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Lots and Lots of Blooms

I walked outside this morning to check on the plants in Bella Jardin’s garden area, and was blown away by all the color and pollinators that greeted me. That’s one thing about native, nativar, and, yes, even some of the tough adapted plants, they usually keep grinding the blooms out even in the heat of the summer. I was so excited to see everything looking so beautiful, and thought you might want to see it too. So come along with me on a tour of Bella’s garden.

Sidebar: I didn’t use a filter on any of these pics. Those blues on the ‘Black and Blue’ Salvia and the Sinaloan Blue Sage are the true colors of the flowers. Amazingly beautiful. Click on each pic to get the name of the plant. I’ll do a video soon of all the pollinators visiting the garden.

Happy diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Busy Day!

Hello there, my fellow flower freaks. I sure hope y’all are getting some of this glorious rain that we’re getting this morning.

Well, Ziva and I have a busy day planned. We have two big deliveries going to amazing customers in Gladewater and Kilgore, and we’re stopping by our plant supplier in Tyler to pick up these beauties for the Boutique:

  • ‘Black and Blue’ Salvia, nativar
  • Red Salvia greggii, native
  • ‘Blue Java Ice Cream’ Banana Trees (y’all must like these cause you bought all I had in stock last week in two days.), adapted
  • Yellow Lady Banks Roses, adapted
  • Coral Honeysuckle, native
  • ‘Hills Hardy’ Rosemary, adapted
  • ‘Dark Mystery’ Hardy Hibiscus, nativar. This is what’s shown in the pic. Isn’t that beautiful!!!

I’ll have pics and more info entered into the Boutique by tomorrow.

Happy diggin’ in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Monarda and Coneflower

Thank you to Luci for your order of five 1-gallon nativar ‘Balmy Pink’ Monarda and two 1-gallon native Purple Coneflower!!

Happy diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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More Plants!

Ok, y’all, I put in another order in with my awesome native supplier, which means new plants are being added to the Boutique this week!! Ziva and I will go get all these awesome plants on Thursday:

Shizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem, ornamental grass

Aesculus pavia, Red Buckeye, shrub

Callicarpa americana, Beautyberry, shrub

Carpinus caroliniana, Hornbeam, tree

Cornus drummondii, Roughleaf Dogwood, shrub or tree

Crataegus marshalii, Parsley Hawthorn, tree

Crataegus opaca, Mayhaw, tree

Cyrilla racemiflora, Leatherwood, tree

Prunus mexicana, Mexican Plum, tree

Ptelea trifoliata, Wafer Ash, shrub or tree

Sassafras albidum, Sassafras, tree. Y’all bought every single Sassafras I had in stock within three days of the Boutique opening, so I’m absolutely getting more of this!

Helianthus, Swamp Sunflower, perennial

Heliopsis, perennial

Rudbeckia hirtia, Black Eyed Susan, perennial

I’ll have pics and descriptions added to the Boutique soon.

Happy diggin’ in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Penstemon, Giant Coneflower, Monarda, Cardinal Flower

Thank you to Kathleen for your order of a great selection of Gulf Coast Penstemon, Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima), ‘Balmy Pink’ Monarda, and the ever so gorgeous Cardinal Flower. You’re gonna bring all the pollinators to your garden!

Happy diggin’ in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Spring is here!

Good morning and happy first day of Spring! 

This beautiful flower is Cardamine bulbosa, aka spring cress. She’s a native Texas plant that popped up in my garden all on her own. Don’t you just love the beautiful surprises!

Cheers to everyone having a fabulous day.

Spring Cress
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Plant sales are coming soon!

After a few false starts over the past year or so, I’m extremely excited about finally getting very close to opening the on-line garden center for Bella Jardins Boutique. woohoo! One reason it took so long is I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted to sell. Do I sell everything that the independent garden centers sell? Do I specialize in just a few plants? Do I sell plants, containers, and potting soil? Do I sell synthetic fertilizers or organic fertilizers? What what what is it that makes me happy to sell???

After a lot of soul searching and visiting of various garden centers to see what I liked and/or didn’t like about them, I finally decided that BJB is gonna fill a void that I feel needs filling: native plants. I’ve noticed that a lot of garden centers in this part of East Texas don’t have a “native plant” section. Instead, the natives they do have are mixed in with the rest of the exotic and Texas adapted plants. Which means you have to know exactly what it is you’re looking for or hope they have an employee who specializes in native plants who can answer questions. I’ve also been talking with people as to what plants they want in their gardens, and the word “natives” keep popping up. So natives it is!

What does this mean for you? Well, it means that you’ll be able to buy plants that are native to either Texas, the Southeast, or to somewhere in the US. I’ll make sure you have plenty of info on every plant so you can decide how much of a native purist you want to be. The plants will be the same sizes that are in the garden centers: containers anywhere from 4″ to 15-gallon.

I’ll also have a few Texas Adapted plants for sale because there are some that are just too cool to pass up, and lots of herbs. But. I will not sell plants such as pansies or dianthus or vinca or impatiens or those other annual bedding plants you see in everyone’s gardens. Nor will I sell any plant that’s on the Texas exotic/invasive list.

BJB will be a niche on-line garden center not only because of what I sell but also because of who I sell to. I don’t have a store-front garden center for you to come to, nor will I ship plants. What I will do is deliver the plants to your home, which means I’m limiting sales to the following East Texas counties: Panola, Marion, Harrison, Shelby, Rusk, and Gregg. Delivering the plants to a specific local area instead of shipping everywhere is why I can sell plants up to the 15-gallon sizes instead of just the tiny plants most on-line garden centers sell. There is no delivery fee for orders over $25, and only a $5 delivery fee for orders under $25.

The plan is to have the on-line Boutique open the beginning of April. I’ll start adding plants to the Boutique for you to drool over and add to your wish list. If there’s any plant in particular that you’re looking for, just let me know and I’ll check with my suppliers to see if I can get it for you.

I’m very much looking forward to getting back to doing what I love best: helping people find the right plants for their gardens.

Have a great rest of your day, and happy diggin’ in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Wasps

Keep in mind that wasps are pollinators too. They might not be cute like bees and butterflies, but they’re needed in our gardens just as much.

This one was having a grand time in the goldenrod in my flower beds.

Wasp on Goldenrod in my garden

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Playing In The Dirt!

Got 40 plants in the ground yesterday: 30 tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica; one Flame Acanthus, Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii; three Cigar Plants, Cuphea ignea; two Lemon Ball sedum, Sedum rupestre ; one Globe Amaranth, Gomphrena; and three Coleus. Whew, I’m a bit tired today, to say the least. lol

The new garden beds in the front and south side areas are ready for planting, so that’s where all the new plants went into. I’m still working on the beds in the back and north side areas. Those should be ready for planting in about two weeks.

I have two 1-pound bags of Texas native and wildflower seeds that I’ll be spreading next week. So excited about that! I’ll do a separate post later on what flower types are in the seed mix.

So what are y’all adding to your flower beds??

Happy digging in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Watershed Plant Guide

Tropical Milkweed

This is an awesome publication from the City of Austin and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on what native and adapted plants do well in our central Texas gardens. Extensive info is listed with the ability to choose what area you’re in, what sun/shade your garden has, what type of plants you’re looking for, etc etc etc. Great pics and individual plant info too. Download or bookmark this thing so you’ll have it handy!

http://austintexas.gov/department/grow-green/plant-guide

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva