Plant a Garden of Flowers

Plant a Garden of Flowers start with the mind-set, “I want to watch flowers grow each spring and always know they will be returning to their beautiful glory.”

In my world of Plant a Garden of Flowers, I like to grow perennials so that each spring I can know that something spectacular is about to happen.

Queen's garden

Queen’s Garden

Working year round in a garden can be over-whelming to the beginner. But it all starts out with a simple plan of action.

  • Research the interent for plant ideas and information. Check out Gardens and Crafts

  • Prepare a landscape design for your garden

  • Ask friends for cuttings of their plants.

  • Shop garden centers for discounts, Lowe’s and Home Depot .

  • Check our native plants to your zone.

  • Look around at neighborhoods in your area and take photos of the plants you like.

  • Go to your local botanical garden and wander around and see what’s blooming.

When we moved into our current home, I brought with me hosta in grocery bags that laid in my yard for a few weeks before I could get around to planting them.

I also talked to my friend, Michelle, and her and I applied to the County Extension for a Master Gardening class. I was thrilled when our names were selected! Having a friend that loves gardening is one of life’s treasures. Michelle shared more than gardening we shared love of friendship. Life is better with a Garden Buddy.


Life gives us choices and just like a garden, I want to be assured of tomorrow’s beauty and friendships. Some things are taken for granted, sunshine, soft breezes, birds chirping, and the sweet smell of flowers. They remind me God’s beauty is all around. What if you wake up one morning and suddenly your eye sight has diminished and left you blind. What if your hearing is slowly changing to silence? Think how life would change if you couldn’t enjoy the beautiful flowers along life’s pathways. God has given us some many things to be thankful for. I want to inspire each of you to Plant a Garden of Flowers and you too will be assured of God’s beauty season after season.

God Bless the gardeners!




Crafting for the Soul!

I came across a study, actually my boss sent it to me, about the effects of crafting and how it can be beneficial to you. I feel it carries a lot of weight when you think about the hours spent on a hobby or business and you get self-absorbed in blocking the world out. I know crafting helps me personally when I feel down, depressed, or otherwise not myself. I hope you will find this article inspiring.

“It’s okay to do your craft, anytime, any day.”the Queen said so!

Some highlights are:

  • Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say it is a good way to increase activities.
  • It may also ease stress, increase happiness by releasing neurotransmitter called dopamine.
  • Leisure activities such as reading and crafting may protect brain from aging, study finds this to be true.


Benefits of Swinging with a Garden Buddy

Gardening is my release of stress and gives me a life-long hobby with exercise benefits. One of my greatest treasures is not my beautiful garden but my garden buddy. I share my love of gardening with her. It gives us both endless conversations when we are in the garden or visiting each other!

Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese Maple trees have become popular in landscapes due to their characteristic exotic look and colorful foliage. Exotic maple varieties are another common choice in Japanese gardens because of their changing colors signify the turning of the seasons.

Caring for the Japanese maples require adequate water, soil nutrients and occasional pruning for maximum growth and blooming. Ensuring sunlight is important to maintain their beautiful deep foliage year round.

Incorporating Japanese trees throughout your landscape makeover will give the space a unique and tranquil look unlike any other plant types. Check out HGTV and Better Homes & Gardens for more ways to improve your landscape.

Japanese seedlings

Japanese Maple Seedlings

I have several Japanese trees in my landscape and even have seedlings that I have sold on Craigslist for a small fee. I select the hardy seedlings and place them in a small plastic pot and water and give fertilizer to for my friends. I think I sold over 20 this past spring season. I love sharing my garden and if I can reap some cash, that is a reward.

A few years ago I came up with a game plan. I placed an ad on Craigslist  and offered “free” hosta for the digging. I had all kinds of gardeners calling and bringing trucks out to dig in my garden. I think I was really clever giving away plants and letting the other people do the digging. I free plants seasonally and it helps to keep my garden manageable.

I have so many plants and shrubs in my 1 acre lot that I love sharing with other gardeners. I am thinking about starting a seasonal garden business right in my back yard. It is really great to think up ways to make money in your retirement years. I think I might just found a niche for myself.

Question:  Do you have a niche you are planning for your retirement years? Drop me a note here and let me hear from you.

Happy gardening, Queen Rose

Contorted Hazelnut Tree

I live in North Alabama and we have hot, humid summers. I work in my garden 10 months out of the year. There is always something to take care of. It’s my go-to exercise and stress reliever.  I took the Master Gardening class and it serves me well.

My garden is over 20 years of constant work. I have put my heart and soul into making it beautiful. I’m not about to stop improving it. It’s a retreat, especially with my hammock for lazy days. Thanks to my oldest son giving me it for my birthday. I have two amazing sons and husband that try to keep “the queen” happy.

Today I am trimming my Contorted Hazelnut tree that I planted by our front porch. It was a gift from my Mother and sister on my 50th birthday. It’s a great tree for decorating on Halloween and Christmas. I hang ghosts and ornaments that create a whimsical look.

walking stick tree

Contorted Hazelnut Tree

Contorted Hazelnut

Add interest to your landscape.

Trimming the tree is easy because I want an umbrella look with low branches cut off. I can’t believe how tall it’s gotten. I dearly love the twisted branches. I shared some with my daughter-in-law for a cool arrangements. I love bringing my garden flowers and bounties into our home. It makes me happy!

Gardening is hard work but the joy it brings me makes it all worth while.



Maintenance Tips

  • Wear gloves, use sharp pruners, a garden cart for limbs.
  • Start with lower limbs and work around the bottom, trimming the tree enough to let light in.
  • Remove vines, violets, and other weeds growing underneath the tree.
  • Expect to complete these tasks each spring and fall.

Just remember that maintenance is one of the most important jobs when planning a landscape. You might want to choose low maintenance shrubs and trees. The Contorted Hazelnut is one of the easiest to maintain in a landscape.

Some of my favorite sites for gardening are HGTV , Better Homes & Gardens , Southern Living – Gardening enjoy these sites as much as I do and let’s connect with gardening questions. Do you have one I can help with or would you just like to follow what I am doing? I would love to hear from you.

Happy Gardening

Queen Rose

Things that make me smile!

I love flowers, usually just the site of them will bring a smile to my face. I don’t get them very often and decided years ago to plant a garden with many flowers. I have slowly created a mixed garden of lovely flowers and flowering shrubs that I can cut from and bring inside. I like going out early in the morning while the dew is still on the roses..that’s a song and it’s so true. The best part is it’s a garden of many colors and it brings joy to my heart. I sometimes cut them and take them to work so that I can have a sweet smell of flowers all day long.


There is a gentleman at my work that has over 50 varieties of roses and he shares them with all the ladies in our building. I appreciate the kindness he shows and he doesn’t realize how it cheers my heart. I am thankful for effort.

Do you have something that makes you smile? It might be just a hug from your child, or maybe a smile from a handsome man. Tell me what makes you smile and we all can learn from each other. I am doing a study of what makes others smile, please tell me yours.

Queen Rose