminder of God’s love for us. Thank you for your beautiful comment. Blessings to you!

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