Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Getting the yard ready for spring & A GIVEAWAY!!

Welcome Spring!!



We started to beautify the yard for the summer, we decided to get as much color as possible to make it stand out. I love lots of pinks, yellows and purples. I also wanted to get plants that flower all summer. I have bought some that literally bloom once or twice then for the rest of the summer they’re just green leaves, which is very blah. So this time I did a little research (by asking the sales person 🀣) what will remain colorful and bloom the whole summer season. I planted about 25 hibiscus plants last summer, and even though it says they would come back they still haven’t. I have been watching them and still I see no signs of life which is disappointing. They are an amazing plant and they bloom huge beautiful flowers all summer. As annoyed as I am they didn’t come back, I will still be buying them again for the season, I was so impressed by their beauty and how easy they we’re to care for. I have a heavy deer population in my area and they destroy everything, it’s quite apparent that they love Hibiscus as much as I do.





So in my quest for flowers to put in the front and back yard I asked are there any that are colorful that they will not eat? Turns out there is really no flower they won’t eat, but there are some they don’t like that much. Marigold, Begonia and Zinnia are just a couple, they’re also pretty and full of color. I think being paired with some well rotated deer repellant that we should do much better this summer with keeping them at bay. Nothing is more heartbreaking than working your butt off all spring to nurture and grow gorgeous flowers, which in turn make your home look beautiful, then coming out one morning to see it all gone and destroyed by a dam deer. Last summer they hit all of the Hibiscus bushes by the patio and there was nothing left but broken branches almost to the root. They even ate the green on the walnut trees where they could reach, they literally destroyed all of our hard work. They’re a common problem that a lot of homeowners have to deal with, and mine is 10x worse since there is a deer reserve 6 blocks from my house.



Sometimes I feel like I should just give up, but then I realize I can’t. I am proud of my home so I want to make it beautiful by taking care of it and my yard. I’m pretty sure that I’m not alone in feeling this way. Now granted I was so mad when they ate everything last summer that for a couple days I did nothing but research ways to keep the deer away, I even thought about getting a privacy fence, but that would just close the yard in and ruin the open and free feel to it. I found out that there are companies you can pay that will come out once a week or every two weeks and spray a deer repellant, then the next time they switch it up a bit, so on and so on, it seems they get used to one spray, so they keep altering it to keep it effective. In combination with the flowers they don’t like, I think my yard will stand a chance. So that’s my game plan, I’ll definitely update you guys on how it goes, and how it looks once it’s all in and in full bloom
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126 comments:

  1. One good thing about apartment living: no yardwork!

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    1. Ha ha that’s a good one!! 🀣🀣

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    2. That I can agree with, homeownership has a lot of yardwork.

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    3. While I love in an apartment my family has a beach house in Rhode Island... My moth and brother put us all to work... We have amazing gardens there! And deer...

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  2. When my husband and I bought our new house we planted three different types of flowering bushes and the deer at all of them!

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  3. Oh deer. pun intended! I have rather large garden, lots of work but not deers around here, only raccoons and squirrels digging in the lawn.
    Happy may

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    1. 🀣🀣🀣Good one, Lucky you but I bet they’re just as annoying huh? I’m praying this year I can keep the pests away

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  4. Me and the deer love all these beautiful purple and pink flowers.

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    1. 🀣🀣🀣Amen to that, it’s funny but I think there’s some truth to that, I think the bright colors may attract them🀨

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  5. The flowers are so lovely! <3 We just started our garden now that it's finally warm.

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    1. Spring is def the best time of year, I would love to see pics of your flower garden!

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  6. Flowers are a meaning of life and express true beauty and I am a lover of flowers

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    1. Amen to that, I couldn't of said it better myself. They're good for the soul!

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  7. Your flower photos are amazing!!

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    1. Ahhhh thanks so much Jennifer!! Definitely love spring for this reason!

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    2. Well, here in northeast Wisconsin we were literally buried in 20+ inches of snow 2 weeks ago...Blizzard Evelyn! Now we are snow free and I think I'm safe this weekend to get some flowers and my small veg garden planted. I sure hope I didn't just jinx the weather...lol

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  8. My favourite activity in spring - visiting garden centres

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    1. Ohhhh me to Susan, great minds think alike! You'll luv my next post then because it's ll about this beautiful spot here in MD called Sherwood Gardens....gorgeous!

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  9. First warm day here!!! Flowers are peeking out!! Lovely.

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    1. Ahhhh! Spring is for sure thee best season of the year!!

