If you are looking for a way to grow plants that’s easy on the eyes and the budget, consider container gardening.

  It is a great way to accent plants in your yard, deck, porch or garden. It also makes it possible to garden in small places or urban settings.

Containers are a great to  keep herbs in or near your kitchen.  You can even keep lettuce growing in a pot so it is always accessible when it’s time to make dinner.

Choose containers that have enough space for the plants you plan to put in them.

  There are many websites to visit that give  “recipes” for containers. Or you can visit a garden center and use your own taste to choose plants that look good when you put them together.  Be sure to check heights of plants, sun and watering requirements so that they like the same conditions, then place them where you can enjoy their beauty.

“I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself.  And I find sufficient purpose for my day.”  ~Robert Brault

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 My husband and went to Ithaca, NY on our anniversay last week.

We love to go and sit near the willow trees on the side of Cayuga lake and take in the beautiful view.  

While we were there we decided to visit the Cornell Plantations.

 

 It is a part of Cornell University which includes a 25-acre botanical garden that features 14 specialty gardens, including Herbs, flowers, heritage vegetables, international crops, rock garden plants, rhododendrons, peonies, perennials, ornamental grasses, ground covers, and plants with winter interest.

 It was an amazing place.

  We only had a short time to spend there but it was filled with the sights and scents of gardening.

The grounds were so beautiful.

 

I especially loved the Herb garden which included many common as well as uncommon herbs that are used for spiritual practices, and rituals.  I found it very interesting.

  They landscaped with locally found stones and they included the construction techniques used in upstate New York.

 There is a 150 acre arboritium there which I can’t wait to go back and walk through when we have a lot more time to spare.  I am sure it will be quite a treat.

  We often visit Ithaca for a walk around the gorges or to sit by the lake but now I think this will be one of the places we visit often as well.

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