Thursday, September 8, 2016


Every Thursday, we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm.  
Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

Flowers around tree, photo from
With the thinking of fruit trees in raised beds the other day (I answered comments and gave some updated info on the raised bed idea) we were thinking we could put some flowers in the raised beds around the trees.  

But of course we also have lots of other trees around the property (and an area I'm slowly clearing) and so there will be many chances for under tree plantings.  We had another Inspiration post about  using "hostas" as underplantings...we love the thought of *shade loving* flowers too.  

Be inspired!


Anne in the kitchen said...

Those are really pretty! I vote for impatiens and begonias. They both do well in the shade and are really pretty.

Colleen said...

That is so pretty.
I like the idea of planting hostas along with other shade loving plants like Anne suggested impatiens and begonias just to five some color along with other textures.
Another thought about around a mature tree being you have many, is a tree circle bench. Many ideas and styles to choose from.

Simple tree plan bench plans.

One from WalMart you can order.

Amazon -

Step by Step instructions on This Old House -

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Those are beautiful indeed. I love impatiens, as long as kept in shade and fairly mosit they are so indestructible as annuals. We've also doen Snow-on-the-mountain under trees. They are perennials with great color variation but no flowers.

Practical Parsimony said...

I love the shades of pink. What are those flowers?

However, don't put flowers or beds under fruit trees. It will be more difficult to access fruit. You need to see all the fruit that falls. Plus, you don't want to have to be careful about flowers. If fruit falls in the bed of anything, you may not see it. Plus, you are begging for stingers to make nests in the ground.

Flowers or Hosta would take away from nutrients from trees, I think. Plus, trees need water to produce fruit. Sooo, might flowers take away from fruit? Would anyone dig the ground? That is not good around trees because there are little fine roots that are near the surface that can be damaged. Would you fertilize the trees or flowers?

It is a lovely idea, but I would save the flowers for a tree that is not expected to bear fruit.

Margaret said...

Wow that is such a pretty look,an awesome idea for when you live there and can potter about tending to such beautiful spots.
I do know that citrus hate having anything grow under them,so probably not a good idea for fruit trees, but flowers do look very pretty under trees if you get the right ones .Some self seeding annuals would be great as they would thicken up and prevent weeds.
If you have a lemon tree near the house for convenience and wanted the pretty look, you could lay thick mulch and put some flower pots in the mulch to be self contained.

shy said...


Margaret said...

YES - this one has been on my radar for a while and is a "must-do" :)

Margaret said...

Oops - hit the enter key too quickly....I agree with the cautions about the fruit trees in terms of nutrition, water conservation (fruit trees need lots of water and you don't want them competing for it with other plants) and harvesting. Mulch is the best choice when it comes to what should go under fruit trees. Having said that, this is a GREAT idea for ornamental trees and I'm really hoping I get to try it out within the next couple of years.

1st Man said...

Thank you for the info! We're learning, slowly but surely!

1st Man said...

OOH! Tree circle benches are COOL! Thanks for these links!!!!

1st Man said...

Thanks for the tips, will look into the snow-on-the-mountain, see if it grows here. We have moisture for sure in our rainy seasons, ha.

1st Man said...

Thanks for this, You are wise, I didn't think about that. Better to just mulch. And the raised beds will have more roots near the surface. Thanks again!!

1st Man said...

More great advice! Thanks!!! That's why we love posting these things, all of y'all give such great advice. And flower pots are a great counter solution. thanks!!

1st Man said...

Wow, how beautiful are those? Thanks SO much for the link, will do some research on that. Thank you!!!!!!

1st Man said...

Isn't it pretty? So peaceful too! Great tips again, thanks very much. I was thinking mulch is best, so mulch it will be. Thanks and yep, we'll be doing this soon too. Have a great weekend!