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My Flower Garden Get A Way

Purple cone flower and his bee buddy.

Purple cone flower and his bee buddy.

Relaxing in My Flower Gardens

Everyone has times that you feel stressed out and up tight. Things seem to gang-up on you and you are just not sure what you need to do. These are the times that you just need to get a way, relax and clear your mind. That is when I get away and go out to my flower gardens.

Every day I take a little time for myself to de-stress, relax and not think about anything except my flower gardens. As with everyone else I’m sure, there are so many things going on in our lives that we tend to just get stressed out. We need time to ourselves to do what we enjoy. Working in my flower beds, or even just watering my flowers helps me relax and gives me time to put things into perspective. I can come away with a much better attitude. I love flowers, the more the better. Luckily, my husband and I live on 40 acres in the country and I am about to have more flower gardens than I can keep watered in the summer. Following is a photo gallery of some of the flowers in my flower gardens.


Red Tulips

Bright red tulips just seem to shout out,"Look at me!".

Bright red tulips just seem to shout out,"Look at me!".

Tulips

Tulips are one of the first flowers to come up each spring. They will sometimes be blooming before the last frost. Tulips are grown from bulbs and in some climates are perennials. Other climates you would want to dig up the bulbs and keep them in a dry, dark place until early spring, when you can re-plant them. Plant them in groups and they are just gorgeous.

Bright Yellow Daffodils

Daffodils are my favorite early spring flower.

Daffodils are my favorite early spring flower.

Daffodils

Daffodils are also one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. I love daffodils, they are just so cheerful after a long cold winter. Their bright yellow flowers just seem to be smiling at you to say spring is here! Daffodils are grown from bulbs and in most zones are perennials. In cold climates, you can dig up the bulbs and keep them in a cool, dry environment and plant them in late winter or early spring. They are especially striking when planted in groups.

Purple Bearded Iris

Purple Bearded Iris

Purple Bearded Iris

Purple Iris

This beauty is a purple bearded iris. Iris bloom in early spring. They will also multiply all year and come back year after year. The roots, or Rhizomes, are easily separated and replanted. The Rhizome looks like a long, thin potato with roots underneath. Iris are wonderful plants. They need very little care and are very drought resistant. I separate mine in late spring or early summer. I take the extras and plant them in bunches in another of my flower gardens. I have a rock ridge that runs horizontally in my back yard. I have planted my extra iris' there and in spring, my back yard is lined by beautiful purple flowers. After they have bloomed, the flat green leaves make a great "backdrop" to other plants that will bloom during summer.

Hardy Hibiscus - Red

Red Hibiscus - Big and Showy

Red Hibiscus - Big and Showy

Hardy Hibisucs

This is a beautiful red hibiscus in full bloom. Hibiscus are also perennials and will come back every year. As far as I can tell, they don't drop any seeds to multiply but will put on new stems at the bottom in spring. The blooms are almost as big as a dinner plates, but unfortunately only last one day. They will also bloom all year with adequate water and in full sun.

Purple Cone Flowers

Bee on Purple Cone Flower

Bee on Purple Cone Flower

Cone Flowers

This is a purple cone flower. Mr. Bee decided it looked like a good place to gather some pollen for breakfast. I love purple cone flowers! They are perennials in most zones and will produce new plants by dropping their seeds each year. They bloom fairly early and will continue to bloom all summer with adequate water. You need to pinch back the stem after the bloom has died to promote new blooms. When I pinch off a dead bloom, I just take my finger and push it down into the dirt. It's just like planting new seeds!

Giant Sunflower

Sunflowers just make me happy!

Sunflowers just make me happy!

Sunflowers

What summer flower bed would be complete without some sunflowers! I actually had not planted the sunflowers, they started coming up because of the birds dropping the sunflower seeds from my birdfeeder. As they would come up on another part of the yard, I would move them into one of my flower beds. The first ones grew fairly small plants, but as I fertilized and watered them often, the next year they came back quite large. They do need full sun and are quite Sunflowers are great flowers to attract butterflies. Sunflowers just make me happy...they are so bright and cheerful! It's just not summer without some sunflowers!

These are just a few of the flowers I have in my various flower gardens. It's amazing how beautiful flowers can lift your spirits and brighten your day.