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    1. Ahhhh thank you!! Flowers are good for the soul!!

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  11. I do love summer flowers. I live in the city so no deer for me and no yard. I do have a patio that could use some beautiful flowers and a tomato plant.

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    1. Ohhhh tomato plants are the best, especially the grape tomatoes, they're the tastiest!! I was thinking about planting a small veggie garden but I fear it would get eaten with a quickness. The hubby and I are working on a good plan to be abe to keep them out!! Lucky you no deer....I WISH!! :)

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  12. I couldn't post a comment on someones blog because they do not have a comment section or I simply cannot find it.

    https://www.ipersonalshop.com/single-post/2018/04/17/What-I-would-have-Wore-to-Coachella

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    1. I'm sorry Tara, I'll message her. The comments are on perhaps you just missed them. Send me an email and I'll get you through to her so she can help you out! :)
      simplystargazers@gmail.com

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  13. I am soooo ready to be outdoor and start planting...it's been a looong winter!!!

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    1. OMGoodness yeeeees!! I am so excited about the sunny weather, that means lots of summer fun and cookouts!! Yummy!

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    1. Amen to that!! I love your username btw!! My favorite cake evaaaaaa!! :)

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  15. Wow. All those flowers are gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks so so much!! I don't think I've ever seen an ugly flower...have you?

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  16. The purple colored 🌷🌸 look wow...

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    1. Amen to that, pink and purple are thee best colors eva!!!! :)

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    1. No worries, I'm sure you love spring though....evryone loves the nice weather!! Can I get an amen?? :)

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  18. I love my flowers.They make you feel better.

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    1. Amen to that, they're good for the soul!!

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  19. I will planting soon for our new home.

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    1. Ahhhhh, I would love to see a shot of the finished product!! We just finished up the back yard, I can wait to post the pics of the finished look!

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  20. Pup seems to be relaxed lol

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    1. Ha Ha I wish she was all the time, she's only 8 months old and super snazzy and full or energy!! :)

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  21. I love adding flowers to my porch and yard. I just tend to lose interest in watering them as the summer get hot! lol

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    1. Ha Ha Ha, I think you and I are much alike in that respect...Thank goodness for my hubby, he takes up the watering...lol!!:)

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  22. My family are Baltimorians! Love Fells Point! And that huge marketplace...

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    1. Ahhhh.....that's so cool! Yaaaas Fells Point is amazing, i love eating at the cute little spots down there!!

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  23. I’m having flower envy from looking at your blog.

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    1. Ahhh I'm a bit of a flower junkie as my hubby calls me, they make anything beautiful, and i love it!! Plus as I always say they're good for the soul!!

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  24. Closed? thought it was going longer?

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    1. It's not closed hun....must have been a rafflecopter glitch. Can you see it now?

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    2. Hi Dana! I've been enjoying your blog! A few of us had our entries disappear for awhile a few days ago. Was this another rafflecopter glitch? I had tried putting my email back in hoping my entries would come back. I wanted to make sure this did not mess my entries up. Is there any way you can let me know? I tried sending an email, but I must have had the wrong email address. Rafflecopter seems to be letting me enter fine now. Thank you!

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  25. Why do my entries keep disappearing? I just came back to enter again today and it said I have 0 of 29 entries. This kind of thing happened on the last one of your giveaways I tried to enter too. Is there any way to see what's going on with this?

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    1. This happened to me today too. I put my email in again hoping my entries would come back, but they didn't at that point. I sent her an email. I did not receive a response yet (I just recently sent it), but now my entries are back. Hopefully I will get a response to the email! I don't know if my entries are being recorded!

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    2. I am curious about that too...mine disappear daily... I just assumed that was normal?

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  26. I like the spring time. This is a nice giveaway. I truly need to win the $800.00 because I just lost my job and I need money to pay my bills.

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    2. Spring is amazing!! I'm so sorry to hear that, I wish you the best of luck on winning!! :)

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  27. Sometimes I feel like I should just give up too but then I somehow see the value in what I'm doing. I hate tidying the yard too!!

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    1. Amen to that, plus it's good for us to get outside and get moving, I'm one of those people that hates it too but the hubby is always there to give me a good push....lol!! I have to admit I can be lazy sometimes ...:)

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  28. twitter.com/KandiKanee her account was suspended when I went to follow here that is what it said. You might want to fix that entry form.

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    1. It's working for me, I guess try again. Sometimes Twitter and Rafflecopter get glitchy!

