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Gardening Therapy

Friday, July 10, 2020

Hello Sparkfriends!

I’m going through some really tough stuff right now. I could use some prayers for all three of my children. emoticon emoticon

I am trying to stay busy and I feel uplifted when I am in my garden and fiddling with my plants and flowers. And getting my hands dirty. I wanted to show you how my front flower beds are coming along. It’s a bit of a mess right now since the focal plant is a huge Crepe Myrtle tree, and it rains flowers in my bed all day long. I have a large Crepe Myrtle in the backyard too, and it looks like snow falling when the wind blows.
I was delighted to learn an elephant ear pup a friend gave me is a Giant Toro! It’s getting bigger each day and it’s gorgeous. It will be ginormous.



My Lantana are filling out nicely, especially my bandana Lantana. It’s totally showing off. My Mums are even blooming.

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None of my many Plumeria are putting out inflows yet. Yesterday, a little storm blew through and knocked over my patio table and umbrella and it landed on one of my Plumeria and the top was completely broken off. It was my oldest, and most troubled Plumeria (11 year old cutting). It was just finally coming around to good health this year. I’ve planted the broken top (about 6” worth) and I hope the topless trunk will put off new shoots. Gardening can be so rewarding and also so heartbreaking. Ugh.

I’m about to become the keeper of my own lawn, again. Sadly, I will be firing my lawn service because they just can’t do a good a job as I can. That is a serious fact. I am so sad to do this to my lawn guy but I am just so picky and have high expectations when it comes to my yard. emoticon I feel so bad.

Always running behind, I still have 2 flats of flowers (shade) to plant. And weed pulling is a daily chore. My ongoing landscaping project continues. I am in the “killing of grass” stage for the rock yard; 3/4 complete. It is sooooo hot right now.

I love seeing everyone’s flowers and gardens on Spark. I’d love to see more. Keep up the great gardening, Friends. It’s my therapy, aside from my fitness. Gardening helps me, mentally, as I navigate through troubled waters.


Keep Sparking! Hugs!
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  • ALOFA0509
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    OMGOODNESS!!!!! Your Garden is Spectacular!!! now I feel a bit silly talking about my planting and dirt digging adventures!! emoticon emoticon LOL-- I just love everything about the color combos and that seating area, is all ZEN Sister.. What a wonderful Calm Peaceful Space emoticon emoticon emoticon
    30 days ago
  • ATHLETELORI
    I love your garden. I hate gardening, so I don't have pictures to share.

    Praying for all of you.
    31 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Sending prayers for your kids! Stay strong as I know you are of the toughest gals here on Sparks!
    Wonderful pics of your garden. I need to get outside after I finish saying hello to everyone on sparkland and breathe in my beautiful flowers! Sending hugs for your day!
    31 days ago
  • ARNETTELEE
    Lori,
    Oh no! I am sending you tons of prayers right now! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Wow, that elephant ear pup reminds me of a giant luau leaf! Looks so healthy! Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. You certainly have a green thumb. So sorry about your plumeria plant. I’m sure the plumeria will regenerate new shoots. Sorry that you have to fire your lawn service guy. I’m sure you could do it yourself anyway. It is good therapy anyway. Gardening is great when you see the fruits of your hard work. It’s so nice!

    Take care and catch the good vibes I’m sending over to you from Kauai! emoticon

    31 days ago
  • NISSANGIRL
    Sending prayers Lori, love your garden and the elephant ears are cool! ❤️❤️🌻🌻🌸🌸
    31 days ago
  • MARINEMAMA
    In my Prayers emoticon

