Spring Flowers & Herb Planting


Y’all. I’m determined – very determined – to defeat my brown-thumb syndrome. I come from a long line of gardeners. I grew up working both flower gardens and vegetable gardens. There must be some sort of green thumb somewhere in my DNA, I just have yet to find it. May this be the year! 

We bought some herbs, marigolds and vinca this past weekend and I worked Saturday to get them planted. Then a huge, and I mean HUGE, storm came through complete with incredible rainfall and hail, of course. Snort.

Everything seems to have survived, at least for now. I had to re-plant one pot because half the dirt was washed out from the rain.

The porch steps are lined with three pots on each side. I really hope these plants grow. My fingers are crossed and I have a string around one to remind me to water them every few days.

I know this flower bed doesn’t look like much now, but hopefully after the herbs, marigolds and hostas take off, it will look much more full. You should have seen all the weeds I pulled out before planting!

These are the herbs I planted – Cilantro, Thyme, Basil, Lavender, Rosemary and Parsley.

I’m thrilled because as I was working in the flower bed, I looked up to see a flag pole stand on the side of the house. Hopefully, soon we’ll be getting an American flag to hang there.  My sweet hubby helped me dig some holes for tomato plants {yay!} and I’m hoping to plant a few impatiens to grow in the shade on the porch.

Do you have a green thumb or a brown thumb? Do you garden? What’s your favorite plant to grow?

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  1. You can do it, girl! We garden here in Virginia, cannining and freezing for the year to come! My MIL is the ‘green-thumb queen’ [being conservative mennonite it’s in her blood] planting approx. 3 acres of sweet corn, lima beans, green beans, fresh greens, tomatoes, onions, melons, peppers, and asaragus! – She is my inspiration to keep “growing” and learning!
    Happy Easter Weekend!

    xoxo, Amy

  2. i love plants esp. flowers, but i have a long way to go when it comes to having a complete green thumb. my MIL is close by & knows a lot, so i’ve been learning slowly. i’m sure your plants will do fine; best wishes! =)

  3. Oh, you can do this, Myra! Did you put gravel or small stones or something in the bottom of your pots? Sometimes that helps so that water doesn’t pool down around the roots. Of course, your pots probably have holes in the bottom for drainage.

    As old-fashioned as it sounds, I heartily recommend Miracle-Gro! Follow the directions so that you don’t over-fertilize, but I think it really makes a difference, especially for things planted in containers.

    You grow, girl! 🙂
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  4. We planted a small herb garden this year along with some potted tomato and bell pepper plants. I’m hoping I can keep them alive! 🙂 Watch out for the hostas – they can get pretty big and may crowd some of your other plants. Our rosemary also got huge, like 10 times the size from when we bought it. Way to go, girl!!!
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  5. Congratulations on the gardening. You will do great. My sweetie and I grow our veggies and can and freeze enough to get through the winter. It’s so very satisfying. I do think I love my herb garden the best. Fresh sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, borage, cilantro, parsley and my favorite, lavender which makes wonderful lavender lemonade, most refreshing! Never give up…that’s the key. Talk to folks who have gardens and enjoy every minute.
    Have a wonderful Resurrection Day!
    All the best, Paula

  6. Myra, I am SO right there with you. I kill everything I touch. I’m hoping that planting things in pots this year will make a difference – at least then I’ll know what belongs and what doesn’t!

    I’m off to Home Depot this morning to see what I can get. Thanks for the inspiration! Love ya!

  7. I do garden but the weeds are taking over my yard right now. With two little ones, no fence, deer and a husband who works all the time it is hard to get out into the garden much. The first year we were here my veggies did really well when the deer were not eating them. Last year the garden did not. So I think my green/brown thumb depends a lot on the circumstances. I think you can do it!
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  8. Oh, Myra. I have a brown thumb, too. The folks at work won’t even let me look at (or come near) their plants. I want so badly to grow some kitchen herbs! I already killed a batch earlier this year on my window sill, but I’m gonna get back in the saddle and try them in a large pot on my back patio. Fingers crossed! Let me know how yours hold up (and if you discover any secrets).
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  9. Your plants are going to look beautiful in a couple of weeks. Just be sure to water them every day until they get established. I love gardening and we’ve done quite a bit this Spring already. Some would say I have a green thumb, but I think I’ve just learned to grow the easy ones! Stopping by from the Nester.
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  10. I love fresh herbs! And, if you didn’t know, you can purée them with some olive oil and freeze them in ice-cube trays to use all winter long 😉 I have to do that with Basil – it grows faster than I can use it, but that’s a good problem. Love your photos!

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