Garden Chick - Notes from the Garden

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Finally, Rain

There is a water shortage in Georgia, and restrictions have been placed on watering your garden. We can only water on certain days. Our vegetable garden hasn't suffered, because my husband has been responsible for it. We had some great fried squash with dinner last night. There is going to be lots of cucumbers, and tomatoes soon. I was out this morning at 7:30 a.m. (before the blistering heat and humidity has taken hold), and finally weeded, and trimmed my herb garden. My rosemary is about 5 years old and has taken over the bed. I trimmed it back along with sage, oregano, chamomile, lemon balm, catnip, pineapple mint, and chives. My yarrow is looking okay, and the pineapple sage planted in the vegetable garden is already flowering. A lavender planted by the steps going down to the patio has flourished in this hot weather and has hundreds of blooms. I hope they stay pretty so that I can cut some for the shop opening on Saturday. I want to have a "lavender" table all by itself. I picked up 10 lavender plants from Possum Creek Herbs today, and will make Lavender Tub Teas, and Bath Salts this week for the table. Add lavender soap, and linen spray and I hope the table will be a hit. the shop will smell good if nothing else.

Chive Blossoms:

Here is a photo of my chive blossoms. These are edible and are good in a salad or an egg omelet. Pick them when they are nice and full and before they start to dry out. I try to trim my chives when they start drooping over. This will perk them right back up. Every 3-4 years, dig them up and separate the little bulbs. Replant, or give several to your friends.


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Monday, June 18, 2007

pictures of shop

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I'm Back!

Where has the time gone? When I started this blog, I promised myself I would be consistent in posting. Well.......a lot has been going on but hopefully I am back on track. My daughter n law Ashley and I opened the Jasmine Moon Garden Shop on May 5th, during "Down Home Days" in Chickamauga. We were absolutely overwhelmed at how well we did, and in fact, did throughtout May.Our shop is not your usual garden shop where you carry flowers, gardening tools, and buy decor from the market in Atlanta. We have a lot of one of a kind gardening decor, (meaning we buy from flea markets), garden themed t shirts, my GardenChick ( bath and body products, herbal teas, Mackenzies Garden Kits, and furniture. Some of the furniture I purchase from silo studios ( Shawn makes unique garden benches, potting benches, outdoor sinks etc., in her great studio in Middle Tennessee.

Ashley and I did so well, we have decided we needed more room, and closed shop last week to reopen in a bigger shop located in downtown historic Chickamauga Ga. Opening day is June 30th, and we are working frantically to fill the 1300 square fee. (we moved from 300 square feet).

I am embarrassed to say my garden has suffered from my being so busy, but I have the next two days to get the herb garden whipped into shape, plant two flats of impatiens (which I have to continually water in this wilting heat), and plant several things I purchased at the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show in March. You would think someone who promoted and loved gardening like me, would have lush gardens, manicured lawn etc. Ha Ha. My husband has been totally responsible for our vegetable garden, getting out to the garden at 7 am on certain days (we are in a drought in Georgia and you can only water your garden on certain days). The humidity is terrible, and the high's in the 90's every day. But mind you, I am not complaining. I absolutely hate winter. And it is pretty mild in Georgia. No snow last year except a few flurries, and I believe one inch of snow which melted by the end of the day.

I am including some pictures of the inside of the shop before we closed.


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