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Comments

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 11, 2015:

Thank you poetryman! The red really do see to "pop" don't they! Red and yellow are my favorite flower colors as they are so bright and vivid. Thank you for stopping by!

poetryman6969 on May 08, 2015:

I love photos of beautiful flowers. Some of the reds seem almost more than the internet can handle!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on August 31, 2012:

Hi grandmapearl! You are very welcome and I will keep my fingers crossed as well. Please do let me know, I appreciate that! Have a wonderful day too! :)

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 31, 2012:

Thank you sgbrown, I have nitrogen and potassium, so I will try them both as you did, and keep my fingers crossed as well. I appreciate your help and I'll let you know if they flower! Have a happy day!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on August 30, 2012:

Hello grandmapearl! Thank you for your kind comment. My camera and I are outside in the flower beds nearly every morning. Mine tend to go through that too, as a matter of fact this year. They have always bloomed good before. Mine had quit blooming and I added some nitrogen and potasium. I'm not really sure which one did the trick, but they started blooming again. I hope that works for you! Thank you so much for stopping by, reading, commenting and all your support! It is greatly appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)

Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 30, 2012:

I love your gorgeous photos! My gardens are my escape as well. I visit them at least once a day, weather permitting of course. I can't wait to see what's going to blossom next, or what birds or bees or butterflies are visiting that day. I really enjoyed viewing your flowers.

I have a question about hibiscus. Every year it comes back with tons of foliage, but it never flowers. I have tried it all over the yard, but with no success. Right now the plant is in full sun and looks very healthy. What am I doing wrong?

Voted Up, Beautiful, Useful, Awesome and Interesting, pinned and shared.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 28, 2012:

Hello Kathy! Thank you for your kind words. My flower gardens are where I get my peace of mind. I have to say that I do love our place. I did go a little crazy with the flower gardens, I almost have more than I can take of, but it's fun to try! Thank you for stoppin by and reading! Have a wonderful day! :)

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on March 28, 2012:

This is a lovely hub with beautiful photos. I also enjoy spending time in my garden and photographing the flowers - I find it to be so therapeutic and good for the soul. I would love to own 40 acres of woods and gardens!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 21, 2012:

Hi Lisa. I think I would love to live in Hawaii, nice weather all year. It must be quite a change for you. Thank you for visiting and your kind comment and vote. Have a great day! :)

Liz Rayen from California on March 21, 2012:

I absolutely love spring gardens! While living in Hawaii, I had a spring garden all year 'round. That is one thing I definitely miss! I do love to grow my iris' and daisies but still need to get a handle on what grows best here in the mountains. Beautiful descriptions and pictures! Voted up! Lisa

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 20, 2012:

Hello SanneL. Flowers are therapeutic, aren't they! That is where I go when I am stressed andI always feel better. Thank you for your kind words and your comments!

SanneL from Sweden on February 20, 2012:

You have shared some of my favorite flowers. These are some of the flowers in my "Greek" garden. When I need to clear my mind or just be for myself, these are the flowers I go to visit. And they are so therapeutic!

I loved this beautiful hub and looking at your stunning photos. Rated up and awesome!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 29, 2012:

You are very welcome thoughtforce! I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind words, and your follow! Happy to have you as a fellow hubber! :)

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on January 29, 2012:

The pictures are so beautiful and captures the fantastic beauty of every flower. I think everyone will be positively influenced by the beauty of flowers, if we just take the time to see them! It really is relaxing. Thanks for sharing your flowers!

Tina

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 05, 2011:

Thank you so much for the fanmail! I really appreciate your comments. I love taking nature photography, I'm glad you enjoyed my pictures!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on December 05, 2011:

We love it out in the country too! And as I eased out of the corporate mindset I found myself intrigued by nature and the beauty of things I had overlooked for years. My Dad always said to stop and smell the roses. Now I do.

Absolutely stunning photos. I loved this hub!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 03, 2011:

Thank you Ramsa1!

Ramsa1 from A citizen of the World on December 03, 2011:

Great hub, SG. The pics are absolutely beautiful.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on November 27, 2011:

Oklahoma really is a very pretty place. Our house is set back in the woods and I have more deer pictures than I know what to do with, but I enjoy taking pictures of them. Don't have many sunrise or sunsets, I need to take more. :)

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 27, 2011:

You should! That would be great - include a few sunrise and sunset pictures too! :) I used to live in North Texas at one time. We used to drive into Oklahoma for a weekend drive.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on November 27, 2011:

Thank you Missolive. My acreage is mainly woods. I love walking and taking pictures in the woods. I should write a hub on that! :)

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on November 27, 2011:

I wish I had more time to garden. I usually spend time perking up my garden over the summer when I am off. It is very relaxing and rewarding.

You have 40 acres?! Wow!

Great pictures! :)

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