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  29. Never give up as the 🎼 πŸ—£ 🎀 #lyrics go " #NeverSurrender "

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  30. I like putting purple and yellow flowers together

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    1. Ohhhh same here, it's a beautiful color combo that I like to wear also!!! Plus purple is pretty amazing :)

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  31. Awesome, nice spring giveaway. Epic.

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  32. Never give in keep on flowing like the powerful river you were born to be cause 🎀 πŸ—£ " πŸ‘Ά you were born to 🚢 run "

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  33. While the flowers are lovely, it's so humid here already! I am wilting!

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    1. OMGoodness.....where do you live? Vegas or Arizona? I have a friend that lives in AZ and she said it's in the 100's already .....arghhhH!!

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    2. I live in Massachusetts! Land of nutty weather!! One day it's 85 then it's back to the 50's...makes dressing tricky!

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  34. We have so many deer here. I know they cause problems, but I still get giddy when I see them!

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    1. I agree they're beautiful and such gentle animals!! I wish I could find a way to find a happy medium

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  35. I love the colors but I hate the bees. Plus my kids are allergic.

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    1. Ahhhhh me too, that's why I spray for bugs at the beginning of the season and very few months to keep them away. Nothing is worse than a bee allergy, I remember my throat closing up and it was thee scariest thing I have ever experienced!!

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  36. Dinner @ Rusty Scuper looks delicious!

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    1. OMG that place is absolutely amazing, especially with that view!!

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  37. Absolutely beautiful here today! Love these low humidity days in New England!

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    1. Ohhhh England, Yahh I have always wanted to visit England, it's so beautiful!! LUCKY U!!

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  38. What's your favorite flower? 🌷🌻🌼🌹🌺

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    1. Stargazer Lilies, that's where my IG username comes from!! I was a floral designer for what seems like forever....it was always my favorite. Basically any type of lily, even Calla lilies. How about you, what's your favorite flower?

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    2. The Elusive πŸ‘» Orchids is found in the Florida Everglades

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  39. My favorite flowers are lilacs! Soon they will appear and scent the neighborhood!

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    1. Ohhhh I agree they smell sooooo good!! I wish spring lasted a little longer for sure

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  40. I also love verbena! Lots of pots on my terrace! Can't wait!

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  41. I absolutely love sunflowers and lilies. They’re so adorable and very beautiful especially in the spring time.

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    1. Ohhhhh Lilies are amazing, that's where my username on IG comes from Stargazer Lilies, they're my faves!!

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  44. What was the most beautiful flowers you've ever been given by a bow? πŸ€”

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  45. Is the gift of a flowering plant the gift of life? πŸ™

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  46. My wedding bouquet, calla lillies wrapped in simple ribbon were the best flowers my husband ever gave me

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  47. I got some Roses yesterday for our 8th Anniversary. I love Roses, all colors.

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  49. So Colorful 🌹🌺

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  50. Love those purple flowers in your hands. I'm not good at planting or keeping flowers alive. On the deer issue, is there an area maybe you could plant some flowers away from yours to draw the deer away, flowers they like but not that you would take so much time on?

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  51. Just planted the veggies, now on to the flowers

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  52. So love mixing vibrant colors in my terrace pots, reds and purples!

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  53. Helping my mom in her garden today!

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  54. Speaking of flowers 🌸 on my Orange Tree smell so good....

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  55. The lilacs are leaking out herein Massachusetts! Spring is here!!

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    1. Peaking, not leaking. My hands don t work so well...

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    2. I miss Maryland! I love Baltimore and the countryside... So beautiful!

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  56. I love working in our yard and wait for it all winter! I want to create a memorial butterfly garden this year.

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  57. Gardening is so gratifying! But it is hard work! I hate weeding!

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  58. I love flowers, but gardening isn't my thing. Your yard will look amazing with those lovely flowers!

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  59. I love planting flowers and veggies too!

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  60. Love your flowers.

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  61. I cannot remember the name of the small creeping pink flowers in the photo with your dog! Any help?

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  62. I’ve always wanted a field full of wildflowers. To me nothing is more beautiful.

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  63. I have the same problem! Dont give up.

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  64. I so love the wood walls ect in your home and this all looked so fun to me !
    Linda

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  65. What gorgeous flowers! And you have the cutest little pup <3

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  66. This condition is confusing...

    "If you unsubscribe/mark then spam you will be blacklisted from future giveaways!"

    Does this mean that I have to remain subscribed indefinitely to 12 arbitrary blogs (some of which may be of no interest)?

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