I'm set on doing some things this weekend that will be fun for the family, but also some things I identified in late May that are important to me and things that make me feel happy on the inside.  Often times we adults get so busy taking care of other people, we forget the life-like airlines advice about air masks; putting yours on first. 

My four-year-old daughter Ashleigh and I went to Home Depot the other night and spent the best $27 we've spent in a long time.  What did we buy?  Flower seeds.  Perennials. And lots of them.  We also bought some herbs that we're going to plant close to the entrances of the house and near the sitting areas of "Kari's Paradise," out back. 

Living in what's "Zone 7" of the weather conditions chart, and keeping in mind that much of our backyard paradise is almost in 100 percent sun, Ashleigh and I had to be mindful of what we were picking out.  All of the plant seeds we bought are for high sun areas.  Check.

We also tried to pay attention, (at least I did) of how high this stuff will grow.  Kari and I made the mistake of planting a Canna last year and it grows about five to six feet tall.  It was coming up in front of our decorative well out back and as you can imagine, obstructing its view.  We now have it in a barrel planter and I'm thinking we're even going to have to move it from the location where we have it now. 

I got up and did my EA SPORTS Active workout this morning.  Then I walked Molly.  And then did 30 minutes of laps in the pool.  So I'm going to treat the rest of the morning as a mental break from the arid conditions outside and really make myself a plan on what to do the rest of the weekend.

For one, I know we're going to a friend's lake party tomorrow with all seven of the kids. 

Second of all, I want to figure out where I'm going to plant these seeds.

What do I have to work with?  True Lavender--Lavandula_angustifolia

True Lavender: Lavendula angustifolia, a herb.  It grows from 24-30 inches and has a "Classic fragrance."  It grows well in regions 6-9.  The package says to start it indoors in the spring.  It being the first of July, I'm going to have to try to start it straight out in the garden. 

As you can see, it's a wonderful warm shade of green and touching, gentle shade of purple.  We already have a Texas Lavendar growing outside and its quite a large bush.  But the way I figure it, you can never have enough Lavender growing around you.

The next thing I'm going to plant is Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa, again, a plant that does well in lots of sun, is 12-36 inches high, and best of all, attracts butterflies. Butterfly Weed has bright orange flower heads that are known for attracting buterflies.  The plants are drought-tolerant that produce a wealth of flowers.  They are good for borders and for cutting and bringing inside, too.  But hey, if they're going to summon butterflies, why would you cut them?

Butterfly Weed--Atracts butterflies, lots of sun I'm excited to see how Abrieta, Whitewell Gem, is going to do .  It's a wonderful shade of purple, grows about six inchecs high, and is described as a "rock garden charmer."  It is supposed to make myriads of 1 inch purple flowers in spring on ground hugging, spreading plants.  They're said to be ideal for rock gardens, banks and front of broders.  With it being mid-summer, I'm not sure how these are going to do, but I'm going to try.  I realized now that Ashleigh and I only bought one pack of these, so I don't know what to expect, to be honest. 

The next plant, another bluish/purple mix, is the Columbine, Blue Star.   They's said to grow about 24 inches, have graceful blooms and are good in high sun, but don't mind a little shade, either.Columbine Blue Star They look like they're pretty, with large medium blue outside pedals and constrasting white centers with darker blue accents.  They're said to be lovely for borders and cutting.  

There are more to plant, but I've got to get Ashleigh ready for Mother's Day Out now.  She's being a four-year-old, if you know what I mean.

 




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