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When I first got serious about gardening several years ago, the terms annuals and perennials were seen and heard a lot. I was pretty confused at first, and some days I still have to think about which is which. What is the difference between annuals and perennials anyway? If you have been gardening for a […] The post What is the Difference Between Annuals and Perennials? appeared first on Blooming...
When I first got serious about gardening several years ago, the terms annuals and perennials were seen and heard a lot. I was pretty confused at first, and some days I still have to think about which is which. What is the difference between annuals and perennials anyway?
If you have been gardening for a year or more, you will start to notice that some plants last longer than others. I used to think this was because I unintentionally was killing some plants, but found out later it was because some plants die off after blooming for a season.
Some plants only last one season, while others can be enjoyed for many years with the right love and care. So, what is the difference between annuals and perennials anyways? Let’s take a closer look…
An annual, as its name entails, lasts only one growing season. I use to think I was doing something wrong when I bought certain plants that would die soon after they flowered. They were probably annuals and I just didn’t know it!
Annuals are usually very colorful and stand out among other plants. They are also generally less expensive and don’t need as much care as other plants.
Annuals are great plants to use in pots or in borders to add some color to a specific spot in your garden. I’ll get into more details about types of annuals below.
Perennials can last a few years or longer, depending on the type of care they get, location, and how well they do in your area. Perennials can start off as seeds or bulbs. You can even buy perennials as young plants if you prefer to start with something small.
Perennials usually don’t bloom as long as annuals. Many gardeners mix perennials with annuals, so that there are plants constantly blooming in their garden throughout the year. Plant perennials in the main part of your garden to enjoy for many years.
Below are some popular perennials you can experiment with, along with some annuals. Mix and match them for a garden that will bloom all year long!
Below are some popular annuals that grow well in containers here in Southern California. Many of these grow in other parts as well. If you are not sure, check with your local garden center to see what annuals grow in your area.
Here are some popular perennials you can enjoy growing in your garden!
There is also a third group of plants called biennials. These plants will grow for two seasons, but you have to wait for the blooms to appear during the second season. Colorful poppies are one great example of biennial flowers.
Can you easily spot the difference between annuals and perennials? Do you have a mixture of both in your garden? Let me know in the comments section below!
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It’s still wet and rainy here in Southern California, so I can only look outside at my balcony and enjoy my plants from indoors. I have a few seedlings growing, but am thinking about adding bulbs to grow in some of my pots as well. So, this post is going to be about how to […] The post How to Grow Bulbs appeared first on Blooming...
It’s still wet and rainy here in Southern California, so I can only look outside at my balcony and enjoy my plants from indoors. I have a few seedlings growing, but am thinking about adding bulbs to grow in some of my pots as well. So, this post is going to be about how to grow bulbs, specifically in pots.
First of all, what is a bulb anyway? They look like, funny, huge seeds that are covered in dirt.
Bulbs have all the nutrients the plant needs to survive, which is especially important during the colder months. These nutrients also help the new plant grow healthy.
There are some differences between seeds and bulbs, which may make you favor one over the other. I have more experience growing plants from seeds, but have grown plants from bulbs as well.
Seeds are perennial, annual, and biennial, while most bulbs are perennial. Bulbs do not need as much care as seeds do to grow. Bulbs can also be moved around easier than plants grown as seeds.
There are several different types of bulbs. There are true bulbs, rhizomes, tubers, and corms. Below is more details about each type of bulb.
True bulbs-These bulbs are similar to an onion in that they grow in layers. The tube bulb contains a small version of the flower that will bloom.
Rhizomes-The stems of these plants grow horizontally to protect itself from the elements above the soil. This is also done to make room for new plants to grow from these stems.
Tubers-Tubers look similar to potatoes with their rough skin and eyes. Flowers bloom from the eyes of the tubers.
Corms-Corms do not have layers like true bulbs do. They contain material that will help keep the flowers and leaves healthy.
There are many beautiful flowers you can enjoy growing from bulbs. I’m going to limit my list to flowers bulbs that grow well in containers, since that is all I have to grow my plants in for now! These plants also grow well in the zone I live in as well, so keep this in mind when looking for flower bulbs to plant in your containers.
Dahlias-These large flowers come in a variety of colors, as well as sizes. These bushy flowers are related to daisies and zinnias.
Ranunculas-Also called buttercups, these flowers look similar to roses in that the petals grow on top of one another, in a spiral similar to roses. You can find these in all types of colors.
