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It’s March, and green will be worn for sure, by some, come St. Patrick’s Day.  But this article isn’t about wearing green.  It’s more about adding green to our yards, homes, porches, etc.!  And sometimes, that’s hard to do if we don’t have a green thumb, no idea of what plants to buy, where to place greenery in our homes, or all the things!  So we asked our panel of women to share all things green, the plants and pretties they love, so we can grab a few ideas for our own spaces!

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My favorite greens are in two spots at home.  One on my front porch – a stair stepped array of succulents – easy to grow – and they add so much happiness as we come and go!  Another is my new little herb box indoors, and my herb box outdoors.  Rosemary, mint, parsley and more…grow all year with no effort.

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My favorite plants in my yard are my hibiscus. They got off to a rocky start but once they settled in, they were gorgeous.  They need sun and space, neither of which I have given them, but I prayed for them and they bloomed beautifully!

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I have a small outdoor space. My collection of vintage tin children’s watering cans and the addition of color brighten my day. One plant is my favorite but I have no idea what it is called, maybe Plumbago? The color is periwinkle blue. Once a week watering. It's in a pot and not in the ground. It might do better in a bed but I don't have the space.

I have what I call "my babies." They are sweet little grapefruit plants that I have grown from seeds. What is amazing to me about my babies is that these three seedlings sprouted inside the grapefruits. I have never seen that before. One day when I cut open my grapefruit there was the seed inside with a root attached where it had already started to grow. How could I not plant these to see what happens? I would love to, one day, have grapefruits trees with grapefruits. Looks like it might be a while.

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I don't have much of a green thumb, so I like plants that don't have to be watered.  My favorite is my succulent pot which just seems to take care of itself.  My other favorite part of spring is watching all the trees bloom.  We have Mountain Laurels and some Red Bud trees and they just make me happy.  It makes me think that the Lord takes something that looks dead but is really alive and then makes it come to life.  Like He did for me and continues to do in my life.  I planted some Irises this past fall so those will be fun to watch bloom along with some daffodils.  They are already coming up, but not blooming.  I think our weather confuses them…

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One of my most rewarding green adventures is my lovely avocado tree. From the time I was a kid, I tried to grow an avocado tree. I did the toothpick in the sides and set it in a cup of water. Never could I get one to grow. I don’t know why, but one day I took an avocado seed and put it in a baggie with a paper towel at the bottom. I filled the baggie with water about halfway up the side of the seed, and left it on the counter. About two weeks later I noticed a crack in the side of the seed and before I knew it, a little sprig popped out. Once the sprig popped out, it did not take long for the tree to take off.   I have grown three trees since.  I’m now waiting to see the fruit of my labor.
 

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I love our ‘green little garden’ we had last year. It’s made of three 10’ x 10’ raised garden beds. We planted tomatoes, yellow squash, and cantaloupe last year which turned out great. March is when we will plant this year and possibly add a few green bean plants as well as a few pepper plants!

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This herb pot overflowing with oregano delivers joy. When it warms up I will add basil and thyme. The plants stay healthy and growing throughout the hot summer months because of an olla pot that is submerged in the center. An olla is an unglazed clay pot that, when filled with water, leached out the water as the plant requires it. In August I will fill the olla every three days and never worry about it being too hot or dry. Bringing joy and being low maintenance is a great combo.

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