The Deck and The Landscape By The Once Newbie Gardener – Me!

Mums and Sedum Throwback Thursdays are quickly becoming my favorite day to blog over the winter months when I can’t be out in my garden. I love looking back at my garden from years past to find that I really wasn’t that ‘bad’ of a gardener. Today I’m going to share the deck my husband build to perfection and the landscape I kind of threw together.

I Caught the Winter Sunset in Michigan

lansing_michigan (9) It’s been a while since I chased a sunset. Living in the woods during the winter season doesn’t make for many colorful sunsets to enjoy.  Tonight I caught a beautiful scene just outside of Lansing Michigan on the way to the Great Lakes Trade Expo. Leaving Ohio through a mild wintery mix of snow and […]

Magnolia Wreath : DIY Weekend

Getting Crafty The Christmas decor are all put away and it’s time to freshen up the home with some inspirations from spring. A quick trip to Hobby Lobby and for under $15 I’ve put together a new wreath for the fireplace in the Great Room. These are the 4 branches of silk flowers I bought today.  I […]

Dahlia Hill in Midland, Michigan

Dahlia Hill This summer during the MNLA designer landscape tour we visited by Dahlia Hill in Midland. This was quite the experience not only because I love growing dahlias but because art sculptures on the property were amazing too! About Dahlia Hill 1966 Crisann Breed gave her mother yellow and red dahlia tubers for Mother’s Day. Her […]

Project Orange Thumb : Applications Now Being Accepted

FiskarsPOT_Logo This is the year to get involved and start growing a community gardens in your area.  With Project Orange Thumb your dream of growing fresh food while beautifying your community can become a reality. Fiskars is tripling the number of grant recipients to award 30 applicants $3,500 in cash and tools.  The deadline to submit […]

Fog Crystallized the Winter Garden

Winter Garden After a  week in the single digits and a few inches of snow the fog came and crystallized the garden by weeks end. The images in this blog post are from the morning walk I took around the garden as the sun heated up the branches of the trees and the wind that blew made […]

Why You Should Attend a Seed Swap

plants on display! Why attend a local seed swap? Meet some amazing people who enjoy growing and collect seeds that you won’t find any where else. I’m excited to share with you these awesome seed swap events on this post today. Come collect some seeds!

Indoor growing with Aeroponic Tower Garden

Kale beginning to grow in unit. I love seeing the kids excited to garden. It would be awesome if every school could have an indoor gardening space like this one. What about in nursing homes and hospitals : just imagine the healing powers of living with greens growing so close at hand.

Garden Ugly Project : Begonia

big begonia Clicking through photos from gardening 2014 I came across this image of the begonia that spent the winter in my master bathroom. The plant survived …however it got really ugly! Loading Ask me about the garde ugly project… This is going to be fun! #gardening #gardenchat View on Instagram Of Course … you know me […]

Let’s Talk Terrariums

vase While I was at the store this afternoon strolling through the houseplants and gawking over the new seeds for 2014 I came across some terrarium dishes. I couldn’t help but wonder about the process of putting one of these little plant conservatories together and would the plants actually grow being in a contained environment? Let’s […]