Tulips-Like the above flowers, tulips come in all kinds of colors for you to enjoy. They have cup-shaped flowers, which can add depth and variety to a container filled with different types of flower bulbs.
Lillies-These huge flowering plants come in subtle and bright colors, making them a popular plant to have in a container, or any type of garden.
Daffodil-Daffodils come in bright yellow with trumpet like middles for the flowers.
Canna-Cannas are tropical plants with tall, bright colored flowers.
Gladiolus–Gladiolus are part of the iris family. The are also called the sword lily, due to their tall leaves and colorful flowers that grow in spikes.
Once you’ve bought your bulbs, its time to plant them in your containers! Make sure your containers are large enough for your plants to grow into. Check that your containers have drainage holes so that water does not sit at the bottom, rotting out the roots.
Next, you want to have plenty of potting mix for your bulbs. There are plenty of great organic and synthetic ones to choose from. I use Miracle Gro Potting Mix for most of my plants and they love it!
Choose which bulbs you want to plant and if you are going to mix and match different types in one container. Plant your bulbs several inches deep to give them plenty of room to grow. Make sure to water the bulbs once they are planted.
Then, watch as your bulbs grow into beautiful flowers for you to enjoy! Now you know how to grow bulbs in containers! What bulbs have you grown or are planning to grow?
Let me know in the comments section below. Happy planting!
It’s still cold and rainy out, so no garden related post this week. Last week I really pushed myself to be more present on my social media accounts and really saw a difference! This week I want to discuss with you 5 social media platforms to utilize as a blogger. A few of these platforms […] The post 5 Social Media Platforms to Utilize as a Blogger appeared first on Blooming...
It’s still cold and rainy out, so no garden related post this week. Last week I really pushed myself to be more present on my social media accounts and really saw a difference! This week I want to discuss with you 5 social media platforms to utilize as a blogger.
A few of these platforms aren’t strictly considered “social media”, but I’m including them since so many bloggers, entrepreneurs, and business owners use them as well.
Some of these social media platforms I use more than others, mainly due to time constraints. Blogging is a challenge on many levels. Juggling several jobs and a blog is another challenge altogether.
Want to start a blog but not sure where to begin? Check out my post all about How to Start a Blog!
Yes, I know Pinterest is not social media, but I had to include it on my list. Why? Many bloggers claim that Pinterest gives them the most traffic to their blog. Out of all the platforms I’ve used, Pinterest gives me the most traffic as well.
Pinterest was the last platform I added when I began as a blogger, yet it’s the one where I’ve gained the most followers and traffic so far. Why? I’ve worked very hard at improving my presence on Pinterest since I started my blog.
One way I’ve improved my blogging game on Pinterest is through Pin Practical Masterclass. I was already using Pinterest by the time I took this class, but it made a HUGE difference with my traffic and followers once I utilized the many tips I learned!
I highly recommend taking Pin Practical Masterclass!
Another tool that has really helped is Tailwind. I used their free trial and then thought about it for a year before paying for their scheduling services. I’m so glad I did!
I make a few pins for each post, schedule them once a week on Tailwind, and let them do the rest! Check out how to better use Pinterest here!
Want to see what I’m up to on Pinterest? You can follow me here!
I love using Twitter! I spend most of my time on Twitter retweeting other blogger’s tweets. I try to share my posts a few times a week when time permits. One of these days I’ll focus more on Twitter to bring more traffic back to my blog!
Check out what I’m up to by following me on Twitter here!
I love sharing pictures and have been trying to post at least once a day on Instagram this past month. This has really made a difference in my followers, likes, and engagement with others!
I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram, but I know I’m not alone in this. I know it can be hard, but don’t focus on those who play the follow/unfollow game. I’m trying to keep my eyes on my follower count.
Have a theme. Follow others in your niche. Like and interact with others. Create videos. I hate making videos, since I’m uncomfortable onscreen, but should just get over this and use videos more on Instagram and other places.
Check out and follow me on Instagram here!
Invite friends to like your Facebook page. Share posts that are relevant to your blog and what can benefit your followers. I spend a few times per day (when time permits) skimming through my newsfeed, looking for something gardening related that I can share with my followers.
I recently started a new page, since Facebook won’t let me change the name of my page to my new blog’s name. You can follow me on Facebook here!
I mentioned above that I’m not super comfortable onscreen. I do have a few videos on Youtube. Youtube isn’t necessarily a social media platform, but I included it in my list since you can interact with others on the site.
Many bloggers have had a ton of success using Youtube so try it out and see what happens! You can follow me on Youtube here!
