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The 30 Day Challenge – Day 29

Today I am grateful for the sense of achievement and the thrill of success I derive from gardening. Planting a seed, seedling or young plant and watching it grow until it reaches its potential is indeed very gratifying and watching a garden grow is extremely rewarding for me. From a patch of weeds overshadowed by overgrown trees I am slowly converting the space around my house into a beautiful garden. Gardening this past year has been wonderfully satisfying and I’m looking forward to lots more of it in the future.


Photo: Salvia – This plant is new to me as I only bought it recently. I’ve planted it in front of the Virburnum for colour in an otherwise very “green” area in my garden.

Salvia – Salvia species include annual, biennial, or perennial herbs, along with woody subshrubs. The stems are typically angled like other members in Lamiaceae. The leaves are typically entire, but sometimes toothed or pinnately divided. The flowering stems bear small bracts, dissimilar to the basal leaves, though in some species they are ornamental and showy. The flowers are produced in racemes, or panicles, and generally produce a showy display with flower colors ranging from blue to red, with white and yellow less common.

About the 30 Day Challenge

Cat of The Whimsical Gardener, has invited Garden Bloggers the world over to join her in the 30 day challenge of posting a photograph and sentiment that you are thankful for – every day for 30 days. Find something you are thankful for every day, for 30 days, can’t be too difficult, can it? See all Barbie’s and my posts filed under “30 Day Challenge“.

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

5 replies on “The 30 Day Challenge – Day 29”

Salvia, in all it’s forms, is wonderful isn’t it! Beautiful and reliable both. Congrats on day 29! I wanted to invite you to join in PlantPostings’ “Lessons Learned” meme again. It will be live until Dec. 22, so there’s lots of time. Happy Summer for you! I’ll be visiting your blog lots while I struggle to make it through the cold winter here. 🙁

Ooh, you got the Salvia coccinea with the black calyxes. They’re much prettier than the green ones. This will reseed, and if you get to it before the finches do you can (should) collect some seed and start more plants.

For me these don’t start blooming until mid-summer. Must be nice to have them in spring too. (I guess I could start some indoors this winter if I wanted spring blooms from them, but I don’t think I have the room.)

Oh i thought, why is there no comment window! Oh it’s far down below as if it is comment to the whole blog and not for the blog post, hahaha! But am I at the right comment window for that Salvia? I am lost here. I would love to see wide angle shots of your garden, it can be challenging to be planting shade plants, but it can be very lovely when done. Thanks for visiting my post too.

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