This week the idea came to me to start noting odd things that make me very happy, in case I forget them when I’m in a bad mood (another of the many things I feel the need to journal). Apart from the obvious, like spending time with family and friends, so far I’ve remembered two things that make me very happy: decluttering and visiting plant nurseries, the latter of which can also get expensive if I’m not careful!
Today I went to our local Raska Nursery in Broken Arrow, my favorite place to shop for plants, and found a beautiful little blue juniper evergreen to replace the evergreen that died in this last winter freeze. I was advised to plant it a bit raised because we have a lot of clay soil in our region and if you plant trees too deep here, they can’t drain well in the clay soil.
In other news, my little tropical/succulent garden is doing well. The tropical plant is flowering like crazy in our rainy, hot summer! Some of the succulents are starting to form new buds, too.
I’ve also planted about 100 watermelon seeds in the backyard raised beds and I think all of the seeds sprouted and they are growing fast! On dry days I mist the garden for about 20 minutes and they’re thriving! I hope we have lots of wonderful watermelons soon!!
Two weeks ago I bought six plants for the succulent garden, and this morning I went back to my local Ace to shop for more, and saw the six-packs of succulents were on sale for $3.50! So I bought another pack and planted them today. The soil in our yard is pretty dense, so I also bought coconut peat potting mix and pebbles to mix into my succulent area for better drainage.
I tilled the soil a bit, and then placed the coconut coir peat potting mix blocks in a circle around the central tropical plant. Then I planted my six new succulents around the last six I planted. After this, I soaked the coconut coir blocks to loosen the soil, then spread them around all of the plants. I had bought a small bag of pebbles so I just tossed those around the garden and mixed them in with the coconut coir for extra drainage.
Coconut coir comes from the husks of coconuts, and when used as a peat, it has several advantages:
Makes dense soil more breathable
pH neutral so it quickly adjusts to any type of garden
Absorbs moisture and slowly releases it to plants
I love coconut, and use it as much as possible. In fact, all of the soaps in my Etsy shop are made from coconut oil and coconut oil/coconut milk combinations. I hope my wonderful little succulents love it, too!
Few things are as gratifying to me as spending a long weekend at home, which is exactly what I did for this Memorial Day weekend. This entailed planting some flowers, taking down the blinds and putting up new curtains, catching up on some crochet, and enjoying some backyard time with the dogs with the new fence that was built this week.
Tulsa’s 2021 deep freeze winter wiped out everything in the front yard except for the plants closest to the house, so I set out filling those spaces this weekend. I started with some pretty daisies for the pots, and a tropical and some succulents for our little circular “garden” area in the front yard. I spread a few of the succulents out in the hopes they will multiply on their own and fill out the area. I probably should have mixed some pebbles in with the soil for better drainage for the succulents, but didn’t think of it at the time. Perhaps that will be my next project.
Inside, I finally took down our old blinds and replaced them with curtains. It feels like I sprained my knee somehow while doing this; I’m getting old. I shopped around but always came back to Target’s super cute curtains – here are the owls I got for the kitchen window.
Another indoor project I worked on was my temperature blanket, which I really need to catch up on since I’m only on February 8th! This is a good project for me to do while watching TV, and the pets love it when I relax and crochet; they feel like they can settle down, too, and they nap around me, which explains the dog and cat hairs that are an inevitable part of this blanket.
Speaking of pets, I couldn’t be more excited to get a new fence in our backyard for several reasons, but most importantly so the dogs can run free and I don’t have to worry about them jumping the fence! My daughter bought them kiddie pools to celebrate and they loved it all!
Now it’s starting to rain and the plants are getting a nice shower 🌧️