There are other sites that can be useful as a blogger to share your knowledge and bring in other followers to your blog. I mainly use the top four mentioned here, but some days and weeks that is a struggle.
If you are just starting out as a blogger, pick one platform to start using and really educate yourself on how to use it. Do this for a month before utilizing another social media platform. This way, you won’t get overwhelmed and can master each platform!
When I’m really busy with life or feeling overwhelmed with blogging, I’ll take a break from social media for a day. My followers will still be there the next day, and I can continue to grow my social media accounts while feeling refreshed.
So these are 5 social media platforms to utilize as a blogger. Which ones have worked best for you, or which will you start with first? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!
About a year into starting my blog, I started thinking about changing the name of my blog. It took almost a year to figure out a name and to change it, but I changed the name of my domain about a month ago. Today I want to share with you how to change your domain […] The post How to Change Your Domain Name appeared first on Blooming...
About a year into starting my blog, I started thinking about changing the name of my blog. It took almost a year to figure out a name and to change it, but I changed the name of my domain about a month ago. Today I want to share with you how to change your domain name if and when you decide to do so.
Picking a name can be fun, just make sure to pick a name that fits you and your blog. Don’t rush when picking a name either. When I first started Gardening Limited, I was so excited about starting a blog I chose the first name I could think of.
I wish I would have thought more carefully about a name, but that is part of my learning process and okay. I know of bloggers who changed names several times. Some bloggers pick a name and stick with it.
Even though I knew I wanted the main niche of my blog to remain gardening, I was exploring other topics such as home decor and blogging tips. I wanted a blog name that could be flexible with this change as well.
It took about a year and several conversations with my creative husband, but I decided on Blooming Anomaly. It has a reference to gardening with a hint of my name in it. Read more about how and why I changed my blog’s domain name on my About Me page.
Once you pick your name, you want to make sure it’s not taken. There are several places where you can get great deals on a domain name. I bought my new domain name on Namecheap for only $9! It even came with a free WhoisGuard for the entire year!
This step took a little bit of time for me to do, but has to be done so that everyone that was following me would be directed to my new blog’s domain. Bluehost did a great job helping me point Blooming Anomaly to my WordPress site, which is hosted by Bluehost.
If you are still deciding on starting a blog, I highly recommend being self-hosted, since you are free to do all kinds of things on a self-hosted blog. I have been with Bluehost from the start! Check out How to Start a Blog with Bluehost here!
This is such an important step, especially if you have had your blog for awhile. You don’t want to start from scratch if you already have followers to your blog! Let your followers know beforehand that you are planning on changing your domain name so that they aren’t surprised or leave when it happens.
I gave hints about a blog name change months before I did it, as well as a week and days before the change. Also, I put up reminders on all my social media so that all my followers knew about the domain name change before it happened.
I also let my email list know by giving reminders in my newsletters. So far, everyone seems to like my new domain name and I continue to gain followers on my email list and social media!
It took me a few days to change my domain name on Pinterest, but their customer service were wonderful to work with and helped me through the process. I recently updated my Pinterest page with board covers. Don’t forget to check out these changes and follow me on Pinterest!
Do you want to get more traffic to your blog? Utilize Pinterest and watch your traffic numbers go up! Get some tips by reading about them on Using Pinterest for Blog Traffic.
I was unable to change the name on my Facebook page, so I started a new Facebook page for my new domain name, Blooming Anomaly. You can join in for more tips on gardening, home decor, and blogging here!
Want even more tips to drive traffic to your blog? Read all about these tips in 10 Awesome Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog!
This step is taking me the longest. It’s been a little over a month since I changed my domain name and I’m still updating my old blog links. I’m also making new Pinterest images for old blog posts, but with my new domain name.
Being a one woman show, I can only do so much while juggling several jobs. I’m updating my most popular blog posts first, then updating the others a little at a time.
I have been blogging for almost two years, so this feels like a lot, but doing a little at a time is helping. Hopefully, I’ll have this step completed soon!
The next step I plan on taking soon is changing the them of my blog. The work on our blog is never done, is it? I’m always looking for ways to change and update my blog.
There is always room for improvement, and since the blogging world is always changing, I try to keep a flexible mindset when it comes to my blog and try to make little changes along the way.
Changing your domain name may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. It took me awhile to decide to change my domain name, but I’m glad I did! I hope you were able to gain some insight by reading about How to Change Your Domain Name.
Let me know your thoughts about changing your domain name in the comments section below!