    Gardening is therapeutic! Your garden is beautiful! Picky is okay. It’s your area and you know what you like.
    31 days ago
  • CHERIRIDDELL
    You are most definitely getting my prayers !
    Your garden is gorgeous.I am a gardener too so I appreciate all the work there.
    31 days ago
  • JRDUPREE
    Gardening can be rewarding and frustrating for sure! I transplanted my corn into my raised beds a while back and the crows or squirrels destroyed them. I tried it again and put up netting around them until the stalks are big enough. I will post a picture next weekend when I am home and have weeded emoticon emoticon
    31 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
    you and the family are in my prayer note book and beside i just say God you know everyone i have promised to for . I did it as Racey and I walk and throughout the day . love your garden . i miss my lawn mower too since i ran over a brick in my memory garden and it stopped working. so have no choice but have some one do mine. he does do a good job for a teenager and only charges me 10 dollars a cut. emoticon :Love your garden thanks for sharing I can see us siting and visiting in the garden . if would let Racey come too emoticon
    31 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/10/2020 11:41:06 PM
  • ISNESS
    Lori, HUGS! I‘m sorry you are saddened! Best wishes fingers crossing for the kids! 🌸 Your garden is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing with us! Stay strong! Love, Ivana emoticon
    31 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    So sorry you are not at peace about your dear children right now.
    Your gardens look amazing!
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    31 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
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    32 days ago
  • SPARKNB
    Lit a candle for y'all. Agree about gardening. Firing the service might end up being more good therapy.
    We've had a heat wave here in MI, for 10 days, 90 & 90% humidity, almost worse than when I lived in AZ, because at least that was dry. Luckily we got some rain today because everything was looking dried out, even as I was watering (not as much as I would if it was mine, but it's not mine...plus I'd have more natives and less showy, water-hungry color). But even the native plants needed water....
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    PS...thanks for commenting on a recent post...I've gone and commented, lots, on several of your recent ones!
    32 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    prayers are sent love your flowers and plants emoticon
    32 days ago
  • CATWMNCAT
    Prayers and good vibes for all of you🙏! Your gardens are gorgeous! I have never been into gardening because, well... I have a black thumb... and the squirrels destroyed anything we have tried to grow in the past. May give it another go one of these days when I get caught up on other things. Love seeing everyone's beautiful flower and veggie gardens. Keep digging in the dirt and growing beautiful things!
    32 days ago
  • SEATTLESIMS
    that is an amazing elephant year! And I love the pink and green.. are those calladium? I've tried them here and never do well. My mom has several crepe myrtles at our home in TX, I love them. one of the only thing she can keep that flowers. Too hot and dry. Live on the Lake on well water, so don't water if we don't have too.
    I'll try to get out to take more garden photos and post some! thanks for the inspiration!

    32 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
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    32 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    Your garden is beautiful, Lori. Gardening is my stress relief; I hope it helps you feel better too.

    Prayers for your family. I know how hard it is when your children live far away... yours are a lot younger than mine, but I don't think mothers ever stop worrying. My mother was 86 when she died, and every time I visited she always had a "care package" for me. I wish I could have her back again... so many things I would like to say to her.

    Take good care of yourself too,

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    32 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    I. Love. Your. Garden!!!!!! Wow! I cannot say anything more about it! I am in awe of your powers!! Prayers going your way!
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    32 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/10/2020 4:10:17 PM
  • ROSALIE28
    Lori, Sending prayers immediately! Prayers needed for my son.

    Love your garden. I love that you can grow the plants that love the warmth and humity. I have some caladium but they struggle to get started and while they grown not as vibrant as in your part of the country. I do have yellow lantana however, love the multi colored ones! The elephant ear ( giant Toro) is beautiful! Love the pictures!
    32 days ago
  • 1BLAZER282005
    Lifting you up in prayers 🙏❤️. Your flower gardens are gorgeous. I don't have a green thumb but you definitely do. I bought latanta this year in a basket and plan on transplanting it this fall. I just love the elephant ears. Nice meditation garden
    32 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Sending the prayers for sure, GF.

    The beds look awesome. I love them. I'm a dirt, plant, and animals lover. One of your wicker chairs is for my butt!! I can feel it. Ahhh! LOL. Seriously it looks so inviting!
    32 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    First, prayers!

    Your flowers are lovely! That's my problem, too. I am picky! But so be it. Gardening = therapy
    32 days ago
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