I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers posting seed catalogs and seed packets they have bought, since spring is just around the corner. I figure I should join in on the fun as well. Today I want to give you my two cents about five of the best places to buy seeds. There are countless places […] The post Five of the Best Places to Buy Seeds appeared first on Blooming...
I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers posting seed catalogs and seed packets they have bought, since spring is just around the corner. I figure I should join in on the fun as well. Today I want to give you my two cents about five of the best places to buy seeds.
There are countless places online and in stores to purchase seeds, so this can be overwhelming if you are getting into seeds for the first time. I know it was for me. Over time, gardeners have their favorite seed sources.
Below are just a few places where you can buy seeds from. You may have a local place or catalog of your own. Let me know your favorite seed source in the comment section below!
I didn’t realize how popular and widespread Burpee seeds are until recently. They are everywhere! Burpee seeds are my personal favorite, since they are easy to find and they have a great variety of container friendly flowers I can grow from seeds.
I usually end up scanning the seed section in Home Depot, looking for a little container on the packet, which lets me know that the seeds can be grown in pots. Works for me!
Speaking of seeds, this post will guide you on How to Start a Garden from seeds!
What can’t you buy on Amazon? How would you even start buying seeds on Amazon, since they have so many of everything? A good place to start is by sifting through popular products that have a high star rating, as well as looking for your favorite seeds brands.
I have to yet to use seed company catalogs, although I’m sure many of you do. I just buy packets of seeds here and there, since there is only so much I can grow on a balcony. I’ve seen plenty of seed catalogs online to choose from, though. Which one is your favorite?
I have heard of seed swaps and was even invited to one, but haven’t gone yet. Seed swaps are another great way to get and grow new seeds without spending any money. You also get to meet other gardeners in person this way!
Check out local garden stores, garden clubs, and Facebook groups for seed swaps near you.
Do you love cut flowers? Check out how to make your own home grown bouquet by reading How to Grow an Amazing Cut Flower Garden!
Local garden stores are another great source of seeds. You can look for yourself and choose from your favorite flower seeds, herbs, vegetable seeds, organic seeds, heirloom seeds, and local produce! You can also get advice from the workers about what seeds you should buy, especially if you are a beginner gardener.
Five of the Best Places to Buy Seeds is definitely not a comprehensive list, but a great starting point if you are not sure where to begin when buying seeds for your garden.
Have you bought seeds yet for the spring season? If you have, where to you usually purchase your seeds from? Let me know in the comments section below!
I love when wildlife visits my little balcony garden. Well, at least wildlife that doesn’t destroy my little garden and leave it a mess. Today I want to talk to you all about how to use ladybugs in the garden. What is a Ladybug? The ladybug, also known as Coccinellidae, is a small beetle that […] The post How to Use Ladybugs in the Garden appeared first on Blooming...
I love when wildlife visits my little balcony garden. Well, at least wildlife that doesn’t destroy my little garden and leave it a mess. Today I want to talk to you all about how to use ladybugs in the garden.
The ladybug, also known as Coccinellidae, is a small beetle that can be 0.8 to 18 millimeters long. These little beetles are known as ladybirds in Great Britain. They are also quite popular in the United States and other countries.
Below are some interesting facts about ladybugs. Enjoy!
As mentioned in the facts above, there are some different types of ladybugs found all over the world. The most common are the ladybugs in red with black dots. Below are some of the different types of ladybugs that can be found.
California Ladybug– I made this first for various reasons :). This ladybug is red with no black spots on its body.
Convergent Ladybug-The main color of this ladybug is orange with black spots. It can be found in Pacific coastal areas.
Seven-spotted Ladybug-The seven-spotted ladybug has a red body with black dots. Two white dots are on the head of this ladybug. It is originally from Europe.
Vedalia Ladybug-This ladybug has a black body with red spots. It is the first ladybug to find its way to the United States.
Asian Ladybug-Despite its name, this ladybug is a very common type found in the United States. It is relatively larger than other types. It is can be found in orange, yellow, or red with five black spots.
Do you want to get rid of aphids and other garden pests from your garden? Introduce ladybugs into your garden and they will eat those pests. Ladybugs will also eat spider mites, thrips, whiteflies, mealybugs, and scale.
Did you know you can purchase ladybugs to release in your garden and keep pests away? You can buy a bunch of ladybugs and release them in your garden. Also, you can attract ladybugs with the right plants grown in your garden.
You can attract ladybugs to your garden by growing the right types of plants. Plants that ladybugs are attracted to include:
Pick one or a few of these plants to grow and see what happens! How do you use ladybugs in your garden? Let me know in the comments section below!
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